On Saturday May 12th at Cardinal O'Hara High School the Track & Field team captured their 4th consecutive PCL Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The victory marked the 11th consecutive season with a PCL title for the Cross Country and Track & Field program dating back to Indoor Track & Field in February 2015. The Explorers defeated runner-up St. Joseph's Prep by 72 points, 192 - 120. The team had only narrowly defeated the Prep during the Indoor Championship by 13 points, and then the Prep went on to win the PA Indoor State Championship as a team.
Video Photo Slideshow by Kellen Reiche '19 of Sports Information Club
On Saturday the Explorers received a balanced and deep effort from all members of the team. Starting early in the day the field event athletes competed extremely well. The outstanding high jump duo of Jon Squadrito and Tommy Christie jumped 6-6 and 6-2, repetitively, to place 1st and 2nd. In his first season of jumping junior Shea Diehl jumped 19-11 to grab 5th place in the long jump, 39-6 to finish 4th in the triple jump, and in the triple jump he was joined by fellow junior and first season jumper Larson Kalinowski who went 39-3 for 5th. The Pole Vault crew score big points in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th, with Ben Rawson clearing 12-0, Tommy Christie 11-6, Max Flynn 11-6, and Stephen Malen 10-6. The throwers added more meaningful points with Leland Mersky and Derek Beavers placing 1st and 3rd in the javelin (151-8 and 144-9). In the discus Liam Tatlonghari had a big PR of 121-7 to take 2nd and Matt Zoglio threw 103-7 for 5th. Then in the shot put Mersky threw 44-10 for 4th and Brian Grady 44-1.5 for 5th.
On the track the Explorers got big sprint/hurdle points from Luke Hardy who won the 110mHH and was runner-up in the 300m IH. The 4x100 team of Octavious Carter, Isaiah Snead, Marcus Curvan, and Jalen Hanton placed 2nd in a very fast 42.91, and Carter was 4th in the 100m. The 4x400 team of Curvan, Mac Costonis, Ryan O'Neill, and Dan Boyle was 4th in a season best of 3:27.14.
The middle-distance/distance Explorers managed to rack up 81 points over 4 events. Early in the meet the 4x800 team of Thomas Price, Sean Grant, Conor Christian, and Michael Eastmond ran a gritty 8:14.11 to finish a hard-fought 3rd place. In the 800m Evan Addison ran 1:57.86 to finish 2nd, and Boyle and Costonis came home 4th and 5th. But it was really in the Mile and 3200m where the Explorers depth was most impressive. The team managed to take the first five scoring places in the Mile and all six scoring places in the 3200m. In the Mile Addison's 4:26.05 led home Vince Twomey (2nd 4:28.12), Jack Seiberlich (3rd 4:32.24), Ethan Maher (4th 4:33.28), and Matthew Zilligen (5th 4:33.42). In that race Seiberlich, Maher, and Zilligen all kicked home to pass a St. Joe's Prep runner in the final 200m to grab crucial points. Then, late in the meet, looking to lock up the crown the 3200m was the most impressive display of pack running. This time the sophomore Twomey led the way in 9:50.33. Behind him came Maher (2nd 9:58.01), Sean Egan (3rd 9:59.64), Seiberlich (4th 10:00.06), Griffin Pumilia (5th 10:04.30), and Bradden Koors (6th 10:08.73).
The Explorers will now prepare for the PIAA District XII Championship which will be held at the Germantown Super Site on Wednesday May 16th and Thursday May 17th. The top 2 finishers in each event will automatically qualify for the PIAA State Championship at Shippensburg University over Memorial Day weekend.