District One Class AAA football champions Brian Ingram and Jeff Devaughn were two of the fastest athletes in the county wearing helmets and shoulder pads. At Saturday's Springfield Invitational, the Academy Park standouts both captured an individual gold medal in short-distance events. Devaughn, who will continue playing football at Maine in the fall, ran a 11.03 in the 100-meter dash, besting Dean Braithwate of Marple Newtown (11.27) and Chichester's Kevin Miller (11.28).
Brian Ingram was victorious in the 200-meter dash, burning the competition with a time of 22.44. Phillip Thompson (22.82) of Springfield and Brathwaite (23.05) took second and third places, respectively.
AP would go on to dominate the relay events. The 4 x 100 team of Osman Toure, Eric Doe, Ingram and Devaughn — all football teammates, as well — took first place with a time of 42.97. In the 4 x 400, Brian Stevens, Desean Lee, Allon Ruffin and Ingram out-ran Springfield's quartet.
The Knights continued to have success in the field events as Josh Ingram won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet. Marple Newtown's Dan Doherty grabbed second place (5 feet, 10 inches).
The pole vault win was earned by MN's Gurjeet Rai, and Marcell Ferguson of Glen Mills was victorious in the both the long jump and triple jump.
Haverford High football All-Delco Chip Rossino was the top performer in the shot put, followed by Eric Von Hertsenberg, who claimed second.
In the two-mile race, Springfield's Justin Miller was the only runner to cross the finish line in under 10 minutes (9:54.41). Ridley's Tito Orijy made a splash in both high hurdles events. He won the 100 meter in 15.03 and the 300 meter in 40.55.
Springfield's Chris Mallee won the javelin throw and Von Hertsenberg took the gold medal in the discus.