Knights im­press at War­rior In­vite

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Denny Dyroff

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.”

,N WKH fiNDO HvHNW RI WKH meet — the 4x400 re­lay — 1RRWK 3HNN fiNLVKHG LN VWyOH. The Knights quar­tet fea­tur­ing Austin Smith, Vince Es­pos­ito, Eric Rothen­berger and Ri­ley Gaibler won the gold medal with a time of 3:24.31.

“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.

The Knights also fared ZHOO LN WKH fiHOG.

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.

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