Abington Friends’ Boys’and Girls track-and-field teams ended a 14-year losing streak, with numerous wins for the season. The Boys’and Girls track-and-field program started in 2004, and never won a meet, against other Friends School League teams. That all changed on April 10, when both teams claimed victories over Westtown School, and the team kept the momentum going by ending the season with championship wins.
Coach Kyle Rankin became the Running Program Director/Head Track and Cross Country Coach at AFS in January of 2016, and has doubled the team’s size. Coach Rankin was a cross-country runner for Germantown Academy in the 1980s. AFS’ program is the smallest school in the Friends School League and, the only school without a track on campus.
Additional Season Highlights:
- Co-Captain, 11th grader, Jack Balick ran a School Record in the 800 (1:58.97) at the PAISAA State Championship on May 21 at the Hill School. Balick finished 3rd overall, 0.19 seconds behind the winner.
- Senior Ace Bibbs placed 3rd in the High Jump at PAISAA Championship on Monday. Bibbs set the School Record in the High Jump, 6’4″, last month and won the FSL Championship in the event on May 12.
- Sprinter Medley Relay team recorded the fastest time run by any Independent School in the state of Pennsylvania in 2018 at the Central Bucks West Relays last month (3:50.38).
- Freshman Zaniyyah Ross won the FSL Girls’ High Jump Championship on May 12.
Congratulations to AFS for their game changing season!!!