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