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in his in­ning of work on the mound and also went 1-for-1 at the plate. Long went 1-for-4 with a dou­ble and run scored as Mon­mouth dropped the sec­ond game 6-5.

• Ma­son Nadeau (Lansdale/north Penn) went 2-for-4 with an RBI dou­ble and two runs scored as the Penn State base­ball team claimed an 8-7 walk-off vic­tory over Ne­braska last Thurs­day.

• St. Joseph’s Univer­sity soft­ball’s Amanda Kulp (Audubon/methac­ton) was se­lected to the Na­tional Fast­pitch Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion All-north­east third team.

Kulp, who made the NFCA All-re­gion third team for the sec­ond straight year, set a St. Joseph’s sin­gle-sea­son record for stolen bases with 31. An All-at­lantic-10 first-team pick, Kulp led the Hawks in bat­ting av­er­age (.357), hits (56) to­tal bases (62), on-base per­cent­age (.416) and had a per­fect 1.000 field­ing per­cent­age

• Ge­orge­town women’s track and field’s Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Val­ley/ Gwynedd Mercy Academy) earned All-big East hon­ors in both the 800 me­ters and 4x800 me­ter re­lay.

Keenan took sec­ond in the 800 at the Big East Out­door Cham­pi­onships (2:08.76) and an­chored the Hoyas’ 4x8 re­lay that won in a time of 8:55.61.

• Penn State women’s track and field’s Tori Ger­lach (Perkasie/pen­nridge) fin­ished third in the 3,000-me­ter steeple­chase at the Big Ten Out­door Cham­pi­onships May 13 with a time of 10:19.28. Ger­lach will com­pete in the event in the NCAA East Pre­lim­i­nary Round, which be­gins Thurs­day in Lex­ing­ton, Ken­tucky.

• Kutz­town Univer­sity women’s track and field’s Stephanie Bre­sadola (Lansdale/north Penn) and Macey Tanseco (Col­legeville/perkiomen Val­ley) earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Coun­try Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion (UST­FCCA) Di­vi­sion II All-at­lantic Re­gion hon­ors.

Bre­sadola was all-re­gion in the 1,500 me­ter. She came in a ca­reer-best eighth in the event at the PSAC Out­door. Cham­pi­onships with a time of 4:51.12.

Tanseco was all-re­gion in the shot put. Tanseco made the on the Di­vi­sion II per­for­mance list with her toss of 13.96 me­ters (45’ 09.75”) at the PSAC cham­pi­onships, which was the 38th long­est in the NCAA this sea­son. The ef­fort earned Tanseco fourth at PSACS and put her third in the KU record book.

Blooms­burg Univer­sity’s Jes­sica Que­sen­berry (Blue Bell/wis­sahickon) also made the All-at­lantic team in the steeple­chase. Que­sen­berry took sec­ond in the 3,000-me­ter steeple­chase at PSAC Cham­pi­onships with a time of 11:07.51. lanova next year. “I was aim­ing for over 12 feet but you do what you can. Last year was my first year so this be­ing my sec­ond year, it’s been a dream to re­ally do well and keep get­ting bet­ter.”

The Tro­jan stand­out was the only com­peti­tor to clear 11 feet, out-dis­tanc­ing her­self from dis­trict com­pe­ti­tion that in­cluded Coun­cil Rock South’s Madi­son Me­tague (10-6) and Owen J. Roberts’ Sa­vanna Sachar (10-6).

Once a Level Nine gym­nast train­ing for Level 10, Le­j­man made the switch to track and field and is also de­pended upon in the sprints for Wiss. She’s also been do­ing her share of lift­ing.

“It re­ally helps in the pole vault,” Le­j­man said. “I am so ex­cited (for states). It’s gonna be my sec­ond year there and I love the crowd.”

And then she’ll soon be off to ‘Nova.

“Dream come true,” the se­nior said. “I love the team. I’ve met a lot of the girls on the team and the girls com­ing in are re­ally good so we’re gonna have a great fresh­man class com­ing in.”

The Sub­ur­ban One League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence wasn’t fin­ished win­ning golds.

Ply­mouth-whitemarsh’s Tay­lor O’brien soared over the bar on her first at­tempt at 5-8 to put the Colo­nials on top of the medal stand.

“It’s crazy. I didn’t think that was gonna hap­pen,” the ju­nior said after claim­ing the AAA High Jump ti­tle. “I just kinda jumped and I guess the in­ten­sity of the mo­ment took off.”

O’brien even took a shot at the dis­trict record of 5-9, set in 1985. Clear­ing 5-8 pushed her past stiff com­pe­ti­tion that in­cluded Cen­tral Bucks South’s Va­lerie Przekop (5-5) and Chel­tenham’s Bri­anna Smith (5-5).

“Just to be able to go back out to states next week and tear it up, I’m re­ally ex­cited,” said O’brien, who took the fi­nal steps to a dis­trict gold this sea­son after earn­ing sil­ver as a sopho­more. “(On my win­ning jump), ev­ery­thing was tight all at once. So it picked up my spir­its and picked up my ag­gres­sive­ness and I just kinda took off from there.”

Madi­son Lan­g­ley-walker has grown pretty ac­cus­tomed to win­ning dis­trict ti­tles. The Up­per Dublin ju­nior cap­tured her third straight gold in the AAA Long Jump, get­ting out 19-1.5 to pull off a rare three­p­eat.

