North Penn edges Pennridge for Continental title
When North Penn’s Allison King got the baton, she had one thing in mind.
“I just had to catch Pennridge,” she said. “All I thought was ‘I’ve got to catch them.’”
King caught and passed Pennridge anchor leg woe :LOOLDPV GRZQ WKH fiQDO straightaway to push the Maidens past the Rams in the 4x400 relay and score the crucial points needed for North Penn to capture the Suburban One’s Continental Conference Championship on Saturday.
The Knights also battled past Pennridge on the boys side for the conference crown, making it a North Penn afternoon at Central Bucks South.
The Maidens and Rams were tied going into the 4x4, PDNLQJ WKH fiQDO HYHQW RI WKH day the decisive one.
Pennridge lead-off Lindsay Sheehan got the Rams out to a sizeable lead and then Marissa Sheva and Ariana Przybylowski kept them comfortably ahead.
It was up to King, who came from way behind to push past Williams and give North Penn its most valuable WKLUG-SODFH UHODy fiQLVK RI WKH season.
“I couldn’t feel my legs,” King said. “I was going all out.”
Rachel Oberholzer, Leina Dean and Kailah Holmes joined King to go 3:56.82, DQG 3HQQULGJH fiQLVKHG fourth in 3:57.38.
The Maidens, who overcame two dual-meet losses in the regular season, nipped Pennridge (7-0) 179-178 for top honors in the conference. CB West was third with 177.
“It feels amazing (to win it). It’s unbelievable,” King said. “We just pushed ourselves, worked our hardest, and came out on top.”
Sydnee gacques’ win in the 100 hurdles on Saturday followed up Victoria Finley’s win in the pole vault on Friday, detailing the Maidens’ balance on the track and in WKH fiHOG.
The defending-champion Rams nearly overcame the loss of star sprinter Taylor Chapman (hamstring), thanks in large part to Sheva, who defended her titles in both the 800 and the 16. Sheva was one of three double-winners on the day along with Quakertown’s godyAnn Evans (100, 200) and CB South’s Taylor Hojnacki (shot put, discus).
Sheva’s time of 2:14.01 in the 800 set a meet record, replacing the previous time of 2:14.28 by CB West’s Anna Aagenes back in 2006.
“I was really glad the West girl started pushing the last 400 because I don’t think I would have been able to go as fast if she wasn’t there,” Sheva said, as the Bucks had three girls place in the top six. “I felt strong with 300 to go and felt the other runners were starting to drop off, which made me more FRQfiGHQW. ,W’V NLQG RI QLFH (to win the 8 and 16) because I did the same thing last year. Kind of happy to do it again.”
Sheva will lead the Rams this week at Coatesville as they aim to defend their District One Class AAA title. The team also hopes to have a healthy Chapman, who had the fastest 200 time in the state going into the meet and the fastest prelim time (25.03) on Friday but could QRW UuQ LQ WKH fiQDOV GuH WR injury. Even an eighth-place fiQLVK LQ WKH HYHQW FRuOG have provided the one point necessary for a share of the conference title.
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gust as the Maidens came from behind in the 4x4, the Knights’ Riley Gaibler did the same in the 400.
“I didn’t get out very fast, but I was burning the last 200,” he said. “I wasn’t going to lose. I saw (Pennridge’s Nick Stenderowicz) out of the corner of my eye, and I just wasn’t going to lose.”
Gaibler edged StenderGHURZLFz DW WKH OLQH, fiQishing two hundredths of a second faster to earn the gold. Gaibler was one of three individual winners and amongst a ton of medalists for the Knights.
“Losing leagues last year (to Pennridge) was a bummer, but we came back, fought hard, and it’s awesome,” Gaibler said. “I can’t explain in words how awesome this is. This is great. I’m ecstatic.”
Dan Boardman won the long jump on Friday to get the Knights started and the 4x1 team of Gift Omo-Ekpadi, games DeSimone, Vince Esposito and gordon Green raced to a win on Saturday. It was in the triple jump where North Penn simply domiQDWHG. 7KH .QLJKWV WRRN fiYH of the top eight spots, led by gared Alston’s gold-medal leap of 45-10.75 and OmoEkpadi’s silver with a 44-11.
North Penn amassed 242
margin through the early going until they scored four straight for a 15-10 lead.
From that point on, the Red Devils could never put together any string of points, getting one at a time while Dock went in spurts of threes DQG WZRV WR WKH fiQDO VFRUH.
Hoover had an excellent game with 13 kills and two blocks. gared Hunsinger joined Hoover with 13 kills and two blocks and Colton voung added 36 assists.
“Travis (Hoover) has had matches all season long where he has really come out,” Mackey said. “We look points, topping the 215 by Pennridge.
“The team performed well today and I’m happy with WKH UHVuOW. ,’P GHfiQLWHOy glad to be on this team,” said Omo-Ekpadi, a junior transfer from Norristown. for those kind of games and he stepped up when we really needed it.”
The key on the night for Dock was its play away from the net. Many of Avon Grove’s returns were deep into the backcourt and the Dock players kept the ball in play for its front-liners.
The Pioneers advance into the second round of the District One playoffs. They will play the winner of the Central Bucks WestUnionville match on Thursday. If the Bucks won, the game will be at CB West; if Unionville pulled the upset, Christopher Dock