It was a quite a day for several Catholic school athletes Thursday afternoon at the District 12 track and field meet at Germantown Academy. In fact, some might say they dominated the competition.

Among the Class AAA highlights: St. Joseph Prep’s Steve McClellan established a meet record in the 800 meters. His time of 1 minute, 54.54 seconds toppled the previous mark, accomplished four years ago, by eight-tenths of a second.  McClellan was also among four Prep sprinters who snared first place in the 4 x 400 relay. He joined Benny Walls, Robert Dupell II and Miles Green in squeaking past second-place Cardinal O’Hara by only 1.06 seconds.

In the 4 x 800, Cardinal O’Hara’s quad of Justin Jones, Rob Morro, Jack Nolen and Kevin James finished first. In the 4 x 100, La Salle’s Tabriz Bumpas, Winston Eubanks, Chris Della Donna and Charles Headen garnered gold. The Prep’s John Daly did the same in the 1,600 meters, as did Roman Catholic’s Colyn Todd in the 300-meter hurdles.

In the Class AA event, Neumann-Goretti won the 4 x 400 behind Miles Brewer, Takeem Ford, Quentin Francis and Amir Gordon.

In the field events, La Salle’s Alex Sislo captured the high jump; Archbishop Ryan’s Andrew Mazer took the shot put. In the javelin, La Salle’s Grant Jones placed first, Father Judge’s Ian Egan second and La Salle’s Noah Walker third.

For the ladies, first-place finishers in Class AAA included Archbishop Ryan’s Nicole Davis (100-meter hurdles), Lansdale Catholic’s Elizabeth Reid (200 meters); Cardinal O’Hara’s Olivia Arizin, Tayezee Harris, Maura Lyons and Uloma Ohyemachi (4 x 400); Cardinal O’Hara’s Jess Hoey, Aine Sheehan, Sara Rankin and Maura Lyons (4 x 800); Archbishop Ryan’s Kel-Lisa Sebwe (pole vault), and Bonner-Prendergast’s Marykate Moeller (discus).

In the District 1 tourney, St. Basil Academy’s Sheila Plunkett captured the Class AA discus toss.

In Class AA, Neumann-Goretti was spectacular, especially Sydni Townsend, who seized first in the 200 meters and 400 meters and was part of the foursomes that took both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400. Teammate Destinee Thomas won the triple jump.


In Thursday’s Catholic League quarterfinal softball playoffs, Cardinal O’Hara outlasted Conwell-Egan, 9-5. Archbishop Ryan’s Kerri Dadalski’s no-hitter lifted the Ragdolls past Archbishop Carroll, 10-0; and St. Hubert’s avoided an upset bid by defeating Hallahan, 3-2.


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