“It feels great. I was a lit­tle tired at first be­cause of the 100 hur­dles,” said Lan­g­ley-walker, who also won the ti­tle her fresh­man and sopho­more year while com­pet­ing for Chel­tenham. “I had to run back over and get my steps, make sure I was on the board. I felt a lit­tle tired on my run throughs but I felt like I had to pull out a big jump in or­der to go past my last one and go onto fi­nals.”

Lan­g­ley-walker held off chal­lengers Michelle Brown­jones of Up­per Darby (183.25) and Perkiomen Val­ley’s Christina War­ren (18-0.25) for top hon­ors.

“I went to fi­nals hop­ing I could at least get a big jump and I did that, came up with a 19-1,” Lan­g­ley-walker said. “I had pos­i­tive thoughts about that and then it was time to turn my mind over to 300 hur­dles. It feels great to come back and do at least a fur­ther jump than I did last year. Hope­fully I can come back next year as a se­nior and do it again.”

A se­nior who is def­i­nitely go­ing out the right way is Soud­er­ton Area’s Shamar Jenk­ins, cham­pion of the boys triple jump in Class AAA.

He won gold with a leap of 48-11.25 and once again punched his ticket to Shipp.

“I’m ac­tu­ally look­ing for­ward to states a lot. Putting down a 48 here gives me a good idea of what’s gonna hap­pen at states,” said Jenk­ins, who was a sil­ver medal­ist in the triple as a ju­nior and now a gold medal­ist as a se­nior. “And I know the com­pe­ti­tion’s gonna be good so I know I’m gonna have to pull out some­thing crazy.”

Jenk­ins reeled off his win­ning jump on his sec­ond-to­last turn in the fi­nals. Wis­sahickon’s Ah­mir John­son was sec­ond with a 47-0.75 and Up­per Dublin’s Brian Kauf­mann was third with a 47.

Jenk­ins was wear­ing two medals by the end of the day, adding to a bronze he earned in the high jump (6-5).

He could add a third medal on Satur­day in the long jump and then next week, he’ll be com­pet­ing at his fu­ture home — Jenk­ins ac­cepted a full ride to Shippensburg Univer­sity.

“(I want to) medal in all three events at states, the per­fect way to end my se­nior year,” he said.

An­other se­nior out of the SOL Con­ti­nen­tal is Pen­nridge’s Grif­fin Mcmann, who made an amaz­ing surge from 2016 to 2017 in the dis­cus, throw­ing 20 feet fur­ther and jump­ing up nine places from 11th to sec­ond.

“It was great. Huge PR — PR by 15 feet,” the Rams’ stand­out thrower said. “I worked with my coaches and also Quak­er­town’s throws coach (Justin Kucharski) on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, fixed some things that were wrong with my tech­nique.”

The 90-de­gree heat on Fri­day was mask­ing some­thing — an un­pre­dictable wind that forced the throw­ers to ad­just.

“The wind was re­ally tak­ing the disk,” Mcmann said. “But coach Justin just made the sug­ges­tion, just bring that block arm down, so my throws started go­ing straight and I got the ones I needed to get.”

Mcmann earned the sil­ver with a mark of 156-5, push­ing past West Ch­ester Rustin’s Edem Asamoa.

“We’re go­ing for the dis­trict (team) ti­tle, and this eight points were pretty un­ex­pected,” Mcmann said. “So it def­i­nitely helped to­wards that.

“Great start, and I have even higher ex­pec­ta­tions for my­self (Satur­day) in the shot put.”

He’ll be go­ing after an­other medal and pos­si­bly a school record (Ryan Ster­ling, 53-10.5, 2014).

“He was a se­nior when I was a fresh­man,” Mcmann said of Ster­ling. “It’s al­ways great, some­one that was such a role model to me and still is, and now I’m in his po­si­tion. And I’m achiev­ing things that he did.

“When I was a fresh­man I was like ‘wow, Ryan Ster­ling, throw­ing 53 feet.’ And now it’s me.”

In Class AA, Dock got a gold-medal ef­fort from Alex Martin in the shot put (44-2) and an in­spired per­for­mance from Sab­rina Demetrius.

After miss­ing most of the sea­son with an Ap­pen­dici­tis, Demetrius won a gold medal in the dis­cus in just her sec­ond meet back.

“I was re­ally up­set that my whole sea­son was taken away from me. I wanted to come out here and prove that I wasn’t go­ing to let this stop me from con­tin­u­ing and fin­ish­ing my se­nior year strong,” she said.

Demetrius de­fended her dis­trict ti­tle, throw­ing 109-9 for the gold.

“I was out for about three weeks,” she said of the sea­son. “My coaches just let me stretch out, see how I felt about it, just throw power, and the rest is his­tory. They’ve been re­ally happy and sup­port­ive and I’m very happy with how this is go­ing.

“I wouldn’t change it,” she said. “(Bat­tling back to win a dis­trict ti­tle is) prob­a­bly the big­gest thing I’ve done in my ca­reer. Hope­fully I’ll go for shot put as well (on Satur­day).”

Day Two of dis­tricts get un­der­way at 9 a.m., with fi­nals in the field and on the track.

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Tay­lor O’brien of Ply­mouth Whitemarsh clears 5’5” in the high jump Fri­day at the Dis­trict One track and field cham­pi­onships, held at Coatesville Area High School. O/brien won the con­test with a high of 5’8” and qual­i­fied for states.

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