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Petney captures 100-meter dash title

May 16, 2012
By Michael Boytim, mboytim@altoonamirror.com , The Altoona Mirror

For many area high school track and field athletes, the District 6 championship meet is their chance to fulfill a lifetime dream.

Penn Cambria's Carly Petney lived a dream Tuesday during the Class AA girls championship at Mansion Park by winning the 100-meter dash title, but it wasn't one she had dreamt of for long.

That's because only a few weeks ago, Petney wasn't even running the dash. In fact, she'd never run it before in her life.

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Penn Cambria’s Carly Petney won the 100-meter dash, despite having little experience in the event coming into the meet.

The junior sprinter was an unknown hurdler for the Panthers earlier in the season.

"My doctor told me my stride is too little, and I was always hitting my ankles [on the hurdles]," Petney said. "Last year, I was running an 18.5 in the hurdles, and I didn't get anywhere close to that this year."

After several falls in the hurdles, Petney's coaches decided to have her try the dash. At first, she looked like anything but a district champion.

"I've never been anything in track at all. Last year was my first year, and I have come so far," Petney said. "I would have been like, 'no way' if someone told me I'd be a district champion in the 100 [5 weeks ago].

"I had a 13.3 the first time I ever ran it, and it's just been going down tenths of a second each race."

Tuesday Petney looked like a grizzled veteran, beating Westmont Hilltop's Abby Bealonis (13.09) and Tyrone's Jordyn Swogger (13.11), with a time of 12.92 seconds to win her first District 6 title.

Petney wasn't the only local district champion from a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference school.

Central Cambria's Alyssa Brandis won the 3200-meter run and was part of the 3200 relay title team. Fellow Lady Red Devil Taylor King-Brothers captured the 400-meter dash, though even she wasn't sure she held off Huntingdon's hard-charging Rachel Fleming at the finish.

"I just tried to move my arms and push through the finish," King-Brothers said. "I gave it my all the first-half lap, and I didn't know if I'd have enough left. I was surprised [to win], because I thought [Fleming] had me in the end."

King-Brothers won the event with a time of 1:01.21, while Fleming qualified for states with a second-place finish of 1:01.28.

Brandis opted not to run in the 1600-meter run, won by Homer-Center's Angel Piccirillo in record time, despite being the No. 2 seed coming into districts. The strategy paid off as she dominated the 3200 field.

Brandis' time was 11:23.09. Second-place finisher Hannah Fulton, of Marion Center, finished in 11:49.21.

"It takes a lot of work to do what she did," Central Cambria coach Randy Wilson said. "You have to stay focused for eight laps. You have to grind it out. Usually, if you do something that long, you might daydream. She can't. Every step, she needs to stay focused.

"She also had a personal record in the 800 in our relay. To come back and do what she did in the 3200 is impressive."

Central Cambria's win in the 3200-meter relay was impressive considering the Lady Red Devils had lost to Forest Hills in a dual meet, a meet at Bedford and the Laurel Highlands meet last week.

Led by Brandis, who started the relay and gave CC a big lead, the Lady Devils defeated the Lady Rangers, 9:46.03 to 9:56.23. Jordan Hayward, Katie Bracken and Sam Elkin were the other members of Central Cambria's championship team.

"It feels really good to come out on top of Forest Hills," Brandis said. "It's quite an accomplishment. We're really excited, because they beat us at the Laurel Highlands meet, so it feels really good to come here and beat them."

The area's two other state qualifiers both came from the same contest.

Bishop Carroll scored in only one event, but Carrie D'Andrea made it count. The freshman put up an impressive time of 46.89 in the 300-meter hurdles and finished second.

Richland's Paige Lumley won the event and broke Bellwood-Antis' Misty Meredith's record that had stood since 1999 with a time of 45.65. Lumley also won the 100 hurdles and set another meet record in the triple jump.

"It really felt good," D'Andrea said. "I was trying hard to beat the top seed. It means a lot to make the state competition as a freshman. My friends really pushed me, and I have great coaches."

Northern Cambria's Liz Cunningham finished third but also qualified for state competition with a qualifier time of 47.21.

Cunningham was the top seed in the 400-meter dash but finished third and did not qualify for states in that event.

