OJR's Weston adds to states group

CALN - No local girls captured gold medals during the second day of the District 1-AAA Track & Field Championships Saturday at Coatesville High School.

However, it was still quite a successful day for the Pioneer Athletic Conference in terms of medalists and more qualifiers for the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University next weekend.

Owen J. Roberts junior Jill Weston came through with a second-place silver medal in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, and Wildcats junior Holly Sullivan added a silver in the 800-meter run.

Those were the best finishes among area girls on a day that also saw Methacton sophomore Jenny Martin take a third-place bronze medal in the 100-meter high hurdles and Perkiomen Valley’s Macey Tanseco pick up a third in the discus.

Boyertown’s Jillian Bertino qualified for states in the 400- and 200-meter dashes with fifth- and sixth-place finishes, respectively. The Bears’ Alexandrea Heuer made it with two fifths in the 100 hurdles and triple jump.

Methacton’s Kara Steinke advanced with a sixth-place state-qualifying time of 10:57.40 in the 3,200-meter run. Owen J. Roberts’ Maddie Cobb met the qualifying time in the 100-meter dash that saw her place seventh.

And Owen J. Roberts’ seventh-place 4x800 relay team will continue on after running a 9:20.55 for seventh place. Cobb anchored that relay after legs run by Rachel Malampy, Weston and Sarah Taylor.

“It’s awesome just to be here,” said Weston, a junior. “I wanted to do my best on the track. I can’t be prouder and happier.”

Weston found herself in somewhat of a difficult position, but she still responded positively.

“It was hard because I was in the outside lane and you can’t see everyone around you,” said Weston. “We have a lot of people going to states this year, which is exciting. Last year Holly was the only one. Our relay did awesome as well.

“I try to train for a lot of different events to just build endurance and speed. Probably my focus is on the 300 hurdles.”

Sullivan, who won a gold medal in the long jump Friday, returned with a 2:12.04 in the 800 for second place Saturday. She trailed only Gwynedd Mercy Academy distance standout Emma Keenan in the final tabulations.

“To run against Emma is just crazy,” said Sullivan. “She runs like nobody else. I definitely wanted to hold on to third place, but then I saw a spot and tried to see what I could do at the end to catch up.”

Sullivan’s kick pushed her from third to second place in the race.

“I thought about going at Emma, but I guess she had a little more,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan turned in a 2:10 anchor for the 4x800 relay so she was concerned about fatigue for the 800. But she overcame it with rest and a job during the three intermediate hours so it worked out for her.

Sullivan has now made a big name for herself in the 800 after competing in the 400 all her life until last year.

“We moved it up to see how it goes and it worked out,” said Sullivan. “I definitely like the 4(00), but the 8(00) has grown on me.”

In the 100 hurdles, Martin was timed at 14.86 for third place while Heuer finished fifth at 15.56.

“I am really happy,” said Martin. “FAT (Fully Automatic Time) is is my PR. The hurdles is my main thing, but I also do the long jump and javelin. It was a close race. A lot of girls are always pushing us.”

Tanseco, who copped a silver medal in the shot put Friday, came back with a thrid place and bronze in the discus Saturday with a throw of 115-11, which meant a PR for her as well. Obviously, she is excited about heading to states in two events.

“I am so excited about that,” said Tanseco. “It is the first time I hit 115 in the discus. I did it on my last throw in the preliminaries and got to the finals.

Tanseco strained her right shoulder badly enough to require ice following the event. It happened on her last throw.

PAC-10 athletes were once again part of an outstanding crop of athletes at districts.

“I was really freaking out about it,” said Tanseco. “I didn’t think I was going to do it until the last throw.”

Heuer had a busy day with the 100 hurdles, triple jump and 300 hurdles. She did 36-9 in the triple jump and then came in seventh in the 300 hurdles at 46.66.

“I had a few moments in the triple jump and 100 hurdles and for this race (300s) I was just trying to push through because I was so exhausted from the rest of the day’s events,” said Heuer. “I like the triple jump and 300 hurdlesw best, but it is tough because the 300s are the last event after a jump and a racing event. So I was just trying to push through.”

Bertino ran a 57.43 for fifth in the 400 and then a 25.44 for sixth in the 200.

“They are both PRs for this year,” said Bertino. “It is so tough. I did the 400 last year at districts and most of this year so I knew the girls. This year is my first in the 200 so there were new girls for me. But a lot of girls in the 400 were the same.”

NOTES

Owen J. Roberts finished sixth in the girls team standings with 30 points while Methacton came in ninth with 26.5 markers. ... Cheltenham captured the Class AAA girls team title with 60.5 points, folloed by Pennridge (48), Unionville (39), Central Bucks South (33) and Central Bucks West (32) to round out the top five. ... Villa Joseph Marie claimed the girls AA team title with 170 points.