Souderton and Hatboro-Horsham girls launch for a 800 meter event during their track meet at Souderton Area High School on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Souderton and Hatboro-Horsham girls launch for a 800 meter event during their track meet at Souderton Area High School on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

FRANCONIA — Souderton's fast afternoon on the track nearly pushed Big Red to its first dual-meet win of the season on Tuesday, but Hatboro-Horsham recovered in the field to earn a 77-73 victory in the Suburban One League Continental Conference battle at Souderton.

Allison Gallagher swept the hurdles for the Indians, running her season-best time in the 300's (47.8), and Nikki O'Donnell cranked out a 1:01.9 in the 400 to also place first for Big Red.

Souderton's 4x800 relay crossed first and so did its 4x4. It took three winning throws in the shot, discus and jav — all by Tori Waddington — for the Hatters to notch a hard-earned win and even their record to 1-1.

"We had a good meet. There were some events where I felt the girls came up pretty good, did a good job," Big Red coach Mike Feliciani said. "We knew Hatboro had a really strong thrower so we had to put more points on on the track. We needed a little bit more but where I thought we would score, we scored. The girls are fighting pretty hard."

Big Red (0-2), although young in the field events, got a victory from freshman Maura O'Malley, who cleared five feet in the high jump.

"She did an excellent job," Feliciani said.

Terri Wilcox, a sophomore, scored points in both the triple and long jump for Souderton. Allison Lavery jumped 33-9.5 to win the triple and Lauren Brophy had a leap of 16-6 to give the Hatters victories in both events.


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Both squads were coming off tough opening-day losses, as Souderton fell to rival Quakertown and Hatboro lost to Central Bucks West.

The Hatters gained some steam on Tuesday from Alyssa Quinn's win in the two mile, and the Hatters also showed their strength in the sprints by taking the 4x1 along with both the 100 and 200 — Bode Rotibe was fastest in both.

Hatboro-Horsham’s Bode Rotibi competes in the high jump against Souderton during their track meet at Souderton Area High School on Tuesday, April 1,
Hatboro-Horsham's Bode Rotibi competes in the high jump against Souderton during their track meet at Souderton Area High School on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

"It was a great meet," Hatters coach Anna Baker said. "Each event was really close, so it was good to see, good to see that competition. We're definitely a young team. We're building our program up. We've had our struggles with team numbers but we are becoming competitive. They're dedicated athletes and they're gonna keep working hard."

Both the Big Red and the Hatters travel to the Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonial Relays on Saturday.

Hatboro-Horsham 77, Souderton Area 73

Suburban One League Continental Conference

Souderton’s Paige Torchio (left) takes the baton from Nicole Hersman as they compete in a 4x400 relay event against Hatboro-Horsham during their
Souderton's Paige Torchio (left) takes the baton from Nicole Hersman as they compete in a 4x400 relay event against Hatboro-Horsham during their track meet at Souderton Area High School on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

300 hurdles: Allison Gallagher (S) 47.8; 4x800 relay: Souderton (Edwards, Noble, Witten, Ferrebee), 11:22.6; 100: Bode Rotibe (HH) 14.2; 1,600: Nicole Neborg (HH) 5:39.9; 400: Nikki O'Donnell (S) 1:01.9; 4x100 relay: Hatboro-Horsham (Kwiatanowski, Lavery, Laucella, Rotibe), 52.8; 100 hurdles: Gallagher (S) 16.0; 800: Hope Ferrebee (S) 2:28.9; 200: Rotibe (HH) 27.5; 3,200: Alyssa Quinn (HH) 12:08.9; 4x400 relay: Souderton, 4:20.5; High Jump: Maura O'Malley (S) 5-0; Pole Vault: Jaclyn Parry (S) 8-0; Triple Jump: Allison Lavery (HH) 33-9.5; Long Jump: Lauren Brophy (HH) 16-6; Shot Put: Tori Waddington (HH) 37-3; Discus: Waddington (HH) 87-7; Javelin: Waddington (HH) 101-5

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