Perk Val­ley girls race past Methacton on Se­nior Day

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jeff Stover js­tover@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­curyXS­tover on Twit­ter

NEW HANOVER » She marked the fi­nal race on her home course in most ap­pro­pri­ate fash­ion.

Teagan Schein-Becker high­lighted Perkiomen Val­ley’s Se­nior Day fes­tiv­i­ties by lit­er­ally run­ning away with the girls’ race against Methacton. The Vik­ing se­nior cov­ered the lay­out at Perkiomen Val­ley Mid­dle School West in a low 19-minute run to head PV’s 15-42 vic­tory over the War­riors.

Schein-Becker was shoot­ing

a ninth-place time to fin­ish sec­ond in the Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s Lib­erty Di­vi­sion.

On the boys’ side, Methacton scored an 18-37 win over the Vikes as Matt Vargh­ese led a 1-2-3-4 run in the schools’ fi­nal dual of the fall.

“I think if the ground wasn’t as soft, maybe I could have gone faster,” Schein-Becker said. “Next week is the PAC meet, so bring it on.”

O’Sul­li­van, cov­er­ing her home course in 19:48, was the only other sub-20 placer on the girls’ side. In keep­ing with the spirit of the day, PV se­niors Ju­lia Dor­ley (20:10) and Rachael Daniels (20;46) went a re­spec­tive third and fifth be­hind their fleet-footed class­mate, with ju­nior Jo­ce­lyn Ro­tay (20:22) fourth.

“Our sea­son has been pretty good,” Schein-Becker said of her team, which went 4-1 against PAC Lib­erty op­po­nents. At present, the Vikes hold sec­ond place in the di­vi­sion, with Thursday’s fi­nale be­tween Owen J. Roberts and Spring-Ford de­ter­min­ing if they fin­ish with a share of first or sec­ond place in the fi­nal stand­ings.

“Over the sea­son we’ve done pretty good,” Schein-Becker said. “We’ve had the best here this year.”

“I thought this group is a good as last year,” PV head coach Ryan Sul­li­van added. “We’re putting it to­gether at the right time.”

Methacton (2-3) was headed by Carly Ukalovic’s sixth-place (20:57) run. Anna Price and Re­becca Sobeck added a 7-8 fin­ish in re­spec­tive times of 21:17 and 21:24, with Maddy Ziegler (10th, 21:33) and Mira Erzah­nova (11th, 21:53) dis­placed by PV’s Emma Alexy (ninth, 21:27).

The Vik­ing girls are now fo­cused on a three­p­eat of the PAC race. That bid, how­ever, will be chal­lenged by OJR (4-0) and Spring-Ford (3-1), which have put to­gether solid reg­u­lar-sea­son re­sults thus far.

“Owen J. is re­ally good, and Spring-Ford has su­per ath­letes,” Sul­li­van noted. “Owen J. is the team to beat ... it’s placed 1-2-3 in a num­ber of in­vi­ta­tion­als. We have a lot of ground to make up, but we have a shot.”

In the boys’ race, Vargh­ese set a fast pace for his older team­mates. The Methacton sopho­more clocked a 16:43 to fin­ish well ahead of ju­niors Gar­rett Camp­bell (17:10), Will Re­bert (17:24) and Gar­rett McPhillips (17:25), who went 2-3-4 for the War­riors (2-3).

“I’m not re­ally look­ing at time,” Vargh­ese said. “I was try­ing to keep pace with the other guys. I was sur­prised by the times.

“Last week, I ran a 16:25 on the (home) PAC course,” he added. “I usu­ally don’t run times like that, so I was pretty sur­prised.”

Dy­lan Danowski checked in as PV’s top run­ner, the sopho­more going fifth in 17:27. He led an un­der­class­men pack that saw sopho­more Tyler Clif­ford (sixth, 17:30), fresh­man Ri­ley Mil­li­gan (sev­enth, 17:31), and sopho­more Ethan Ri­belan (ninth, 17:37) fin­ish ahead of se­nior Mat­teo Goet­tler (10th, 17:38).

“I’m happy with the guys. They’ve made im­prove­ment this sea­son,” Sul­li­van said of the 1-4 crew. “They’re su­per young, but they’ve been drop­ping their times. They’re a nice group of guys ... they’re su­per mo­ti­vated, an easy group to work with.”

Tom Chimes gave Methacton a run­ner who cut into PV’s pack with an eighth-place, 17:33 run.

The PAC cham­pi­onship meet will again be staged at Heeb­ner Park next Thursday (Oct. 19). The fol­low­ing Fri­day will be the Dis­trict 1 meet at Le­high Univer­sity’s Good­man com­plex, with states Saturday, Nov. 4, at Her­shey.

“Teagan is among four or five girls who are com­pet­i­tive,” Sul­li­van said of the PAC’s next in­di­vid­ual cham­pion, which is open with two-time race win­ner Glodek grad­u­ated and at­tend­ing Cornell Univer­sity. “I like her chances for that.” NOTES » For the PAC meet, Vargh­ese is shoot­ing to im­prove on the 14th-place he achieved as a fresh­man. “I’m think­ing I can come in sixth or bet­ter,” he said. ... Vargh­ese’s com­par­i­son of the PV course to the Heeb­ner Park one: “There are some hills at the end, the last 800 me­ters,” he said. “It’s kind of chal­leng­ing.” ... The meet was com­pleted just be­fore Wednesday evening’s rain show­ers kicked in over the MS West cam­pus.

to beat the course mark of 18:58 held by for­mer team­mate Annie Glodek. She ended up run­ning a 19:15 that still pro­vided her a com­fort­able win­ning ef­fort over De­laney O’Sul­li­van and other Vik­ing team­mates who swept the top five spots and added SCHEIN-BECKER

VARGH­ESE

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