A closer look at the girls' first team

Posted: June 21, 2007

Here's a look at the all-Southeastern Pennsylvania girls' track and field first team:

100 meters: Shanae Bailey, Swenson, freshman. Bailey posted a fully automatic time of 11.89 seconds - the second-fastest time in the state this season - to win the Public League championship. She also swept Class AA's District 12 and state titles.

200: Shanae Bailey, Swenson. She ran a 24.50, the third-fastest time in the state, in the semifinal of the Class AA state meet. Bailey followed with a 24.58 to win the state title. As in the 100, she swept the district and Public League championship crowns.

400: Ije Iheoma, Council Rock South, junior. Iheoma ran a 54.48, the area's fastest time, to finish second at the Class AAA state meet. She won the District 1 Class AAA title in 55.64, and placed seventh at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in 55.15.

800: Taylor Bumpas, Gwynedd-Mercy, sophomore. Bumpas posted the area's fastest time of 2 minutes, 10.92 seconds to finish third at the Class AAA state meet. She is the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies champion and District 1 Class AAA runner-up.

1,600: Heather Giovagnoli, Spring-Ford, junior. Giovagnoli ran an area-best time of 4:57.57 to place fifth at the Class AAA state meet. She was the Pioneer Athletic Conference champion and the District 1 Class AAA runner-up.

3,200: Carly Hamond, West Chester Henderson, junior. Hamond's winning time of 10:44.76 at the District 1 Class AAA meet was the area's best time. She followed with a 10:44.83 to place second at the Class AAA state meet.

100 hurdles: Ryann Krais, Methacton, junior. Krais won the Class AAA title with a state-meet record time of 13.73. It was also the state's fastest time of the season. She later ran a 13.92 to place fourth at the Nike Outdoor Nationals. Krais set meet records during victories at the Suburban One American Conference (13.98) and District 1 (13.89) meets.

300 hurdles: Ryann Krais, Methacton, junior. She ran a 41.84 in the Class AAA state-meet semifinals. Krais went on to win her third consecutive state title. In addition to being the fastest time in the state, it was the 10th-best time nationally by a high school girl, according to Dyestat.com.

400 hurdles: Ryann Krais, Methacton, junior. She ran the state's fastest time of 57.26 to finish second at the Nike Outdoor Nationals. It was also the nation's second-fastest time by a high school girl and the nation's 16th-fastest time regardless of age group as of Wednesday.

Shot put: Karen Shump, Penncrest, junior. Shump finished second at the Penn Relays by producing a 49-foot, 03/4-inch effort. In addition to being the state's top distance, it was one of the 10 best nationally. After winning her third consecutive Class AAA state title, Shump produced a 48-43/4 to finish third at the Nike Outdoor Nationals.

Discus: Karen Shump, Penncrest, junior. She won the District 1 Class AAA title with a meet-record and state-best throw of 154.0. She followed with a second-place performance at the Class AAA state meet.

Long jump: Ryann Krais, Methacton, junior. The standout won her second straight District 1 Class AAA state title with a leap of 19-0, the best jump in the state. She followed with an 18-73/4 to win her second straight Class AAA state-meet title.

Triple jump: Joelle Nielson, Girls High, junior. Nielson produced an area-best 38-4 to win the Public League championships title. She also won the District 12 Class AAA championship.

High jump: Ryann Krais, Methacton, junior. She cleared a state-best 5-6 to finish third at the Taco Bell Classic in Columbia, S.C. Krais matched the effort a week later at the Great Valley Relays.

Javelin: Jessie Furia, Springfield (Delco), senior. Furia won the District 1 Class AAA title with a toss of 131-2. Furia also won the Central League championships title.

Pole vault: Stephanie McDougal, North Penn, senior. McDougal cleared 12-3 - the state's second-best height - to win the Suburban One National Conference championships title. She followed with an 11-6 to take first at the District 1 Class AAA meet. She also finished fourth at the Penn Relays.

4x100 relay: Swenson (Jayee Wright, Anthonia Ballard, Vanessa Mack and Bailey). The quartet ran the state's second-fastest time of 47.84 to place first at the Class AA state meet. Swenson also finished first at the District 12 Class AAA meet.

4x400: Methacton (Alicia Melnick, Courtney DeGemmis, Eileen McCarthy and Krais). The foursome posted the state's third-best time of 3:53.16 to place third at the Class AAA state meet. The Warriors also placed first at the District 1 Class AAA meet.

4x800: Gwynedd-Mercy (Erin Ryan, Kelly McEldrew, Haley Keenan and Bumpas). The quartet ran 9:14.19 to finish second at the Class AAA state meet. It was the third fastest time in the state. The foursome also placed first at the District 1 Class AAA meet.

- Keith Pompey

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