Spring sprang Thursday at Hornet Stadium, Hermitage.
With weather, for once, cooperating with mid-80’s temperatures, area athletes responded in their final tune-up for next week’s District 10 Championships. Though no team totals were tallied, the record book was taxed.
Lewis put the shot 65-6 1/4, eclipsing last year’s standard set by former Wilmington strongman Jon Yohman (61-2 1/4); Pearson produced a prodigious 22-4èlong jump to outdistance the previous mark (West Middlesex’s Jeremy Jancso, 22-3è in 2012), and Slippery Rock’s Emily Campbell copped a discus throw of 148-3 to better the 2012 record set by former Hickory state placewinner Taylor Woods (146-2).
Also, Hickory Lady Hornets’ sprint-relay team, anchored by sensational frosh Heather Grober, shaved tenths of a second off Wilmington’s ’06 standard (50.56) by turning in a 50.31 clocking. Grober’s mates included Nikki Arbanas, Lauren Bell and Victoria Russo.
Grober garnered individual wins in the 100-meter dash (12.95) and intermediate hurdles (45.26).
The meet ended too late for full results.
Notes: The annual D-10 Class AAA Championships are set for May 14, with the AA event slated for May 17, both hosted by Harbor Creek High. Hickory and Grove City girls’ and Grove City, Slippery Rock and George Junior Republic boys’ teams are Mercer County-area’s lone AAA entrants; the remainder of the county contingent competes in AA. ... Veteran Coach J.R. McFarland noted that this is the 50th anniversary season of the sport of track & field at Wilmington High. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
TRACK & FIELD
Mercer County Invitational
Key: Commodore Perry (CP), Farrell (F), George Junior Republic (GJR), Greenville (G), Grove City (GC), Hickory (H), Kennedy Catholic (KC), Lakeview (L), Mercer (M), Reynolds (R), Sharon (Sh), Sharpsville (Sv), Slippery Rock (SR), West Middlesex (WM), Wilmington (W).
3200 relay — 1. Wilmington (Allison Baldwin, Hannah Winters, Rikki Brumbaugh, Hannah Drake) 10:03.99; 2. Grove City (Catie and Mary Jaskowak, Olivia Lowe, Mikayla Wimer) 10:09.44; 3. Hickory (Jessica Garcia-Ramirez, Lexi Bible, Evita Scoccia, Haley Boyd) 10:39.71; 4. West Middlesex 10:51.54; 5. Commodore Perry 11:27.09; 6. Lakeview 12:14.66.
100 hurdles — 1. Aster Chmielewski (SR) 15.26; 2. Megan McKinney (M) 15.97; 3. Molly Joyce (SR) 16.02; 4. Bradi Osborne (G) 16.07; 5. Madi Bell (H) 16.50; 6. Braleigh Knierman (G) 16.96; 7. Brady Dalton (SR) 17.01; 8. Tia Ray (L) 17.27.
100 — 1. Heather Grober (H) 12.95; 2. Selena Thomas (F), 13.07; 3. Taylor Reed (L) 13.24; 4. Courtney Young (M) 13.29; 5. Shaleea King (F) 13.29; 6. Nikki Arbanas (H) 13.40; 7. Marla Holland (L) 13.49; 8. Alexa Stanton (M) 13.52.
1600 — 1. Bible 5:21.81; 2. Jordan Williams (Sh) 5:23.98; 3. M.Jaskowak 5:34.92; 4. Kristen White (WM) 5:37.83; 5. Boyd 5:41.38; 6. C.Jaskowak (GC) 5:42.94; 7. Shae Grinnell (CP) 5:50.16; 8. Maddie Thrasher (G) 6:03.12.
400 — 1. Madison Przicina (Sv) 59.0; 2. Alyson Pierce (WM) 1:02.26; 3. Andrea McConnell (L) 1:04.06; 4. Winters 1:04.78; 5. Lowe 1:04.86; 6. Tiaja Thompson (Sh) 1:05.; 7. Izzy Schell (Sv) 1:05.82; 8. Melanie Wizorek (GC) 1:05.91.
400 relay — 1. Hickory (Arbanas, Lauren Bell, Victoria Russo, Grober) 50.31*; 2. Mercer (Nicole Young, McKinney, Stanton, C.Young) 50.65; 3. Farrell (Makiyah Garner, King, Jarissa Sharper, Thomas) 50:88; 4. Lakeview 50.89; 5. Slippery Rock 52.49; 6. Wilmington 52.55; 7. Grove City 54.41; 8. Sharpsville 55.55.
300 hurdles — 1. Grober 45.26; 2. McKinney 45.65; 3. Joyce 47.78; 4. N.Young 48.44; 5. Osborne 49.79; 6. Jaykayla Samuels (F) 50.7; 7. Elizabeth Ferrante (W) 51.15; 8. Ray 51.25.
Discus — 1. Emily Campbell (SR) 148-3*; 2. Julie Falvo (W) 129-8; 3. Molly Montalvo (G) 128-3; 4. Elena Marchand (H) 126-5; 5. Cailen Blaire (H) 118-7; 6. Rachael Toy (R) 109-9; 7. Sophia Fustos (H) 106-7; 8. Jordyn Wyllie (GC) 95-7.