Meet notes: Altoona cross country coach Lee Stanek handed out awards for the Blair County Outstanding Performers of the Year during the 6 p.m. break. The winners on the girls side included: Chelsea Krepps, Bellwood-Antis; Kate Meck, Bishop Guilfoyle; Jenny Oakes, Central; Brittany Friday, Tyrone and Naomi Brooks, Williamsburg. Piccirillo broke two meet records in the 1600 run (4:48.28) and the 800 run (2:12.48). Both of the records had already belonged to the Homer-Center senior. ... Forest Hills cruised to the team title, topping second-place finisher and state qualifer Westmont Hilltop, 109-65. Central Cambria was the highest-finishing local squad, taking fifth with 49 points.

CLASS AA GIRLS

KEY, TEAM SCORING: 1, FH-Forest Hills, 109; 2, WH-Westmont Hilltop, 65; 3, PM-Penns Manor, 58.50; 4, R-Richland, 58; 5, CC-Central Cambria, 49; 6, U-United, 48; 7, HC-Homer-Center, 46; 8, PV-Penns Valley, 43; 9, JN-Juniata, 27.50; 10, HD-Huntingdon, 26; 11, BA-Bellwood-Antis, 22; T-12, PC-Penn Cambria, 19; T-12, MC-Marion Center, 19; 14, T-Tyrone, 14; 15, BM-Bishop McCort, 13; T-16, PO-Philipsburg-Osceola, 12; T-16, NC-Northern Cambria, 12; 18, LV-Ligonier Valley, 11; 19, BEA-Bald Eagle Area, 9; T-20, BC-Bishop Carroll, 8; T-20, MU-Mount Union, 8; 22, PT-Portage, 5; 23, JV-Juniata Valley, 4; T-25, BG-Bishop Guilfoyle, 3; T-25, BV-Blacklick Valley, 3; T-27, SH-Southern Huntingdon, 2; T-27, PL-Purchase Line, 2; 29, WB-West Branch, 1.

100 dash: 1, Petney, PC, 12.92; 2, Bealonis, WH, 13.09; 3, Swogger, T, 13.11; 4, Davis, WH, 13.14; 5, Schrift, FH, 13.15; 6, Bence, PM, 13.35; 7, Corson, FH, 13.36; 8, Saulen, MU, 13.37.

200 dash: 1, Schrift, FH, 26.58; 2, Bealonis, WH, 26.69; 3, Bence, PM, 27.00; 4, Swogger, T, 27.03; 5, Davis, WH, 27.29; 6, Hunt, CC, 27.73; 7, Corson, FH, 28.03; 8, Saulen, MU, 28.88.

400 dash: 1, King-Brothers, CC, 1:01.21; 2, Fleming, HD, 1:01.28; 3, Cunningham, NC, 1:01.80; 4, Helsel, BM, 1:02.03; 5, Kostan, FH, 1:02.36; 6, Maestri, BM, 1:02.94; 7, Chobany, PT, 1:03.20; 8, Diehl, T, 1:03.35.

800 run: 1, Piccirillo, HC, 2:12.48 (new meet record); 2, Gallaher, FH, 2:21.36; 3, Crook, BA, 2:27.36; 4, Koran, SB, 2:29.07; 5, Mattis, PM, 2:31.23; 6, Yoder, PV, 2:31.86; 7, Clauto, PC, 2:32.13; 8, Hilliard, PL, 2:32.34.

1600 run: 1, Piccirillo, HC, 4:48.28 (new meet record); 2, Yoder, PV, 5:25.55; 3, Glennon, WH, 5:28.06; 4, Simendinger, PC, 5:34.51; 5, Hayward, CC, 5:34.59; 6, Dorian, WH, 5:40.77; 7, Limbaugh, PV, 5:41.96; 8, Hilliard, PL, 5:44.52.

3200 run: 1, Brandis, CC, 11:23.09; 2, Fulton, MC, 11:49.21; 3, Fether, U, 12:05.75; 4, Limbaugh, PV, 12:09.83; 5, Glennon, WH, 12:28.54; 6, Erb, FH, 12:36.10; 7, Simendinger, PC, 12:44.98; 8, Federinko, PV, 12:57.11.

