News · Track Starts Season Hot, Despite Cold Weather


The Dock track and field teams will try to build on their successful start to the spring outdoor season when they host Lower Moreland and Faith Christian on Tuesday.

Dock fought off chilly rain and New Hope-Solebury and Church Farm School in their opening meet at home last Tuesday.

The meet opened on the track with the foursome of Lindsey Bernd, Elle Bergey, Isa Rodriguez and Lydia King clocking 11:07.03 to win and reach the District 1 B qualifying standard. The boys team of Ian Anderson, Addison Schweizerhof, Evan Mong and Nick Halstead was second to New Hope in 9:06.18.

The field athletes tried to stay ahead of the weather that was not conducive to their events. Praise Zoegar was impressive with wins in the long jump at 19-feet-3/4 and the triple jump of 39-11 3/4, both bests for the senior. Dylan Rush was second to Zoegar in the long jump.

The girls took the top two spots in the long jump with senior Molly Hand winning and freshman Olivia Mercure taking second.

Alex Martin won the boys shot put, and Audrey Schweizerhof won the girls shot put in her track and field debut. Kate Strickland returned after a one-year absence from the team and won the girls high jump.

Xander Duerksen and Addison Schwiezerhof went 1-2 in the boys javelin. Kate Landis, Lindsey Bernd, and Audrey Schweizerhof swept the top three spots in the girls javelin.

The events on the track continued with some promising results from the early season. Abbie Woods won the girls 300 hurdles in 49.56 seconds, and Nick Smith won the boys 300 hurdles in 42.71 seconds. Thomas Schreiber showed huge improvements when he ran a new personal-record 44.80 to join Smith with a district qualifier.

Hand won the girls 100 meters in 13.87 seconds, a time good enough to give the senior the district B standard. The boys 100 was an all-Dock event led by Austin Nice’s 11.78 clocking. Dylan Rush was second in 12.02, Zoegar was third and Nathan Smeland was fourth as the freshman surpassed several first-heat runners while winning the second heat.

McKenzie Swartley made a big splash in her return to the track after two years of focusing on soccer. The senior ran a district qualifying time of 5:42.43 in the 1,600 meters. For the boys, Jonathan Anderson recorded a huge personal-record 5:21.77 for third in the 1,600.

The girls 4×100 of Molly Hand, Kate Landis, Peyton Scialanca and Abbie Woods won in 55.25 seconds, only one-hundredth of a second off the district qualifying time.

Elle Bergey won the girls 400 in a district qualifier of 1:05.47, and Halstead did the same on the boys side with a time of 53.64 seconds.

The high hurdles had to be run twice – good practice for bigger invitationals – and Dock came through with a pair of sweeps. Nick Smith and Schreiber both recorded personal bests of 15.90 and 17.20 respectively. Landis and Alison Keach finished 1-2 for the girls.

Lindsey Bernd opened her senior year with a win in the 800 meters in 2:38.51. Evan Mong is taking a big step up this year to mid-distance, and in addition to running on the boys 4×8, he won the open 800 in 2:19 in just his second open 800 ever. After one event off, he came back to run a 54-second split in the 4×400 relay.

Molly Hand continued her big day by winning the girls 200 meters in a district qualifying 29.13 seconds. Rush and Misrahim Nyagwegwe went 1-3 in the boys 200 meters in the Dock track debuts for both.

Erica Gunden showed her value on the track when the senior debuted with a win in the 3,200 meters with freshman Sara Kennel a close second. Isaiah Denlinger won the boys 3200 meters and freshman Sean Robinson was second.

Dock put its depth on display with a combined seven boys and the girls teams in the final track event of the day, the 4×400. It was a fine ending to the day with Austin Kratz, Thomas Schreiber, Ian Anderson and Nick Smith setting the top time in the state AA boys with their 3:35.78. There were tremendous times and splits across the board. The girls foursome of Lindsey Bernd, Elle Bergey, Isa Rodriguez and Lydia King hit the district B standard to win in 4:28.82.

Dock will try to increase its distance in the field and lower its times on the track Tuesday at 3:30 against another pair of Bicentennial Athletic League challengers, then Saturday competes in the Viking Invitational at Perkiomen Valley.

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