Full roster: CB East bursting with depth
If strength is in numbers, Central Bucks East should be in for a solid campaign.
With a record 80 athletes on the roster, the Patriots are deep, but also talented at the top as the younger runners develop.
“With our large turnout, strong senior leadership, and experienced coaches like Paul Wilson (all running events) and Ollie Boucher (horizontal jumps), we are optimistic about the season,” head coach Gerry Stemplewicz said. “As we progress through the season, we will be shooting for qualifying for the Meet of Champions (MOC) and for states in as many events as possible as individuals and especially as relays.”
Already the 4x800-meter team of Mike Donello, Oliver Boucher, Jake Brophy and Frank Brophy has reached the state standard after winning at the third meet of the Track and Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia (TFCAofGP) season. The triumph, which was on Jan. 4 at Haverford College, came in a time of 8:18.04 and blew away the nearest challenger by almost 15 seconds.
The Brophys have also clinched MOC and state berths individually after Frank took third in the 400 and Jake won the 3,000 on Dec. 30 at the Robert J. Burdette Indoor Classic at Lehigh University. Frank, a senior co-captain along with Kia Shahideh, Donello and Billy Rollo, also qualified with the 4x400 team in the opening meet on Dec. 21.
“Both are exemplary in terms of attitude, temperament, work ethic and competitive instincts, and both continue to be major contributors to the team’s success,” Stemplewicz praised of the Brophys.
Other contributors include Ata Shahideh, Josh Goetz, Louis Kettelberger and Taylor Cervellino (relays) and jumpers Ryan Kalaigian (triple) and Ryan Mitchel (long).
Central Bucks South is headlined by a few, but like CB East, head coach Jason Gable believes there is talent to go around.
“When others look at our team, they will see Randall Johnson as one of our standout sprinters/jumpers and Matt Scarpill as our ninth-grader who came very close to qualifying for states in cross country this past fall,” Gable said. “But we have many individuals, especially seniors, who have been with us for three to four years and their dedication over those years is showing results now. We are close to qualifying all the individuals and relays we are targeting for the annual TFCAofGP Meet of Champions.”
A senior, Johnson reached a height of 6-7 on Dec. 21 to win the high jump and clinch both a MOC and state berth. That leap currently stands as the second best in Pennsylvania and the fifth best in the nation. Scarpill hasn’t reached the postseason yet, but should remain in contention and already has medaled in the 1 mile.
Seniors Mike Jadwin (triple jump), James Chappell (800) and Brandon Raguz (pole vault) have all qualified for the MOC individually, as has senior Chris Kelso in the 60 dash and in both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. The relays also consist of Johnson and fellow seniors Casey Bell, Qadir Haqq and Luke DiGangi.
Quakertown is being led by sprinters and jumpers this season. One, senior Ishmael Wright, earned a MOC berth in the opening meet, thanks to a 6-5 high jump.
That was good for third, while in pole vault, Ryan Cubbage is emerging and earned sixth at the same meet with a height of 10-6.
Sprintingwise, sophomore Robert Burns is off to a good start in the 60 dash, as he also medaled on Dec. 21 in 7.67 seconds (fifth). Classmate Jack Chenoweth narrowly missed the medal stand in the 200.
In addition, Wright medaled at the Burdette classic, as did 3,000-meter specialist Alex Balla. He ran a 9:30.7 to take third overall, while the distance medley relay (DMR) team already has two top-eight showings.
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