Allderdice cruises to boys, girls titles


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Allderdice's coaches were pretty sure the Dragons would win the City League boys and girls track and field championships. But they never expected it to be so easy.

The Allderdice boys and girls won the titles Saturday at Oliver High School for the third year in a row -- and did it in dominating fashion.

The girls team won the title with 279 points and Brashear was second with 65, while the boys also ran away with the championship, scoring 235 points. Brashear was second with 95.

"We expected to win, but what we had was some people perform better than we anticipated," said Steve Meddings, Allderdice's first-year girls coach.

"For example, we took first, second and third in the shot put and two of those girls were doing that event for the first time this year. Some things like that were unexpected surprises and gave us points we didn't expect."

Allderdice boys coach Ed Flynn said, "We were pretty confident, but you never know what's going to happen the day of the meet. It's still nice to see the kids perform so well."

Paige Phillips and Kerianne Hensel were the standouts for the Allderdice girls. Phillips won the 100-meter hurdles, the 300 hurdles and the 200 dash Saturday. In field events held Thursday, she won the long jump.

Hensel won the 800, the 1,600 and the 3,200 and also ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay team.

For the boys, Floyd Nichols dominated the distance events, winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 and also anchored the 3,200 relay team.

"Plus, that [800] and [3,200] are only about a half-hour apart," Flynn said. "He's an incredible athlete."

Allderdice's Joe Graham won the long jump, was second in the high jump, third in the triple jump and ran a leg on the winning 400 relay team.

"We have a larger team than anyone else and that helps," Meddings said. "But I think the amount of work the kids put in seems to be more than other schools and that helps."

One of the other top individual performances was turned in by Obama Academy's Eddie Harris, who won the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

City League athletes must meet qualifying standards to qualify for the PIAA meet May 23-24 at Shippensburg University. The only athletes to qualify were Harris in both sprinting events and Phillips in the 100 hurdles.

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