Indoor Track and Field Team Wins 4th Consecutive PCL Championship
The win is the 10th consecutive program championship (starting with the 2015 Indoor title, and including Outdoor Track & Field and Cross Country wins)
The La Salle College High School Indoor Track & Field Team captured the 2018 Philadelphia Catholic League Championship on Sunday, February 11th at Lehigh University. The win marked the Explorers 4th Indoor Track & Field title in a row and their 10th consecutive program championship (starting with the 2015 Indoor title, and including Outdoor Track & Field and Cross Country wins). The team had to overcome an excellent competition with a very talented and hungry St. Joseph's Prep team that is led by some of the best long sprinters in the US. The Explorers trailed by 12 points with four events to go, but received some incredibly gritty performances down the stretch to win 157-139.
The team received individual event wins from Jon Squadrito in the High Jump (State Qualifying 6-6), Evan Addison in the Mile (State Qualifying 4:30.65), and Sean Egan in the 3,000m (9:25.88). Both Addison and Egan led enormously significant 1st-6th place sweeps of the Mile and 3,000m to help the Explorers score 31 points in each of those events.
Behind Addison in the mile was Vince Twomey, Jack Seiberlich, Ethan Maher, Paul Ghantous, and Bradden Koors (all ran 4:40 or faster). Behind Egan in the 3,000m was Koors, Seiberlich, Maher, Griffin Pumilia, and Michael Loftus. Beyond those two big events the Explorers used balance across the disciplines and depth to post points in almost every event to put together the win. Octavious Carter had a great double placing 2nd in the 60m (State Qualifying 7.08), and 6th in the 200m (23.52). Luke Hardy fought hard to narrowly capture 3rd place in the 60m High Hurdles (8.99 - 4th place was a mere 0.01 behind him for 2 big points). Addison doubled back to take 3rd in the 800 (State Qualifying 1:58.52), and led Mac Costonis and Dan Boyle to 5th and 6th place points. Squadrito added a 4th place in the pole vault, and finished behind Ben Rawson who captured 2nd place (11-0). Behind Squadrito in the High Jump was freshman Tommy Christie who took 2nd (6-2), and Christie then posted a 6th place in the Triple Jump. The Shot Put saw the Explorers place 3rd and 5th with Leland Mersky and Brian Grady adding so much needed points.
The Explorers also showed their depth by finishing no worse than 3rd in any relay. The 4x200m relay of John Klohoker, Manny Quiles, Marcus Curvan, and Shane Cassel ran an incredibly tough race to place 2nd in a speedy 1:35.96. The Distance Medly Relay of Dan Gervino, Ryan O'Neill, Sean Grant, and Griffin Pumilia placed 2nd. And then in the final two events of the day, to close out the meet the team received some clutch performances from the 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams, nearly all of whom were doubling back from earlier races. The 4x400 captured 3rd with a team of Marcus Curvan, Ryan O'Neill, Mac Costonis, and Dan Boyle. Then the 4x800 captured 1st with a team of Paul Ghantous, Vince Twomey, Thomas Price, and Conor Christian.
The Explorers will now head into their final two weeks of the season. They will compete in the Track & Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia Meet of Champions at Lehigh University on Saturday, February 17th. And then they will move on to the PA State Championship on Sunday, February 25th at Penn State University.