Last year as a sophomore, Phoenixville’s Tom Timmins attended the Penn Relays as an alternate for the 4x400 boys’ relay team but never made it onto Franklin Field’s track.
On Saturday, in his Penn Relays debut, the Phantoms’ junior ran a personal record 55.02 seconds in the boys’ 400-meter hurdles championship to finish seventh.
He entered the race with the 22nd best qualifying time in Saturday's field.
“My coach kept telling me today was a big day, a day I should push myself,” Timmins said.
Phoenixville head coach Jack Kraynak said Timmins ran despite recently recovering from a strained groin injury. Timmins had not run the hurdles since the Council Rock Kiwanis Invitational on April 3, where he recorded his previous top time of 55.76 seconds.
“He wants to be the best,” Phoenixville hurdlers coach Jay Carlin said.