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The Phoenixville winter track boys compete in the Track and Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia (TFCAofGP) while the girls compete in the delaware Valley Girls Track Coaches Association (DVGTCA) meets.
The boys division is divided into two divisions - one for larger and one for small schools. Phoenixville is in Division II for small schools. Small schools means fewer than 500 boys from 10th to 12th grade so it is not all that small. There are about 50 schools from Southeastern Pennsylvania in Phoenixville’s division (suburan public and private schools, Philadelphia Public League and Catholic League schools as well as charter schools).
The girls association is even larger since it is not divided into divisions. There are about 100 schools in the girls assocation.
In the boys meets, medals are awarded to the first five places while medals are awarded to the top six places in the girls meets. In any event, it is quite an accomplishment to come home with a medal from either meet, considering the number of schools entered any given event and the quality of the competition. Athletes can also qualify in these meets for the association championship meet (boys and girls Meet of Champions) and/or the Pennsylvania Indoor sTate Championship Meet based on certain qualifying standards.
The Phantoms’ boys 4x800 meter relay qualified in this first meet for the boys Meet of Champions to be held at Lehigh University in February.
The boys meet was held Saturday afternoon on Dec. 8.
In the 4x800 relay, Saybrim Medina, MacKenzie Thomas, Matt Chiappetta and Ryan Marks were clocked at 8:50.74 Fully Automatic Timing (FAT) for second place and silver medals.
“This was a good, strong effort by all four boys,” said Phoenixville coach Jack Kraynak. “Saybrim and MacKenzie (both juniors) are very good 400-mete erunners moving up to the 80 for the first time this year. Both did a nice job in their first 800. Matt (junior) and Ryan (senior) are experienced middle distance runners coming off a nice cross country season. These boys along with seniors Xavier Knight and Tyler Timmins give us the potential to have a very strong 4x400 meter relay this season as well.”
Kraynak said Marks, Chiappetta, Knight and Timmins are also doing a nice job of providing leadership as team captains for the Phantoms’ very young squad this year.
In the 400-meter dash, Knight ran a 56.07 for 11th place out of 38 runners. In the 800, Steve Rakoczy ran a 2:42.24. In the 3,000-meter run, senior Jack Reed ran an 11:52.80.
In the distance medley relay, Sean McGinnis (freshman, 1200 meters), Galen Rogers (junior, 400 meters), Jeff Miller (senior, 800) and Adam Yosua (junior, 1600) ran a 12:27.63, which included personal best splits by all four runners.
In the 4x200 meter relay, freshmen Andrew Tran, Eric Teunissen and Brandon Chang and sophomore Brett Tillatson ran a 1:54.17.
“This was a nice job by a young relay team with all of them in theri first season of winter track,” said Kraynak.
In the novice 4x400 meter relay, Liam Darcy, Mike Shaw, Aaron Westerman and Eddie Sanchez ran a 4:16.2 for 10th place out of some 30 teams. All four boys are freshmen.
In the shot put, sophomore Garrett Rogers had a distance of 32-11 1/2 for a personal best.
In the 4x800 meter erlay, senior Amy Kowalick, sophomore Lilly Jennings, junior Fiona Halloran and junior Jackie Tucker ran an 11:09.60 for fourth in their heat and 30th out of about 60 teams overall.
“These are good early season splits by all four girls,” said Kraynak. “Also, Amy and Jackie are doing a very nice job as team captains for the girls this year.”
In the 800-meter run, sophomore Maddie Wiler ran a 2:54.41, which was a personal best indoor time. In the triple jump, sophomore Bridget Walt had a distance of 29-7 for a personal best indoor jump.