Knights impress at Warrior Invite
For Montgomery Media
WEST GOSHEN — Friday night’s Warrior Invitational meet at West Chester Henderson’s g. Oscar Dicks Stadium provided North 3HNN’V ERyV WRDFN DNG fiHOG team with the opportunity to face some quality competition. And, it gave North Penn a chance to put some of its impressive talent on display.
The Knights put on a very impressive show in the relays by winning medals in all three events.
In the 4x800-meter relay, the team of Brian Piscitelli, Dylan McMahon, Tom Boyle and Tyler gohnston combined for a time of 8:23.97 and that was good enough to win the gold medal.
“We all ran the times we were supposed to,” said Boyle. “And, we were all close to personal bests. I was three-tenths of a second off my personal best. Brian got us off to a good lead and then another team (West Chester Rustin) took the lead on the second leg. On the third leg, I passed him (Rustin’s Luke Ricci) on the backstretch of the second lap. I handed off LN fiRVW DNG 7yOHR KHOG WKH lead.”
Midway through the meet, the foursome of Austin Smith, games DiSimeone, Vince Esposito and gordan Green teamed up to capture the bronze medal in the 4x100 with a clocking of 43.46. Glen Mills School WRRN fiRVW DW 43.39 DNG .HNnett was runner-up at 43.43.
“That was our fastest time of the year,” said North Penn coach gay gones. “And, it was without our normal lineup.”
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“We were missing one guy from the regular 4x400 but it didn’t matter because we have so many guys who can run the 400 well,” said Smith, a senior. “We have six guys who can go 50-point. That was a good time for us today. We were happy with that.”
Gaibler returned home from West Chester with two additional medals. He won the gold in the 400 with a time of 49.60.
“That was a p. r. ( personal record) for me tonight in the 400,” said Gaibler, who is heading to Penn State in the fall. “I got out of the blocks well and ran the 200 the way I needed. The second 200 was very strong. I had one of my better kicks.”
In the 110 hurdles, Gaibler nabbed the silver medal at 16.21 and his Knights teammate Bill Newton got the bronze at 16.49.
“My hurdles time was decent,” said Newton, a sophomore. “Lately, I’ve been concentrating more on throws — on discus and shot put. I did shot put here too. I’ve been having trouble with my elbow and I only threw 40 today.”
In other track events, Patrick Zancolli was fourth in the 300 hurdles, gack MaFDuDOHy ZDV fiIWK LN WKH 3200 DNG -RRGDN GRHHN ZDV fiIWK in the 100.
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Leading the way were Daniel Boardman with gold medals in triple jump (430.5) and long jump (20-11.5) and Esposito with a gold medal in pole vault (13-6). Smith was third in long jump (20-0.5) and Brad Deckel placed third in pole vault (13-0).
Germantown Academy’s Ritz brothers put on a show in the 1,600. Ben Ritz snagged the gold medal with a very fast time of 4:12.53 and his brother 6DP 5LW] SODFHG fiIWK DW 4:18.26.