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Boys' & Girls' Track and Field | Ches-Mont Championship

Results from Ches-Mont Championship Meet – May 8, 2024

The Shanahan Track and Field team continued their outstanding season at the Ches-Mont Championship meet hosted by Coatesville on Wednesday, May 8.  The Eagles qualified for Districts in two more events, bringing the total to 11 (up from 4 last year).  The team brought home medals in 16 events, including victories in all 4 distance events (boys and girls 1600 and 3200), becoming the first team in Ches-Mont history to do so (at least that we could find online).  Both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished in 7th place out of 13 in the team scoring.  Here are the highlights:

  • The clean sweep of the gold medals in the distance events started with Meghan Willis in the 1600 as she pulled away from the field to win by more than 5 seconds in a time of 5:16.  Steven Todd followed with another victory in the boys’ 1600, winning by a comfortable 10-meter margin in a time of 4:23.  Penelope Loeper turned a close race into a runaway in the 3200 as she pulled away with 800 meters left to win by 10 seconds.  This put the pressure on Owen Whitaker to complete the sweep.  He did not disappoint, winning with a time of 10:11.

  • Jack Polizzi obliterated his personal best in the 400 by almost a full second, placing 3rd with a time of 49.41.  This easily qualifies Jack for Districts in this event.  It also makes Jack the fourth fastest 400-meter runner in school history, and he’s still got another year left.

  • The girls’ 4x100 meter relay squad was firing on all cylinders.  Their time of 50.04 was good for a silver medal and easily beat the district-qualifying time.  Congratulations to Josephine Regan, Payton Nolan, Jackie Regan, and Sophia Ceulers for executing the near-perfect race when they needed to.  This is the second fastest 4x100 in school history – only 0.17 seconds off the 2019 record of 49.87.  The anchor leg for that 2019 team just happens to have been Ava Ceulers, the sister of our 2024 anchor, Sophia Ceulers.  In addition to having another crack at the record at Districts this year, all four members of this relay squad will be back next year.  

  • The boys 4x100 squad of Aidan Civitella, CJ Okafor, Greg Palaia, and Colin Cregan produced a season-best time of 42.96 seconds to claim third place.  This makes them the second fastest 4x100 quartet in school history, just 0.69 seconds off the 2017 record setters, with three of the 2024 relay team members being sophomores.

  • Sophomore Colin Cregan placed third in both the 100 and 200, making it three bronze medals on the day for him.  Colin ran a personal best of 11.12 in the 100 making him the second fastest 100-meter runner in school history, just 0.16 seconds off the record. Colin is only a sophomore and ran this time into a headwind!

  • Ella Krapf tied her personal best in the high jump (5’0”) to claim a third-place medal.

  • Aiden Civitella placed 5th in the triple jump with a leap of 39’7.5”.

  • Sophia Ceulers had a personal best long jump of 15’8.25” in the long jump to claim a sixth-place medal.  She also finished 9th in the triple jump with a leap of 33’5”.

  • Freshman Payton Nolan ran the fastest 200 of her young life to claim a sixth-place medal with a time of 27.05 seconds.

  • Freshman Annemarie De Spirito tied for 6th in the pole vault.

  • The boys 4x800 meter relay team of Ben Leinhauser, James Kyle, Daniel Zimmerman, and Logan Valenza medaled by getting 8th place.  Daniel’s leg of 2:09.31 was a 9-second PR.

  • Addison Egan PR’d by an amazing 13’6” in the discus.  Her throw of 82’6” was good for 12th place.

  • Gabby Stephens’ leap of 32’5” was good for a career best and 10th place in the triple jump.

  • Connor Topping’s throw of 111’10” in the javelin was a personal best and Michael Roth’s toss of 105’9” was a PR by almost 10 feet.

Full results can be found here: Ches-Mont Championship 2024 - Complete Results (milesplit.com)

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