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O’Hara Displays Versatility at Ron Livers Invitational
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2024-04-17

            Javelin may be Morgan O'Hara's best event. However, she has recently displayed similar acumen in the pole vault.
            Last weekend, the Upper Perkiomen sophomore earned a gold medal in both

O'Hara finished first in the javelin with a toss of 116-feet,

2-inches at the Coach Ron Livers Viking Invitational.

events at The Coach Ron Livers Viking Invitational. She also finished first in both field events during the team's Pioneer Athletic Conference match against Pottstown.
            "It's amazing how good she is at both events," said Clayton Mowrer, Upper Perkiomen's track and field head coach.
            At the meet on Saturday, April 13, O'Hara finished first in the javelin with a toss of 116 feet, 2 inches. She won the pole vault with a leap of 9 feet, 6 inches.
            Three days earlier, she won both events to help lead her team to a 110-40 victory over Pottstown in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. She threw the javelin 121 feet, 11 1/2 inches while vaulting 10 feet, 3 inches on Wednesday, April 10.

            Darius Reid delivered the top invitational performance for the Tribe boys. The ninth grader won the high jump. His leap of 6 feet, 2 inches qualified him for the District One Class 3A Championships.

            For O'Hara, success in both events, which require a high level of technical competence, comes down to her ability to utilize her speed during a relatively short run up, according to Mowrer.
            "She's very explosive," the coach said of O'Hara, who added an eighth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 84 feet, 2 inches during the invitational at Perkiomen Valley High School. "Morgan is always working on her flexibility."
            O'Hara – who has already qualified for the District One Championships in the javelin – has secured a tentative spot in the Penn Relays, scheduled for later this month, according to Mowrer. He described her as easy to coach.
            Abigail Rowland has displayed similar versatility. The sophomore has emerged as her team's top high jumper and one of its top performers on the track.
            She earned a pair of silver medals at the invitational meet over the weekend, posting a time of 11:52.95 in the 3,200 meter run, while clearing 4 feet, 9 inches in the high jump.
            Against the visiting Trojans, she won the 1,600 meter run (5:26) and the 3,200 meter run (12:38.03) while doing the same in the high jump (5 feet). Mowrer describes Rowland as one the toughest athletes he has ever instructed.
            "Abby really grinds," the coach said. "She is such a passionate distance runner."
            According to Mowrer, Rowland has the speed to excel in the 400 or 800 meter dashes. She has emerged as a key performer on the 4x100 relay with Sallybeth McClaskey and Julia and Jade Traynor.
            Hailey Bender finished fifth in the pole vault (eight feet). McClaskey ended up in sixth place in the 300 meter hurdles (51.91 seconds).
            Against Pottstown, Jade Traynor won the 400 meter dash (1:01.52). Lauren Donahue did the same in the 800 meter run (2:37.67). Hayley McMaster finished first in the triple jump (31 feet, 6 inches).

            The boys 4x100 meter relay notched a second-place finish (53.45 seconds) at the invitational. Benjamin Northern posted a similar finish in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches).
            Theodore Deskevich earned a bronze medal in the pole vault (12 feet). Nicholas Do (10 feet, 6 inches) ended up in fourth place.
            Asher Zonis finished fourth in the triple jump (28 feet, 9 inches). Eric Romanowski ended up in fifth place in the shot put (43 feet, 7 inches). In the javelin, Cooper Schwartz (134 feet, 10 inches) and Jeremiah Peguero (133 feet, 6 inches) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
            Peguero paced the Indians with two individual victories in a 99-51 win over Pottstown. He won the javelin (138 feet, 1 inch) and the discus (109 feet, 5 inches).
            Zachary Schwartz, Roman Macedo, John Kuzmission and Sean Donahue registered first-place finishes on the track.


 

 

 

 

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