100 hurdles: 1, Lumley, R, 15.03; 2, Warshel, R, 16.44; 3, Niovich, FH, 16.86; 4, O'Reilly, BM, 16.93; 5, Novotny, FH, 17.21; 6, Czar, PO, 17.40; 7, Rievel, WH, 17.44; 8, Pudliner, U, 18.22.

300 hurdles: 1, Lumley, R, 45.65 (new meet record); 2, D'Andrea, BC, 46.89; n-3, Cunningham, NC, 47.21; 4, Rievel, WH, 48.86; 5, Diflauro, FH, 48.84; 6, Roberts, BV, 50.67; 7, Pudliner, U, 51.01; 8, Hagens, CC, 51.29.

400 relay: 1, Westmont Hilltop (Davis, Bealonis, Rievel, Sheehan), 50.88; 2, Forest Hills (Bard, Smay, Schrift, Gould), 50.97; 3, Richland, 51.07; 4, Penns Valley, 52.51; 5, Penns Manor, 52.87; 6, Bellwood-Antis, 53.21; 7, Tyrone, 53.37; 8, Huntingdon, 53.77.

1600 relay: 1, Forest Hills (Bard, Diflauro, Gallaher, Kostan), 4:04.46; 2, Homer-Center (Piccirillo, Rossi, McLaughlin, Rura), 4:04.61; 3, Central Cambria, 4:13.03; 4, Richland, 4:13.08; 5, Bellwood-Antis, 4:17.63; 6, Ligonier Valley 4:19.65; 7, Penns Valley, 4:19.67; 8, Juniata, 4:20.40.

3200 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Brandis, Hayward, Bracken, Elkin), 9:46.03; 2, Forest Hills (Chizmar, Erb, Gallaher, Kostan), 9:56.23; 3, Homer-Center, 10:16.74; 4, Penns Manor, 10:27.82; 5, United, 10:29.82; 6, Marion Center, 10:42.85; 7, Philipsburg-Osceola, 10:44.87; 8, West Branch, 10:51.67.

High jump: 1, Beyer, FH, 5-2; 2, Gover, PV, 5-2; 3, Deitle, FH, 5-0; T-4, Brown, JN, 5-0; T-4, Knezovich, PM, 5-0; 6, Meck, BG, 5-0; 7, Martin, BA, 4-10; 8, Hammon, MU, 4-8.

Long jump: 1, Smay, FH, 17-3; 2, Knezovich, PM, 16-10; 3, Sellers, HD, 16-5; 4, King-Brothers, CC, 16-3; 5, Kyper, JV, 16-1; 6, Hughes, PO, 16-; 7, Slawson, U, 16-0; 8, Brown, JN, 15-9.

Triple jump: 1, Lumley, R, 40-2 (new meet record); 2, Knezovich, PM, 37-7 ; n-3, Smay, FH, 36-4; n-4, Gover, PV, 35-9; 5, Czar, PO, 35-2; 6, Brown, JN, 34-6; 7, Warshel, R, 33-11; 8, Smith, FH, 33-11.

Shot put: 1, Galasso, HC, 35-8; 2, McGaha, U, 35-7; 3, Skedel, U, 33-11; 4, White, MU, 33-; 5, Ruddock, MC, 32-3; 6, Emel, PV, 31-10; 7, Garner, HD, 31-5; 8, Krepps, BA, 30-6.

Discus: 1, Williams, JN, 118-8; 2, Hower, JN, 114-8; 3, Pecora, R, 108-4; 4, Skedel, U, 106-0; 5, Misner, PM, 104-7; 6, Roth, HD, 101-9; 7, Galasso, HC, 101-5; 8, Emel, PV, 100-1.

Javelin: 1, Misner, PM, 125-2; 2, Skedel, U, 121-8; 3, Fletcher, U, 114-9; 4, Flick, BEA, 114-7; 5, Ruddock, MC, 113-9; 6, Zubek, FH, 111-4; 7, Walker, SH, 110-1; 8, Krepps, BA, 106-6; 8.

Pole Vault: 1, Connors, WH, 10-0; 2, Spitzer, LV, 10-0; 3, Cunningham, H, 10-0; 4, Mercer, BA, 9-6; 5, Kachik, BEA, 9-0; 6, Kusisck, P, 9-0; 7, Bratton, PM, 9-0; 8, Feather, R, 9-0.

n-advanced to state meet by achieving qualifying standard.

 
 

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