Upper Perk standout runner Ronnie Gillespie takes the baton from Robbie Hinson as heads into the final leg of the 4x100 relay which the boys placed first with a time of 45.6.
The Upper Perkiomen track team fell to Methacton last week. The girls team lost 118-32 and the boys lost 84-66.
With Methacton being one of the top teams in the PAC-10s this year, the Upper Perk track team knew that Wednesday’s meet would be a tough one. Despite this, some team members performed remarkably and the boys team did exceptionally well, keeping the score close throughout most of the meet.
In one of the first races, Erich Keyser, a senior, started off strong, placing first in the 300-meter hurdles.
“This has definitely been one of my better races. I have been kind of plateauing with my times lately. I’ve been stuck right around a 41.7 but today I ran a 41.2, which is a personal best for this season,” Keyser stated.
The race was a close one, with a Methacton hurdler right behind Keyser the entire time.
“I felt [my opponent] on the last 100 meter and I knew he was right behind me,” Keyser said. “But I just needed to make sure I focused on leaning and having better form [while] going over each hurdle and worry about my own race and not what’s going on around me.”
Other exceptional runners included Ronnie Gillespie, Avery Scripture and Emily Rodenberger.
Gillespie, a senior, sped ahead of all his opponents in every race he competed in. He won the 100 meter dash with a 10.7 and the 200 meter dash with a 22.0.
Scripture, a junior, was also victorious in his events. During his 1600-meter race, Scripture and his Methacton opponent were close the entire time until Scripture forged alead in the last lap to take the win. He finished with a 4:30.2.
Aubrey Gibbs makes a succesful jump in the high jump. She took third overall in the event.
Rodenberger, a senior, was also able to take the lead in the girls 200 meter dash and claim a victory for Upper Perk. She completed the race in 26.7.
Two relay teams were also victorious during the meet. In the 4x100 meter relay, Upper Perk’s team of Ronnie Gillespie, Jake Rubin, Ben Hammil and Robbie Hinson placed first with a time of 45.6. In the 4x400 relay, Upper Perk took first place with a team of Avery Scripture, Ronnie Gillespie, Erich Keyser and Ben Hammil. They finished with a 3:29.3.
In the field, Myra Moore performed especially well in the discus throw.
“Moore had a district throw in the discus with a 103.1,” coach Brian Peoples said.
“The boys [also] swept in javelin. Johnny Olson took first (156.11), Cody Caciolo took second (143.1), and Zach Chatman took third (133.5). Trevor Weeks also had a personal record with a 122.”
Olson, a senior, was still able to take first place despite a recent finger injury.
“John had a rough day today, he’s not feeling great today because of his finger problem. He is still on track though and throwing over 170, so he’s in good shape,” Peoples said.
Olson, a state qualifier last year, said that regardless of his injury, he is still hoping to go far this year.
“I just want to keep my arm healthy and keep doing what I do,” he stated.
Upper Perk head coach Dean Wright was pleased with how his team battled.
“We performed pretty well, [especially] since we were shorthanded with the girls and the fact that Methacton is the top team in the PAC-10s. We really just wanted to keep it competitive,” Wright said. “We had an exceptional throw by Myra Moore who hit the district qualifier. And overall on the track, we competed well and that’s what we wanted to do.”
Wright said that he was “happy with the results, and we definitely did the best that we could.”