News · Boys and Girls Track Hit District Marks Early in Season


The Dock boys and girls swept visiting Lower Moreland and Faith Christian Academy in chilly conditions Tuesday.

The 91-71 boys victory over runner-up Lower Moreland was keyed by big advantages in the hurdles, jumps and throws. The girls hard-fought 75-68 edge over runner-up Lower Moreland was the result of strong efforts in the hurdles and sprints. Faith scored nine points on the girls side and seven on the boys side.

The meet opened up with Dock taking second in both 4×800 relays. The girls team of McKenzie Swartley (2:35), Sara Kennel (2:55), Isa Rodriguez (2:50) and Elle Bergey (2:40) clocked a season-best 11:02.75. The boys also ran well with Nick Halstead (2:21), Isaiah Denlinger (2:16), Jonathan Anderson (2:30) and Ian Anderson (2:06) coming through in 9:16.00.

Abbie Woods held off a pair of strong LM contenders to win the 300 hurdles in 49.90 seconds with Kate Landis taking fourth in 56.76. Thomas Schreiber proved that his opening-meet success was no fluke with a 300 hurdles win for the boys in a new personal best of 44.61 seconds. Bryce Kauffman took third in a new season-best 48.96.

Molly Hand and Peyton Scialanca went 1-2 in the girls 100-meter dash in 13.52 and 13.87 seconds for district and provisional qualifying times respectively. Austin Nice and Praise Zoegar went 1-3 in the boys 100 meters in district qualifying times of 11.54 and 11.82 seconds respectively.

The girls took the top four spots in the 1,600 led by Lindsey Bernd in 5:54.58. Lydia King edged Erica Gunden for second and a nice finishing kick by Kennel gave the freshman fourth in 6:29.22. On the boys side, Denlinger came back from his relay split well to win the 1,600 in 5:06.26. Sean Robinson was fourth in 5:20.78, Evan Mong ran 5:30.18 in his first mile and Misrahim Nyagwegwe ran 5:34.07 in his 1,600 debut.

Swartley made a solid season debut in the open 400 by winning in 1:04.80 for a district-qualifying time with Alison Keach taking third in 1:10.57, Ruth Michel fourth in 1:11.83, Rodriguez fifth in 1:13.27 and Sydney Putera sixth in 1:15.74.

Marques Brockington rode a strong start to a 56.40 clocking for third in the boys 400 while Addison Schweizerhof picked up a point out of the second heat by running 1:00.52 for fourth overall. Nathan Smeland ran 1:01.31 for sixth.

Hand led a 1-2-3 Dock sweep in the girls 100 hurdles. The senior ran a district-qualifying 18.47 seconds, Kate Landis was second in 19.34 and Laura Frederick was third in a new personal-record 21.02.

Nick Smith blistered the boys 110-meter hurdles in a new personal-record 15.36 seconds to win handily. It’s the second-fastest time ever in Dock history, and it gives him a state qualifying mark. Schreiber was fourth in 16.68.

Running in their second and third events of the day respectively, Erica Gunden ran 3:00.37 for the girls 800 meters with Kennel just behind in 3:01.74. Ian Anderson won the boys 800 in 2:09.73. Kyle Gouldey ran 2:40.73.

Elle Bergey took second in the girls 200 meters in 28.96 seconds. King was fifth in 29.98 seconds.

Smith and Nice went 1-2 in the boys 200 meters. Smith hit another new personal-record 22.83 seconds and Nice ran 23.90. Smith’s time is also the second fastest 200 time run at Dock. Halstead placed fourth in 24.77 seconds and Nyagwegwe came back from his mile to run 25.39 seconds for sixth.

Jonathan Anderson closed well in his first 3,200 meters for second in 11:41.46. Steven Seachrist led over the first half and finished fourth in 11:56.24.

Dock closed the track portion of the meet by sweeping the wins in the 4×400 relays. The girls team of Bernd (1:06), Scialanca (1:11), Bergey (1:06) and Swartley (1:06) ran 4:31.58. The boys top team of Halstead (55.10 seconds), Evan Mong (55.67), Nice (61.8) and Kratz (51.4) ran 3:44.06.

Alex Martin jumped right back into the swing of things with a big day in his first time throwing the discus this season. The senior, who has been accepted to throw in the prestigious Penn Relays at the end of the month, launched it 150-feet-4 to win handily. Martin also captured the boys shot put with a throw of 46-1¾.

Audrey Schweizerhof showed rapid improvement in her second meet. She won the girls discus with a throw of 83-3 that qualifies her for districts. She also placed second in the girls shot put with a new best of 28-7.

Bryce Kauffman was second in the boys high jump at 5-feet, and Nyagwegwe was fourth after clearing 4-feet-10.

Zoegar won the boys triple jump at 39-1½. Abbie Woods was second in the girls triple jump at 32-7¾. Keach jumped 28-6.

Addison Schweizerhof placed second in the boys javelin with a throw of 102-6. Colin Hunsberger was fourth and Kauffman was fifth.

Kate Landis made a big jump to win the girls javelin with a throw of 98-2, almost 11 feet farther than her best of a year ago. Bernd was third at 86-7 and Ruth Michel threw 60-feet for fifth.

Hand was second in the girls long jump with 14-10. Kratz won the boys long jump with a mark of 21-6¾. Zoegar was second with 18-3¾, and Nyagwegwe was fourth with 17-4¼.

The Pioneers will return to action Saturday at the Viking Invitational at Perkiomen Valley.

See photos by Peter Schreiber HERE