6/3+9 WKND: Price 2:04.24 in NY|Springer 4:11.17 Mile in PA (PIX)|USATF regions|Steward 21.81 in VA.
Highlighting the 1st two weekends of June... Easton junior Chanelle Price ran 2:04.24 (first reported as sub-2:04) to win the open 800 at the 2nd Annual Island Games in NY vs. an elite field. It was Springer in a rabbited mile at the 2nd West Chester Henderson Distance Festival on a hot, humid evening. The race was loaded, and boasted a rabbits for the 1/2 and the 3/4. Springer went :60, 2:01 and 3:04 before a 28 first 200 caught up to him, splitting 67 for a 4:11.17. Henderson's Carly Hamond won the girls' mile in just over 5:02, with Boiling Springs' Kara Millhouse within a second. Story by Denny Dyroff of the Daily Local in West Chester, photo gallery and select pix in the complete story. Also this weekend, the journey to the USATF Junior Olympics begins with the regional qualifiers for the Mid-Atlantic region. At the 2nd MileStat Track Gala in Virginia, Cumberland Valley junior Juan Steward (in photo by John Herzog, MileStat.com) finished 6th in the 200, going 21.81, his 3rd best ever. Boiling Springs junior Anna Bixler took 4th in the 400 hurdles and 8th in the 100 hurdles. And PA athletes have made the journey to the Golden West Invitational in California. Winning performances at NCAA Division I Outdoor Champs by Nicole Leach and Justin Ryncavage, plus other top performances by PA high school grads. At Sunday's Golden West Invitational in California, Cardinal O'Hara junior Ed Buck was 8th in 4:20.50 in the seeded mile, while Bishop Shanahan junior Chris Bodary was 13th. Bloomsburg soph Fallon Heddings took 8th in the triple jump. In the discus, Coughlin senior Erik Kemmerer took 10th. Last weekend at the Eastern States Championships @ Iona Prep in New York, Cardinal O'Hara's Jason Johnson leapt 45'+ to win the triple jump. The O'Hara boys were 2nd in the 4x200. For the PA girls, it was Archbishop Prendergast 2nd in the 4x1600. Prendie's Caitlin Chambers captured 4th in the 800.