GMA’S Keenan claims Classic record
ariven by her desire to break her own meet record in the 400 meters, Gwynedd Mercy’s Emma Keenan got some extra motivation comLnJ GRwn WKH finDO VWrDLJKWaway, in the form of hardcharging Caela Williams of Penn Wood.
“I could see somebody out of the corner of my eye,” Keenan said. “I was like, ‘I can’t let her get me.’ I wanted this really badly so I just had to keep pushing through.”
Keenan, the defending state champ in the 800, got to show off her speed at the 29th Pennsylvania Track Classic Saturday afternoon at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. Her strong start and also her tremendous kick propelled the se- nior to a meet-record time of 55.80 seconds, replacing her previous record of 56.10.
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“I like being out in lane six because you’re out in front from the start,” Keenan said, “and I like that feeling.”
Keenan was one of six local individual winners, along with a pair of relay wins by the North Penn girls, on a mild, sunny day at PW.
“Last year was freezing, had tons of layers on even when I was running,” Keenan said, “so this was very, very nice weather.”
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Also doing multiple events on Saturday was Methacton’s Nicolette Serratore, who triple jumped her way to victory with a leap of 36 feet, one half inch.
“That was probably the
best that I’ve jumped in a while,” said Serratore, who placed sixth at indoor states with a 3T-0. “It was beautiful out today. It had been rainy and windy and nasty for the past three weeks.”
Serratore out-leaped North Penn’s Kailah Holmes for top honors. Holmes jumped 35-9.5 to earn the runner-up spot.
“There is some great competition here,” Serratore said. “It’s a good test for the beginning of the season.”
Serratore, who aims to reach states in both the triple jump and the hurdles, can compete well in as many as eight events for the Warriors. Along with helping Methacton go for eight straight conference titles (SOL American and PAC 10), the Warriors’ splendid sophomore is in the midst of training for a heptathlon this summer.
Locals also stood out in the distance events at PW, as Pennridge’s Marissa Sheva (5:02.85) and sister Caitlyn (5:0T.25) went one and two in the 1,600, and the North Penn girls ran to wins in both the 4x8 relay (9:42.02) and the distance medley relay (12:46.19).
Pennridge’s Taylor Chapman was fastest in the 200 (24.85), anG ouW Ln WKH fiHOG, Methacton pole vaulter Kristin Beatty (10-0) and GMA shot putter Liz Forcellini (38-0.5) wHrH firsW Ln WKHLr respective events.
Pennridge’s Ariana Przybylowski was second in the triple jump behind Cheltenham’s three-event winner .ayOa CoOHy anG finLsKHG fourth in the triple jump.
North Penn’s Ali Valenti takes the baton from Melanie Vlasic as they compete in a distance medley relay event during the Pennsylvania Track Classic at Plymouth Whitemarsh on Saturday.
North Penn’s Rachel Olberholzer takes the baton from Phoebe Clowser as they compete in a distance medley relay in Saturday’s meet at Plymouth Whitemarsh.