Friday, May 3, 2013

TRACK: Jacques, Keenan shine at Trojan Track Classic

For Montgomery Media / ADRIANNA HOFF Wissahickon's Lotte Black crosses the finish line for second with Gwynedd Mercy Academy's Caroline Dennin coming in at third in the 1600-meter run during Thursday's Trojan Track Classic.
Two of the best athletes in the Trojan Track Classic’s girls meet Thursday night – North Penn’s Sydnee Jacques and Gwynedd Mercy Academy’s Emma Keenan — were both making a return to competition after having a good chunk taken out of the middle of their seasons because of hamstring injuries.

Jacques was named the outstanding athlete of the meet after finishing a perfect 4-for-4 in gold medals. The North Penn senior won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.71 and the 300 hurdles with a clocking of 46.95. She also placed first in triple jump with a distance of 36-1.5 and first in long jump with a leap of 16-6.

“The 100 hurdles felt good,” said Jacques, who will be a psychology major at Temple University in the fall. “I’m still getting back from a pulled hamstring. Tuesday in our meet against Central Bucks West was the first time I competed in over three weeks. I did all four events and I was a little scared.

“Today, I was nervous for the 100 hurdles. After I got that out of the way, a big weight was lifted off my shoulders. I performed in triple jump better than I have all season. Long jump was the same thing – definitely my best jump of the season. I’m just trying to break my personal records. My speed work in jumps is good but I still need to work on my form.”

Keenan won the gold medal in the 800 — an event in which she is the defending PIAA Class AAA champion. In Thursday’s meet under the lights at Wissahickon’s stadium, the GMA senior clocked a 2:15.21. Last year she won gold at the Trojan Classic at 2:11 and later ran a 2:07 at the state championship meet.

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