Upper Darby's Ashley Rankine and Claudine Andre added a little more bling to their already impressive collection. The duo won two medals each at the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association Carnival Saturday at Lehigh University.
Rankine was fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 60-meter dash. Andre took second in the high jump and sixth in the 60 hurdles. Teammate Ashli Cook did well, too. She was third in the 400. The Royals also took second in the 4 x 200 and sixth in the 4 x 400-meter relays.
Penn Wood also had a strong day in the relays. The Patriots were third in the 4 x 400 and fourth in the 4 x 200. Garnet Valley's Liz McGroarty took fourth in the mile.
Radnor's Eric Von Hertsenberg, Strath Haven's Nathaniel Kent and Penn Wood's Ahmere Ponzo were the individual county medal winners at the PTFCA Carnival.
Von Hertsenberg took third in the shot put. Kent was fourth in the 60 hurdles and Ponzo placed sixth in the 800. In the relay events, Radnor was second in the DMR, Strath Haven took third in the 4 x 800 and Chester was sixth in the 4 x 200.
In action Friday night, Upper Darby's Mason Weh set the meet record in the 60-meter hurdles to highlight a strong showing by the Royals in the Track and Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia's Last Chance meet at Lehigh.
Weh won the event in 8.24 seconds to break a record that stood for two years. Upper Darby also won the 4 x 800-meter relay in 8:14.60, qualifying for states and downing Pennridge's two-year-old meet record by 6.35 seconds.
Also qualifying for states was Glen Mills sprinter Shaaheen Dow, who faded to eighth in the finals of the 60-meter dash but qualified with a time of 7.14 seconds in prelims. Springfield and Glen Mills went 1-2 in the 4 x 200 relay, each with a time under the states cut. And Haverford School's Reggie Harris was under the meet record in the triple jump, but settled for second with a leap of 44-5¾ that earns a trip to states. Two 4 x 400 relays — third-place Haverford School and fourth-place Penn Wood — also made states.
Springfield's Phillip Thompson finished second in the 200, two spots ahead of Chichester's Rykiese Godwin, with both qualifying for the Meet of Champions. Thompson also took silver in the long jump, ahead of Dow in third and Glen Mills' Marcell Ferguson in fifth, all three gaining entry to the MOC.
Delco Christian's Andrew Garrett posted a MOC-qualifying time in the 800 en route to sixth, while Haverford School's Alex Kim was third in the mile to book his ticket. Springfield pole vaulter Jeff Lord and triple jumper Ache Hall took second and fourth, respectively, to make the MOC.