Boys Varsity Winter Track
Game Summaries & Headlines.
The Patriots were well represented at the Meet of Champions at Lehigh University this past weekend with three relays and two individuals competing against the best teams from the east side of the state.
With nothing guaranteed, the 4x800-meter relay took to the track to secure a chance to compete at the PA State Championships next weekend. Leading off, junior Joe Sims refused to stray too far from the top five teams in the heat and ran a 2:06.50. Senior Patrick Kleemeier then ran an excellent leg from start to finish and set a new personal record of 2:04.37; maintain medal contention. In the third leg, senior Jack Steitz picked off three teams with a personal best of 2:04.46. Junior Josh Daniels ran a tremendous anchor, largely on his own, and set a personal best of 2:03.53 to ensure the team brought home the silver medal. The team ran their best relay time of the year, 8:18.86, while officially qualifying for states!
While the 4x400-meter relay and Distance Medley Relay didn’t medal, several individuals maximized their chance to compete on the day. Sophomore Mike Steitz was left to run his anchor leg all alone but refused to allow that to deter him as he ran a personal best of 52.79. Senior Cole Kochan ran a near ten-second personal best in the 1600 and broke the five-minute mark with a 4:59.69. Senior Pierson Stallings ran a near ten-second personal record himself in the 1200 with a 3:32.34.
Individually, senior Evan Clark ran an open, flat-track personal best of 52.77 in the 400, finishing tenth overall. And, while senior Nik Ventura had a tough day in the triple jump with a leap of 39’10.5”, he still finished in the top ten and later found out he would be competing at states due to his best jump from earlier in the year. Ventura was also eighth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.12.
The team will look to add two more medals to the trophy case with their trip to Penn State next weekend.