CALN — La Salle's Charles Headen set a new meet and school record of 10.87 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the TFCA of GP Track Invitational at Coatesville High School on Saturday.
"It was a pretty unbelievable race,' La Salle coach Greg Bielecki said. "Just how good he looks is a testament of how hard he works and the kind of competitor he is. He focuses on the process and takes it one race at a time. I'm just really proud of him to see him run that well. He's a really special talent.'
Another meet record was turned in by Dave Stellato of Wissahickon in the 400-meter dash, who won the event in 48.70 seconds.
"That felt great,' Stellato said. "The weather is perfect today for a race. My legs felt good. I'm glad I came out with a good time.'
He ran a great race throughout, but he pointed to a strong start as the biggest key to his record-breaking time.
"I wanted to go out a little faster than usual,' Stellato said. "When I get out good, I feel like if I can finish, I can run a good time. Going out hard and finishing strong was the key to the race.'
Stellato's teammate, Rashawn Crawford was best among Division-2 competitors and fourth overall in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.28.
North Penn's team of Joe LaConey, Tyler Johnston, Brian Piscitelli and Ryan Grace started the event with a bang as they won the distance medley in a time of 10:24.35.
The anchor, Ryan Grace, was neck-and-neck with Alex Balla of Quakertown, who briefly took the lead in the first 400, before Grace caught him and broke away to earn his team the eight-second victory.
"I was trying to run 4:20 in the 1600 split and I came through at 2:10,' Grace said. "I knew I had to accelerate to maintain, so I had to make a surge at the end.'
Wissahickon's distance medley team started the day off with a fourth place finish in Division 2, coming in at 11:51.42.
"It's been solid so far,' Stellato said of his team's performace. "Good weather, good times. So far, we are satisfied.'
Methacton's Pat Hopkins finished second in the 1600-meter run, crossing the line in 4:24.08, second only to Stellato's meet-record time.
"He looked really good,' Methacton coach Christian Stamm said. "He came out and he was strong. He was able to hold his pace. He had some trouble getting around a guy, which could have dropped his time a little bit. He ran a great race.'
Methacton's Kevin Capizzi finished third in the long jump, leaping 20-9 1/2 feet.
"It was on OK day for him, but I think it placed him,' Stamm said. "For the competition, he is doing well for what everyone else was doing today.'
La Salle's Grant Jones won the javelin by breaking a personal record by 25 feet, throwing 182-5.
"He's got to be one of the hardest working kids I've ever seen,' Bielecki said. "He is practically the first person at our track every day and the last person to leave.
"He's just completely immersed himself in that event and wanting to be as good as he possibly can be.'