TOWAMENCIN — Only a sophomore, Maddison Landis is steadily growing into a leadership role for the Christopher Dock girls track and field team.
The first-year captain is setting meet records in the process.
On a chilly, blustery afternoon not really meant for record-setting times, Landis still managed to set the Bicentennial Athletic League Invitational record in the 1,600 on Saturday, racing to a first-place time of 5:35.48 on her home track.
"I was able to push myself and trust that I still had some left at the end," she said moments after her strong final kick pushed her across the finish line.
Landis' performance was part of an impressive showing by host Christopher Dock, which was first in several events on the track and out in the field.
Gwynedd Mercy Academy and Lansdale Catholic were also in attendance, both well-represented in multiple events.
Landis first had to outrace a tough field that included cross country state medalist (Class AA) Kayla Connelly of Lansdale Catholic, who would wind up placing second in 5:45.59.
In addition, there was another persistent adversary waiting at all four turns of the race.
"The wind was right in my face," Landis said, smiling afterwards. "It was really difficult but I was able to push through it. I had a hard workout on Thursday but on Friday, my legs had recovered. I didn't know (I got the record). I felt pretty good."
Landis reached states last year in the two mile and has really come on in the 16.
"The season's been going well,' she said. "I'm hoping to reach my goal of running a five minute and teens (seconds) kind of mile. It wasn't my main event last year but I think this year, it will be. I like it. It's my favorite race.'
District Champion (Class A) out on the cross country course this past fall, Landis has quickly developed into one of the best - and promising — distance runners for Dock.
The Pioneers also got it going out in the field, with Evan Scott clearing nine feet in the pole vault and Tabitha Miller jumping 4-10 in the high jump - both first-place finishes for the Pioneers.
Nikki Clements was a BAL Invitational champ in both the 100 hurdles (16.81) and the pole vault (7-6) for Dock, while Pioneer Josh Wolfe raced to a win in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.05.
GMA sophomore Mary Casey was part of the first-place 4x100 relay for the Monarchs, joining Tricia Lee, Rachel Koller and Madi Grimaldi to go 51.20, and then, with just a short break in between, Casey dug deep to come from behind and edge Bristol's Jasmine Wooten (52.24) for top spot in the 300 hurdles (51.94).
"The wind was really tough," Casey said. "Going around the last curve, I sprinted as hard as I could. We had just ran our 4x1 so I was a little tired but I felt really good at the end of this race, catching (Wooten)...Our 4x1's gonna be really good this year. We're trying to make districts and then go from there."
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