Dma’s heenan claims Classic record
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.
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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.
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Abington’s Sammy Lochner took third in the high jump.
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“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.
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“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.”
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