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Reid Jumps to Silver Medal at PAC Championships
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

            Freshman Tyrese Reid emerged from the Pioneer Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships last week as the only Upper Perkiomen competitor heading to Districts this weekend

            Reid will be competing in the long jump after winning a silver medal at the PAC meet held at Phoenixville.

            Despite the cool conditions, Tyrese got off a jump of 21'1", finishing second to Methacton's John Keenan (21'02.25"). Reid was the only freshmen or sophomore to place in the top 12 in the event.

            "It felt like it was my type of conditions. I was relaxed. I was pretty confident," Reid said.

            Tyrese did his qualifying jump, which was a personal best, in the preliminaries.

            His modest goal is another personal best at Districts.

            "This weekend, I'm not really expecting any big things, just having the experience, but for years to come, it's going to get better."

            Reid also ran the 100 Meter Dash, finishing second to another freshman, Austin Montgomery from Norristown. Reid came in .29 behind Montgomery's 11.21.

            Upper Perk's Colby Hetrick (11.56) was fifth in the race.

            Tyrese was a little disappointed that he did not make Districts in the 100.

            "In the beginning of the year, I wasn't planning on making Districts, especially not for the long jump. I wanted to make it for the 100 meter this year, but I guess it didn't happen. Hopefully, next year."

            Reid is grateful for the mentoring he received from his older teammates, especially Hetrick.

            "It was a great opportunity to run with some seniors and upperclassmen. I'm looking forward to next year to train with Colby, possibly make Districts together."

            Tyrese was also on the 4x100 meter relay team with Drake Conklin, Matt Andino, and Hetrick that came in eighth (46.38). Norristown won the event in 44.04.

            Despite not advancing anyone beside Reid to Districts, the Upper Perk coaching staff was pleased with the performances of the team members, especially given the less than ideal weather conditions.

            "Even with the weather being cold and not conducive to ideal competition the competitors showed their strength and determination to do well with [personal bests] for multiple athletes," noted coach Dave Dusza.

            In the high jump sophomore Brandin Wheatley ended up in third place with a jump of 5' 10". Pottstown junior Jacob Howard took the gold with a leap of 6'2.

            Junior Evan Hanney pole vaulted 11.0 feet and finished fifth to Chad Smiley of Spring-Ford (12.0).

            The 4x800M Relay composed of Sam Daub, Dylan Simms, Jake Dockery, and Cameron Junk recorded a 7th Place time of 8:46.62. Boyertown took first place in 8:02.42.

            The most notable performance for the Upper Perk girls was junior Kayleigh Durning's fifth place (16.60) in the 100 meter hurdles. Christina Warren of Perkiomen Valley won the gold in 14.69.

            Junior Jess Schaut (1:03.22) had a tenth place finish in the 400 meter dash won by Owen J. Roberts' Teneisha Myers in 57.53

            "Everyone performed really well at PACs, Dusza said. "The hard work that everyone put in throughout the season showed with their performances."

            Spring-Ford won the boys team title for the seventh consecutive season. Owen J. Roberts picked up its second consecutive girls PAC championship.





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