You’ll have to excuse the members of the CD East girls’ 4x100-meter relay team for running angry and being selfish.
After coming up short last year at the PIAA championships, the senior foursome of Bria Mosley, Courtney Mitchell, Sidine Jennings and Deme’shia Davis have been on a mission of excellence.
Saturday at the 24th annual Pan-Ram Invitational, the Panther sprinters set the track at Central Dauphin Middle School’s Landis Field on fire in leading their team to the team title with 67 points. Along the way, they established a meet record in the relay by registering a blistering time of 47.8 seconds.
“We’re just as fast as we last year, if not faster, and we haven’t even peaked yet,” Davis said. “Last year we didn’t run a 47.8 at Pan-Ram, so that shows that we are faster and our technique is better than the other schools.”
The meet old meet record of 48.96 was set by the same runners last year. That’s where the selfish part comes into play because they didn’t want any other team touching their mark.
“We heard that we weren’t the fastest team in the state; somebody told us that,” said Davis, pointing to CD East sprint coach Luther Green. “I mean, we were upset because we want to be at the top, we want to be No. 1. We also wanted to break our record because we didn’t want other teams coming close to it. So, I guess we had to lower it a little bit.”
The Panthers are just a confident group who believe in themselves and their abilities.
Davis won the 200 in 24.98, Mitchell finished first in the 100 in 12.28 and sophomore Ericka Quenzer garnered a victory in the 100 hurdles in 15.60.
“That was our goal [getting the meet record], our goal was a 47.99,” Mitchell said. “We came in with the mindset that we didn’t want our record to be reached for a long time. We wanted to break our last record [as seniors].”
In a competitive 3200 race between two solid senior distance runners - Boiling Springs’ Meredith Speakman and Lower Dauphin’s Jenna Flickinger - Speakman took control late to record a winning time of 10:59.96.
“I told myself that I wasn’t going to allow anybody to outkick me in this race,” Speakman said. “It happened in cross country and it happened today in the 1600. I have the endurance, but I’m working on my kick. In the two mile, I knew I had to pick up the pace if I wanted to get under 11:00. I had more fuel in the tank and I just went out.”
Pottsville sophomore Paige Stoner set a meet record in the 1600 with a time of 5:00.28. Stoner sprinted away from Speakman in the final 200 meters to grab command.
Other local student-athletes who came out victorious Saturday were: Rachael DeCecco, Cumberland Valley, 300 hurdles (45.87); Olivia Loy, Cedar Cliff, pole vault (11-3); Rose Roesler, Carlisle, long jump (16-10¾); Jaelin Smith, Harrisburg, shot (35-7¾); Alejandra Willequer, Cumberland Valley, javelin (133-8); Rachel Kline, Palmyra, high jump (5-0); Katie Dembrowski, Palmyra, 800 (2:22.20) and the Palmyra 4x800 relay team of Olivia Farabaugh, Devin Strynkowski, Maria Tukis and Dembrowski (9:40.0).