The meet may have been hosted by Perkiomen Valley, but the Spring-Ford boys track team made itself quite at home Saturday.
The Rams put on a dominating performance in the Viking Invitational, showing their stuff against a field of competitors that included such local schools as Boyertown, Owen J. Roberts, Pope John Paul II, Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Upper Perkiomen and Daniel Boone. They won seven events and had five other Top Four finishes in various events on the track and in the field.
Ryan Connelly was particularly dominant in the hurdling races for Spring-Ford. He set a meet record of 14.7 in winning the 110 highs while covering the 300 intermediates in a first-place time of 40.31.
Other individual firsts for Spring-Ford came from Joe Bush in the triple jump (42-1 1/2), Paul Power in the 3,200 (9;51.6) and Brendan Palaia in the javelin (181-1). The Rams also topped the 4x400 relay — Josh Tupper, David O'Such, Connelly and Bush running a 3:22.64 — and the 4x200 relay for freshmen and sophomores, its foursome of James Fennimore, Colin Crosby, Josh Miller and Tyler Uba combining on a 1:35.89.
Adding to Spring-Ford's stellar showing were seconds from Tupper in the 800 (1:59.82) and David O'Such in the 400 (49.79), thirds by Joe Bush in the 400 (50.92) and Brian Leacraft in the javelin (173-9) and a fourth from Chase Parr in the 3,200 (10:08.4).
Daniel Boone's Xavier Smith dominated the sprints with his firsts in the 100 (10.79) and 200 (21.81), both meet records. Teammate Cmane McFadden added a first in the high jump (6-2).
Boyertown saw a pair of winners: Eli Mercado in the 800 (1:59.30) and Josh Ward in the shot put (47-11). And Pottsgrove ran an 11:00.34 to win the distance medley.
On the girls' side, Jen Maurer headed the host team's showing with a pair of firsts in the triple jump (34-8) and long jump (16-1). Jill Weston gave Owen J. Roberts a two-win outing of her own, topping the 800 (2:17.82) and 300 hurdles (46.41).
Other individual firsts locally came from Spring-Ford's Isabella Marchini in the 3,200 (11:47.79), Boyertown's Jillian Bertino in the 200 (26.08) and Pope John Paul II's Devon Player in the javelin (112-3). The Vikings were strong in the relay events — they won the 4x200 freshman/sophomore race (1;54.15), the 4x400 (4:06.23) and the distance medley (13:55.09) — while Boyertown scored a first in the 4x800 (10:11.71).
Scoring second-place finishes on the track were Spring-Ford's Chelsea Reynolds in the 400 (58.48), Boyertown's Emily Shumaker in the 3,200 (11:54.13), OJR's 4x200 freshman/sophomore relay (1:54.66) and its distance medley foursome (14:12.77) and the Rams' 4x800 relay (10:38.58). In the field, the Pottsgrove twosome of Timeka Barr (long jump, 15-11) and Brittany Opokwu (triple jump, 34-3) came away with seconds.
Pan-Ram Invitational: Daniel Boone's Steph Sievers broke the Berks County javelin record with a first-place and school-record toss of 137-10 at Harrisburg.
Methacton 12, Perkiomen Valley 8: Jim Shomberg and Kyle Lowery led the way with three hits apiece, and Greg Pellicano had two hits as the Warriors (7-1, 8-1) came back from a 5-2 sixth-inning deficit to beat the Vikings in extra innings.
Pottstgrove 14, Roxborough 2: It took a freshman pitcher to finally give Pottsgrove its first win of the season. And the visiting Falcons needed just five innings to get it done, with Nick DeCurtis tossing a one-hitter through four innings, striking out seven and giving up two runs for the non-league win.
Sean Orrison worked the final frame and gave up one hit.
Leading the Falcons (1-5) at the plate were Justin Leamy went (3-for-4 with a double and three RBI), Garrett Bleakley (3-for-4 , two RBI), and Mark Mandia (2-with-4 with a triple and three RBI).
Governor Mifflin 3, Boyertown 2: Dalton Hughes had a hit and run scored and Austin Madeja drove in a run for the Bears (6-2) in the non-league loss to the Mustangs, who got six innings of six-strikeout, three-hit ball from starter Tanner DeLucia and plated the game-winner on Zach Weidner's seventh-inning single.
Perkiomen School 5-2, Springside Chestnut Hill 4-9: Tom Aaron had a two-run double and Josh Cruz delivered the go-ahead sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh-inning rally to help the Panthers earn a non-league split.
Levi Stoudt went the distance in the opener on a five-hitter and struck out five. In the second game, Joey Pena had two hits and drove in a run for Perkiomen School (5-2).
Penn Charter 6, Hill School 2: Nick Chroscinski drove in one run and scored the other for the Blues (1-4) in the non-league loss.
