HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: Stever breaks IHS high jump record; IHS boys secure playoff berth
With a berth in the WPIAL Class AAA team playoffs on the line, Indiana’s boys’ 1,600 relay team edged out Hempfield in the final event of the day, and freshman Jess Stever broke an 18-year-old school record in the girls’ high jump in a WPIAL Section 1-AAA triangular meet on Wednesday.
The Indiana boys led Hempfield, 74-71, going into the 1,600 relay, and Brian Waryck, Cole Rosenberger, Adam Lenze and Darrious Carter finished in 3 minutes, 32.9 seconds, just nipping the Spartans at the finish line. It gave the Indians a 79-71 victory over Hempfield and clinched second place in the section — and a spot in the team semifinal playoff round on Thursday, May 1.
Indiana also beat Penn-Trafford, 104-45, and Hempfield beat Penn-Trafford, 107-43.
“It was the most exciting finish of a track meet I’ve had in 35 years,” Indiana coach Pat Snyder said. “We edged them out by one foot.”
On the girls’ side, Stever cleared 5 feet, 8ﾽ inches, besting Megan Smith’s mark from 1996. For some perspective on Stever’s jump, consider that 5-7 won the Class AAA state title two of the past three years.
“That was impressive,” Snyder said. “She’s a ninth-grader, and she’s an amazing jumper.”
The Indiana girls fell to defending state champion Hempfield, 129-21, and Penn-Trafford, 83-66. Hempfield defeated Penn-Trafford, 120-30.
Distance runner Ryan Louther paced the Indiana boys with two first-place finishes, in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Edu Campos (100), Rosenberger (800), Chris McConnell (high jump), Carter (triple jump), Corey Denlinger (javelin) and Jacob Kester (pole vault) added victories.
In addition to the 1,600, Indiana also won the other two relays.
The 3,200 relay team featured Carter, Rosenberger, Lenze and Louther, and the winning 400 relay was comprised of Ben Snyder, Carter, Denlinger and Campos.
The Indiana boys improved to 8-1; the girls fell to 2-7. The Indians visit Hollidaysburg for a non-section meet next Wednesday.
APOLLO-RIDGE SWEEPS: Apollo-Ridge took both ends of a WPIAL Section 7-AA dual meet with Springdale in Spring Church. The Vikings won the boys’ meet, 137-11, and the girls’ meet, 117-25.
Dom Schrecengost led the Vikings’ boys’ team with first-place finishes in the 400, long jump and triple jump as Apollo-Ridge won 16 of the 18 events.
Christian Schulze (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), and Matt Tamski (1,600, 800) won two events each, and Jesse Zelonka (100), Dillon Butz-Retzer (200), Aaron Kostiuk (3,200), Kyle Nothnagel (shot put), Damon Blystone (javelin), A.J. Bolt (high jump) and Jonah Casella (pole vault) added a first-place finish each.
Apollo-Ridge also won the 3,200 and 400 relays.
In the girls’ meet, Reannah Martin took first in the 200, long jump and pole vault for the Vikings. Bailey White (1,600, 3,200) and Jackie Rearick (shot put, discus) won two events each.
Gillian Tones (400), Zabreana Vensel (javelin), Ashlyn Baustert (high jump) and Claire Broman (triple jump) also won events for Apollo-Ridge.
Apollo-Ridge also won all three relays.
The Vikings compete at Deer Lakes today.
COLTS OUTRUN COMETS: Host Northern Cambria took both ends of a Heritage Conference dual meet with Penns Manor, beating the Comets, 112-33, on the boys’ side, and 110-39 in girls’ competition.
Seth Bearer (400, 200, high jump) led Northern Cambria with three victories. Joe Nealen (pole vault), Mike Nealen (discus), Nathan Dumm (110 hurdles), Dartagnan Suchar (100), C.J. Wiewora (800), Desmond Phillips (triple jump), Chris Barrett (shot put) and Nolan Paronish (javelin) also won for the Colts.
Northern Cambria also won the 1,600 relay.
Among Penns Manor’s victors were J.T. Horwat (1,600, 3,200) and Bailey Mumau (long jump), and the Comets took the 3,200 relay.
Renee Paronish (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump) and Ally Kopera (1,600, 800, 3,200) took first in three events each to lead the Northern Cambria girls.
Brooke Bernard (100, 200), Alyssa Birchall (400), Emily Pavelko (long jump, triple jump) and Alanah Pavlik (shot put) also took first place for Northern Cambria. The Colts won the 1,600 relay.
Qualifiers for the state meet last year, Sarah DaBella (discus, javelin) and Devon Bratton (pole vault) won events for Penns Manor. The Comets also took the 400 relay.
Both teams host triangular meets next Wednesday. Northern Cambria welcomes Homer-Center and United, and Penns Manor welcomes Ligonier Valley and Saltsburg.
LIONS, STINGERS SHINE: The United boys and Marion Center girls scored two wins each in a Heritage Conference triangular meet in Armagh.
In the boys’ meet, United beat Saltsburg, 89-56, and Marion Center, 84-66. Saltsburg defeated Marion Center, 86-63.
The Marion Center girls beat United, 86-64, and Saltsburg, 77-69. Saltsburg defeated United, 89-64.
Mike Dill (110 hurdles), Jake Beacker (pole vault) and Alec Wolf (discus) won individual events for United, and the Lions won the 1,600 relay.
Deion Robinson won four events for Saltsburg: the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes and long jump. Zach Plunkett (300 hurdles, high jump), Austin McLean (800) and Tyler Lenhardt (javelin) were among the Trojans’ other first-place finishers.
Kyle Anderson won the 1,600 and 3,200 for Marion Center, and the Stingers won the 400 relay.
Hannah Fulton led Marion Center in the girls’ meet, with victories in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Taya Whitfield (800) was among the Stingers’ other winners. Marion Center took first in the 1,600 relay.
Kia Clayton (high jump, long jump, triple jump), A’leisha Clayton (100, 200) and Kiana Reed (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) won events for Saltsburg. The Trojans also took the 400 relay.
Kennedy Fletcher (shot put, discus, javelin) led United.
All three teams compete next Wednesday. Marion Center plays host to Purchase Line, United travels to Northern Cambria and Saltsburg visits Penns Manor.