GMA’S Keenan claims Clas­sic record

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nalregis­

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.

She was able to hold off Wil­liams (5T.10) in a great rDFH WR WKH finLVK.

“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.”

7KH VHnLRr nRW RnOy finLVKHG IDVW EuW EHnH­fiWWHG from a nice burst at the start of the race.

“I love us­ing blocks,” she said. “That’s some­thing you don’t get to do in the 800, so LW’V GHfinLWHOy YHry SRwHrIuO in the 400.”

WLOOLDPV FDPH fly­LnJ DrRunG WKH finDO Wurn DnG Keenan had to turn it on.

“I knew there was great com­pe­ti­tion in this race so I wasn’t that sur­prised (with Wil­liams coming on strong),” GMA’s ver­sa­tile VWDr VDLG. “, wDV GHfinLWHOy us­ing the com­pe­ti­tion as my mo­ti­va­tion. I knew they were the girls that would be able to push me to a fast time.”

Keenan also helped the Monar­chs to a third-place finLVK Ln WKH 4x8 DnG D IRurWKSODFH finLVK Ln WKH 4x1.

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.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

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.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

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.

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