With 162 team points accumulated across almost the full spectrum of events, Episcopal Academy repeated as Inter-Ac champion.
With 162 team points accumulated across almost the full spectrum of events, Episcopal Academy repeated as Inter-Ac champion at the 135th running of the league's track and field championships last Saturday at Penn Charter.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Penn Charter were able to improve significantly from their 2022 performances, when they placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Last weekend, the Blue Devils finished second by compiling 98 points, and Penn Charter was third with 83.
Fourth last year, Germantown Academy slipped to fifth place with 74 points, just behind Haverford School, which scored 77. Malvern Prep, a powerhouse not that long ago, placed sixth with 28 points.
The meet's MVP award, presented to the individual who scores the most points for his team, went to Episcopal's Dakin Ebmeyer, with 28.5 points collected in three individual events and the 4 x 400 meter relay.
However, many coaches, officials, and athletes seemed more impressed by the achievements of Springside Chestnut Hill sophomore Stefon Dodoo. He won the 400-meter dash in 47.73 seconds, breaking the 1999 meet record set by Brian Derby of the old Chestnut Hill Academy (48.2). After just three more races took place, he came back to win the 800 meters in one minute, 54.46 seconds, just 0.21 seconds off the existing record.
Another SCH 10th-grader, Tony Hicks, won both the 110 and 300-meter hurdles with times of 14.80 seconds and 41.15 seconds. Two more members of the Devils' strong sophomore class, Willie Lamb and Nasir Yard, placed third and fifth, respectively in the 300 hurdles.
In the 100-meter dash, SCH' Julian McFadden (you guessed it - a sophomore), captured the gold medal in 10.80 seconds.
Hicks took his leaping abilities over to the field event pits, placing fourth in the triple jump, while SCH senior Andrew Wood was fifth in the triple and took the bronze medal in the long jump. Another senior, thrower Darrion Rascoe, was the silver medalist in both the discus and the shot put. Sophomore Matt McTamney placed fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot.
Like SCH, Penn Charter earned a lot of its points on the track, starting with third and fourth-place finishes in the 100 meters by juniors Ohifame Ijeboi and Zahir Kalam Id-Din. Kalam Id-Din later took third place in the 200 meters, while in the hurdles, junior Britt Armbrister came in third in the 110's and sophomore Oliver Jackson was fourth in the 300's.
Quakers senior Wesley Trautwein finished fourth in both the 1600 and 3200-meter runs, and sophomore Nate Johnson was third in the 3200 and fifth in the 1600. Another 10th-grader, T.J. Zwall, came in fifth in the 3200.
In the field events, the Quakers saw senior Trey Shinholster secure third place in the high jump, while there were fifth-place outcomes for senior Mark Butler in the long jump and sophomore Luis Rincon in the pole vault.
A javelin competition, a fairly new undertaking for the Inter-Ac, was held as an exhibition event, without any official scoring. Here, PC junior Matthew Martz placed second and sophomore Steven Blaker was fifth.
Germantown Academy freshman Jet Dickerson ranked first in the jav with a throw of 132'5", and he scored in the long jump, placing fourth. Patriots junior Blake Brown was the silver medalist in both the long jump and the triple jump. Germantown's Gavin Fountain finished third in the shot put, and fellow junior Mario Toscano placed fifth in the discus.
The Patriots really excelled in the pole vault. Tenth graders Adrian Diem and Robbie Bright both cleared the bar at 13 feet even, with Diem needing fewer attempts and placing first while Bright was runner-up.
The Patriots' best performance on the track came from freshman Evan Badami, the bronze medalist in the 400 meters. Fifth place went to senior J-Jay Ordillas in the 100-meter dash, and also to sophomore Ellis Johnson in the 110 hurdles.
In the relays, Penn Charter won the 4 x 100 in 44.40 seconds (Butler/ Kalam Id-Din/senior Davin Barnett/Ijeboi), and the 4 x 800 in 8:08.32 (Zwall/Johnson/Trautwein/senior Jack Frank).
110 High Hurdles
300 Intermediate Hurdles
Javelin (exhibition event)