2008-05-01 / Sports

Mixed Results For CHS Runners In Penn Relays Track Meet

By Jerry Del Priore

By Jerry Del Priore

Canarsie High School girl's and boy's track squads traveled to Philadelphia for three days last week to compete in the Penn Relays, one of the top national track meets of the outdoor season, at Franklin Field.

The girls relay team started out impressively in the 4x100-meter trials, but a premature baton pass disqualified Canarsie's team and eliminated them from the finals.

The exclusion of the Lady Chiefs, who weren't aware of the fact until ninety minutes after the event, left head coach Kyle Allen with mixed emotions, knowing that two of his top runners are barred from an opportunity to redeem themselves at next year's Penn Relays competition.

"It was bitter sweet, because the sweetness of it was that we accomplished our goal (the fastest time trials in N.Y. State)," Allen said. "But the bitterness is that Megan Edwards and Samantha Bell are graduating and won't have this chance again."

The boys' squad fared better as they clocked the third fastest times in the PSAL in the 4x400 meter (with 3:28.41) and 4x100-meter (43.70, fourth in their heat) relay events.

The boy's team solid performance delighted Allen and put the rest of the PSAL competition on notice.

"I'm very pleased with the way the boys ran," he said. "We showed the other PSAL teams just how good we are, and are still in the hunt for city relays' titles."

Overall, in addition to the lesson learned about competing, the three-day trip provided the student athletes with valuable life lessons that extended far beyond the track.

"It was a good experience," Allen said. "We used this as a learning experience. We went on a brief college tour and dressed up to go out to eat. We spent a lot of time team building."

Canarsie's track teams will compete in the Viking Classic at South Shore Athletic Field at 9 a.m. this Saturday.

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