Upper Perkiomen 17, Pottstown 1: Lynsey Quinn allowed one earned run to the Trojans in a PAC-10 game shortened to three innings by the "mercy rule.'
Quinn worked a one-hitter with five strikeouts against one walk. Melissa Swinehart tripled for Pottstown in the third, resulting in an RBI for the hosts' only run.
Owen J. Roberts 6, Pequea Valley 2: Jordan Walker swiped three bases and had a hit and run and Kylie Glenn worked five innings for the decision as the Wildcats improved to 7-1 overall with the non-league victory.
Neshaminy 7, Methacton 3: Ryan O'Toole's two-goal showing was the highlight for the Warriors in their non-league loss to the Redskins.
Keith White rounded out the scoring for Methacton (3-6).George School 5, Perkiomen School 1: Tony Coleman had the lone goal for the Panthers (1-5), who got 15 saves from goalie Tim Turner in the non-league loss.
Methacton 16, Upper Merion 7: The Warriors built a 10-goal lead in the first half, then rode it the rest of the way to a non-league victory over the Vikings.
Ellie Schmidt netted five goals, and Sara Hughes added a hat trick, to help Methacton go up 11-1. Deb Peiffer and Casey Reid chipped in two goals apiece, and Sam Rothman made seven saves in goal to help the locals improve to 6-3 on the season.
Harriton 20, Boyertown 9: Though Haley Wentzel netted a hat trick, and Grace McFadyen added two goals, the Bears came up short of the Rams in their non-league game.
Lawrenceville 13, Hill School 10: Elizabeth Sitko scored a team-high four goals for the Blues in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League loss.
Bree Gorman had two goals, Chrissy Meder had one goal and two assists, Kathleen Carmichael had one goal and one assist and Courtney Logar and Liz Cossel each scored one goal for the Hill.
Bears swept: Ursinus entered the weekend looking to hold on to second place in the Centennial Conference, but it suffered a double-setback. The Bears were swept by the Red Devils 3-1 and 5-0. The Freshman pitcher Seth Regensburg had a solid outing in game one, only allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings with four strike outs. Regensburg couldn't get the run support for the victory, dropping his record to 3-3 for the season.
The Bears' only run of the day was scored on a Timo Muro single to drive in CJ Diana in the fifth inning of the opener. Ursinus (5-5, 13-11) fell to fourth place while Dickinson (4-4, 18-6) moved ahead to third place.
Bears lose twice: Ursinus managed just one run on the day in its Centennial Conference twinbill with McDaniel. The Bears (2-8, 7-15) fell to the Green Terror by scores of 5-1 and 5-0.
Junior outfielder Delia Mercurio led the Bears for the day, going 5-for-8 with their only RBI of the day. McDaniel's Caroline Brehm improved her record to 16-7 and had an impressive 28 strike outs for the day.
Gettysburg 10, Ursinus 3: Junior attack Mike Neal had a goal and two assists for the Bears in the Centennial Conference loss to the No. 16-ranked Bullets.
Junior attack Mark Stratton and junior attack Steve Smyrl also netted goals for Ursinus (2-3, 6-6).
Gettysburg 17, Ursinus 8: Freshman Jayme Verman had three goals and two assists and junior Kitty Dawson netted two goals for the Bears (2-3, 7-5) in the Centennial Conference loss to the Bullets (6-0, 11-1).
Ursinus 8, Gettysburg 1: The Bears topped the Bullets on Senior Day for their first Centennial Conference victory.
Ursinus took all three doubles, and 5-of-6 singles matches over the Bullets. Senior Evan Stutchin won his first flight singles match, 6-1, 6-1, and teamed up with Matt Hope to defeat Dave Musser and Sctott Johnson at first flight doubles, 8-3.
Ursinus 5, Gettysburg 4: Leading 2-1 after singles, the Bears won fourth, fifth and sixth flight singles to take the Centennial Conference match.
Christina Cromwell won her match at number four flight over Maggie McLaughlin, 6-2, 6-2, while Stephanie-Jane Seabra defeated Lindsay Morris at number five flight, 6-4, 6-1. Robin Alsher won at number six flight singles over Gillian Minnerly, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) as Ursinus evened its record at 7-7.
West Chester Invitational: Victoria Goodenough was Ursinus' lone competitor to win at the meet hosted by West Chester University.
Goodenough topped the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.77, in addition to placing second in the 400 hurdles (1:05.88). Elizabeth Cooley was second in the pole vault at 2.75 meters, with Amanda Birnbrauer third in the shot put at 12.07 meters.
On the men's side, Evan Shea finished third in the 400 hurdles (58.82) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.54) and the high jump (1.85 meters). Patrick Mekongo was fifth in the 400 at 49.49, with Darius Jones placing fifth in the high jump at 1.80 meters.