Outdoor Track and Field Team Places 2nd in PCL Championships

Outdoor Track and Field Team Places 2nd in PCL Championships
Team scoring: Father Judge 137, La Salle 130, Cardinal O'Hara 82, West Catholic 67, AR, 51, Roman Catholic, 32, St. Joseph's Prep 26
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The La Salle College High School Outdoor Track and Field team turned in an excellent performance on Saturday at Upper Darby High School in the PCL Championships. Despite entering the meet expected to finish 3rd, the Explorers just narrowly missed upsetting favored Father Judge High School placing 2nd overall.

The team began the day with some outstanding field event performances, highlighted by Mike DeCandido and Mike Koller both clearing 6'6" in the high jump to place 1st and 2nd. Luke Persichetti turned in a 2nd place in shot put and 4th place in the discus throw. Junior Corey Muggler jumped a new PR in the triple jump (44'3.5") to take 4th place. Finally, freshman Eddie Eason placed 3rd in the pole vault, while junior Chris McCrea was right behind him in 4th, both clearing 12'0".

On the track the Explorers received even more impressive performances. The 4x800m relay team of Brian Smart, Evan Quian, Mark DeSantis, and Jack Magee took home the gold to become 1st team All-Catholics.

Sophomore Levi Hardy turned in a phenomenal day over the hurdles taking 2nd in both the 300m (40.19) and 110m (15.28) hurdles. Then the distance duo of juniors Tom Coyle and Andrew Stone put on a show. They raced to a 1-2 finish in the mile, Coyle taking 1st in 4:22 and Stone 2nd in 4:25.

Stone doubled back easily taking the 800m title, and followed closely to the line by Jack Magee who was in 3rd in 2:00.24. Coyle then handled a tough double on a very warm day by taking the 3200m in a very solid 9:39. Coyle was also joined by junior Matt Greco and sophomore Brendan Bilotta as they scored in 4th and 6th places respectively.

The team will now prepare for the PIAA District XII Championship on Wednesday and Thursday to see how many athletes they can qualify to the PIAA State Championship in Shippensburg over Memorial Day weekend.

For more information on La Salle's Track and Field Team, visit: http://www.lschs.org/page.cfm?p=1088

Team scoring: Father Judge 137, La Salle 130, Cardinal O'Hara 82, West Catholic 67, AR, 51, Roman Catholic, 32, St. Joseph's Prep 26, Bishop McDevitt 18, Monsignor Bonner 11, Lansdale Catholic 1, Archbishop Carroll 1, Neumann-Goretti 1, Archbishop Wood 1.

"Judge Boys, O'Hara Girls Win Catholic Titles"
By Evan Burgos, Philadelphia Inquirer, 5-12-12


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