Penn Relays HS — Nice Juliette Whittaker Double

After winning the HS mile, Juliette Whittaker took 2nd in the women’s 800. (ERROL ANDERSON/THE SPORTING IMAGE)

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, April 28-30 — As is frequently the case, Jamaican foursomes dominated Penn’s prep baton events. Individually, the best marks came from a pair of American middle-distance runners.

Juliette Whittaker (Mount de Sales, Catonsville, Maryland) led the way with a nifty 800/mile double. The longer race came on Thursday as she dominated the girls mile with a 4:41.18 that found her winning by more than 5 seconds.

On Friday she went up against the pros in the women’s 800. Just 5th at the bell (59.29) she ran down all but one as she produced the fastest outdoor prep time of the year, 2:01.55.

Junior Sophia Gorriaran (Brown, Providence, Rhode Island), who finished a spot behind Whittaker in last year’s 800 All-America ratings, dropped down to the women’s 600, where she finished 4th in 1:25.22. That’s the second-fastest high school time ever.

Jamaican teams won 6 of the 8 relay events (4×1, 4×4, 4×8) with U.S. squads capturing both distance medleys.

Of note on the field: 3rd in the boys discus was Benjamin Shue (Bergen, Oradell, New Jersey) with a national frosh-class record of 193-0.


PENN HS BOYS RESULTS

Mile: 1. Gary Martin (Wood, Warminster) 4:01.04 (60.63, 60.22 [2:00.85], 59.65 [3:00.50], 60.54); 2. C.J. Singleton (Butler) 4:07.51; 3. Nick Plant (Canfield, Oh) 4:07.57; 4. Aiden Neal (Manchester Valley, Manchester, Md) 4:07.58.

3000: 1. Larry Josh Edwards (University, Morgantown, WV) 8:20.31.

Men’s 5000: 3. **Ferenc Kovacs (Woodberry Forest, Va) 14:08.24.

4 x 100: 1. Camperdown, Kingston, Jamaica 40.13; 2. Jamaica College, Kingston 40.16; 3. St. Jago, Spanish Town, Jamaica 40.17; 4. Calabar, Kingston 40.40; 5. Calvert Hall, Towson, Md 40.73.

4 x 400: 1. Kingston College 3:09.52; 2. Bullis, Potomac, Md 3:11.90 (Bridges 46.22); 3. St. Jago 3:12.09; 4. Excelsior, Kingston 3:12.83; 5. Allen, Middlesex, Jamaica 3:13.99.

4 x 800: 1. Jamaica College 7:28.38;

2. Ridge, Basking Ridge, NJ 7:41.59 (HSL);

3. West, Springfield, Va 7:45.14.

DisMed: 1. Union Catholic, Scotch Plains, NJ 10:14.42.

HJ: 1. Dejone Raymond’ (Jam) 6-8¾.

PV: 1. Justin Rogers (Hershey, Pa) 16-¾.

LJ: 1. Greg Foster (Lawrenceville School, Lawrencevile, NJ) 24-11 (=out HSL).

TJ: 1. Jaydon Hibbert’ (Jam) 52-3¾w; 2. Ryan John (Valley Stream North, Franklin Square, NY) 49-3½.

SP: 1. Chris Young’ (Jam) 65-2¼.

DT: 1. Trevor Gunzell’ (Jam) 202-8; 2. Racquil Broderick’ (Jam) 194-11; 3. ***Benjamin Shue (Bergen, Oradell, NJ) 193-0 (national frosh-class record).

JT: 1. Keyshawn Strachan’ (Bah) 237-9.

PENN HS GIRLS RESULTS

Women’s 600: 4. *Sophia Gorriaran (Brown, Providence) 1:25.22 (HSL) (2, 2 AJ, HS).

Women’s 800: 2. Juliette Whittaker (Mt de Sales, Catonsville, Md) 2:01.55 (out HSL).

Mile: 1. Whittaker 4:41.18; 2. **Hannah Boyle (Cicero-North Syracuse, NY) 4:46.50; 3. Mia Cochran (Area, Moon Area Township, Pa) 4:47.17; 4. *Mary Grace Hegberg (St Viator, Arlington Heights, Il) 4:47.36.

3000: 1. Angelina Perez (Lakeland, Wanaque, NJ) 9:18.11.

Women’s 5000: 1. Jenna Mulhern (Henderson, West Chester, Pa) 16:07.50.

4 x 100: 1. Allen 43.18; 2. Hydel, Jamaica 43.69;… 6. IMG, Bradenton, Fl 46.68.

4 x 400 : 1. Hydel 3:32.77 (McAnnoff 51.42); 2. Allen 3:39.76;

3. Bullis, Potomac, Md 3:40.88 (HSL);

5. Robeson, Brooklyn 3:43.58; 6. Clayton NJ 3:44.67.

4 x 800: 1. Allen 8:54.58; 2. Cuthbertson, Waxhaw, NC) 9:04.67; 3. Union Catholic, Scotch Plains, NJ 9:06.14.

DisMed: 1. Saratoga Springs, NY 11:43.26; 2. Metuchen, NJ 11:57.17.

LJ: 1. **Avery Lewis (Friends’ Central, Wynnewood, Pa) 19-10¾w (19-2).

TJ: 1. Faith Bethea (Synder, Jersey City) 40-5; 2. Jada Foreman (Atlee, Mechanicsville, Va) 40-½.

SP: 1. Trinity Franklin (Bullis) 48-2.

DT: 1. Cedricka Williams’ (Jam) 177-2.

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