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Winter Track: Patriots Compete at Golden Bears HS Invitational

KUTZTOWN -- Germantown Academy's winter track team traveled to Kutztown University to compete in the Golden Bears HS Invitational on Jan. 13. With over 50 teams present, there was plenty of competition for the Patriots. There was no team scoring at the meet.

Kicking off the invitational, Carolyn Connolly '23 and Walter Mulroy '26 both ran personal bests in the 3000m Run. Connolly finished in 4th in the Girls 3000 with a time of 12:06, while Mulroy took 8th in the Boys 3000 in 10:24.

Lauren Truong '26 celebrated breaking the seven-minute mark in the Girls 1600m with a time of 6:57. Hannah Manusov '23 was right on her tail, recording a personal best of 7:05. Luke Philip '24 placed 4th in the Boys 1600. He continues to improve his mark this season with a time of 4:57.

Evan Badami '26 ran a personal best in the Boys 800m, with a time of 2:08, placing 5th in the event. His time currently ranks him as the No. 2 freshman in Pennsylvania. Badami also went on to score seventh in the High Jump, clearing 5’04”.

Julian Adams '25 and Jet Dickerson '26 both debuted this season in the 400, running well. Jet also ran the 55 hurdles, matching his season best of 8.85.

The Girls 4×200 team of Aja McBride '23, Maggie Salerno '26, Laila DeHaven '25 and Emma Shapiro '26 put together a solid performance with a time of 2:05. McBride also took fifth in the High Jump.

On the boys side, the group of Badami, Landan DeHaven '24, Brady McDonough '26 and J-Jay Ordillas '23, ran an extremely competitive race, just missing the podium with a time of 1:40.56. 

Blake Brown '24 and Ordillas both made it to finals in the Long Jump, with brown earning fifth (20’06”) and Ordillas taking seventh (19’8.25”).

Robby Bright '25 had a career performance in the Pole Vault as he crushed his season best by over two feet and vaulted 11ft. Bright earned second place for his performance. 

In the shot circle, there were tremendous throws all around, with many season bests. Melinda Amorosi '23 threw well and Kate Stone '23 threw a personal best of 28’07, taking fifth place. Layla Gentile '25 had two big throws at 31’, earning a second-place medal.

On the boys side, Mario Toscano '24 finished seventh and CJ Mersky '24 took sixth. Both had impressive 43’ throws. Gavin Fountain '24 threw a personal best of 48’1.5”, earning fourth place, and putting him in the top 20 in Pennsylvania.