UPPER DARBY — There are athletes who have to be told to use their head when they are competing.
Penncrest senior Kelly Logan is not one of those people, although she wishes she hadn't used her head on one of her early throws in the javelin competition at the Delaware County Girls Track and Field Championships at Upper Darby High Thursday afternoon.
The javelin was one of four championship events contested on the first day of the two-day meet, which resumes at Upper Darby at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. In addition to running-events trial heats, finals also were held in the shot put, pole vault and high jump. The triple jump was postponed until Saturday because of dangerous conditions on the runway.
Logan, who is headed to Shippensburg University, where she plans to compete in track and field, did not get off to a good start Thursday.
"I hit myself in the head as I was trying one of my early throws," she said. "I've been dropping my arm as I've been about to throw. I know I have to keep that arm up.
"I said to myself I could tell things weren't going well when I hit my head. Then I (threw) 117 (feet) and knew I was all right."
Logan's winning throw sailed 117 feet, 9 inches.
"That's one inch better than I had thrown this year," she said, after claiming first place by more than four feet over Kira Venturini of Strath Haven (113-2). Springfield's Jessica Pearse was third at 110-1.
"My No. 1 goal is to make it to states," said Logan, one of two athletes to earn a second consecutive Delco Meet championship Thursday.
Senior Claudine Andre of Upper Darby, who earned four gold medals at the 2013 meet, cleared 5-2 to earn another high jump gold medal.
"The good thing was that I didn't have to triple jump today," she said. "But that means I'll have to do three events (both jumps and the 100-meter hurdles) Saturday.
"Actually it's a little disappointing that I only did 5-2 today. I've done 5-7, so after I cleared 5-2 I told them to move (the bar) up to 5-7, but I just couldn't get over that. I know I have to make 5-8 if I want the county record, and I know I can get up there. But it's my form that is 100 percent of the reason keeping me from making 5-8."
Andre, who also is defending champion in the 100-meter hurdles, had the fastest qualifying time (15.70 seconds), with Stephanie Toland of Haverford High second (15.97) and Interboro's Kylie Bedwell third (16.23).
Garnet Valley's Michelle Geytembek, who cleared 8-6, took first place in the pole vault, with Kaelyn Wetzel of Springfield second and Penncrest's Marianne Parsons third at 8-0. Defending champ Michaelanne Henne of Penncrest tied for sixth place.
"I've gone 8-6 before," said Geytembek, a second-year vaulter. "I've tried nine feet in several meets, but haven't made it yet.
"I'm really trying to work on my form once I get up in the air. My approach is good, my takeoffs have been good. But once you're up in the air, you don't really see much of what's going on, and that's where I have to have better form."
Strath Haven sophomore Natalie Kent earned the shot put gold medal with a top throw of 36 feet, 5 inches.
"That's my best throw by one foot," Kent said. "I went through my throw faster than I usually do.
"I came here to try to throw 35 feet. Now that I've done 36, I want to keep working on my form and getting better."
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Alicia Collier of Penncrest (12.63 seconds) had the fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter dash, followed by Garnet Valley's Gabby Irving (12.68) and Khayla Williams of Upper Darby (12.78). Ashli Cook of Upper Darby led the 200-meter dash qualifiers in 25.56 seconds, with Irving next (25.81) and Collier third (26.07). ... Christina Holmes of Penn Wood led the 400-meter dash qualifiers (59.60), followed by Bonner-Prendergast's Kayla Butts (1:00.84) and Sophia Recchilungo of Academy of Notre Dame (1:00.88). ... Allie Wilson of Strath Haven, who is not defending her 1,600-meter run title, paced the field in the 800 (2:21.45), followed by Marissa Cicione of Cardinal O'Hara (2:221.81) and defending champion Liz McGroarty of Garnet Valley (2:24.03). ... Amy Kelly of Cardinal O'Hara was the top qualifier in the 1,600-meter run (5:24.37), with Strath Haven's Abby Kennedy second (5:26.01) and O'Hara's Erin Dolan third (5:27.16) ... Ridley's Brittany Shields led the qualifiers in the 300-meter hurdles (45.96), followed by Tara Boyle of Episcopal Academy (46.32) and Haverford's Toland (46.68). ... Upper Darby had the fastest time in the 4 x 100-meter relay (49.10), with Ridley next (49.80), then Penncrest (50.14). Penncrest topped the field in the 4 x 400 relay qualifying at 4:04.26, with Upper Darby second (4:05.98) and Strath Haven third (4:11.51).