EAST ROCKHILL — The North Penn girls track and field team persevered through the cold and snow flurries on Tuesday afternoon and earned a victory over its toughest rival.
The Maidens piled up points on the track and were first in all three throws, battling to a 91-59 win over the Rams in the Suburban One League Continental Conference opener for both squads.
"I do like the cold weather, but it's very cold — can't really feel my hands,' said North Penn's Ali Valenti, shortly after anchoring the 4x4 team to victory. "It's good to have a nice race on a day like this.'
Valenti had a couple of nice races.
The junior crossed first in the 800 to bolster the Maidens' lead and then she helped close things out in the 4x4, an event she added to her reportoire during indoor season.
The defending conference champs also used key contributions from their newcomers to earn their first dual-meet win over Pennridge since 2011.
"We have a lot of young people who are turning out to be fantastic runners,' Valenti said.
That included a victory in the 400 by Uche Nwogwugwu, a freshman for the Maidens. North Penn's strength on the track spread through every event, allowing NP to overcome some tremendous individual efforts by the Rams.
Pennridge's Taylor Chapman raced to a pair of wins in the 100 and the 200, and the distance events were dominated by Marissa Sheva, who crossed first in both the 16 and the 32.
The junior usually specializes in the one mile during the spring but on Tuesday she also had plenty left for the 32, pulling out to a big lead that grew as the race went on.
"I actually hope to be able to race a couple two miles this year,' Sheva said. "I've never done them competitively so I'd like to be able to do a couple this season.'
Both the Maidens and Rams will head to Plymouth-Whitemarsh on Saturday for the PA Track Classic.
North Penn 91, Pennridge 59
300 hurdles: Sarah Wiener (NP) 48.9; 4x800 relay: North Penn, 10:16.7; 100: Taylor Chapman (P) 12.3; 1,600: Marissa Sheva (Penn) 5:09.1; 400: Uche Nwogwugwu (NP) 1:01.2; 4x100 relay: Pennridge, 49.6; 100 hurdles: Wiener (NP) 17.4; 800: Ali Valenti (NP) 2:24.1; 200: Chapman (Penn) 26.2; 3,200: Sheva (Penn) 11:50.7; 4x400 relay: North Penn, 4:11.3; Long Jump: Ariana Przybylowski (Penn) 16-8; High Jump: Katrina Przybylowski (Penn) 4-8; Pole Vault: Morgan Kull (NP) 9-0; Triple Jump: Megan McGeehan (NP) 34-0.5; Javelin: Katrina Marger (NP) 94-7; Discus: Brittany VanStrien (NP) 77-4; Shot Put: Jani Johnston (NP) 30-7
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