COLLEGEVILLE - Some of the finest indoor boys and girls track talent in the area was on display during the Chester County Indoor Track & Field Championships Monday at Ursinus College.
Pottstown’s Quiana McIntosh, Owen J. Roberts’ Travis Wunderlich, Spring-Ford’s Ryan Pierson, Nicole Cornell and David O’Such and Perkiomen Valley’s Macey Tedescho finished among the group of gold medalists in their respective individual events. Pierson tied a meet record in the boys pole vault by clearing a personal best of 14 feet.
Also placing first were the Phoenixville boys 4x400-meter relay in the final event of the evening as well as the Spring-Ford boys 4x200 relay and the Owen J. Roberts girls 4x200 relay.
McIntosh captured her gold medal in the girls 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.95 seconds.
“I was really comfortable during my race and it’s my last year in high school so I really want to go out and do good,” said McIntosh. “If I do good indoors, I should also do good outdoors. There is really good competition.”
McIntosh primed herself for winter and spring track by running cross country this past fall.
“It should definitely help me do good this season,” said McIntosh.
McIntosh’s hard work last year carried her all the way to a medal at states in spring track while running individiual battles against Spring-Ford’s graduated Mikaila White. This year McIntosh hopes to do as well if not better.
Owen J. Roberts’ Jill Weston placed third at 9.55 and Perklomen Valley’s Steph Hedin came in fifth at 9.61.
Wunderlich won the boys long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 6 3/4 inches.
“That was my best,” said Wunderlich, a junior who also competed in the high jump. “My first jump was my best.
“My actual best event is the triple jump, but I am not doing that this winter because I am coming off a stress fracture. I want to ease into it. I jumped 39 feet in the triple jump last year.”
Wunderlich did not compete in winter track a year ago, but this year the Wildcat football player will be keeping in shape during all three seasons on the calendar.
“I figure why not,” said Wunderlich. “It will get me more exercise.”
Perkiomen Valley’s Joe Adigibe was fifth in the boys long jump at 18-2 1/2.
Cornell won the girls high jump at 5 feet, 3 inches.
“It was not my best,” said Cornell, a Ram senior who has been high jumping for four years . “It was two inches short of my PR. I am stuck on the same height. I want to get back up.”
Cornell liked being able to perform closer to home than normal in front of more family members and friendes.
“There are a lot more people that I know who come for support,” said Cornell.
Pierson had a state-qualifying height in the pole vault for a first as did O’Such in the 400.
O’Such won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.64 seconds. Phoenixville’s Saybrim Medina finished third at 52.46, and Phantom teammate McKenzie Thomas came in fourth at 52.51.
Tedesco won the girls shot put with a heave of 37-8 1/4.
Owen J. Roberts won the girls 4x20 with a time of 1:49.05. Spring-Ford won the boys 4x200 at 1:35.35 with a unit of Adam Musetti, O’Such, Lundi and Adam Gouveia.. Phoenixville finished first in the boys 4x400 at 3:35.06 with a quartet of Thomas, Timmins, Matt Chiappetta and Medina.
In the boys 55-meter hurdles, Perkiomen Valley’s Ryan Heimbach took a second-placed silver medal with at ime of 8.10 seconds. Spring-Ford’s Ryan Connelly came in thid at 8.27, and Ram teammate Yousel Lundi was fifth at 8.39.
In the girls 200, Owen J. Roberts’ Maddie Cobb placed second at 27.09. Perkiomen Valley’s Elena House-Hey placed fifth at 28.12.
Spring-Ford’s Adam Musetti finished second in the bosy 200-meter dash at 23.89 with Phoenixville’s Tyler Timmins fourth at 24.39 and Owen J. Roberts’ Brett McConaghy fifth at 24.59.
Owen J. Roberts’ Holly Sullivan came in second in the girls 40 at 1:01.97.
Perkiomen Valley’s Austin Ganz finished fourth in the boys shot put at 45-3 1/4.
Perkiomen Valley’s Justin Maurer claimed third in the boys triple jump at 39-11.
Perkiomen Valley’s Kelsey White came in fifth in the girls mile at 5:36.97.
Phoenixville’s Chiappetta also took third in the boys 800 meters at 2:05.66 with OJR’s Torin McFarland fifth at 2:07.17.
Spring-Ford’s Samantha DiPietro finished third in the girls long jumpat 15-6.
Spring-Ford took fourth in the girls sprint medley at 4:51.16.
In the girls triple jump, PV’s Jen Maurer came in third at 32-2 and Pottstown’s Chante Tinson was fifth at 31-9 1/4.
Spring-Ford’s Paul Power placed fourth in the boys 3,000 meterss at 9:41.30.