Octorara Tops Kennett In Meet That Pits Coach Against Ex-student

Posted: April 25, 1994

In a matchup between the teacher and the student Thursday, the student won as Octorara edged Kennett, 74-67, to improve to 2-1 in Southern Chester County League dual meets.

Octorara coach Michelle Moran, a 1986 Kennett graduate, ran cross-country for the Blue Demons' Charlie Lewis, who still coaches cross-country and boys' track, and recently began coaching the girls' track team.

"It's always fun to go up against (Lewis)," Moran said. "He's a great coach and a great person, and I really learned a lot from him."

Perhaps Lewis taught Moran, a standout distance runner in her day, a bit too much. The Braves are a young team on the rise.

"We have a really young team, and for what we have, we have a lot of talented girls to work with for years to come," Moran said. One of those talented young runners is freshman Lee Ann Williamson, who ran the 1,600 for the first time and won in 6 minutes, 11.2 seconds.

"She's been running the 800 and on our 1,600 and 3,200 relays," Moran said. "She's real strong and has good endurance, and I thought she'd do a good job in the 1,600. She did. She's only five seconds off the district qualifying time, and I'm sure she'll keep dropping her times as she gets used to the 1,600."

Williamson also anchored the 3,200 relay to a win (13:24.6) and ran on the winning 1,600 relay (4:35.2). Sophomore Noelle Loue won the 800 (2:49.4) and also ran on the 3,200 relay. Thea Roomet, one of only three seniors on the team, won the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches) and anchored the 400 relay to a win (56.4). The Kennett Blue Demons had several individuals do well, but Lewis still doesn't have enough depth to win meets against good teams.

Angela Schleuter dominated the sprints, winning the 100 (13.5), 200 (27.7) and 400 (1:03.8); Tammie MacAuley won the long jump (15-0) and triple jump (29-3 1/2), and Tonya Tynes took the shot (28-6 1/2) and discus (85-6).


* In other SCCL action, league-leading Villa Maria topped Bishop Shanahan, 91-49, on Thursday as Dee Ruley won the 100 hurdles (17.0) and 300 hurdles (50.8) and Angie Brown took the long jump (19-4 1/2), 100 (12.5) and 200 (25.9).

For Shanahan, Karen Hauck won the 800 (2:33.0) and 1,600 (5:58.0).

Villa is 3-0 in league meets and also won the league relay meet. The Hurricanes have the inside track on repeating as league champs, while the race for second is wide open.

At the SCCL Relays at Oxford Monday, Villa scored 102 to top Oxford (76), Unionville (66), Avon Grove (53), Kennett (45) and Octorara (40).

One of the top contenders for second is Oxford, which continued to look strong, crushing Garnet Valley, 111-22, on Thursday to improve to 3-1 in league meets.

For the Hornets, Trish Steffy won the long jump (12-6 1/2) and triple jump (28-0 1/2) and Allison Henry took the 100 hurdles (17.9) and 300 hurdles (51.7). The throws are the Hornets' strength, and they outscored the Jaguars, 27-0, in the three events.


* Also in the SCCL on Thursday, Avon Grove scored a big 74-67 win over Unionville to complete a busy and frightening week.

On Tuesday, during an 84-57 win at Kennett, Tim Canby, the husband of Red Devils' coach Debby Canby, was hit in the leg with a javelin. Tim Canby, an official at the javelin competition, suffered a broken femur and will be wearing a cast for the next several weeks.

"Someone said it looks like someone got hit by a javelin and then they said it looks like it's your husband," Canby said. "It was very scary."

The meet against Unionville came down to the 1,600 relay, and the Red Devils' foursome of Angie Bruni, Melanie Lambert, Jill Lucas and Sarah Novosel won in 4:36.6, as Novosel, who also won the 200 (28.1) and long jump (14-8 3/ 4), ran away from the Indians' anchor over the last 100 meters of the race.


* In Pioneer Athletic Conference action, Owen J. Roberts continued to run well, scoring a 92-49 win over Phoenixville on Thursday to remain undefeated in league meets.

The Wildcats were led by Jessica Daher, who won the 200 and 400.

In a nonleague meet, Coatesville overpowered Lancaster McCaskey, 76-65, as Jen Worthington won the 100 (13.1), long jump (16-2) and high jump (5-0).

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