Pennridge outlasts North Penn
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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“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.”
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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.”
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“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.”