6/30 WKND: UAGTCA Inv (day 1, 2 +3 pix on), PA three 2nds in Caribbean... Don Rich Jun 29, 2007

  Highlighting the week... United Age Group Track Coaches Association Youth Invitational   COMPLETE RESULTS POSTED Photo Gallery by Don Rich of the 2nd United Age Group Track Coaches Association (UAGTCA) Invitational 6/29-7/1 @ Northeast HS, Philadelphia   On Friday, running with A.J.'s Elite, Chester's rising senior Shaniel Chambers anchored her YW 4x800 to a 9:56.17. On Sunday, she blitzed to a solo 2:12.58 win in the 800. Juventus dominated the IG and YW distances. On Friday, Kasia Taylor (Engineering & Science) posted the fasted 1500 on the day, winning the IG race in 4:57.58. She then came back with an 11:05.70 win in the 3000 on Saturday morning. Teammate Jenna Arnold won the YW races. Harold Lamour won the IB 1500 and the 3000, as teammate Terence Lee (E&S) went 4:08.07 and 9:08.18 for the same distances in the YM races. The Lowery twins went 1-2 in the YM 400 hurdles, with Jermaine over the ten in 53.25 and Jerome clocked in 54.19. Jermaine also won took 2nd in the 400 dash. Jamar Jones (Juventus/E&S) clocked the YM win in the 400 at 49.35 (48.87 trials).  Jerome was 3rd in the race. Anthony Walker (Dobbins Tech/Cambria) went 11.12 and 22.49 in the IB sprint double. West Chester Track Club's Nicole Powell (Rustin HS) and Christen Arnold (Downingtown West), performed well. Powell captured the YW 400 in 57.43, passing Schuylkill Valley's Devan Coon over the final meters. Arnold won a wind-aided 100 in 12.08, and took 2nd in the long jump, going 17-10.50. Watch the NJ high school scene in two years for multi-talented Shaya Wilkerson. The rising 8th grader long-jumped 17-07.50. Willingboro's English Gardner is already there. She posted wins in the IG 100 of 11.72 (2.9) and in the 400 of 54.89. Teammate Terry Alston won the IM 400. Willingboro's Cedric Gonnet took the YM sprint double in 11.10 and 21.63. Mt. Airy captured an amazing 15 of the 16 available spots in the finals of the Youth Girls' 100 and 200. Chante Moore was victorious in both races, going 12.26 and 24.75. Teammates Jazmin Booker and Brandon Mercer captured wins, with Booker going taking the 1500 and 3000; and Mercer, the 100 and 200. Rising junior Carlton Lavong (Methacton) long-jumped 22-5 and 44-0. Representing PA at the 2nd annual Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Puerto Rico are Abby Schaffer of Easton in the pole vault, Joe Kovacs, Bethlehem Central Catholic, in both the discus and shot put, and LaSalle's Brian Moore in the javelin. All three captured 2nds in their respective events, with Schaffer clearing 11-00.25, Moore throwing the jav 196-03 and Kovacs tossing the shot 54-01.25.     Photo: Jenna Arnold and Kasia Taylor (E&S and Juventus teammates) each won their respective divisions, the IG and YW 1500 and 3000 races.  

Pope first in 400 hurdles John Olson Jun 29, 2007

Andrews rising senior Marcus Pope (Team NSSF) finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.85 at Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Puerto Rico Saturday.

Forbes receives a nice consolation prize in Puerto Rico trip Brandon Miles Jun 28, 2007

Well it is not the trip to Brazil for the Pan Am Junior Championships that Bethel's Shakia Forbes had hoped she would be making this summer as she was unable to qualify for the US team at USATF Junior Nationals last week, but a trip to Puerto Rico is a pretty fair consolation prize for the graduated senior. Courtesy of a selection by the National Scholastic Sports Foundation, organizers of the Nike Indoor and Nike Outdoor Nationals, Forbes will be joined by fellow US prep stars in international competition at the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in San Juan, Puerto Rich this Saturday, June 30th. Last year in the inaugrual event, Virginians Katie Doswell and Mike Morrison made the trip to Puerto Rico to compete for "Team NSSF" against athletes from the Caribbean nations. Forbes, the Nike Outdoor Nationals champion with a mark of 20'2.25", will be competing in the long jump at the Caribbean Scholastic Invite with 14 other US girls.