Pen­nridge out­lasts North Penn

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By An­drew Mar­cus

It was not un­til the last javelin throw was marked and mea­sured that the Pen­nridge boys track team were able to edge North Penn in an im­por­tant early sea­son league meet. Fresh off a strong win­ter in­door sea­son, the oams run­ners helped knock off the Knights T8-T2 at Hel­man Field on Tues­day.

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in PRVW RI WKH fiHOd HvHnWV Dnd swept the pole vault to keep the meet tight all the way up to the last event. The Knights’ pole vault was led by Brad aeckle. The oams rHFHLvHd D firVW-SODFH finLVK from Mike Tatarow­icz in the triple jump and John aubyk in the javelin to se­cure to the win.

“We knew it was go­ing to bH D PDWWHr RI IRur RI fivH points ei­ther way,” Knights coach Jay Jones said. “We took 1-2 in the high jump, swept pole vault, and ev­ery­where else they held serve.”

7KH finDO WDOOy KDd D chance to swing the Knights’ way, but the oams’ run­ners were able to kick it into anRWKHr JHDr Ln WKH finDO OHJ RI their races. The oams’ Joey Logue passed Jack Ma­cauOHy Ln WKH finDO 200 PHWHrV WR seal the win in the mile run. Logue also cruised to a win

in the 800-me­ter run. “We knew we had to be ready for North Penn,” Logue said. “I am pre­dom­i­nantly an 800-me­ter guy. I was real ex­cited to see Jack in the mile. I’m a kicker and he usu­ally goes out hard and I wanted to take it from him in the last cou­ple me­ters. That plan seemed to work out. What I did in the mile to­day you can­not really do in­door be­cause the turns to too sharp, but if it is go­ing to get the team points, I am happy to do it.”

Logue also was a leg in the 4x400 that helped the oams run away with the early ad­van­tage in the Sub­ur­ban lne Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence ti­tle race. With barely a week off from a trip to Na­tion­als for the in­door sea­son, the run­ners are al­ready close to mid­sea­son form and it showed on Tues­day.

“If you don’t do win­ter and you are a run­ner you are really be­hind,” oams coach Bob Hosier said. “Ev­ery­one is in such good con­di­tion and pick­ing up where they left off.”

“lther than Joey Logue and Mike Class be­ing ab­sent from school, we knew it was go­ing to be close,” Jones said. “They ran a cou­ple good races, but we also had a cou­ple races go our way. There is a lot of sea­son left.”

The oams’ Mike Class rHWurnHd IrRP KLs firsW SODFH finLsKHs Ln WKH 100-PHWHr dash and the long jump to an­chor an im­pres­sive win in WKH 4x100 run. TKH RDPs’ John Kim kicked off the race in strong fash­ion, but Class still found him­self need­ing to make up a lot of ground in WKH ODsW 100 PHWHrs.

“Coming off the third leg I knew I had to make up some ground,” Class said. “I beat KLP HDrOLHr Ln WKH 100 Dnd , thought I could make up the ground. I knew he was quick out of the start and luck­ily I got him in the end.”

Class came through and helped the oams take the top spot in that re­lay. It was ev­i­dent that the oams were not hin­dered by the move out­doors and the windy con­di­tions in the least bit. The oams are pleased with the per­for­mance, but are well aware it is too early to be RvHrFRn­fidHnW. TKHy dR nRW plan on slow­ing down any time soon.

“A cou­ple guys stepped up big for us to­day,” Hosier said. “There is a lot of sea­son left and you just have to keep on try­ing your best ev­ery week.”

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