Sat. Pa. track: Cheltenham sweeps American meet

Cheltenham's Katelyn Jackson (center) wins the 100-meter dash, running it in 12 seconds flat.
Cheltenham's Katelyn Jackson (center) wins the 100-meter dash, running it in 12 seconds flat. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff)
Posted: May 12, 2014

It was a triumphant Saturday for the Cheltenham track teams at the Suburban One American championships at Plymouth Whitemarsh. The Panthers swept the boys' and girls' team titles, knocking down several meet records in the process.

John Lewis won three events, including records in the 400 meters (47.69 seconds) and 300 hurdles (38.38). He also claimed the 800.

Christian Brissett took gold in the 100 and 200 meters, and ran on the winning 4x100 relay.

Katelyn Jackson (100 and 200) and Ciara Leonard (100 and 300 hurdles) each won two events. They also were a part of the record-setting 4x100 relay, which finished in 46.92.

Chris Stone of Springfield (Montco) was a triple winner. He took the pole vault and javelin and set a record in the high jump with a leap of 6-91/4.

Suburban One National championships. Neshaminy sophomore Dasia Pressley blazed into the record books by setting meet marks in the 100 (11.99) and the 200 (24.05) at William Tennent.

Pennsbury's Uchechi Onuoha won the triple jump, long jump, and 100 and 300 hurdles. Shannon Taub, of team champion Council Rock South, set a record of 5-7 in the high jump.

Council Rock North's Kaelyn Heinicke came home first in the 800 and 1,600.

Pennsbury claimed the boys' championship behind individual titles from Charles Snorweah (400) and Malcolm Gittens (200).

Suburban One Continental championships. Pennridge's Taylor Chapman and Taylor Hojnacki of Central Bucks South each set two records at C.B. South.

Hojnacki won the discus with a hurl of 148 feet, smashing her record of 135 from a year ago. She won the shot put with a heave of 43-61/4. Chapman set standards in the 100 (11.97) and 200 (24.52).

Central Bucks East's Grace Becker claimed gold in three events - the high jump, 100 hurdles, and triple jump - and placed second in the 300 hurdles.

Ariana Przybylowski of Pennridge broke her own record in the long jump with a leap of 18-51/2. Her teammate, Marissa Sheva, was first to the line in the 1,600 and 3,200.

On the boys' side, Pennridge's Mike Class was a triple winner, taking the long jump and 100 and capturing the 200 in a record time of 21.88. Teammate Joseph Logue won two events (800 and 1,600), and Quakertown's Ishmael Wright swept the 110 and 300 hurdles.

Central Bucks East won the girls' title; North Penn took the boys' crown.

Bicentennial championships. Holy Ghost Prep won its 20th straight boys' title. Christian Kardish won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters on his home track, and he ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x800 relay.

Christopher Dock rolled to the girls' title behind victories in the 200 by Bailey Kratz and in the long jump.

Inter-Ac championships. Springside Chestnut Hill's Brooklynn Broadwater and Germantown Academy's Megan McCloskey won three events each at Malvern Prep.

Broadwater nabbed gold in the 200 meters and swept the hurdles. McCloskey was best in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Episcopal Academy took top girls' team honors.

Jaxson Hoey won the 800 and 1,600 for boys' champion Malvern Prep.

Pioneer Athletic championships. Caroline Duffy established meet records in the 100 (12.42) and 200 (25.14) as part of Methacton's championship effort at Perkiomen Valley.

Teammate Kara Steinke won the 1,600 and 3,200.


tmcmanus@philly.com

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