The Mount Magic won six of 15 events, finishing second in six others, and piling up additional points with its team depth.
Winning six of 15 events, finishing second in six others, and piling up additional points with its team depth, Mount St. Joseph Academy won the 2023 Athletic Association of Catholic Academies track and field championships on its own campus last Tuesday afternoon.
It was the third straight championship for the Mount Magic, who registered 183 total points to overcome two other triple-digit scorers, Villa Maria Academy (149) and Gwynedd Mercy (116). The Mount actually had a very strong team in 2020, but no championships were held that year due to COVID-19.
At last week's meet Merion Mercy Academy finished fourth with 38 points, followed by Villa Joseph Marie (Holland, Pa.) with 33, Sacred Heart Academy (22) and Nazareth Academy (15). This marked the last occasion that Nazareth athletes would appear in any Catholic Academies championship event, since the school is leaving the AACA to join the northern division of the Philadelphia Catholic League.
Mount St. Joseph saw most of its first-place finishes come in the footraces. Distance ace Ella Woehlcke, a junior, won the 800 and 1600-meter runs, while senior Maggie Murphy won the 3200 and came in second in the 1600. Junior Ella Vogel was the 100-meter-dash champion and was runner-up in the 200 by 0.07 seconds.
The Magic also won the 400 thanks to junior Lily Bradfield. The sixth individual champion for Mount St. Joe was freshman Morgan Cross, who won the triple and also came in third in the long jump. The Magic picked up second-place points in the long jump from senior Julia Donahue, and junior Saanai Jones was second in the shot put.
Versatile senior Faith DeCarlo was part of a three-way tie for first place in the high jump, while also placing second in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the pole vault. Junior Constance Huber was third in the 100 hurdles.
Since the Mount has no pole vault pit, that event was held off-campus a day earlier, with sophomore Veronica Vacca taking second place. On Tuesday, she placed fifth in the 100-meter dash.
The Magic won two of the three relays, going with freshmen Lydia Moy, Jenna Miller and Allie Seweryn and senior Katie Bakley in the 4 x 800 (10:30.01), and wrapping up the meet with a victory in the 4 x 400 (4:06.84) with Bradfield, Bakley, Donahue, and Woehlcke.
A number of Mount athletes have met the qualifying standards to compete in the PIAA District 1 championships. Woehlcke qualified in the 800 and 1600 meters, and DeCarlo in the high jump and pole vault. Murphy made it in for the 1600, Jones for the shot put, and Vacca for the pole vault. In addition, Murphy, Bakley, Bradfield and Woehlcke qualified in the 4 x800 relay.
100 High Hurdles
300 Intermediate Hurdles