Among the goals the Upper Darby boys track team set at the start of the season was to win the Central League 4 x 400 at the Penn Relays and claim its first Central League team title since 2006.

The Royals accomplished both goals.

Donovan St. Louis and Cecil Simpson won two events each as the Upper Darby boys topped Strath Haven (76-56) and Springfield (107.5-24.5) to win its first Central League championship in eight years. The Royals finished 11-0.

St. Louis was first in 200 and 400, while Simpson captured the long and triple jumps on a rainy afternoon at Strath Haven.

Dylan Butera took first in the 1,600 and 3,200 to lead Strath Haven.

Garnet Valley wins twice: Sean Simmons won the high jump with a leap of 5-8 to secure Garnet Valley's 78-72 victory over Haverford. The Jaguars also downed Harriton, 131-19, while the Fords topped the Rams, 132-13.

Hunter Small led a sweep of the 200 for Garnet Valley. He also led off the winning 4 x 400 relay. Nick Ni helped the Jags take eight of the nine points in the 110 high hurdles. Liam Boyes (1,600), David Fowler (800), D.J. Diakite (triple jump) and Chipper Rossino (shot put) were individual winners for the Fords.

Marple Newtown takes two: Abel Hoff lived up to his first name, winning the 100 and running leadoff on the winning 4 x 100-meter relay to lead Marple Newtown over Lower Merion (107-43) and Ridley (94-56). The Green Raiders topped the Aces, 90-51.


Dan Doherty also was on that winning relay and was first in the high jump for the Tigers. James Hare (800), Andrew Moore (3,200), Ron Feinberg (discus) Nico Akranis (javelin) and Gurjeet Rai (pole vault) also were individual winners for MN.

Penncrest finishes second: Nick Reyes ran on a pair of winning relay teams to help Penncrest finish second in the Central League with wins over Radnor (88-53) and Conestoga (88-50). Reyes ran the second leg of the winning 4 x 100 relay and anchored the 4 x 400 relay squad to victory. Nick Moscatelli won the 400 and led off the 4 x 400, and Jake Horneman was first in the 110 hurdles and pole vault for the Lions (10-1).

Erick Von Hertsenberg won the shot put and discus to lead Radnor.