The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


May 15, 2014

Hickory girls, GC boys lead D-10 AAA Track & Field Championships

- — HARBOR CREEK — There are few places more lonely than a track and field meet during a weather-induced delay. And such was the case Wednesday at Harbor Creek High’s Paul J. Weitz Stadium, as the annual District 10 Class AAA Championships commenced.

In spite of a 15-minute-long shower soon after the meet began at 3 p.m. with the field events, and another pair  of 30-minute delays after action commenced on the track, Mercer County-area athletes fared well in weathering the weather.

The bad weather eventually postponed the rest of the meet until Saturday after the D-10 Class AA Champion-ships at Harbor Creek High.

It was a heyday for Hickory High’s girls, who held an 85.50 to 51 edge over Meadville in the early team standings. Similarly, Grove City’s boys led Cathedral Prep, 57-40, for the team title when a second weather delay set in just prior to 7 p.m.

Slippery Rock’s distance-relay quartet became the first Mercer County-area state qualifier. The Rockets roared to an 8:13.60 clocking to easily garner gold.

“We were seeded number one and thought we had a really good chance to win,” Slippery Rock Coach Tom Meling began. “We knew (Cathedral) Prep was number two and McDowell in back of them.

‘Shane Kirkwood gave up the 200(-meter dash) to run the four-by-eight, and Shane gave us a great opening leg to put us out in the lead,” Meling praised. “ … Then Brady (Kadlubek) – another two-hundred/four hundred (dash) guy – bumped up to do this event. He gave us about a two-oh-one (split), so it was just great! PR’s for all the guys, our best time of the year , so we’re just excited to be goin to states.”

Mark Cessar and Josh Jones also fueled the Rockets’ 4x8 relay, and Meling admitted regarding their berth on the statewide stage, “For a coach, it’s what you’re coaching for.”

Hickory’s Elena Marchand (42-0 1⁄2), Sophia Fustos (38-9 1⁄2) and Cailen Blaire (32-11) swept gold-silver-bronze in the shot-put competition.

In Class AAA, the gold-medalist, as well as any finisher 2-through-8 who meets a pre-determined qualifying standard, advances to Shippensburg, so Marchand and Fustos are headed to the state championships.

“That’s awesome!” gushed Hickory co-Head Coach Barb Dzuricsko. “I know they were seeded one-two-three comin’ in, but it’s a whole different story to be able to perform on that day in these conditions. They’ve been strong all year long.

“We knew last week that double-A was going to be a stronger competition in some of those events, but it’s nice to see them rise to the top,” Dzuricsko added.

The Lady Hornets duplicated that in the discus, as freshman Tori McKinley broke the D-10 AAA record (Franklin’s Hillary Hager, 129-8 in 2000) by throwing 132-10 to punch her ticket to state. Teammates Blaire (127-0) and Marchand (124-6) completed the 1-2-3 sweep for Hickory, and the trio all qualified for a trip to the Ship.

Also harvesting hardware for Hickory was Lexi Bible, who outkicked Mercyhurst Prep’s Taylor Pletz, 5:20.92 to 5:22.35, to win the metric mile.

“I knew (Pletz) had a better time (5:13.93 to Bible’s 5:21.81 in the seeding), but I knew I had to stick with her throughout the race,” Bible began. “She pushed me to get my time, she pushed me throughout the race.… But she helped me, she really pushed me. I thought I had her on the three-hundred (meter mark), but she stuck right with me.”

“It was her best time of the year,” Hickory co-Head Coach Mark Slezak said of Bible, noting, “but the first lap, though, was actually about almost ten seconds off the pace that we’ve run all year. Neither (Bible) or Taylor Pletz wanted to take the lead.

“Our strategy all year long has been to really push for the last five-hundred meters and try to stretch the race,” Slezak continued, explaining, “A lot of runners push at the ‘bell lap,’ and we saw Taylor run a really good mile down at Baldwin (Invitational) where she just ‘toasted’ the field on that last lap. So the strategy we’ve used all year, we thought, was gonna fit pretty well here (Wednes)day.

“Once (Bible) made that push with five-hundred meters, we thought that Taylor’s gonna come with four-hundred to go and it would be a battle,” Slezak continued. “We’ve pushed all year for five-hundred meters to be our ‘kick’ area, and both girls were flyin’ for the last five-hundred. But Lexi had just enough on that last two-hundred – she probably ran just under thirty seconds -- and that’s another thing that we work on, that last two-hundred to be thirty seconds or less.

“As far as execution on Lexi’s part, it was perfect. I couldn’t be more proud of the way she executed the race in order to get to states,” Slezak said.

Regarding her berth at state, Bible — also a PIAA Cross Country Championships qualifier — said, “It’s so crazy! Last year I missed (qualifying for state in track) by a couple seconds, so I knew this year I had to go, I was just so determined this year to go back. I’m just really proud.”

Grove City’s Boone Lyons (142-1) and Warren Marlowe (138-2) in the discus, with  Lyons advancing to the state championships.


