Indoor Track Team Wins 5th Consecutive Catholic League Championship

Indoor Track Team Wins 5th Consecutive Catholic League Championship

The win was the 13th consecutive program PCL title including Cross Country and Outdoor Track & Field.

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The Indoor Track & Field team captured the PCL Championship on Sunday February 10th at Lehigh University. The win was the 5th consecutive Indoor title, and 13th consecutive program PCL title (including Cross Country and Outdoor Track & Field). The Explorers scored 168 points to easily outdistance the field (St. Joe's Prep was runner-up with 104 points).

The day began with some excellent field event performances. The throws group, led by Coach D'Addona, took 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th places with great throws by Brian Grady (46-5.5), Harrison Sharp (42-7.5), Matt Zoglio (42-7.5), and Leland Merskey (41-7.25). The jumps group, led by Coach Roman, scored well in all events.

Sophomore Tommy Christie captured two individual titles and scored in two more events to earn Field Events MVP. Christie won the High Jump (5-10), and was followed by Brandon Macklin in 3rd (5-8). He also won the Pole Vault (11-6), and was followed by Max Flynn in 2nd (11-0), and Luke Barnett in 3rd (10-0). Christie was also 3rd in the Long Jump (19-11) and 4th in the Triple Jump (40-3.25).

The opening track event saw some adversity thrown the Explorers way. In the first running event of the day senior captain Luke Hardy unfortunately pulled his hamstring on the second leg of the 4x200 relay, leading to a DNF. The Explorers were the top seed in the 4x200, and Hardy was the top seed in the 60m High Hurdles. But despite the lose of those potential 20 points the team quickly regrouped and got down to business. In the very next event a young Distance Medley Relay team of Max Manganiello, Will Faunce, Kellen Reiche, and Patrick Coyle finished 2nd.

And then in the Mile the Explorers showed their incredibly impressive depth sweeping places 1-7 to score an absolutely dominating 31 points. Vince Twomey led the way in 1st with a State Championship Qualifying 4:28.19. Close behind him were two more State Qualifying marks from Ethan Maher 2nd in 4:30.11 and Jack Seiberlich 3rd in 4:31.73. Paul Ghantous was next in 4th in 4:33.73 (he had run a State Qualifying time early in the year - giving the Exploers 4 State Qualifiers in the Mile!). Rounding out the scoring in the mile were Bradden Koors (5th in 4:37.98) and Matthew Zilligen (6th in 4:39.65). Next to step up was junior Evan Wang who, stepping up in the absence of Hardy, made the finals of the 60mHH and took 6th in 9.88. Then in the 800m the Explorers scored three runners - Mac Costonis finished as runner-up in 2:01.70, Michael Eastmond was 3rd in 2:03.93, and Paul Ghantous doubled back from the mile to capture 5th.

While St. Joe's Prep was fighting hard to try to make it as close as possible the Explorers emphatically closed the door in the 3,000m with another 1-6 sweep for 31 points. With 5 of the runners all doubling back they displayed some impressive strength and great competitiveness. Vince Twomey captured his second title of the day in 9:09.03. Ethan Maher recorded his second runner-up finish of the day in 9:09.64. Then came the pack of Bradden Koors in 3rd (9:15.31), Jack Seiberlich in 4th (9:22.91), Jack Harrington in 5th (9:32.11), and Griffin Pumilia in 6th (9:37.10). The Explorers then closed out the day with a pair of runner-up relay performances in the final two races of the day. The 4x400 team of Eric Ford, Will Faunce, Michael Eastmond, and Mac Costonis ran 3:46.11 for 2nd. And the 4x800 team of Dan Gervino, Matt Zilligen, Michael Lombardi, and Will Rau ran 8:36.84 for 2nd.

The Explorers return to Lehigh on Saturday, February 16th for the Track & Field Coaches Association Meet of Champions. That is the final meet before the Pennsylvania State Championship on Sunday, February 24th at Penn State University.


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