Coatesville boys secure the gold in Suburban ChesMont 4×400 at Penn Relays


PHILADELPHIA – Saturday is always the big day at the Penn Relays – the day that features nationally-televised USA vs. the World men’s and women’s races in the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400.

For high school boys, it is also the day that features approximately 50 hotly-contested 4×400 races — including the High School Boys’ 4×400 Suburban ChesMont event.

Ironically, the race is not a pure Ches-Mont race. This year’s event included 11 teams and Ches-Mont schools barely held the majority. Six of the 11 teams were from the Ches-Mont. Two were from the Bicentennial League (Holy Ghost Prep and Bristol), two were Christian schools (Delco Christian and Calvary Christian) and one was a military boarding school (Valley Forge Military Academy).

You might expect teams from the strong and deep Ches-Mont to dominate but, surprisingly, two of the top four finishers were “outsiders.”

Coatesville, which has been a Mecca for sprinters for as long as anyone can remember, carried the banner for the Ches-Mont. The Red Raiders snagged the gold medal when the foursome of Amir Carter (53.61), Jay Stocker (49.72), Desmond Marrow (53.36) and Austin Shank (49.30) combined for a winning time of 3:25.98.

The runner-up spot was claimed by Downingtown East at 3:28.62. The Cougars’ quartet included Michael Logie (53.63), Alex Harvey (55.06), Ben Chung (50.91) and Morgan Ellis (49.16).

The Cougars just managed to hold off Delco Christian, which took third at 3:28.74. Holy Ghost Prep was fourth at 3:30.62.Then, the next five finishers were Ches-Mont teams.

West Chester Henderson placed fifth at 3:32.92 with the team of Josh Cover (53.14), Alex Knapp (53.22), Gabe Scholl (53.39) and Kavond Jones (53.18) and Great Valley was sixth at 3:34.11 with the foursome of Ben Walsh (51.89), Nick Cionci (55.84), Thomas Brisbane (54.34) and Josh Spiess (52.06).

The next two teams to cross the finish line were Kennett at 3:38.66 and West Chester Rustin at 3:40.15. The Blue Demons’ quartet included Jasper Seay (55.39), Chris Castaneda (55.05), John Paul Dean (49.42) and Nico Meola (58.81) while Rustin’s runners were Billy Covert (56.36), Brandon Hontz (55.51), Matt Fisch (54.49) and Nick Villone (53.80).

In all the high school relay events, the top finishers qualify for finals in different categories — Championship of America, Tri-State and Philadelphia Area.

Coatesville’s girls earned a berth in Saturday’s HSG Philadelphia Area race when they placed first in Thursday’s High School Girls’ 4×400 Suburban ChesMont event.

In that race, the team of Makayla Eberly (1:01.81), Karley Hess (1:01.62), Siani Richardson (1:00.31) and Jolesha Boulware (59.93) posted a time of 4:03.66 to finish two seconds ahead of the Downingtown West team of Emma Planck, Megan Turner, Jai Newkirk and Amanda Tredway that crossed the line at 4:05.64.

When the Red Raiders returned to Franklin Field on Saturday, they were unable to improve on their time from Thursday. Coatesville finished 11th when Eberly (1:00.02), Hess (1:00.02), Richardson (1:00.15) and McGinty (1:04.74) teamed up for a clocking of 4:04.92.

Neumann-Goretti won the race at 3:47.9 followed by Cheltenham (3:47.67), Medford, NJ’s Lenape (3:49.97), Philadelphia’s Paul Robeson (3:52.72), Gwyned-Mercy Academy (3:54.29), Wilmington’s Padua Academy (3:56.09), Central Bucks West (3:56.46), Central Bucks South (3:56.63), Wissahickon (3:59.42) and Norristown (4:02.84).

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