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CHA & Mount track go on Jenkintown junket

Mount St. Joseph track tri-captains (left to right) Sarah Pinchock, Laura Thistle, and Jackie Nucero at the Brother Jerome Invitational   (Photo by Chris Thistle)

After seeing the same old faces at practice for the last few weeks, the track and field athletes at Chestnut Hill Academy and Mount St. Joseph Academy mingled with teams from around the Delaware Valley last Saturday as they participated in the annual Brother Jerome Invitational at St. Basil Academy in Jenkintown.

The Blue Devils looked sharp in their first multi-meet of the spring, hauling a total of five gold medals back to Chestnut Hill. Phil Thomas, a senior headed to the University of Rhode Island, won the high jump and the long jump, and junior Ibraheim Campbell took top honors in the 110 meter high hurdles.

The other two gold medals stemmed from group efforts in relay races. Campbell ran the second leg and Thomas the third leg in the 4 x 100, with seniors Alex Logue and Julian Brown leading off and anchoring the race respectively. Their winning time of 43.7 seconds established a new record for the CHA program and for the Brother Jerome meet.

A time of 11:14 in the distance medley relay became the new school standard, as the Blue Devils placed third overall in the event. Senior Mike Fitzkee, who is bound for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, ran the 1200-meter opening leg, then passed the baton to junior Justin Anglin, who covered the 400-meter second section.

The third stage, measuring 800 meters, was tasked to sophomore Mike Fuery, and freshman distance ace Dustin Wilson completed the race with his 1600-meter segment. Starting out in fourth place by a considerable margin, Wilson picked off the third place runner but could not haul in the two leaders, although he ran a 4:34 split.

Two weeks earlier at the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals in Boston, Wilson had won the freshman mile race in 4:32.61, finishing 2.63 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

Mount St. Joseph’s best result in the footraces came from a group of girls who rarely set foot on the track. In a 4 x 100 “throwers’ relay” limited to discus, javelin, and shotput specialists, the Magic placed second in their heat and third overall through the efforts of freshmen Connie Russin, Katie McGovern, Brielle Harvey, and Jackie Lohin. In their own arena, the Mount girls had junior Caroline Sweeney snag fifth place in the shotput, where she set a new MSJ record with a toss of 32’7.25”.

The Magic also came in fifth overall in the 4 x 400 relay, winning one of the four heats. Senior Sarah Pinchok and junior Meg McGovern got things started for the Magic, then junior Tori Perri passed two rivals to take the lead, and another 11th-grader, Alex Fylypoych, fought off a challenge during the anchor leg to win the race in 4:21.7.

Mount St. Joe jumpers also turned in a solid performance. Junior Alyssa Driscoll was fourth in the long jump (15’5.5”) and fifth in the triple jump (32’0.25”), and her classmate Liz Walters came in sixth in the high jump (4’8”).

The Magic entered two different quartets in the distance medley relay, one consisting of freshman Danielle Leporace, sophomore Natalie Tacka, and seniors Laura Thistle and Katie Gallagher, while the other foursome featured junior Brionna O’Connor, freshman Nicole Fabiszewski, and juniors Taylor Givnish and Meghan Cheek.

In the sprints, three fast freshman have joined the MSJ franchise: Jordyn Jackson, Julia Kittka and Brittany McDermott (the latter two saw a lot of action on the Magic’s varsity soccer squad last fall). They’re being tested together in the 4 x 100 relay, with senior Jackie Nucero completing the foursome.