Track & Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia Presented a Slew of Talented Athletes

Track & Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia Presented a Slew of Talented Athletes

Dasia Pressley

  The Track & Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia congregated in Lehigh on Saturday to put local athletes to the test. Central Bucks East’s Patriots scooped up four gold medals. Among the winners were Oliver Boucher (400), Ata Shahideh (800), Jake Brophy (mile) and the Distance Medley Relay team of Josh Wood, Luke Harding, Louis Kettelberger and Josh Goetz. For Brophy’s first individual race in the state this season, he had a time of 4:31.19. With a time of 4:32.13, Sam Webb of Pennsbury followed slightly behind Brophy, followed by CB West’s Rock Fortna (4:33.33) and Joe Maguire of Council Rock South (4:33.87). Out of all of the events, the 3,000 meters proved to bring out the competitive spirit in all. Brian Arita of Council Rock North (8:58.09) just scraped past CR South’s Andrew Hanna (8:59.45). Bensalem’s Tyji Mays (9:07.28) and Conner Sands of CB East came in third and fourth respectively. The 55-meter dash win was claimed by Chris Welde from Council Rock North with a time of 6.71. Sean Conway from Neshaminy took first in the 200, followed by Bobby Gablein of Hatboro-Horsham (23.58), Jason Tate of Bensalem (23.61) was third, and Adam Smoluk of Central Bucks South was fourth (24.48). Abington won the 4x400 relay in 3:34.18, with Neshaminy coming in third and Pennridge fourth. In the field events, Ryan Thomas of William Tennent won the high jump at 5-foot-10. Returning to the track on Friday, Dasia Pressley made her presence known, but this time with a different team. She won the 60-meter dash at the Delaware Valley Girls Track & Fiels Coaches Associated meet at Lehigh University with a time of 7.78 seconds. Last year Pressley ran for Neshaminy, but now resides with Pennsbury. The Falcons presented Husniyyah Rogers, who won the 200 in a lightning fast 25.87. Meredith Twomey, also from the Falcons, came in second in the mile (5:17.91). Pennsbury junior Olivia Sargent won the 800 in 2:19.62. Amongst the other winners, Taylor Chapman of Pennridge cleaned up in the 400 with a time of 1:00.49. The field events presented some shining stars as well. Rams’ Ariana Przybylowski was victorious in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet and one-quarter inch. In the shot put, Bensalem senior Amelia Ali was second with a throw of 35-11 while Owls teammate Elayna Arsdale was third in 34-2.5. William Tennent’s Ciera Romero (33-1.25) was fourth. Council Rock South senior, Marissa Johnson won the pole vault at 10 feet, with Pennsbury’s Alexis Mongiello (9-6) second. Shannon Taub retained her first place position in the high jump with 5-4 for CR South. A close second was Villa Joseph Marie’s Michaela Hollister at 5-3, with Souderton’s Moira O’Malley (5-2) third and Abington’s Victoria Collins (5-2) fourth. Hannah Sexton of CB West won the triple jump at 35-1/4. Coming in third was Pennsbury’s Uche Onuoha (35-0), and CR South’s Emily Yemm (34-9) was fourth. The Distance Medley Relay was a local affair, as CB West (12:40.52) was first, just edging second-place North Penn (12:42.23) and Pennsbury (12:44.39) in third. Coming in fourth was CB East (12:49.53).

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