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Zephyr Relays take place

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

When the dust cleared from the finals of the girls 4x100 at Whitehall Sports Complex, the CDBB connection claimed the title among a strong group of contenders at the annual Zephyr Relays last Saturday.

The foursome of Amanda Crooks, Helen Davis, Angel Bacon and Kate Bonshak finished in 52.30, defeating North Penn by a little over a second. Last year their 4x100 team finished second, as 3/4 of that squad were on hand to deliver the top finish in 2018. The lone graduate, Kylee Cunningham was replaced by Davis on this year’s squad.

The relays were won by North Penn girls (82), and the Blue Mountain boys (50), while the Whitehall girls finished fourth (21), and the boys finished seventh (4) among the seven and eight-team fields, respectively.

The relays produced a number of other highlights for the girls, including Hope Millets effort in the pole vault. Millets won the event, clearing the bar at 7-06, defeating North Penn’s Danielle Trader by virtue of attempts at that height. Savanah Rivera was third with a 7-00 vault.

Logan Miller was third in the javelin with a 96-07 toss.

The girls 4x200 team came in second behind North Penn as Crooks, Bonshak, Davis and Monica Manu finished in 1:52.10.

For the boys, Lucas Souders was second in the javelin with a 158-01 mark, while Izak Bright was fifth in the discus with a 96-07 heave.

The Zephs were right back at it Monday, traveling to Northampton to face the Kids and Pleasant Valley.

The girls wound up 1-1, defeating NHS, while the boys dropped both contests to their league counterparts.

In that meet, the girls 100 meters came down to the wire with Pleasant Valley’s Jalurah Moore defeating Crooks by a tenth of a second, posting a 12.7 to Crooks’ 12.8.

Bonshak, who was fifth in the 100, came back to capture third in the 200 at 27.8.

Lindsay Solderitch crossed the line first in the 400 in 1:03.6. while Emily Wells was second in the 800 in 2:37.1.

Devon Roberts finished second in both the 1,600 (5:46.9) and 3,200 (12:54.3).

Madelyn Mertz was a two-time winner, taking first place in both hurdle races. In the 100 meter hurdles, she crossed the line in 18.1, while in the 200 she was tops with a 49.8 mark.

The girls also won the 4x400 relay as Kassidy Cunningham, Bonshak, Wells and Solderitch broke the tape in 4:24.7.

Millets was second in the high jump at 4-9, while Rivera came in fourth in the pole vault at 8-00.

In the throws, Amera Charni was third in the shot put with a 26-06 mark, while Cameryn Evans was second in the discus at 70-04.

Miller was tops in the javelin with a 106-03 mark, while Cheyenne Shook was third at 77-08.

For the boys, Chad Hussett was first in the 100 meters with an 11.4 mark, while Kresstoph Whittick was third in the 200 at 24.9.

In the 400, Zahir Linton finished second, crossing the line in 53.4, while Mehki Lee was third at 55.0. In the other middle distance, Mohamed Abdalla was third in the 800 with a 2:15.5 mark.

The long distance races saw Caleb Staub finish third in the mile, hitting the tape in 5:04.

The boys won the 4x100 relay as Martin Labib, Hussett, Whittick and Dez Boykin crossed in 46.1.

In the pole vault, Sean Cunningham came in second with a 9-3 leap, while Alan Negrete was tops in the long jump at 20-05.50, and Boykin was second with a 20-01.50 mark. In the triple jump, Darwin Cofield finished second at 38-06.25.

In the throws, Souders finished first in the javelin with a 157-04 heave, while Michael Bogucki was second at 138-04. Finally, Bright was second in the discus with a 106-11 toss.

In their tri-meet against Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic, the girls 4x100 team had to come from behind to earn the victory. Once Bonshak, who runs the third lBonshakablished the lead, she handed off Crooks, the anchor, who appeared to be shot out of a cannon as she powered down the straightaway for the win, crossing in 52.10.

Also having an impressive kick was Linton who pulled away from the pack in the 400 to win in 54.00.