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Patriots track adds four wins

Freedom’s track and field teams added four wins to their record, defeating Bethlehem Catholic girls, 110-40, and Allentown Central Catholic girls, as well as Bethlehem Catholic boys, 95-55, and Central boys, 82-68 on a sunny but windy day last Thursday at Freedom.

Individual event winners in the girls meet were Ramiah Rivera (BC) in the 200 meter dash (27.60), Ava Fihlman (F) in the 800 meter run (2:43.00) and the 1600 meter run (5:37.90), Candy Florentino (F) in the 100 meter hurdles (18.20), Sydney Brown (F) in the 300 meter hurdles (49.70), Gianna Dowling (F) in high jump (4-07.00), Jasmine Chiu (F) in pole vault (8-00.00), Jianna Brown (F) in long jump (15-07.50), Chloe Moschberger (F) in shot put (31-11.00), Isabel Rodriguez (F) in discus (99-08), and Olessya Minorics (BC) in javelin (97-10).

Moschberger’s throw last Thursday matched her season-opening throw, which is her personal record for 2022.

“Changing my starting from a dynamic to a static start has really helped me,” said the Patriot senior. “You start up higher which gives you more time to sink down and keep your hips low.”

Rodriguez has been a constant in the East Penn Conference’s discus top three this season.

“[What’s working is] switching my feet at the end of my throws and knowing when to release it, holding my arm back,” Rodriguez said. “It’s really all momentum and being confident.”

Individual event winners in the boys meet were Ben-Isaac Joseph (F) in the 100 meter dash (11.70), Melkhi Britt (BC) in the 200 meter dash (24.50), and Kensley Jossil (BC) in the 400 meter dash (52.20).

“I know I have a slow start, but I know the advantage I have is I can pick up my pace,” said Jossil. “The guy in lane six was running well, and for the last 200, I knew it was go time.”

Other winners were Alex Heidemann (F) in the 800 meter run (2:04.00) and the 1600 meter run (4:48.40), Amare DuBoise (F) in the 110 meter hurdles (17.90) and the 300 meter hurdles (45.30), Stephan Richards (F) in high jump (5-05.00), Nicolas Roof (BC) in long jump (21-10.00), and Steve Recchio (BC) in javelin (150-10).

“Runway conditions and with the wind, it wasn’t a great day,” said Recchio, whose personal record is 171-09. “I got stronger, and my technique has improved significantly. If one thing goes wrong, it’ll mess up your throw, so getting all the components of how your body is supposed to be moving to work in unison is what I’ve been working on. I really want to get up over the 178 mark.”

In relays, Freedom’s girls won the 4x4 (names unavailable), and Freedom’s boys won the 4x1 and 4x4 (names unavailable). Allentown Central Catholic won the girls 4x1 and 4x8 and the boys 4x8.

Freedom's Chloe Moschberger took first place in shot put, and Isabel Rodriguez placed first in discus during the Patriots track and field meet against Becahi and Central Catholic on April 28.