Garnet Valley girls score big wins at Haverford Invitational

Swenson's Tichina Rhodes clears the last hurdle on her way to victory in the girls' 300-meter hurdles at the Haverford Invitational.
Swenson's Tichina Rhodes clears the last hurdle on her way to victory in the girls' 300-meter hurdles at the Haverford Invitational. (LOU RABITO / Staff)
Posted: April 07, 2013

At a track and field meet such as Saturday's Haverford Invitational, it's hard to stand out.

With a lot of talent among the 29 teams, winning multiple events proved difficult for most schools, but the Garnet Valley girls' squad had no trouble proving their talent by claiming gold in two of the premier races at the meet at Haverford High.

Senior Alyssa Rudawsky got the first win of the day for the Jaguars, finishing the 1,600-meter run in 5 minutes, 8.05 seconds.

Her time was 10 seconds better than the qualifying standard (5:18.24) for the PIAA Class AAA District 1 championships.

"Rudawsky's really stepped it up," Garnet Valley coach Terry Lillicrapp said. "She's stepped up as a leader on the team, and she's just been incredible."

Liz McGroarty then cemented the successful day for Garnet Valley with a win in the 800 in 2:20.72. That time also qualified her for the district meet.

Swenson also had a standout day on the track, as Markeeta Thomas won the 100 hurdles (14.85) and Tichina Rhodes won the 300 hurdles (45.46) and 400 dash (57.01).

Neshaminy sprinter Dasia Pressley dominated the short races, winning the 100 in 12.12 seconds and the 200 in 25.49.

On the boys' side, the day was highlighted by the 110 hurdles, as Upper Darby's Akeim Thomas and Downingtown East's J'von Jennings finished in a tie for first in 15.63.

Upper Darby dominated the 4x800 relay, winning by more than 17 seconds in 8:16.02.

Swenson's Niager Mathis continued his hot stretch, as he won both the 100 (10.69) and 200 (21.80) dashes.

Host Haverford High also had a solid showing, as it won the 4x100 relay (44.00) and Adam Bodine took gold in the 1,600 in 4:24.51. Brandon Waller paced the Fords in the field events, as he triumphed in both the shot put (50-5) and discus (136-10).

Bruce Dallas Invitational. Coatesville's Shaquille Thomas sprinted to a first-place finish in the 100 meters and helped his team control the field events to help the Red Raiders win the team title at Cumberland Valley.

Thomas finished in 11.16 seconds and placed third in the long jump. Elizae McDonald won the high jump with a mark of 6-4, and William Royal recorded a 44-2 to win the triple jump. Darrik Muroski finished third in the shot put and discus, and Rahjeir Miles was third in the javelin.

Rohwanna Smith anchored the Upper Merion girls' 4x400 relay team, which cruised to a first-place finish in 4:05.79. Smith was joined by Rose Sedgwick, Regie Robinson, and Jada Wilson to finish in 4:05.79.

Colonial Relays. Marielle Moy ran the final leg of the West Chester Henderson girls' first-place 4x800 relay in Williamsburg, Va. The team finished in 9:32.93. Moy was joined by Stephanie Aldrich, Maddie Bixler, and Natalie Decon. Decon also captured the mile, and Aldrich finished second in the 3,000.

La Salle won the 4x800 boys' relay and the distance medley relay. Jack Magee, Tom Coyle, and Andrew Stone were on both teams. Patrick Grant subbed for Levi Hardy on the 4x800.

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