Athletes to watch at the Penn Relays

Posted: April 21, 2010

Here is a look at some of the high school stars scheduled to compete at the Penn Relays:

Pennsylvania

Abington junior Leah Nugent, Academy of Notre Dame senior Ann Kelly, and Penn Wood senior Felicia Custis will open high school racing at the 116th annual Penn Relays Thursday at 10:20 a.m. in the girls' 400-meter hurdles championship.

Nugent is the reigning PIAA Class AAA state champion in the 300 outdoor hurdles.

The boys' mile championship at 6:10 p.m. Friday will feature three top local seniors - Tom Kehl of Father Judge; Vince Perozze of Perkiomen Valley; and Tom Mallon, a Stanford recruit from Central Bucks South who is the reigning two-time PIAA Class AAA state champion in the outdoor half mile.

Then, on Saturday at noon, Methacton senior Carlton Lavong will defend his 2009 Penn Relays long-jump crown against a field that includes Haverford School senior Tom Hopkins, Malvern Prep junior Rich D'Ambrosio, and Pennridge senior Steve Eister.

On the track Thursday at 7:10 p.m., St. Basil Academy of Jenkintown will compete in the girls' distance medley Championship of America. Then, at 7:30, the girls' 3,000 championship will include Pennsbury freshman Sara Sargent, Central Bucks East junior Katie Kinkead, Boyertown senior Elizabeth Simpson, and North Penn sophomore Meghan McGovern.

In Thursday's field events, the girls' shot put at 11 a.m. will feature Archbishop Prendergast senior Chloe Smith, the reigning Class AAA District 12 outdoor champion, and Cardinal O'Hara junior Anna McCloskey.

At 1:45 p.m., the girls' long jump will feature Cheltenham's Brittany Howell, Phoenixville's Courtney Kedra, and Central Bucks East's Shannon Daniels.

They will be joined by Abington sophomore Jordan Matthews, Strath Haven sophomore Rachel Van Metre, and North Penn junior Kayla Charles.

In boys' action, Episcopal Academy junior Scott Rushton will throw in Friday's boys' shot-put championship at 2:30 p.m., and Germantown Friends will run in the boys' distance medley Championship of America at 5:55 p.m.

Chestnut Hill Academy sophomore Dustin Wilson will run the boys' 3,000 championship at 6:15 p.m. on Friday.

Then, on Saturday at 9 a.m., Phoenixville junior Tom Timmins will run the 400 hurdles, and Cardinal O'Hara sophomore Chazz Wilks will compete in the discus.

New Jersey

Timber Creek senior Matt Huckabee last year became the only individual winner from a South Jersey school by tossing the discus 182 feet, 11 inches. His best throw this season has been 175-0 at a dual meet two weeks ago with Cherry Hill West. He is scheduled to throw at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Haddonfield's Marielle Hall, one of the top distance runners in the nation, is set to run in the girls' 3,000 championship at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Texas-bound senior became the fifth high school girl in the country to break 17 minutes in the 5,000 when she was clocked in 16:55.69 at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in March.

Timber Creek's Damiere Byrd anchored the winning 4x400 relay last year in the South Jersey large school championship. Byrd and Derrick Henry, both seniors, are back from a quartet that was clocked in 3:19.35.

Lenape's Caitlin Orr, one of the top 1,600 runners in the nation, will skip the mile to run the anchor leg in the girls' distance medley championship of America race that is set for 7:10 p.m. Thursday.


Contact staff writer Bill Iezzi

at 856-779-3826 or biezzi@phillynews.com. ;  

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