By: Jeremy Park
The Garnet Valley Jaguars of the indoor track team shined at the Delco Championships at the Glen Mills School on Monday.
In a field of 20 total teams, the Jags medaled in 17 different events out of a possible 23, 12 personal records were also achieved.
Colin Simmons took home gold in the 55m hurdles, blasting the competition with a .4 second margin of victory from second place. His time of 8.68 places him top 25 in Pennsylvania.
Marina Kondo and Maddy Stango took silver and bronze for the girls, continuing Garnet Valley’s dominance in hurdles. Kondo’s time of 9.71 gives her a state top 10 placement, and Stango’s 9.97 places her in the top 25.
Five out of GV’s six relay teams earned a medal, the girls 4×200 (Alyssa Wert, Anna Archer, Veronica Fillipone, Steph Roberts) placing second, the boys’ side (Colin Simmons, Bryson Hall, Collin Johnson, Farhan Riaz) placing fourth, the girls and boys 4×400 both taking fourth (Anna Saboja, Veronica Fillipone, Ashley Burkett, Alyssa Wert, TJ Foltz, Farhan Riaz, Collin Johnson, Ritvick Anumandla), and the boys 4×800 (David Stango, Jack Pelczar, Dominic DiLuzio, Ritvick Anumandla) placing second.
Bryson Hall placed second in the 55m dash with just a 0.01-second difference behind Upper Darby’s Lavar Jackson. His time of 6.90 places him among the top 50 in Pennsylvania.
Steph Roberts also placed second for the girls, with another state top 50 time of 8.40.
Ritvick Anumandla placed 3rd in the 800m, continuing a tradition of excellence in the event.
Colin Simmons collected his third medal of the day with a 6th place finish in long jump.
Grace Donaghy medaled 6th place in the 3000 meters for the long-distance runners.
Ashley Burkett took gold in the 800m (state top 50) with Nina Cianci placing 6th, making Garnet Valley the only team with multiple medalists in the event.
Anna Archer and Laura Wert placed second and sixth place in the 200m, another event in which they had multiple medalists.
Even with the pressure of the entire county competing against them, the Jags stepped up and ran some of their best races ever. With a month and a half of the season left to go, some will hope to qualify for the Meet of Champions on February 19th, or even better, state championships.