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Track and field honors its seniors

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

The Whitehall track and field team acknowledged their senior cast as they said good-bye prior to Monday’s meet against Parkland to close out their regular season.

The Zephyrs saluted boys Muhammad Azim, Michael Bogucki, Dez Boykin, Darwin Cofield, Zachary Hricak, Martin Labib, Zahir Linton, Galal Mohamed, Jhodari Reid and Johan Williams.

The senior girls who were recognized included Angel Bacon, Amanda Crooks, Kassidy Cunningham, Cameryn Evans, Makenzie Irelan, Jennifer Kromer, Logan Miller, Taylor Rummel, and Cheyenne Shook.

Parkland won both meets, defeating the girls 95-55, while the boys lost 123-27 to the Trojans. The Zephyr girls finished the season 4-5, while the boys ended their year 3-6.

In that final meet, the girls won six events, sweeping the relays as they get ready to see how far all those foursomes can advance in the postseason.

Kate Bonshak won the 200, crossing the line in 28.10. Bonshak finished third in the 100 while Helen Davis was second, both crossing in 13.10.

In the mile, Devon Roberts finished third, hitting the tape in 5:56.40.

The hurdles have been the domain of Madelyn Mertz for a couple of seasons, and she won the 300 in 49.10, and came in second in the 100 at 17.60.

Hope Millets took the top spot in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 8-06. Millets was second in the high jump with a 4-11 mark, while Crooks came in third with the same leap of 4-11.

In the long jump, Aliyah Barkley came in third with a 14-02 mark, while Noel Yacoub was second in the triple jump at 29-00.

Logan Miller was second in the discus, tossing the orb 71-10.50, and finished third in the javelin with a 91-00 mark.

It was in the relays where the Zephyrs reigned supreme, winning the 4x100 in 50.70. That winning foursome included Crooks, Monica Manu, Bonshak and Rebecca Gaunthier. The 4x400 squad won the race in 4:29.50 as Cunningham, Lindsay Solderitch, Emily Wells and Bonshak gave them another formidable really team heading into the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championships.

Finally, they completed the sweep with Audrey Fedor, Juanita Flores, Devon Roberts and Madeline Steiner crossing the line in 11:08.10 in the 4x800.

The boys won three events, with Boykin featuring in two of those first-place victories. He won the long jump with a 21-02 mark, and was part of their victorious 4x400 team that also featured Mekhi Lee, Zahir Linton and Caleb Staub. That foursome crossed the line in 3:40.20.

Lucas Souders nabbed the other top finish, winning the javelin with a 162-04 toss. He was also third in the discus with a 103-03 mark, while Jacob Hefner finished third in the javelin with a 140-03 heave.

In the long jump, Alan Negrete finished second, clearing the bar at 20-08.50, and was third in the triple jump with a 41-04.50 mark.

In the pole vault, Marcus Hamscher finished second with a 10-03 mark, and Carlos Lorenzo was second as he cleared 9-09.

Artur Santos was third in the 110 hurdles, finishing in 18.70, while Julio Diaz captured third in the shot put with a 38:09.50 toss.

Whitehall will now prepare for the EPC Championships which get underway May 8 at the Zephyrs Sports Complex.