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Pressel shines at NBC track meet

April 27, 2013
By Philip Cmor (pcmor@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

LOYSBURG - Zach Pressel knows it won't always be this way, but he's making the most of his time as a one-man show.

"It's kind of weird just being out there and they move the bar up right away," Pressel said. "I don't get any breaks."

Pressel, Northern Bedford County High School's two-time state place-winner, is out to a big start this track and field season, having already set a school record with a jump of 6 feet, 7 inches. He continued his tear on Friday night at Panther Community Stadium by breaking his own record by leaping 6-5 at the Northern Bedford Invitational.

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Bedford’s Carrie Baker wins the pole vault event at the Northern Bedford Invitational on Friday.

"It feels pretty good," Pressel said. "Sometimes when I'm least expecting it is when I jump the highest."

Pressel's Panthers, who also got a pair of wins in the jumps from Blake Over, finished second in the boys team race to Bedford. The Bisons, keyed by Cody DeMoss's win in the javelin, swept the throws.

Chestnut Ridge's Isaac Lankey also was a double winner, triumphing in both hurdles.

Northern Bedford's Maria Snyder was the only area girl to win more than one individual event, coming in first in both long distance runs. Meanwhile, Tussey Mountain's Morgan Lynn set a record in the 300-meter hurdles.

After two straight years of jumping 6 feet, 4 inches, Pressel bettered that and broke his own meet record - he did it each of the past two years - with a leap of 6-5. No one else jumped better than 6-0.

Of course, that wasn't that big a deal after he reached 6-7 in a recent meet against McConnellsburg.

"It felt amazing. I wasn't expecting to get that high right away. At that meet, I just felt amazing jumping. I feel pretty good about being consistent. I feel later in the season I'll be at 6-6 consistently," Pressel said. "I think I can beat the 6-7, because, when I jumped the 6-7, there were people saying I was at least 3 inches over the bar. I just got tired at that meet, because I came in at a lower height thinking I wasn't going to jump that high."

With some of the heights being reached in the region this spring, Pressel might need to beat his record.

"It does have me pushing myself more knowing that there'll be people jumping the same heights that I am," Pressel said. "It'll be good for me to have someone pushing me. It's just more reason to get the higher heights. It's more incentive."

DeMoss continued his big year with the javelin. The Bedford junior, already the champ at the Igloo Invitational, threw a season-long 169-5 to take the gold by almost 16 feet and setting a personal-record by 4 inches.

It's a big change from DeMoss's 2012.

"I think the season's going pretty good. Last year, I had quite a bad season. My arm was really hurting me. I threw it out. In the beginning of the year, I threw a 168," DeMoss said. "This year, I PR'ed by a foot and a half."

DeMoss learned from last year's disappointment. He has his sights set on Bedford's school record of 174-6 and scratched on a throw of 172 Friday.

"I really worked on my form all year round and just made sure I didn't go over what I needed to do in practice and peaked out what I needed to," DeMoss said. "I'll come into a meet like today and I'll go full out, but, at practice, I'll go until I'm tired and then I'll stop."

Top seed Josiah Koontz of Bedford was upset by teammate Jacob Wirick in the discus. Wirick bettered his seeded throw by nearly 7 feet, hurling the disc 141-6. Koontz took third, about 2 feet back.

Koontz, though, turned the tables on Wirick in the shot, where the latter was top-ranked. Koontz won the event with a 41-10, while Wirick finished fourth.

Bedford also received first-place points from freshmen Zane Baker and William Kachman in the 400 and 3200, respectively. Baker completed the circuit in 52.19 seconds, almost a full second ahead of Windber's second-place Devon Tomlinson. Kachman decreased his season-best time by nearly 10 seconds with a 10 minutes, 9.89 seconds.

Over, seeded sixth coming in, triple jumped 43-10 to beat Forest Hills' Joseph Donoughe for the gold in that event. Over then came back to make it two wins by taking first in the long jump with a leap of 19-10 to edge Ridge's Ben Pick by less than 2 inches.

