Phoenixville hosts Summer Twilight Track Series

Photo by Barry Taglieber Hugh Douglas, center, and Cole Cooper, left, finished 1-2 in their heat of the 100-meter dash at the 2012 Summer Twilight Track Series meet on July 19 at Phoenixville High School's Washington Field.

PHOENIXVILLE - Runners of all ages and abilities participated in the first segment of the 2012 Summer Twilight Track Series at Washington Field on Thursday evening, July 19. Some runners took part, including runners from the West Chester Track Club. The age range was 4-50.

The Phoenixville cross country team is sponsoring the two night track meets as a fundraiser and to help promote running in the area with the high school cross country season and indoor and outdoor track seasons right around the corner on the schedule.

The second session is slated for Thursday, Aug. 2, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Registration can be done online at http://phoenixvillexc.weebly.com/summer-track-series.html or the day of the event beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The first meet included the 1600 meters, 100, 400, 800, 200, 3,000, 110-meter hurdles and 4x400 relay for eight total events. The meet lasted less than two hours.

The second meet will have the 5,000 meters, 100, 4x100 relay, 400, 800, 200, 1600 and 110-meter hurdles for eight more events.

Heats are determined based on number of entrants with some runners entering multiple events. An effort was made to group people of similar ability, age and/or gender wherever possible.

Phantom boys cross country coach Justin Winters directed the event along with senior runner Ryan Marks, who is using the summer series as his senior project. He used a megaphone to announce the individual events for runners to report prior to the start of the races.

“I came to him with ideas,” said Marks. “We advertised it on line. It was also a good fundraising opportunity. It is a really nice day. Today is a perfect day for running since it is overcast.”

Phoenixville High School Principal Dr. Craig Parkinson attended the event, and his two children, members of the West Chester Track Club, participated in the competition. The kids are daughter Camille, 11; and son Chase, 8.

Also on the track was Phoenixville resident Joe Puleo, the running coach at Rutgers University-Camden and two of his three children, Gabe, 10; and Sophie, 5.