Wis­sahickon re­lay fin­ishes strong

The Globe - - OPINION - By Denny Dyroff

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

Wis­sahickon may not have been able to over­take Chen­ten­ham in the bat­tle for the team ti­tle at Satur­day’s Sub­ur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence Boys Track and Field Cham­pi­onships, but the Tro­jans were able to keep the Pan­thers from end­ing the meet on a win­ning note.

In the 4x400-me­ter re­lay, ZKLFK ZDV WKH finDO HYHnW of the meet at Ply­mouth Whitemarsh’s sta­dium, the 7URMDnV FURVVHG WKH finLVK OLnH Ln fiUVW SODFH — Ey the nar­row­est of mar­gins. :LVVDKLFNRn finLVKHG ZLWK a win­ning time of 2:20.57 while Chel­tenham was run­ner-up with a clock­ing of 3:20.60.

The race was so close that the dif­fer­ence might have been that Wis­sahickon an­chor Dave Stel­lato had a larger chest mea­sure­ment than the Pan­thers’ an­chor — RU PDyEH EHFDuVH KH KDG more heart.

The Tro­jans’ splits were 49.7 for Mike Har­ris, 51.9 for Rashawn Craw­ford, 50.1 for Khalil Byrd and 48.8 for Stel­lato.

“I got out pretty well,” said Har­ris, who was also fourth in the 400 at 50.24. “I was try­ing to pace off (Chel­tenham’s) John Lewis. We were in sec­ond place when I handed off.”

“I got a good hand­off from Mike and my hand­off to Khalil was good too,” Craw­ford said. “My split to­day was 51.9 but I can do bet­ter. My best this sea­son is 51.2.”

Byrd stayed close for his whole 400 and didn’t al­low Chel­tenham to in­crease the gap. Then, Stel­lato came WKURuJK ZLWK D ELJ-WLPH finLVK — MuVW nLSSLnJ CKHOWHn­ham at the wire.

“I was just try­ing to keep good form,” said Byrd. “When I got it, Chel­tenham had a nice lead. I made up enough ground. Dave was only a cou­ple me­ters be­hind when I gave him the ba­ton.”

“I had to make up about 100 me­ters,” Stel­lato said. “I started to re­ally close in at the 200 mark. At the 100, I started kick­ing. I wasn’t sure if I could catch him. I just wanted to run my fastest.”

7KH IDVWHVW WLPH — DnG WKH JROG PHGDO — Ln WKH RSHn 400 also be­longed to Stel­lato who crossed at 49.07. He also won the sil­ver medal in the 300 hur­dles with a time of 40.10.

“I won and de­fended my league cham­pi­onship in the 400,” said Stel­lato, who won last year with a time of 49.47. In the 300 hur­dles, I was sec­ond and it wasn’t my p.r. (per­sonal record). Hur­dles aren’t my race. I just do it for the team.”

The Tro­jans’ Nkosi Jones, ZKRVH fiUVW nDPH PHDnV “UuOer” in the wulu lan­guage of South Africa, lived up to his name in the hor­i­zon­tal jumps. Jones was gold medal­ist in long jump Fri­day with a leap of 23-3. He made it a dou­bleJROG PHHW ZKHn KH SODFHG fiUVW in triple jump on Satur­day with a dis­tance of 44-8.5.

Wis­sahickon’s other top finLVKHUV ZHUH 0DVRn 6uW­ton (sec­ond, dis­cus, 1226), Tris­tan Marcelis (third, 3200, 10:17.72), Yon­dell Dud­ley (third, dis­cus, 116-6) and Philip Fadel (third, pole vault, 12-0).

Norristown fared well in the sprint re­lays with a pair of bronze medals. In the 4x100, Chel­tenham set a meet reFRUG DW 42.05, 6SULnJ­fiHOG was sec­ond at 43.59 and the Ea­gles were third at 43.68. In the 4x400, Norristown clocked a 3:28.40 to take third be­hind Wis­sahickon and Chel­tenham.

The Ea­gles’ top in­di­vid­ual finLVKHU ZDV 0LNH BURZn, who was bronze medal­ist in the 200. Chel­tenham went one-two with Mark Thomp­son (21.56) and Chris­tian Bris­sett (21.84) fol­lowed by Brown at 22.07.

“My 200 was good,” said BURZn, ZKR DOVR SODFHG fiIWK in the 100-me­ter dash with a clock­ing of 11.14 and fan on both the 4x100 and 4x400 re­lays.

“I had to go against Mark Thomp­son, who has the power, and Chris­tian Bris­sett, who has the stride. So, I had to run with the best of my abil­ity. Their league ri­vals and I have to keep the bat­tle go­ing with them. We’ll do it again next week at dis­tricts.”

7KRPSVRn DOVR SODFHG fiUVW Ln the 100 in 10.76, fol­lowed by 6SULnJ­fiHOG’V -KDORnL -RKnVRn DW 10.97, Up­per More­land’s Tyler Whit­more at 11.01 and Bris­sett fourth at 11.03.

-RKn LHZLV WRRN fiUVW Ln the 800 in 1:56.79 for Chel­tenham, while tak­ing sec­ond in the 400.

Up­per Dublin’s Reshine -DFNVRn WRRN fiUVW Ln WKH 110 hur­dles, fol­lowed by Chel­tenham’s Cordell Richard­son at 15.32 and Paris Gavin at 15.32.

7KH 3DnWKHUV DOVR JRW fiUVWV from Paul Somerville in the shot put (44-1.5) and dis­cus (147-0) and the 4x100 and 4x800 re­lays.

6SULnJ­fiHOG’V CKULV 6WRnH notched three golds, win­ning the high jump (6-6), pole vault (13-0) and javelin (171-7).

Up­per Dublin’s other top finLVKHUV ZHUH .LHUDn 0RRUH (sec­ond, shot put, 43-11.5; sec­ond, javelin, 135-11), Steve Wil­liamson (third, 1600, 4:34.48), Ti­tus Greene (third, shot put, 40-11) and Tyler White­head (third, javelin, 135-8).

Ply­mouth Whitemarsh’s WRS finLVKHUV ZHUH ByURn Cole­man, who was sil­ver medal­ist in long jump at 224.5, and Cassidy Sil­ver­thorn, who won the bronze medal in the 800 at 1:59.92.

Norristown had one other bronze medal­ist. TJ Leach finLVKHG WKLUG Ln WKH 400 with a time of 49.10. He also SRVWHG D VLxWK-SODFH finLVK Ln the 200 at 22.63. His teamPDWH -RHy 6PLWK ZDV fiIWK Ln the 200 at 22.55 and sixth in the 100 at 11.19.

Up­per Me­rion’s Austin Cooper and Up­per Dublin’s Fran­cis Fer­ruzzi ruled the dis­tance events. Cooper snagged the gold medal in the 1,600 with a time of 4:25.04 and the sil­ver medal in the 800 at 1:58.67. Fer­ruzzi won the 3,200 with a clock­ing of 9:58.54 and was run­ner-up in the 1,600 at 4:25.60.

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