Team standings


1. Grove City (GC) 57; 2. Cathedral Prep (CP) 40; 3. Central Tech (CT) 39; 3. Slippery Rock (SR) 39; 5. General McLane (GM) 34; 6. Franklin (F) 33; 7. McDowell (MC) 28; 8. George Junior (GJ) 27; 9. Corry (CO) 22; 10. Oil City (OC) 21; 11. Warren (W) 19; 12. East (E) 16; 13. Meadville (ME) 8; 14. Strong Vincent (SV) 4.


1. Hickory (HI) 85.50; 2. Meadville (ME) 51; 3. Franklin (F) 37; 4. McDowell (MC) 32.50; 5. Fort LeBoeuf (FL) 32; 6. Grove City (GC) 29; 7. Corry (CO) 24; 8. Warren (W) 23; 8. Central Tech (CT) 23; 10. Mercyhurst Prep (MP) 20; 11. Oil City (OC) 13; 12. East (E) 10; 13. Strong Vincent (SV) 4.

Individual results


3,200 relay (SQS 8:02.04): 1. SLIPPERY ROCK (MARK CESSAR, WILL HENRY, JOSH JONES, BRADY KADLUBEK) 8:13.60; 2. McDowell 8:21.06; 3. Cathedral Prep 8:25.99; 4. Grove City 8:32.56; 5. General McLane 8:37.31; 6. George Junior 8:38.62; 7. Meadville 9:05.29; 8. Warren 9:11.65.

110 hurdles (SQS 15.10): 1. RYAN SHATTUCK (W) 15.68; 2. Fred Urbaniak (SR) 15.71; 3. Tavaray Carr (E) 16.30; 4. Anuedi Moldonado (GJ) 16.38; 5. Colton Byers (F) 16.39; 6. Kyle Sult (GM) 16.42; 7. Eric Mitchell (CT) 16.52; 8. Zack Frazier (OC) 16.85.

100 (SQS 11.10): 1. BRYCE BOYD (CP) 11.26; 2. Devin Stokes (CT) 11.38; 3. Shukiem Murray (GJ) 11.42; 4. Sean Harris (CP) 11.59; 5. Journey Brown (ME) 11.60; 6. Isiah Beach (F) 11.62; 7. Dejon Johnson (CT) 11.82; 8. Dimitri Allison (CT) 11.83.

1,600 (SQS 4:24.22): 1. BOBBY DANIELSON (CT) 4:27.16; 2. Ryan Budnik (GC) 4:30.54; 3. Josh Jones (SR) 4:34.84; 4. Lukas Hallett (GM) 4:41.09; 5. Jacob Ames (SV) 4:42.66; 6. John Danvers (F) 4:42.80; 7. John Paul Depew (GC) 4:44.21; 8. Austin King (OC) 4:45.72.

High jump (SQS 6-5): 1. ERIC MITCHELL (CT) 5-11; 2. Liam Cragg (CO) 5-9; 3. Malik Allison (CT) 5-9; 4. Shane Kirkwood (SR) 5-9; 5. Chris Reeseman (SR) 5-7; 6. John Orlando (CP) 5-7; 7. Cameron Feather (GC) 5-7; 8. Jakiyah Bradley (GJ) 5-5.

Pole vault (SQS 14-3): 1. CALEB SANFORD (MC) 14-3; 2. ZACH CARTWRIGHT (F) 14-3; 3. HUNTER TRUITT (GM) 14-3; 4. Brett Farley (GM) 12-9; 5. Dalton Meals (GC) 12-9; 6. Ryan Horn (GM) 12-9; 7. Daniel Gawne (ME) 11-9; 8. Francis Kloecker (CP) 11-3.

Long jump (SQS 21-10): 1. DANIEL COMMEY (MC) 22-43⁄4; 2. RONALD PEARSON (GJ) 21-103⁄4; 3. Kyle Kulka (W) 20-9; 4. Kyle Uber (F) 20-1⁄2; 5. Stevie Crockett Jr. (CP) 19-101⁄2; 6. Jesse Rice (OC) 19-83⁄4; 7. Ryan Gorgacz (W) 19-81⁄4; 8. Josh Coleman (CP) 19-71⁄4.

Shot put (SQS 52-0): 1. DEIONTRE PLOTT (E) 45-7; 2. Nathan Smith (CO) 45-6; 3. Warren Marlowe (GC) 45-0; 4. Quinton Reed (OC) 44-1; 5. Bryan Olesky (CP) 43-3; 6. Walker Gray (CO) 41-71⁄2; 7. John Sipe (CO) 40-101⁄4; 8. Tanner Lucido (GC) 38-103⁄4.

Discus (SQS 153-0): 1. BOONE LYONS (GC) 142-1; 2. Warren Marlowe (GC) 138-2; 3. Cam Neal (SR) 131-7; 4. Quinton Reed (OC) 125-10; 5. Vincent Sheppard (GJ) 124-7; 6. Bryan Olesky (CP) 118-3.

