The weather heated up and so did our boys. It’s usually May when the hard work starts to pay off and this year was no different. Fifteen all-time best marks where shared by ten different athletes led by Christian McCarry (three PRs on the night). More about him later.
Liam Davies’ four years of hard work ‘straddling the sticks’ has been paying dividends with every meet but here he cashed in big. His winning time of 40.40 at 300 hurdles knocked a full second off his previous best and ranks him #6 in all of District One, while his other win (110HH, 14.81) saw a .9 sec improvement, almost unheard of in the shorter race. His previous best FAT is 15.70 from the Wiss Relays on 4/21. His time ranks him #4 in District One. He COULD make States in both! (top 5 automatically make the ‘Trip to Ship’).
Ben Hoyer and Matt Maiale have been working together all year pulling each other to fast times in both the 1600 and 3200. One unfinished task was to get Ben to Districts at 3200. Four guys immediately separated themselves from the pack with Matt dropping back with about 600 to go (he’s already made the District time) leaving Ben to duke it out with North Penn’s Brendan O’Toole. Ben finished in second but his 9:38.31 drops his PR by 15 seconds, gets him to Districts, and ranks him #8 Wiss All-Time.
Since last season as a freshman, McCarry has been a multi-event guy busy learning hurdles, long jump, high jump and triple jump. Each or these events take time and maturity for steady improvement. He started things off with a 20-7.5 PR for second place in the long jump (sources say he hit a big 23 footer but fouled by “only that much”). Moments later, he chased Davies over the hurdles with his best FAT of 15.84 for fourth place. On to the triple jump. In the last four week-ends, he’s jumped 40ft+, 41ft+, 42ft+ and now 43-0.5 for the win. That’s a district qualifier, ranks him 12th in the district, and just 8″ short of the Wiss All-Time Top Ten. (On a side note, Ahmir Johnson is coming along with each outing. Here he snuck into Districts with a 42-10 for second. Will he ‘shock the world’ in two weeks?).
Other PRs included Rahsheed Wright’s outdoor 400 (winner, 49.23), Shamere Dunswell’s 200 (22.58), Carmen Ostroski’s 400 (51.68) and long jump (20-1.5), Robert Wilson’s 200 (23.32) and 4×4 split (51.6), Justin Ryan’s 800 (2:04.45), Nathan Leung (winner 4:35.67) and Sam Klugherz (4:48.62) at 1600 and Mark Futch’s 300H (44.05).