Indoor Track and Field Team Places 3rd In State Championships
The 3rd place finish is the best finish in school history.
The La Salle College High School Track & Field team finished in a tie for 3rd place as a team at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Indoor State Championship. That finish is believed to be the best in school history.
The program has now placed in the top 5 in the last three State Championships (5th in PIAA Outdoor Track & Field in spring 2017, and 1st in PIAA Cross Country in fall 2017). The Explorers scored 25 points to tie with State College Area High School for 3rd place. The meet was won by the PCL's St. Joseph's Prep (who the Explorers defeated for the PCL title two weeks ago!) with 37 points, and 2nd place was taken by Northern Allegheny High School who had 27 points.
The Explorers scored in almost every event they were entered. The day began with a huge run from the 4x800 team of all juniors - Paul Ghantous, Mac Costonis, Jack Seiblierch, and Matthew Zilligen all ran at least Indoor PRs to run a US top 50 time of 8:05.36 to take 6th place overall (they were 2nd place in section 1, but manged to run faster than all but 4 teams in the fast section).
Then senior captain Evan Addison captured 3rd place in the Mile. Addison gamely led for over 1200m and closed well - his 3rd place finished moved him up one spot from his 4th place finish last year. Then senior captain Octavious Carter amazingly ran the three fastest 60m times of his life. He ran 6.99 in the prelims to be the #2 qualifier.
He then won his semifinal in another PR of 6.96. In the final he ran a time that would have been a lifetime best before the meet of 7.05 to place 5th. Next, fellow senior captain Jon Squadrito jumped 6-4 to tie for 2nd place. The 4x200m relay of John Klohoker, Manny Quiles, Marcus Curvan, and Octavious Carter ran a great season best of 1:32.38 to place 9th and just narrowly miss the podium by a mere 0.1. Then in the final race of the day the Distance Medley Relay of Vincent Twomey, Mac Costonis, Danny Boyle, and Evan Addison ran a gritty 10:26.73 for 4th place in a US top 20 time.
It was a truly impressive day for the Explorers who showed strength and depth in the sprints, jumps, mid-distance, and distance events. A great way to cap a PCL Championship winning season. The Explorers will now have a week off before beginning Outdoor Track & Field practice on Monday March 5th. They will then have a month of training and open their season at home on Monday April 2nd.