GA boys, PC girls place second at Inter-Ac track and field championships

by Tom Utescher
Posted 5/21/24

Episcopal Academy proved to be an unstoppable force at the Inter-Ac League track and field championships, winning both the boys' and girls' team titles at Penn Charter.

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GA boys, PC girls place second at Inter-Ac track and field championships


Episcopal Academy proved to be an unstoppable force last weekend at the Inter-Ac League track and field championships, winning both the boys' and girls' team titles on Saturday at Penn Charter.

However, teams on this side of the Schuylkill also fared pretty well, with the girls' squads from PC and Germantown Academy placing second and third, respectively, and with the GA boys finishing second.

The EA girls won eight events and piled up 163 team points, while the PC Quakers scored 117 points and the GA Patriots posted 94.

After fourth-place Academy of Notre Dame, with 75 points, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy was fifth in the team standings, with 40 points, and was followed by Baldwin School (19) and Agnes Irwin (18).

The Episcopal Churchmen also came away with eight gold medals on the way to amassing 180 points, while the GA boys, with 95 points, finished ahead of two other Main Line rivals, Haverford School (third; 84 points) and Malvern Prep (fourth; 61). Penn Charter was close behind the Friars with 59 points, and SCH placed sixth, with 45.

A major producer for the Penn Charter girls was sprinter and jumper Michaela Poland, still only a sophomore. After collecting a silver medal in the high jump, she established a new personal record by winning the 400-meter dash in a time of 56.94 seconds and earned bronze medals in the 100 and the 200. PC freshman Logan Lloyd won the bronze medal in the 400 and came in fourth in the 200.

Junior Alli DiLisi, the 2023 Inter-Ac cross country champion who recently made a verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina, gave the Quakers victories in the 800 (2:19.53) and 1600 (4:51.24). With her time in the 1600, she logged a new PR, set a new Inter-Ac League record, and climbed to second in the state rankings. Her classmate Alex Jaffe won the bronze medal in the 800, and DiLisi herself won a bronze in the 3200 late in the afternoon.

Junior Mariah Mays captured the silver medal in the javelin throw, sophomore Lucy Sokoloff claimed the bronze in the 300 hurdles, and the Quakers won the 4 x 800 meter relay in 10:13.44 with seniors Zady Hasse and Grace Neuwirth and junior Sam Jaffe and her twin, Alex.

Germantown Academy quartets came in third in the 4 x 800 and in the 4 x 100 relay, and junior thrower Layla Gentile earned gold medals for the Patriots in the discus (106'7") and the shot put (35'11.25"). Fellow junior Lorelai Fortmann won the pole vault by clearing the bar at 10'6", and another 11th-grader, Zoe Hellman, made it over at 10-feet even for the silver medal.

A pair of GA freshmen finished fourth in their events, Nieve Keitel in the 800 meters, and Piper Loney in the 100.

Silver medals went to junior Kennedy Hayward of Springside Chestnut Hill in the two hurdling events (she had new PR's in both). Also coming in second was the Blue Devils' foursome in the 4 x 100 relay, and at the end of the day SCH won the 4 x 400 relay in 4:06.56 with junior Jolie Kaoma, eighth-grader Nadia Bevan, sophomore Marlee Howard, and another eighth-grader in the anchor spot, Mimi Gallagher. Earlier, Bevan had placed fourth in the high jump with a PR of 17'4.5".

In the field events portion of the boys' meet that was held on Friday at Germantown Academy (discus, javelin, and shot put) the host Patriots went one-two in the pole vault thanks to juniors Adrian Diem (13'6") and Robbie Bright. In the relatively new javelin event, all the top three distances exceeded the former league record, including a bronze-medal toss of 132'11" by GA sophomore Jet Dickerson. A bronze medallion also went to Patriots senior Mario Toscano in the discus.

On the track on Saturday, Dickerson picked up his second bronze medal with a PR in the 300 hurdles, and it was in the 110 hurdles that the Germantown boys collected their lone gold medal, as junior Ellis Johnson won the finals with a PR of 15.98 seconds.

Sophomore Evan Badami set two PR's as he won silver medals in both the 200 and 400 meter dash, and in the field events earlier in the day senior Blake Brown picked up a silver medal in the long jump and a bronze in the triple jump. GA relay teams finished third in the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800.

The Penn Charter boys won the 4 x 800 in 8:14.19 with sophomores Lamir Calloway and Peyton Burnett followed in the order by juniors Nate Johnson and T.J. Zwall. The Quakers placed second in the 4 x 100, and individually, Zwall won the silver medal in the 3200 and the bronze in the 1600, while Johnson took the bronze in the 3200 and was fourth in the 1600.

Charter senior Zahir Kalam Id-Din set a new PR as he secured the silver medal in the 100-meter dash.

The Springside Chestnut Hill boys entered the meet without injured junior Tony Hicks, who had been ranked in the top five in the state in both of the hurdling events.

His classmate Stefon Dodoo was a double gold medalist on Saturday, though. In the 400-meter dash, he set a new PR and recorded the Pennsylvania number-three time of 47.53 seconds. With his winning figure of 1:52.89 in the 800, he set a new Inter-Ac record and climbed to the second spot in the 2024 state rankings.

In the 300 hurdles final, SCH junior Willie Lamb stumbled right at the finish but still tumbled across the line in first place. His gold-medal time of 42.07 seconds put him two-hundredths of a second of the runner-up from Episcopal. This was a new PR for Lamb, and he also set one in the 110 hurdles, where he won the bronze medal.

In the field events, junior Matt McTamney came in fourth in the shot put.