Meanwhile, Lankey swept the boys hurdles despite not being seeded first in either event. In the 110, Lankey of Chestnut Ridge ran a 16.00 in the finals to win the event over Bedford's Dan Arnold, who edged Lankey for the fastest time in the trials. Lankey finished the 300 in a season-best 42.00, a second before Hancock's Jordan Keefer.

Tussey Mountain junior Tyler Runk prevailed in the pole vault with a height of 12-5. Bedford's Cody Bottenfield was second at 11-6.

Lynn set a record in the 300 hurdles by registering a time of 48.41. Northern Bedford's Taylor Crawford set the previous record of 48.74 in 2009. Bishop Carroll's Carrie D'Andrea was second to Lynn at 48.87.

Lynn's mother made her aware of the record before the meet, and she was confident she could break it because she'd already run a faster time this season. Still, actually achieving it was a big deal for the Lady Titan junior, who has been running hurdles since elementary school.

"It feels really good. It makes you feel accomplished," said Lynn, who also helped Tussey win the 1600 relay. "It kind of gave me something to shoot for. I just try to sprint the entire thing and not stutter, because that really slows you down."

Snyder didn't set any records, but she did continue her mastery of the mile and two-mile runs. After winning the 1600 in a time of 5:31.20, Snyder and Forest Hills' Kacie Erb ran together for more than six laps of the 3200 before NB's multi-time PIAA medalist used her strong finishing kick to pull away.

Snyder finished in 11:51.38.

"They all were just kind of 'work through it and push.' I think it was more just mentally staying in it. I ran good Wednesday at [the Tri-State Invitational] at Hancock. Today, I just couldn't kick on the four-by-eight. The mile was OK, but we're just working on everything," Snyder said. "I think the speed will come."

Bedford's Carrie Baker didn't come close to her 10-6 seeded height, but the 9-3 she cleared still was good enough to win the pole vault by 4 inches. Kaitlyn Lippencott, Baker's sophomore teammate, also justified her top seed in winning the shot put with a toss of 32-11 - she also was second in the triple jump and third in the discus.

Chestnut Ridge freshman Leah Wertz ended up first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:33.83. Wertz finished second but Forest Hills' Chelsea Chizmar was disqualified for her attempt to block Wertz down the stretch and went out of her lane.

Tussey also received first-place points from Carlee Bussard in the discus. She threw 92-7.

Crawford had multiple meet marks fall. Her standard in the 100 hurdles was broken by Windber's Jenna Bracken, who crossed the finish in 15.33. Forest Hills' Marlee Zubek broke the meet record in the javelin, throwing 126-6. The previous mark was 124-6.

Forest Hills' Brooke Smay won multiple events, placing first in the 100 meters, the long jump and the triple jump.

On the boys side, Windber's 3200 relay of Jacob Podrasky, Jacob Polca, Austin Leonardis and Dan Tomlinson ran an 8:18.25 to break the meet record by 15 seconds.

BOYS

KEY, TEAM SCORING: 1, Bed-Bedford, 129; 2, NB-Northern Bedford, 86 1/2; 3, CR-Chestnut Ridge, 68; 4, W-Windber, 52 1/2; 5, S-Shade, 50; 6, BW-Bishop Walsh, 40; 7, TM-Tussey Mountain, 32; 8, FH-Forest Hills, 26; 9, H-Hancock, Md., 19; 10, E-Everett, 13; 11 (tie), BB-Berlin Brothersvalley and PO-Philipsburg-Osceola, 12; 13, CS-Clear Spring, Md., 11; 14, BC-Bishop Carroll, 5; 15, CT-Conemaugh Township, 2.

100 dash: 1, McGraw, BW, 11.33; 2, Sipes, TM, 11.42; 3, Lohr, CR, 11.52; 4, Shutty, BC, 11.63; 5, Reynolds, S, 11.67; 6, Scheaffer, E, 11.79.

