Boy relay teams win district titles
At the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meet the week prior, the Parkland boys 4x100 relay team did not finish the way they wanted to. But the foursome made up for it in a big way last Thursday in the final day of the two-day District 11 track and field championships at Whitehall High School.
The 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams were the big winners for the Trojans boys program, both winning gold and advancing to the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend.
Seniors Habeeb Salau and Juilian Colon, and juniors Ese Duke and Sebastian Suriel crossed the finish line in first place for their first district gold in a season-best time of 42.93 in the 400-meter relay.
The team was looking to make up for dropping the baton a week earlier at leagues. At districts, their handoffs were flawless.
“This means a lot for us,” said Duke. “At EPC’s we got disqualified because of our drop, so being able to bounce back like this was big. We worked really hard to get to this point.”
Added Suriel, “Going to states is what everyone here is striving for. It just feels really good reaching our goal. We’ve practiced so hard, especially since the league meet to improve.”
On the first day of the district meet, the 4x800 relay team of Sam Morgan, Jacob Ringer, Nathan Reimer and Mustapha Salau also earned gold medals, finishing in first place at 8:08.67.
The senior Morgan, who also is a league champion on the lacrosse team, finished in second place in the 800, and will return to states for the first time since his sophomore year. He broke the school record with a time of 1:54.91.
“I’m really excited,” said Morgan. “Not only getting back to states, but being able to break the school record, that’s a great feeling. I knew this race was going to be tough because Collin [Ebling] (first place winner) is a great runner and he snuck by me there at the end. But I’m really happy with today and yesterday, and it looks good for states.”
Morgan was also a member of the 4x400 team, consisting of Ringer, Colon and Douglas Marone, that placed second.
Completed on Sunday, Franco Perinotti earned a silver medal in the pole vault, clearing 14-0.
Other top-10 district finishes for Parkland include Jeremy Sell (5th, shot put and 7th, discus), Adam Klinger (6th, triple jump), Nicholas Bower (7th, 3200 and 10th, 1600), Marube (6th, 110 hurdles and 9th, 300 hurdles), and Kiaeem Comegys (10th, high jump).