Boys Varsity Track
The Patriots brought home more medals than a prospector in a mine on Saturday after getting the chance to compete at the CB West Relays.
On the track, it all started with the 110-meter shuttle hurdle relay who brought home gold with strong performances by junior Nik Ventura, junior Conor Meyers, senior Andrea Shea, and senior Ethan Evans; all stayed late after practice this week to improve their performances. Later in the day, Evans and Ventura showed off their depth in the hurdles with a gold-medal win in the 300-hurdle relay. Evans secured a personal best of 43.84 while Ventura used a strong start and showed grit to overcome a late stumble to hold on for the team victory.
On the distance side, the 4x1600-meter relay secured a bronze medal by outkicking rivals CB West and Pennridge. The relay consisted of leadoff leg and senior Carson Wiley (4:51.67), senior Austin Hicks (4:57.20), junior Owen Carter (4:59.19), and senior Holden Emery (4:30.57). The Distance Medley Relay was highlighted by a 7-second personal record by junior Matt Saks in the 800 (2:23.82) to go along with a strong 1200 by junior Sam Ruch (3:51.74), a sold 53.88 from junior Evan Clark in his third event of the day, and a steady anchor leg in the 1600 by Cole Kochan (5:02.0). The join effort led to a bronze medal.
Several sprinters contributed to point-scoring finishes in the SMR and 4x100-meter relay as each relay was sixth overall and the 4x200-meter relay, which finished fifth. Juniors Andrew Chimezie and AJ Garomon showed resilience by running in all three events while junior Joey Mignon made up major ground to close the 4x200. The Steitz brothers, Mike and Jack, had excellent races in the SMR with a 54.02 for Mike in the 400 and 2:12.43 for Jack in the 800.
In the field, it was senior Xavier Bardwell who stood out with a personal best of 10’0” in the pole vault while his fellow senior Kyle Dunigan pushed the team to silver with a clearance of 11’6”. Ethan Evans and Shea grabbed another medal with a silver in the high jump as both cleared 5’6”. And Shea teamed up with Ventura to win a bronze in the triple jump while jumping 35’5.5” in his debut in the event while Ventura jumped 38’5.5”. Ventura, Shea, and Evans brought home three medals each on the day!