Upper Perk runners who traveled to Coatesville last weekend for the District 1 track and field championships were top, left to right, 4x100 team: Robbie Hinson, Quinn Bilger, Ben Hamill, Cory Gibson and Kyle Kater. Danni Moser, front, competed in two hurdle events.
The long, hard spring track and field season has paid off for the members of Upper Perk’s team who competed in the District 1 Championships held in Coatesville last Friday and Saturday.
Danni Moser, Kyle Kater, Corey Gibson, Ben Hammill and Robbie Hinson, five seniors from Upper Perk’s track team, and Travis Kline, a junior from Upper Perk, competed over the weekend.
Moser was the only member of the team to run two events at championships. In the 100-meter hurdles, she was just short of making the cut for semifinals. She also tried hard and ran well in her second event, the 300-meter hurdles.
Kater, Gibson, Hammill and Hinson made up the team for the boys 4x100 relay for Upper Perk.
“We were lucky enough to have a good relay team that was able to make it to districts,” said Gibson, who ran the first leg of the boys’ race. “We knew we were up against good relay teams but remained confident.”
After Gibson started his relay in the 4x100, he passed the baton to Hammill running the second leg, and the baton was then given to Kater, who ran the third leg to hand it over to Hinson, who was the anchor for the relay and crossed the finish line for the boys.
That particular mix of boys ran all season to make the perfect 4x100 team for Upper Perk, and all that hard work and dedication paid off when the boys placed 17th in the championships, with the boys running their fastest time all season.
“We were hoping to get to states, but there were better teams out there,” Gibson stated.
Travis Kline, who was the only member of Upper Perk’s District 1 championship team who was not a part of the senior class, placed 22nd in the long jump.
“Kline did his very best in the long jump,” said Upper Perk’s Head Track Coach Dean Wright. “The coaching staff is very happy with the performances over the weekend.”
This weekend finally brought the season to the end for the track runners who went the farthest after the PAC-10s.
“Overall, our season was ok. We could have done better, but due to our smaller team it was harder to compete,” Gibson said.
The members of the track team worked hard all year long, and are anticipating a productive season next year, they said.