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Pottstown’s Smallwood shines at PV Invite

- By Mercury staff @PottsmercS­ports on Twitter

Boys track & field

PV INVITATION­AL » Darius Smallwood capped a solid week of competitio­n by winning three races at Saturday’s invitation­al meet hosted by Perkiomen Valley.

Smallwood, three days removed from a near-school record run in the 800 during Pottstown’s meet with Pottsgrove, had district-qualifying standards in three events. The Trojan senior won the 300 intermedia­te hurdles in 40,67, the 400 in 50.42 and the 800 in 1:58.15.

Hunter Flack had a banner day of his own, winning two field events. The UP senior had a meet-record and district-qualifying jump of 15 feet while also taking the javelin (146-1).

Other competitor­s making district qualificat­ion were Boyertown’s Julian Saunders in the 200 (22,6), Pottstown’s Jahzeel Watson in the high jump (6-5) and Spring-Ford’s Kyle Kennedy in the shot put (51-3). Saunders also scored a first in the 100 (11.4), as did Watson in the triple jump (41-1) and Kennedy in the discus (141-10).

Girls track & field

PV INVITATION­AL » Renee Simmonds had a doubly-good day Saturday, winning two events with district-qualifying marks during the invitation­al meet at Perkiomen Valley.

Simmonds’ firsts in the 300 intermedia­te hurdles (48.29) and discus (116-1) qualified her for the District 1-AAA meet later this month. Three other competitor­s won with district-qualifying marks, with Methacton’s Madi Eastmure a double winner.

Eastmure took the 100 hurdles with a 16.48 clocking good for district-level competitio­n, and she also headed the high jump with a 5-3. Spring-Ford’s Nene Mokonchu went 58.72 in the 400, and Methacton’s Kaitlyn Richards jumped 10 feet in the pole vault.

Another Methacton competitor, Summer Mellow, won the 200 (28.01) and long jump (15-8).


OWEN J. ROBERTS 12, POPE JOHN PAUL II 0 » A trio of pitchers combined to three-hit the Golden Panthers Friday, and two Wildcats provided multiple-RBI outings toward their team’s PAC divisional crossover win.

Jared Berish, Sam Morris and Zach Brockner shared the mound duties for Owen J., walking just three and collecting 10 strikeouts between them. At the plate, Morris drove in three runs on 2-for-3 hitting while Ethan Sabatino and Dean Mihos (both 2-for-3) had two more in the five-inning contest.

NORRISTOWN 5, POTTSTOWN 3 » The combined pitching efforts of Dylan Duke and James Keyes led the Eagles to their first win of the season Friday.

Duke (two earned runs) struck out 10 batters and allowed four hits in four innings of work to earn the win. Keyes (one earned run) struck out six in the next three innings.

Duke hit a pair of doubles and Keyes had one, while Logan Sigg tallied a pair of hits for Norristown.

Dylan Murphy allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings for Pottstown. Mason Miller (double) and Caleb Quiles both had twohit days. Murphy added a double at the dish.

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