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Girls Track & Field: Patriots Finish Second at PAISAA Championship Meet

By: Joe Cicchino – Sports Information Assistant

POTTSTOWN – Points came from every possible direction for Germantown Academy at its Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Championship on May 21. Entering the final few events, the Patriots sat in third place, but ultimately ended the day by edging out The Hill School for a second-place finish.

The finish was a small surprise for Head Coach Peter Jennings '99. He knew the team was in contention for being on the podium, but did not know where exactly they would fall.

"As the afternoon wore on we started to feel like we were getting closer," Jennings said. "I just handed out so many medals. That helps a lot in meets like this. If you can score in the top, you're usually doing pretty well."

Jennings went on to talk about a few athletes that stood out and the first one he named was Meaghan Toscano '20. The sophomore led the girls side with 30 points after placing first in the discus (123' 7"), javelin (114' 2") and shot put (43' 8.75"). Toscano set PAISAA records in the discus and the shot put.

However, she was not the only thrower earning points.

Cianna Williams '20 earned fourth in the discus (83' 2") and seventh in the shot put (29' 5.75"). Sarah Fineman '21 also placed in the shot put, taking sixth with a 29' 8.25" throw. Olivia McMichael '20 finished fifth in the javelin with a throw of 82'. After having some of the throwing events not scored at the Inter-Ac meet last week, the throwers tallied 40 of GA's 92.5 points.

On the track, Isabelle Goldstein '20 continued her recent run of success. The sophomore finished first in the 3200 with a time of 11:09.68, more than 20 seconds faster than the next finisher. Gianna Murgia '20 took fifth in the 3200 with a time of 12:25. Goldstein also took second in the 1600 with a time of 4:58.05, while Anna Hennessy '18 finished seventh with a time of 5:27.20

Quartnei Brown '21 took first in the pole vault and set a new personal record by jumping 10' 3". Also in the pole vault was Mia Costonis '21, who placed fourth with a jump of 8' 6".

Kelsey O'Hara '18 took third in the 400, running a time of 57.97. The 4x400 team consisting of Goldstein, O'Hara, Hennessy, and Dara Kaufman '21 finished third in 4:11.88. GA's 4x100 relay took sixth with a time of 50.96.

For many of the members of the track & field team, the PAISAA meet was the last one of their high school careers. Jennings acknowledged this while also looking to the future.

"It was hard in our team meeting, realizing we were saying goodbye to some of them," Jennings said. "Kelsey has put herself firmly into the record books for a long time. You just hope with athletes like that that it is a legacy that continues."

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