CALN — Coatesville's Darrik Muroski and Dondre Pittman felt right at home on Saturday during the first day of the District 1 Class AAA Track Championships.
The finalists from this weekend's events will move on to the state championship meet held in Shippensburg next Friday and Saturday.
Muroski came in first place in the boys discus as he posted a throw of 168-feet and will move on to states. Muroski, this year's Ches-Mont champ in the event, finished 12-feet ahead of Andrew Varichione from Quakertown, who finished second. Coatesville head coach Damien Henry raved about Muroski's dedication to the sport and also for being an exceptional young man off the field.
"Darrik is a fine example of someone who is dedicated to the sport,' said Henry. "He's been with the program for four years. He's continued to get better in each year and is an example of what dedication can do. I am so proud of him, every positive thing that comes his way, he deserves it'.
Muroski's dedication is not limited to the school fields, according to Henry."He even has his own throwing pit in his back yard,' said Henry. "That's how dedicated he is'.
Henry also spoke about the game plan going into Sunday and next weekend's state championship meet.
"That's up to his event coach, Tom Ingraham,' said Henry. "He's done a phenomenal job with the throwers this year so whatever he says goes. I think we'll keeping things the same and we hope that he does well in the shot put tomorrow morning.'
Muroski will be throwing for the University of Rhode Island in the fall.
Pittman, meanwhile, his Coatesville teammate qualified for states as he came in third place for the men's high jump with a jump of 6-7.
This height was two inches higher than his personal best, and coach Carl Smith talked about how Pittman has improved this season.
"His personal record coming in was 6-5 so he jumped two inches higher,' said Smith. "It's not a matter of us changing anything, we are refining at this point. It has been a long season and you don't want to lose their attention. We are just going to keep fine-tuning some things.'
Pittman is a very coachable young man as his coach attributes this characteristic to his recent success.
"Dondre is very coachable and if you teach him something he is going to work on it,' said Smith. "He might not succeed instantly but he's very coachable and he's an outstanding young man. He has worked hard since the first day and he has improved every couple of weeks.'
Going into the event, Coatesville's Tra-c Davis was the favorite to win, even though he finished in fourth place with a height of 6-7 inches. This height was an inch shorter than his Ches-Mont championship height of 6-8.
For the preliminary events, West Chester Henderson teammates Reiny Barchet and Tony Russell came in first and second in the 1600 meter run. The two were only separated by three seconds but look for Russell to have a strong showing on Sunday as he anchored the relay team that broke the distance medley record at the Penn Relays. Russell is also regarded as one of the top mile runners in the country.
Downingtown East's J'Von Jennings came in third place in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 39.51 seconds. He was the Ches-Mont champion in the event with a time of 38.61seconds. Jennings placed second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.65, so he will be poised to compete for states in both events on Sunday.
Church Farm School was well represented as Aondofa Anyam qualified for states with 41-8.5 foot jump in the triple jump and Nkosi Pile ran an 11.6 second 100 meter dash.
On the girl's side, Avon Grove's Moriah Fitzgerald came in first place of the pole vault finals with a height of 11-6. Downingtown West's Francesca Coyne came in third place in the high jump with a height of 5-3. Oxford's Heather Homola came in second place for the javelin throw with a distance of 131-6. Each girl qualified for states.
District 1 Track
Class AAA Boys
High Jump - - Johnson (C.B. South) 6-7, Diehl (Conestoga) 6-7, Pittman (Coatesville) 6-7; Triple Jump - - Omo-Ekpadi (North Penn) 47-1.75, Simpson (Upper Darby) 46-9, Freeman (Truman) 45-0.50; Discus - - Muroski (Coatesville) 168-10, Varichione (Quakertown) 156-4, Muroski (Coatesville) 150-11.
Class AA Boys
Triple Jump - - Anyam (Church Farm) 41-8.50, Schwarz (Lower Moreland) 41-2.50, Elocock (Delco Christian) 39-10.25; Shot Put - - Malkowicz (Delco Christian) 44-0.25, Inciardi (Christopher Dock) 42-6, Crouch (Calvary Christian) 42-1.75; Javelin - - Stone (Sprinfield Mont) 169-0, Quinby (New Hope — Solebur) 150-3, Pereira (Church Farm) 146-2.
Class AAA Girls
High Jump - - Taub (C.R. South) 5-5, Matthews (Abington) 5-5, Coyne (Downingtown West) 5-3; Pole Vault - - Fitzgerald (Avon Grove) 11-6, Alexaki (Upper Merion) 11-6, Liss (Cheltenham) 11-0; Long Jump - - Andre (Upper Darby) 19-1.50, Przybylowski (Pennridge) 18-10, Marshall (Methacton) 18-0.50; Shot Put - - Hojnacki (C.B. South) 42-2.25, Sample (Nazareth Academy) 39-11.50, Waddington (Hatboro Horsham) 39-4.75; Javelin - - Player (Pope John Paul) 133-1, Homola (Oxford) 131-6, Serratore (Methacton) 128-5.
Class AA Girls
Long Jump - - Kratz (Christopher Dock) 17-1.50, Givnish (Lower Moreland) 16-9.50, Foxhaven-gamble (Delco Christian) 16-2; Pole Vault - - Clements (Christopher Dock) 8-9, Singer (New Hope-Solebur) 7-6; Discus - - Onal (Bristol) 117-0, Plunkett (Saint Basil) 116-0, Demetrius (Christopher Dock) 107-0.