May 23, 2016 |
When he can match what's in his head with what's in his body, Souderton long jumper Shamar Jenkins is tough to beat. On a drizzly Saturday afternoon at the District 1 track and field championships at Coatesville, Jenkins' upstairs matched his downstairs and helped the junior win the Class 3A championship. "It feels really good," said Jenkins, whose best jump was 21 feet, 111/2 inches. "I think I came out and just really wanted first place today. " A serious illness in October nearly derailed everything.
April 17, 2016
At Woodbury High School, Saturday, 9 a.m. Competition: Boys' and girls' events in Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4. Relay running events: Shuttle hurdles, distance medley, 800 meters, 3,200 meters, 400 meters, sprint medley, 1,600 meters. Individual field events: Shot put, discus, javelin, high jump, long jump, pole vaut, triple jump. Individual running event: 3,000-meter steeplechase.
July 15, 2015 |
THE 2012-13 school year was a year of firsts for both Wellington Zaza and his track coach at Garnet Valley, Andrew Etter. Etter was in his first year as the head coach of the Jaguars and Zaza was in his first year at the school, having spent his freshman and sophomore years at Upper Darby before going to Strath Haven for his junior year. Zaza's father, Billy Neewray, is an international soccer agent based in Switzerland. Zaza has lived with different family members, and family reasons kept him on the move throughout his high school career, but his movement on the track and field stayed consistent.
May 30, 2015 |
A week ago, Kelli Cruciotti missed her Skype graduation from online high school because she was riding in a competition. That paid off Thursday night, when the 17-year-old became the youngest winner of the Sapphire Grand Prix at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. The Grand Prix dates to 1978. "I've always dreamed about doing a class like this in front of as many people," Cruciotti said. "To have such a great result is a dream come true. " Cruciotti, of Elizabeth, Colo., riding her own Chamonix H, took home the $30,000 prize with a time of 38.678 seconds.
May 16, 2015 |
Stephen McClellan of St. Joseph's Prep set a District 12 meet record in the 800 meters Thursday with a time of 1 minute, 54.54 seconds at Germantown's Benjamin L. Johnston Memorial Stadium. McClellan won his Class AAA race by more than a second and topped the previous record, set by Haneef Hardy of Swenson in 2011, by eight tenths of a second. McClellan was also part of the Hawks' first-place 4x400 relay team, along with Benny Walls, Robert Dupell II and Miles Green. The team ran a time of 3:21.36, edging out second-place Cardinal O'Hara.
April 27, 2015 |
It wasn't until his sophomore year at Delsea that Ameer Banks realized his aptitude for field events. The Delsea senior had cleared a jump bar set at 5-foot-7 during a gym class his freshman year. His gym teacher persuaded him to go out for track the following year. Now a senior, Banks tied for fourth place Saturday at the Penn Relays in the boys' high-jump championship with a mark of 6-7.75. Clayton Brown of Jamaica College won the event by clearing 6-10.25. Williamstown's Devin Bradham was eighth (6-6.75)
April 4, 2015 |
After watching Kevin Harrison have a 10-minute conversation on Wednesday, Lenape coach Nick Tyson joked that it was the most he's ever seen him talk. Tyson is a first-year coach, but he was an assistant for the last five years and spent a lot of time around the jumpers. He noticed Harrison because he showed up every day and never complained. He was quiet, but he drew attention by working hard and earning opportunities in meets. That's part of what made his winter season so different.
May 25, 2014 |
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The high-jump bar sprang loose and fell to the mat, placing Shannon Taub's chances on the brink. The Council Rock South junior bounced off the mat in the southwest end of the Shippensburg University infield. Two officials from the PIAA track and field championships replaced the bar Taub had knocked down after failing to clear 5 feet, 7 inches. It was her second straight miss Friday morning. One more would eliminate her. "I knew I had the clearance. It was just the little things," Taub said.
May 24, 2014 |
Whenever Mikhail Micheaux's name is in his school's morning announcements or he appears at a banquet for his track and field exploits, Eastern boys' track coach Casey McAleer makes sure he includes a note in parentheses next to Micheaux's name. M-eye-kale Mee-sh-oh. Micheaux, whose last name is Creole and derives from family ties to Louisiana, is used to his name's being butchered. McAleer, a social studies teacher in the morning, wrongly assumed Micheaux's first name was pronounced "like Mikhail Gorbachev.
May 19, 2014 |
Taylor Hojnacki's second preliminary throw fell short of her usual mark, causing the Central Bucks South senior to retreat to Coatesville's adjacent practice area. She had already secured a place in Saturday afternoon's Class AAA shot-put final at the District 1 track and field championship. But the defending champion said she wanted to perfect the way she turns her hips in the middle of the circle. Hojnacki extended her left hand straight ahead. She pretended to hold a shot close to her chin in her right hand.