Javelin (SQS 178-0): 1. ADAM FIORENTINO (F) 171-2; 2. Kyle Sult (GM) 163-8; 3. Brandon Fagan (GC) 155-0; 4. Warren Marlowe (GC) 150-7; 5. Quinton Reed (OC) 148-4; 6. Bryan Olesky (CP) 145-8; 7. John Tribusich (OC) 143-10; 8. John Sipe (CO) 143-1.



3,200 relay (SQS 9:35.48): 1. MERCYHURST PREP (MOLLY PHILLIPS, MORGAN PERKINS, KAELI STOLAR, TAYLOR PLETZ) 9:43.26; 2. Grove City 9:53.81; 3. Meadville 10:05.79; 4. Corry 10:22.17; 5. Hickory 10:35.62.

100 hurdles (SQS 15.65): 1. JORDAN LYNN (ME) 15.63; 2. Sydney Sokol (MC) 15.83; 3. Madi Bell (HI) 16.52; 4. Dajere Harris (OC) 16.80; 5. Abbey Shull (F) 16.99; 6. Lindsay Onuffer (W) 17.24; 7. Karita Ford (MC) 17.50; 8. Rachel Laseck (W) 17.51.

100 (SQS 12.67): 1. JAIAH WILLIAMS (E) 13.01; 2. Courtney Barney (CT) 13.17; 3. Elana McGraw (FL) 13.25; 4. Nikki Arbanas (HI) 13.35; 5. Jordyn Conway (F) 13.38; 6. Casey Kulka (W) 13.38; 7. Deborah Overare (MP) 13.55; 8. Lauren Bell (HI) 13.56.

1,600 (SQS 5:13.37): 1. LEXI BIBLE (HI) 5:20.92; 2. Taylor Pletz (MP) 5:22.35; 3. Paige Yoder (ME) 5:36.35; 4. Catie Jaskowak (GC) 5:36.54; 5. Nicole Althof (SV) 5:39.51; 6. Haley Boyd (HI) 5:41.36; 7. Kelsey Swantek (MC) 5:42.10; 8. Hannah Sanford (GC) 5:46.67.

400 (SQS 58.80): 1. KACEY BENGEL (FL) 59.95; 2. Janiyah Wayne (CT) 1:02.82; 3. Alex Schwab (OC) 1:04.03; 4. Amy Amendola (MC) 1:04.42; 5. Kessli Hall (CO) 1:05.39; 6. Erika Fish (MC) 1:05.69; 7. Valerie Latimer (W) 1:05.73; 8. Melanie Wizorek (GC) 1:06.03.

High jump (SQS 5-3): 1. ABBY JONES (F) 5-9; 2. Abbey Shull (F) 4-11; 3. McKenzie Fagan (GC) 4-11; 4. Tori Paris (W) 4-9; 5. Olivia Barner (HI) 4-7; 5. Lauren Durant (MC) 4-7; 5. Larissa Cass (FL) 4-7; 5. Brenna Rindfuss (FL) 4-7.

Triple jump (SQS 36-6): 1. ABBY JONES (F) 34-4; 2. Kendell Dickson (ME) 33-7; 3. Alicia Bloomster (MC) 33-2; 4. Liz Aque (GC) 32-81⁄4; 5. Claire Malak (HI) 32-41⁄2; 6. Ellen Mook (ME) 32-4; 7. Kellie Vincent (ME) 31-5; 8. Bret Anderson (CO) 31-31⁄4.

Shot put (SQS 37-6): 1. ELENA MARCHAND (HI) 42-6; 2. SOPHIA FUSTOS (HI) 41-9; 3. Cailen Blaire (HI) 35-91⁄2; 4. Nikki Atkins (W) 35-7; 5. Courtney Barney (CT) 34-8; 6. Latajah Saunders (CT) 32-21⁄2; 7. Jordyn Willie (GC) 31-10; 8. Morgan Powers (F) 31-7.

Discus (SQS 118-0): 1. TORI MCKINLEY (HI) 132-10*; 2. CAILEN BLAIRE (HI) 127-0; 3. ELENA MARCHAND (HI) 124-6; 4. Fiona Mosley (ME) 101-5; 5. Emily Green (MC) 99-10; 6. Abby Gluvna (CO) 99-5; 7. Abby Fontanazza (OC) 97-5; 8. Jordyn Wyllie (GC) 93-3.

Javelin (SQS 122-0): 1. ABBY ROSE (FL) 126-5; 2. Abby Gluvna (CO) 109-9; 3. Marcadi McCoy (ME) 107-2; 4. Kaitlyn Newman (ME) 106-7; 5. D.J. Hahn (W) 103-7; 6. Kaitlynn Wynn (CO) 101-9; 7. Hope Wilterdink (HI) 99-0; 8. Larissa Cass (FL) 95-3.

*District record

CAPS to state meet.


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