by Tom Utescher

In the final event of last Thursday’s meet at Penn Charter, Brooke Palus of GFS (left) heads off on the final leg of the mile relay after receiving the baton from fellow senior Sarah Bergman. (Photo by Tom Utescher)

Strolling over from their own track just a block away, the girls of Germantown Friends opened their dual meet season with a non-league contest against the Quakers of Penn Charter. Garnering most of its points from first-place finishes in a dozen events, PC outpointed the visiting Tigers, 76-49.

It was the second head-to-head engagement for Charter, which won a very early Girls Inter-Ac League opener against Springside back on St. Patrick’s Day. GFS was making its dual meet debut but was focused on other things, such as a large invitational meet at Neshaminy High School on Saturday and its Friends Schools League opener a few days after that.

“This was an opportunity to try some things out,” said Tigers coach Rob Hewitt. “We wanted to have our relays ready for the Lady Skins (the Neshaminy event) and for our meet on Tuesday with George School. They’re the defending champions in our league, and I think we’ll also have to watch out for Friends Central and Westtown.”

Back at the meet against Springside, Penn Charter mentor Liz Fleming made note of the multi-event scoring capabilities of two seniors bound for the University of Pennsylvania, Amma Ntoso and Colleen Fehm. Last Thursday Ntoso won all four of the events she entered, the long jump, the triple jump, and the 100 and 300 hurdles. Fehm focused on vertical distance as she captured first place in the high jump and the pole vault.

Sophomore Catie Skinner, the 2010 Pa. Independent Schools cross country champion, won the 1600 meters for the Quakers and came in second behind her senior teammate, Elyse Wilkinson.

GFS received a strong showing in the sprints from junior Morgan Ramsey, who won the 100 meter dash and was runner-up in the 200. In the longer footraces, sophomore Eliza Lukens-Day delivered second-place points for the visitors in the 1600, and placed third in the 800.

Other than that, the Tigers’ points came from a wide variety of performers. PC swept the shot put thanks to junior Saagarika Thanvi, sophomore Ashley Brown, and senior Heather Jones, but Germantown scored in every other event.

In the mile relay at the end of the afternoon, GFS cruised after Tess junior Doggett opened up an imposing lead on the opening leg. Fellow 11th grader Carey Celata and seniors Sarah Bergman and Brooke Palus brought it home for the Tigers.

Individual Results


100 Meters

1. GFS Morgan Ramsey 14.2

2. PC Marisa Shepard 14.5

3. PC Lauren Veznedaroglu 14.8


200 Meters

1. PC Grace McInerney 29.4

2. GFS Morgan Ramsey 30.4

3. PC Maddy Williams 30.6


400 Meters

1. PC Margaux Losty 1:07.9

2. GFS Lucy Guida 1:10.1

3. GFS Livia Jaramillo 1:10.2


800 Meters

1. PC Elyse Wilkinson 2:20.5

2. PC Catie Skinner 2:35.4

3. GFS Eliza Lukens-Day 2:36.4


1600 Meters

1. PC Catie Skinner 5:42.9

2. GFS Eliza Lukens-Day 5:44.2

3. PC Shi Kuang 6:11.9


3200 Meters

1. PC Ani Schug 13:00.6

2. Jess Love GFS 14:15.4

3. Krisen Kelly GFS 14.15.5


100 High Hurdles

1. PC Amma Ntoso 18.4

2. GFS Emma Greenstreet 20.8

3. PC Carly Stern 21.7


300 Intermediate Hurdles

1. PC Amma Ntoso 53.5

2. GFS Eliza Farran 59.4

3. PC Carly Stern 61.7


High Jump

1. PC Colleen Fehm 4’6”

2. GFS Noni Davis 4’4”

3. uncontested


Long Jump

1. PC Amma Ntoso 14’8”

2. GFS Eleanor Thompson 13’3.25”

3. GFS Courtney Wilson 13’1.25”


Pole Vault

1. PC Colleen Fehm 7’0”

2. GFS Kelsey Turner 6’6”

3. PC Marisa Shepard 6’6”


Shot Put

1. PC Saagarika Thanvi 24’4”

2. PC Ashley Brown 23’9”

3. PC Heather Jones 22’5”


Triple Jump

1. PC Amma Ntoso 30’11.5”

2. GFS 26’8.5”

3. uncontested

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