Dma’s heenan claims Clas­sic record

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Denny Dyroff

For Mont­gomery Me­dia Usu­ally, the Penn­syl­va­nia Track Clas­sic is the sea­sonopen­ing meet for most area teams and com­peti­tors have to deal with March weather con­di­tions — weather that is usu­ally cool, windy and damp.

For­tu­nately, there are ex­cep­tions to rules and Satur­day’s meet was an ex­cep­tion — a pleas­ant ex­cep­tion. Mild tem­per­a­tures, a sunny sky and a gen­tle breeze wel­comed this year’s 2013 Penn­syl­va­nia Track Clas­sic, which was held Satur­day at Ply­mouth Whitemarsh High’s sta­dium.

A year ago, dwynedd Mercy Academy’s bmma heenan didn’t let the ear­li­ness of the meet or the less-than-ideal weather con­di­tions keep her from set­ting the meet record in the 400-me­ter dash at 56.10.

Run­ning in much more pleas­ant con­di­tions Satur­day, heenan did it again. The dMA se­nior, who has won the last two in­door and out­door state ti­tles in the 800, FURVVHG fiUVW wLWK D WLPH of 55.80 to shave .30 off her own meet record.

“I was look­ing to break my record from last year,” said heenan. “I was happy with my start. I love us­ing blocks in the 400 be­cause you can’t use blocks in the 800. They’re very pow­er­ful.”

heenan elim­i­nated the stag­ger and moved in front of the pack by the 200 mark. It looked as if she were just go­ing to con­tinue run­ning away from the pack. Then, Penn Wood’s Caela Wil­liams made a move on the straight­away but heenan was able to keep con­trol of the race.

“I could see some­one out of the cor­ner of my eye,” said heenan. “I just thought, ‘I can’t let that girl get me.’ I knew there was great com­pe­ti­tion so I wasn’t sur­prised. I just found an­other gear in the last 50. You’ve JRW WR finLVK VWURnJ.”

heenan also teamed with Mary Casey, Tara Web­ster and Michaela No­vakovic to win the bronze medal in the 4x800 re­lay with a time of 9:51.95. dMA also won the bronze in the dis­tance med­ley re­lay at 13:48.03. The Monar­chs’ bliz­a­beth For­cellini re­peated as gold medal­ist in shot put with a heave of 38-0.5.

Chel­tenham’s hayla Co­ley prob­a­bly had the big­gest day of any ath­lete at the meet, win­ning three gold medals.

Co­ley won the 100 hur­dles in 14.30, the 300 hur­dles in 43.27 and the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 51L4 inches. Ciara Leonard took sec­ond in the 100 hur­dles and sixth in the 300 hur­dles for the Pan­thers.

Chel­tenham’s hate­lyn -DFNVRn WRRN fiUVW Ln WKH 100 sprint in 12.11, fol­lowed by team­mate Janiel Slow­ley in fiIWK.

The Chel­tenham 4x100 reODy DnG 4x400 UHODy HDFK fin­ished sec­ond, while Han­nah GLOOLDP finLVKHG WKLUG Ln WKH 800 and Ash­ley Alexan­der fiIWK Ln WKH VKRW SuW.

Abing­ton’s Sammy Lochner took third in the high jump.

Methac­ton had a pair of in­di­vid­ual gold medal­ists — Nikki Ser­ra­tore, who topped WKH fiHOG Ln WULSOH MuPS wLWK a leap of 36-0.5, and hristin Beatty, who won pole vault with a height of 10-0.

“My jumps were Oh to­day,” said Ser­ra­tore, who also placed sev­enth in the 100 hur­dles at 15.66 and eighth in javelin at 96-2. “I did a 36-1 and my per­sonal best is 37. I had good speed on all my jumps here. I had one good jump to­day that was right around 37 but I fouled on it.

“I was happy with my KuUGOHV. , PDGH finDOV DnG finLVKHG HLJKWK. AnG, , JRW a per­sonal record with my 15.50 in the tri­als. My pre­vi­ous best was 16.34.”

2WKHU WRS finLVKHUV IRU WKH Warriors were hara Steinke, who was sil­ver medal­ist in the 3,200 with a time of 10:57.96, and Jenny Martin, who grabbed the bronze medal in long jump at 168.5.

“To­day, they said I checked in too late for the 3,200 and wouldn’t be able to run in it,” said Steinke. “Then, my coach talked to WKH RI­fiFLDOV. AW WKH ODVW PLnute, I got my num­ber and jumped on the track so that was a lit­tle chaotic.

“I went through the mile where I wanted it — 5:20ish. Af­ter that, I in­creased my ef­fort but my time got slower each lap. Still, a 10:57 is Oh for now. Con­sid­er­ing ev­ery­thing that hap­pened be­fore the race, I think it’s an Oh time.”

der­man­town Academy’s 0HJDn 0FCORVNHy finLVKHG just be­hind Martin at fourth in long jump at 16-6. In her pri­mary event, McCloskey cap­tured the sil­ver medal for the sec­ond year in a row in high jump at 5-6. Her sis­ter hi­er­nan McCloskey was fiIWK Ln ERWK KLJK MuPS (5-2) DnG WULSOH MuPS (34-0.5).

“I was sec­ond to the same girl in high jump at in­door states this year,” said Me­gan McCloskey, re­fer­ring to Fleet­wood’s Cyre Virgo, who erased an 18-year-old record meet record in the event. “She also won na­tion­als at 5-11 wKLOH , wDV fiIWK DW 5-5.

“To­day, I came in at 5-0 to get warmed up. I missed Py fiUVW DWWHPSW DW 5-4 EuW PDGH DOO WKH UHVW Rn fiUVW DWtempts. When I went to 5-8, I ac­tu­ally felt good. I had the KHLJKW. , MuVW wDVn’W finLVKLnJ my jumps.”

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