Long jump — 1. Drake 16-4; 2. McKenzie Fagan (GC) 16-1è; 3. Liz Aque (GC) 15-3 3/4; 4. Mindy Brown (M) 15-3; 5. Dalton 15-3; 6. L.Bell 15-3; 7. Katie Gustas (H) 15-2; 8. Samuels 14-8è.
High jump — 1. Fagan 5-4; 2. Tessa Sikora (W) 5-0; 3. Laura Mertz (L) 4-8; 4. Ally Hahn (W) 4-8; 5. Olivia Barner (H) 4-8; 6. Grethen Elsey (WM) 4-8; 7. Gustas 4-8; 8. (tie) Hannah Patton (L), Kierra Kruisselbrink (Sv) 4-6.
3200 relay — 1. Slippery Rock (Mark Cessar, Will Henry, Josh Jones, Brady Kadlubek) 8:22.50; 2. Lakeview (Dalton Richael, Blake Reddick, Trevor Williams, Connor Stankovich) 8:31.94; 3. Greenville (Christian McElhaney, Dylan Foley, Gage Gladysz, Stephen Herrick) 8:32.42; 4. Grove City 8:45.24; 5. George Junior Republic 8:56.92; Commodore Perry 8:59.24; 7. Hickory 9:14.05; 8. Sharon 9:32.10.
110 hurdles — 1. Bobby Marzano (H) 16.53; 2. Chase Moretti (H) 16.96; 3. Colson Atwell (L) 16.98; 4. Anuedi Moldonado (GJR) 17.0; 5. Justin Peidle (H) 17.04; 6. Robbie Stringer (L) 17.29; 7. Sean Britton (CP) 17.36; 8. Stefan Pontius (W) 17.41.
100 — 1. Carnell Hawkins (Sh) 11.31; 2. DeQuan Lewis (H) 11.58; 3. Hunter Hause (G) 11.64; 4. Matt Voytik (H) 11.64; 5. Luke Houpt (G) 11.68; 6. Shukiem Murray (GJR) 11.84; 7. Marquail Freeman (F) 11.92; 8. Dewayne Burns (F) 11.98.
1600 — 1. Jones 4:31.09; 2. Ryan Budnik (GC) 4:33.79; 3. Aaron Benka (GC) 4:47.66; 4. Isaac Williams (WM) 4:49.25; 5. Kyle Tumpak (G) 4:49.54; 6. Bradley Calleja (Sv) 4:50.96; 7. John Paul Depew (GC) 4:52.08; 8. Caleb Bickel (G) 4:53.89.
400 — 1. Shane Kirkwood (SR) 50.32; 2. Tyler Confer (Sv) 50.96; 3. Abraham Johnson (GJR) 51.95; 4. Qayshawn Oliver (GJR) 52.82; 5. Steven Biddle (GC) 53.84; 6. Craig Trumball (G) 53.85; 7. Brandon Slicker (W) 54.15; 8. Stringer 54.56.
400 relay — 1. Greenville (Jacob Rickert, Trey VanAken, Hause, Houpt) 44.65; 2. Hickory (Dozie Ezi-Ashi, Lewis, Moretti, Voytik) 44.83; 3. Lakeview (Stankovich, Austin Rice, Reddick, Zach VanDusen) 44.93; 4. Farrell 46.04; 5. Wilmington 46.26; 6. West Middlesex 46.33; 7. Reynolds 46.34; 8. George Junior Republic 47.07.
300 hurdles — 1. Pontius 40.98; 2. Devin Sulick (G) 41.70; 3. Marzano 42.38; 4. Chase Hoffman M) 43.28; 5. Moretti 43.51; 6. Nate Popejoy (SR) 43.55; 7. Luke Hemminger (WM) 43.97; 8. Atwell 44.26.
Shot put — 1. Luke Lewis (H) 65-6 1/4*; 2. Austin Aikins (H) 52-5 1/4; 3. Evan Blaire (H) 46-4 1/4; 4. Warren Marlowe (GC) 45-10 1/4; 5. Randall Peabody (G) 45-1; 6. Derrick Carter (F) 43-6è; 7. Brant Miller (G) 43-1; 8. Marquis Spence (L) 42-9.
Javelin — 1. Ian Behm (W) 156-2è; 2. Matt Sterling (L) 151-9è; 3. Brandon Fagan (GC) 150-0; 4. Cody Ingersheim (G) 146-5; 5. Warren Marlowe (GC) 144-4; 6. Justin Reed (Sh) 142-0è; 7. Brandon Rice (L) 140-9è; 8. Nenad Repaja (Sh) 138-6.
Long jump — 1. Ronald Pearson (GJR) 22-4è*; 2. VanDusen 21-3 3/4; 3. David Perrine (W) 21-3; 4. Dylan McDanel (R) 20-0è; 5. Oliver 19-11è; 6. Ingersheim 19-7è; 7. Chandler Tyillian (WM) 19-6è; 8. Kyle Slicker (W) 19-5è.
Pole vault — 1. Chet Simoni (GC) 12-6; 2. Elijah Dangrow (G) 12-0; 3. Eric Lucich (WM) 12-0; 4. Luke Leonard (M) 12-0; 5. (tie) Tyler Gongloff (R), Wyatt Grimm (GC) 12-0; 7. Isaac Brown (SR) 11-6; 8. Dalton Meals (GC) 11-6.
Spring sprang Thursday at Hornet Stadium, Hermitage.
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