HS TRACK & FIELD ROUNDUP: United, LV girls tie in battle of conference powers
ARMAGH — Coming off Saturday’s first-place tie with Indiana for the team title at the Indiana County Principals Meet, the United girls finished in a 75-75 tie with Ligonier Valley in a Heritage Conference track and field meet Tuesday pitting the top two teams in the conference.
Meanwhile, the Ligonier Valley boys’ team improved to 7-0 by defeating United, 115-35.
Maggie Slawson led the United girls (5-1-1) by winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes as well as the long jump.
Kennedy Fletcher also won multiple events, taking first in the discus and javelin.
Laken Pudliner (100 hurdles), Hannah Rensko (1,600) and Eden Bloom (triple jump) each added individual event victories.
United’s 3,200 relay team, of Bloom, Rensko, Lauren Overdorff and Gabby Fether, also took first place.
Gina McKlveen led Ligonier Valley (6-0-1) with wins in the 800 and 3,200. Phebe Cornell (pole vault) was among the Rams’ other winners. Ligonier Valley also won the 400- and 1,600-meter relays.
Shawn Lichvar won the 400 and the 800 to pace the United boys (2-5). Jake Beacker won the pole vault, and Jon Long took the discus.
United will compete in the West Central Coaches Meet in Altoona on Friday.
IJHS GIRLS SET RELAY RECORD: Indiana’s Rebecca Olechovski, Megan Kester, Abby Myers and Jessica Stever completed the 1,600-meter relay in 4 minutes, 21.6 seconds, to set the Indiana Junior High School record as Indiana lost to Norwin, 71-52, on Tuesday.
Indiana lost the boys’ meet, 72½-50½.
Stever also took first place in the 400, 200 and high jump. Myers (800, triple jump) added two event victories. Clara Sherwood (pole vault) and Morgan Doolin (discus) also won.
Sam Lenze (1,600), Reed Harkleroad (pole vault), Bobby Bell (shot put) and Andrew Lin (long jump) scored first-place finishes for the Indiana boys.
Also on the boys’ side, Indiana’s 1,600 relay team, of Nathan Doyle, Harkleroad, Bell and Kovalchick finished first.
Indiana competes at Greensburg Salem today.