The Dock track and field team’s final meet of the 2017 competitive season left them looking forward to what’s to come in the New Year. The Dock Indoor Track Club raced at the Ursinus Holiday High School Open on Saturday December 23rd.
A pair of seniors climbed the state-wide rankings to lead the way for the boys, while Lindsey Rupert enjoyed a breakout jump to highlight the girls results.
Just as he did last spring in the outdoor season, Alex Martin has been improving with every meet. His improvement from a week before was meteoric. The senior improved nearly three feet when he threw a new indoor and outdoor personal-record 50-feet-10¾ to place second. Most encouraging was that Martin was consistently over 50-feet throughout the day. His new best puts him fourth overall in Pennsylvania.
Nick Smith took fourth in the finals of the 55-meter dash in a personal-record 6.71 seconds, a time that puts him ninth in Pennsylvania’s rankings. The senior ran 6.87 seconds in the preliminaries. Smith was ninth in the finals of the 55-meter hurdles in 8.50 seconds. He ran 8.31 seconds in the preliminaries. Nick currently sits at PA #15 in the 55-meter hurdles ranking.
Smith was also a part of Dock’s one gold-medal team. The foursome of Austin Kratz, Nick Halstead, Marques Brockington and Smith won the 4×400 relay in 3:36.40- the ninth best time in Pennsylvania this season. Kratz split under 51 seconds, Halstead was strong in the second spot, Brockington fought back and forth to hold his position and Smith was reliable at anchor to pick up the win.
Lindsey Rupert finished ninth in the girls high jump. The sophomore cleared a new personal record indoor or outdoor of 4-feet-7 to lead a young contingent of the Dock girls team.
Alison Keach was 20th in the high jump at 4-feet-3. The sophomore placed 27th in the 55-meter hurdles in 11.53 seconds.
Freshman Olivia Mercure was 20th in the long jump at 13-feet-7¼, and fellow freshman Isa Rodriguez was 33rd in the 400 meters in 1:08.18.
Praise Zoegar was 12th in the triple jump in 38-feet-8¼. The senior was 17th in the long jump in 17-feet-4¾, and 26th in the 55 meters in 6.99 seconds.
Austin Nice took 31st in the 55 in 7.08 seconds. Nice led a deep sprinting unit with 33rd in the 200 meters in 24.54 seconds, and Nick Halstead was 34th in 24.67 seconds. Zoegar was 67th in 25.99 seconds.
Dylan Rush was 21st in the 55 meters in 6.95 seconds.
Marques Brockington ran 57.22 seconds for 40th in the 400 meters, and Thomas Schreiber was 67th in 59.93 second, while Evan Mong was 73rd in 1:01.92. Schreiber ran to 18th in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.11 seconds.
Evan Mong cleared 8-feet for 22nd in the pole vault. Jesse Mong was 42nd in the shot put with a throw of 27-feet-10¼.
Although the boys 4x200m relay did not race at this meet they still are currently holding the number one ranking in Pennsylvania and are currently 13th in the US.
On Friday December 29th Austin Kratz stepped onto the historic Armory indoor track in Manhattan New York to race his favorite event. The Marine Corp Holiday Classic’s 200m race was setting up to be something special as the current record holder from 2016 was expected to race as well. Austin ran a new indoor personal best in the preliminary race running 21.71 seconds. The meet record holder at 21.46 Eric Allen Jr from the Bullis School in Maryland was lined up to Austin’s right in the finals. It was going to be a showdown. Austin got out strong and held off Eric for his strongest indoor performance of his career to date. Austin ran a 21.38 for a new meet record and a new U.S. #1 time. Eric took 2nd with a powerful 21.51 and a US #2. Kratz was now the current US #1 in both the 200 and 300 meter dashes.
Milesplit said this about Austin’s performances, ““The last time an athlete ran faster than 21.4 in the 200m AND under 34.0 in 300m both in December was…well…never. Based on stats in the MileSplit database, Kratz becomes the first athlete in HS history to accomplish this.”.
Photos from the Ursinus meet 12/23:
Photos/Interviews/articles from the Marine Corp Holiday Classic:
Excellent Article called “Flying on Faith” by Brian Towney of Dystat.
Check out the Milesplit top 50 rankings for week 2. Austin climbs 14 spots to ninth overall.