Track & Field: Locals grab medals at District 1 meet

CALN - Spring-Ford’s Brandon Palaia, Owen J. Roberts’ Jill Weston and Pope John Paul II’s Devon Player earned first-place gold medals during the District 1 Class AAA Track & Field Championships May 17-18 at Coatesville Area High School.

Palaia won the boys’ javelin while Weston took the girls’ 300-meter intermediate hurdles and Player the girls’ javelin.

The three district champions will lead the PAC-10 crew into the PIAA State Championships May 23-24 at Shippensburg University.

Palaia won the boys’ javelin with a throw of 187 feet, 6 inches, for the Rams. He landed a second-place silver medal at the state meet a year ago. Weston ran a 43.13 to win the 300 hurdles for the Wildcats. Player claimed the girls’ javelin with a toss of 130-1.


Also in boys’ competition May 17, Phoenixville’s Saybrim Medina placed seventh in the high jump (6-3) and Upper Perkiomen’s Travis Kline came in seventh in the triple jump (44-5).Spring-Ford’s Joe Bush was 16th (40-5) in the triple jump. Medina had won the PAC-10 title with a leap of 6-4. He did not qualify for the outdoors state meet after losing a coin flip for sixth place with Beni Toure of Upper Darby.

Phoenixville’s Mackensey Thomas did qualify for states after placing fifth in the 400-meter dash (48.62) with a school record Sunday. Spring-Ford’s David O’Such took seventh (49.10) while injuring his leg during the race.

Spring-Ford’s Brandon Leacraft finished second to teammate Palaia in the javelin in landing the silver medal at 184-0. Bryan Leacraft of S-F came in seventh.

Methacton sophomore Nick Shaffer copped a second-place silver medal in the 100 meters (10.9) and also finished fourth in the 200 (22.30) to qualify for states in both events.

Methacton junior Nicolette Serratore picked up a third-place bronze medal in the girls’ javel in with a throw of 128-5. Phoenixville junior Emma Dolan took seventh at 112-0.

Methacton’s John Lozinak finished 17th in the triple jump (40-3). In the high jump, Owen J. Roberts’ Travis Wunderlich finished 16th (5-11), while Pope John Paul II’s Marcus Dad came in 17th (5-11).

In the discus, S-F’s Brandon Leacraft placed 14th (114-8) while PAC-10 winner Madison Kelsey of Pottsgrove took 15th (112-7).

On the girls’ side, Boyertown’s Alexandra Heuer came in third in the 300 hurdles (44.56) behind Weston with Methacton sophomore Caroline Duffy fourth at 44.61. Heuer also earned fourth-place medals in the triple jump and 100 hurdles (15.07) to qualify for states in all three events.

Methacton’s Aghina Marshall finished third in the long jump (18-0 1/2). Perkiomen Valley’s Jen Maurer tied for seventh place at 16-11 3/4, and Methacton’s Jenny Martin came in 10th at 16-8 1/2. The PIAA standard is 17-6 for eighth place or better.

Perkiomen Valley’s Macey Tanseco finished fourth in the shot put (38-9 1/4) and came in sixth in the discus (112-0). Marshall came back with an eighth place in the triple jump (36-4) while Serratore placed ninth at 35-9 1/2. Boyertown’s Sarafina Valenti was ninth in the discus (105-1).

Methacton senior Kara Steinke took seventh in the 3,200 run at 11:05.31 and will be headed to states. Spring-Ford’s Haley Preschutti came in seventh in the 800-meter run at 2:18.9.

In the boys’ 800, Perkiomen Valley’s Dave Garton placed placed fifth (1:57.16) while Boyertown’s Eli Mercado came in seventh (1:57.36). Methacton’s Pat Hopkins made it to states with an eighth-place time of 4:22.89 in the boys’ 1,600.

Methacton’s Stephen Fiorentino took fifth in the 110 hurdles at 14.51 while Spring-Ford’s Ryan Connelly took home fifth in the 300 hurdles at 39.81. Boyertown’s Josh Ward was eighth in the shot put at 48-10 3/4. Boyertown sophomore Elijah Shalaway notched fifth in the javelin at 170-5. Spring-Ford’s Paul Power recorded 12th in the 1,600 at 4:25.14.

The Spring-Ford 4x400 and Boyertown 4x800 boys’ relay teams each placed eighth and advanced to states.

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