200 dash: 1, McGraw, 23.06; 2, Sipes, TM, 23.25; 3, Lohr, CR, 23.25; 4, DiFlauro, FH, 23.90; 5, Barnes, NB, 23.94; 6, Karlheim, BC, 24.08.

400 dash: 1, Baker, Bed, 52.19; 2, De. Tomlinson, W, 52.97; 3, Barnes, NB, 54.12; 4, Barton, E, 55.08; 5, Ebersole, NB, 55.19; 6, Webster, PO, 55.65.

800 run: 1, De. Tomlinson, W, 2:04.86; 2, Stroup, Bed, 2:05.48; 3, Eason, PO, 2:05.83; 4, Kendall, Bed, 2:09.83; 5, Miller, BB, 2:11.62; 6, Dimond, FH, 2:12.60.

1600 run: 1, Wilt, S, 4:35.21; 2, Sherlock, NB, 4:36.74; 3, Kachman, Bed, 4:44.63; 4, Farnan, CR, 4:45.66; 5, Burkholder, E, 4:49.84; 6, Heck, NB, 4:50.11.

3200 run: 1, Kachman, Bed, 10:09.89; 2, Heck, NB, 10:16.88; 3, Farnan, CR, 10:26.07; 4, Sherlock, NB, 10:32.27; 5, Burkholder, E, 10:34.91; 6, Karns, Bed, 10:45.73.

110 hurdles: 1, Lankey, CR, 16.00; 2, Snedden, FH, 16.03; 3, Neri, W, 16.20; 4, Arnold, Bed, 16.30; 5, Over, NB, 16.33; 6, Piner, FH, 17.11.

300 hurdles: 1, Lankey, 42.00; 2, Keefer, H, 43.00; 3, Arnold. Bed, 43.66; 4, Piner, FH, 44.74; 5, Sipes, E, 44.76; 6, Crawford, NB, 44.82.

400 relay: 1, Shade (Medva, Wilt, Reynolds, Orner), 45.35; 2, Bedford, 45.83; 3, Bishop Walsh, 46.49; 4, Hancock, 47.02; 5, Everett, 47.19; 6, Windber, 47.42.

1600 relay: 1, Shade (Blackburn, Wilt, Orner, Reynolds), 3:32.88; 2, Bedford, 3:33.83; 3, Windber, 3:34.83; 4, Philipsburg-Osceola, 3:44.29; 5, Clear Spring, 3:52.29; 6, Northern Bedford, 3:54.50.

3200 relay: 1, Windber (Podrasky, Polca, Leonardis, Da. Tomlinson), 8:18.25 (meet record); 2, Bedford, 8:29.71; 3, Northern Bedford, 8:37.30; 4, Chestnut Ridge, 9:12.37; 5, Shade, 9:34.59; 6, Clear Spring, 10:00.82.

High jump: 1, Z. Pressel, NB, 6-5 (meet record); 2, Schultz, CS, 6-0; 3, Pick, CR, 6-0; 4, Stroup, Bed, 5-10; 5 (tie), Baker, NB, and Stenger, W, 5-8;

Long jump: 1, Over, NB, 19-10; 2, Pick, CR, 19-8 1/4; 3, Sipes, TM, 19-4 1/4; 4, T. Pressel, NB, 19-2 1/2; 5, Blough, W, 19-2; 6, Faith, H, 19-0.

Triple jump: 1, Over, NB, 43-10; 2, Donoughe, FH, 43-6; 3, Faith, H, 42-7 1/2; 4, T. Pressel, NB, 42-3 1/4; 5, Lankey, CR, 42-3; 6, Miksich, CR, 41-7 3/4.

Shot put: 1, Koontz, Bed, 41-10 1/4; 2, Marghella, S, 41-7 1/2; 3, Deb, BW, 40-10 3/4;4, Wirick, Bed, 40-7; 5, Albright, CR, 39-10 1/4; 6, Edwards, S, 39-7 1/2.

