Indiana clinched second place in the section and helped longtime coach Pat Snyder earn his 400th career dual-meet win with its 104-42 win over Derry in a WPIAL Section 1-AAA boys’ track and field meet Tuesday.
Indiana (6-1) finished in second place behind Hempfield to earn a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA team championships. The pairings meeting is Monday.
In the girls’ meet, Indiana earned its first win by defeating Derry, 94-56, and Jessica Hurley set a school record in the 400.
Darnae Clemons (long jump, high jump), Corey Denlinger (200, javelin) and Austin Rhodes (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles) each won a pair of events to lead the boys’ team.
Other winners were Edu Campos (100), Ryan Louther (1,600), Adam Lenze (3,200), Justin Spencer (shot put), Sam Stever (discus), Brian Waryck (pole vault) and Darrious Carter (triple jump).
Also, the 3,200 relay and 400 relay teams each placed first. The 3,200 relay team consisted of Jem Orchard, Louther, Lenze and Cole Rosenberger, and the 400 relay team was made up of Campos, Clemons, Tyler McCrea and Denlinger.
In the girls’ meet, Hurley placed first and broke her own school record in the 400 with a time of 58.7 seconds for the girls’ team (1-6). Hurley, whose previous mark was 59.8, also won the 200.
“I’m very proud of Jessica. It’s a very big deal. That’s the best time in that event in over 40 years of track and field here,” Snyder, Indiana’s coach since 1985, said.
Also, the 3,200 relay and 400 relay teams each placed first. The 3,200 relay team was made up of Marissa Cunningham, Lauren Peightal, Lucy Bujdos and Jessica Lenze, and the 400 relay team consisted of Da’Jon Veney, Keaton Lauver, Abbey Karcher and Alyssa Millen.
Other winners were Lauver (100), Kacey Raible (1,600), Morgan Schamus (300 hurdles), Peightal (800), Aaryn Gray (javelin, long jump), and Karcher (high jump).
Indiana competes in the Indiana County Meet on Saturday at Marion Center.
PURCHASE LINE SWEEPS: Purchase Line swept visiting Marion Center in a Heritage Conference meet. The boys’ team won 96-36, and the girls’ team won, 83-56.
Josh Huey paced the Purchase Line boys (3-2) by winning the 100 and the 200. Huey also ran on the winning 1,600 relay team with Cameron Troupe, Dan Learn and Adam Farmery.
Other first-place finishers for Purchase Line were Alec Sunderlin (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Troupe (400), Josh Pierce (high jump), Joe Price (shot put, discus) and Royce Bish (javelin). The 3,200 relay team of Troupe, Farmery, Taylor Antisdel and Learn also placed first.
Marion Center’s winners were Kyle Anderson (1,600, 3,200), John Baker (long jump, triple jump) and Kyle Hicks (800).
Courtney Boyer won the discus and the javelin to lead the Purchase Line girls (2-3). Jaycelyn Fleming won the high jump and ran on the winning 3,200 relay team with Melanie Hilliard, Anna Harkleroad and Ashley Goodlin. Also, Carry Keith won the 100 hurdles and the triple jump, and Morgan Scalese took the shot put.
Purchase Line’s Allison Goodlin, Aubrey Mills, Megan Hudson and Keith teamed up to twin the 400 relay.
Julia Snickles (300 hurdles, long jump), Camber Heinle (400, 800), Cheyanne Behune (100, 200) and Taylor Wood-row (1,600, 3,200) each won a pair of events to lead the Marion Center girls.
The 1,600 relay team, which consisted of Danniele Fulmer, Tessa Bailey, Behune and Heinle, also placed first.
Purchase Line and Marion Center compete in the Indiana County Meet on Saturday at Marion Center.