Record-Setting Weekend for Rowing and Track & Field
Record-Setting Weekend for Rowing and Track & Field

The boys' and girls' track and field and rowing teams came away with multiple victories and records during weekend competitions.

Three varsity boats placed at this year's City Champs. The Boys' Varsity 8+ won its first-ever gold at the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association's City Championships with a time of 4:19.19. Rowers included: stroke Will Purtill '17, Nick Horbowy '17, Thomas Woodville '17, Peter LeRoux '17, Kyle Hogan '17, Harry Pusey '19, Colson Andrews '17, Tim Baker '17, and coxswain Schuyler Kresge '18. Click here to watch EA's come-from-behind win.

"Knowing that we were going to pursue the Varsity 8+ this spring was a herculean dream for a team our size," shared Varsity Coach Molly Konopka, Hon. "As a coach, you can always make yourself believe that everything is possible and that all goals are achievable. It is harder to convince the boys that this was inside them. Thank goodness that we have many multiple-sport athletes in the boat who have experienced pushing themselves in different ways and different sports. Certainly, Sunday, in the final 30 strokes, we saw the value of those experiences. This was a remarkable performance for this particular group of guys."

Coach Konopka summed up the race saying, "It is certainly an example of the 'whole being larger than the sum of the parts. ' "

The Girls' Varsity 2 X (Heidi Zirnkilton '17 and Lizzie King '17) placed second. The Girls' Varsity 4 X (stroke Shannon Conlin '17, Brooke Baxter '17, Rachel Barber '19, and bow Josephine Konopka '18) rowed to a third place finish.

Click here to see all of the girls and boys results. Racing took place on the Schuylkill River on May 6 -7.

The boys' and girls' track and field teams competed in the 2017 Delaware County Track and Field Championships May 4 and May 6.

The boys came in second at the Delco Championships in the American (small school) division. Junior distance runner Elias Lindgren won the 3200m in division, placed second overall, and crushed EA's school record by more than twenty seconds with a time of 9:27.53 (the old record was 9:48). In the 1600m, Elias placed second overall and first in division. Jake Jorgensen placed fifth overall and third in division.

Senior Matt Freese set a new school record in the 300m intermediate hurdles with a time of 39.45 (the old record was 40.35). In the 200m, Matt won third overall, second in division, and set another school record of 22.69 (the old record was 22.8).

Senior high jumper Jermain Rhoden placed first in division and second overall. Sophomore Jack Bush place third overall and first in division in the 400m. Click here to see the complete results from all races and events.

"The kids really fueled off of each other's success," said coach Zach Richards. "Each great race pushed the next guy to elevate himself further. The energy continued to build throughout the night. The confidence of this team is sky high. I'm very excited to keep this momentum going as we move towards the Inter-Ac championship this week."

"It was an incredible weekend for our student-athletes," said Athletic Director Gina Buggy. "These two events included record-breaking performances by several of our students. Every effort contributed to a remarkable team success on the river and on the track."


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