Discus: 1, Wirick, Bed, 141-6; 2, Deb, BW, 140-1; 3, Koontz, Bed, 139-5; 4, Fleegle, S, 113-10; 5, Edwards, S, 113-4; 6, Dibert, CR, 112-1.

Javelin: 1, DeMoss, Bed, 169-5; 2, Neff, W, 153-7; 3, Oswalt, NB, 146-2; 4, Boyer, BB, 141-2; 5, Schoenberger, CR, 135-7; 6, Day, PO, 131-10.

Pole vault: 1, Runk, TM, 12-5 1/2; 2, Bottenfield, Bed, 11-6; 3, Clark, BB, 11-0; 4, Clapper, Bed, 11-0; 5, Cahill, CT, 10-6; 6, Yuko, S, 10-6.

GIRLS

KEY, TEAM SCORING: 1, FH-Forest Hills, 144.3; 2, 2, NB-Northern Bedford, 64; 3, Bed-Bedford, 61.3; 4 (tie), TM-Tussey Mountain and W-Windber, 58; 6, BB-Berlin Brothersvalley, 54; 7, CR-Chestnut Ridge, 38; 8 (tie), BC-Bishop Carroll and H--Hancock, Md., 20; 10, E-Everett, 18.3; 11, PO-Philipsburg-Osceola, 13; 12, S-Shade, 5; 13, CT-Conemaugh Township, 3; 14, CK-Claysburg-Kimmel, 1.

100 dash: 1, Smay, 13.20; 2, Schrift, FH, 13.29; 3, Hittie, BB, 13.50; 4, D'Andrea, BC, 13.56; 5, Pittman, E, 13.62; 6, Ickes, CK, 14.11.

200 dash: 1, Schrift, FH, 26.97; 2, Hershberger, NB, 27.49; 3, Corson, FH, 27.80; 4, Folk, TM, 27.92; 5, Bracken, W, 27.93; 6, Pittman, E, 28.02.

400 dash: 1, Trulick, BB, 1:02.01; 2, Coffman, TM, 1:02.38; 3, Folk, TM, 1:02.70; 4, Charney, W, 1:03.79; 5, Hershberger, NB, 1:04.66; 6, Oleskey, CT, 1:05.99.

800 run: 1, Wertz, CR, 2:33.83; 2, Mann, H, 2:37.05; 3, Weaver, W, 2:39.14; 4, Bottenfield, NB, 2:39.56; 5, Diehl, Bed, 2:40.83; 6, Rok, FH, 2:44.76.

1600 run: 1, Snyder, NB, 5:31.20; 2, Fierro, Bed, 5:51.03; 3, Leidy, NB, 5:59.62; 4, Bischof, CR, 6:01.02; 5, Hutton, PO, 6:05.09; 6, Kalp, BB, 6:11.31.

3200 run: 1, Snyder, NB, 11:51.48; 2, Erb, FH, 11:55.88; 3, Bischof, CR, 12:56.56; 4, Tokarsky, W, 12:56.57; 5, Hutton, PO, 13:02.25; 6, Grimes, Bed, 13:27.25.

100 hurdles: 1, Bracken, W, 15.33 (meet record); 2, Hittie, BB, 16.04; 3, Novotny, FH, 16.72; 4, McMullen, W, 17.08; 5, Yuhas, FH, 17.14; 6, Weyant, CR, 17.23.

300 hurdles: 1, Lynn, TM, 48.41 (meet record); 2, D'Andrea, BC, 48.87; 3, Kline, FH, 48.93; 4, Childers, H, 49.53; 5, Novotny, FH, 50.60; 6, Weyant, CR, 51.73.

400 relay: 1, Forest Hills (Dively, Pisarczyk, Smay, Walls), 52.18; 2, Bishop Carroll, 53.76; 3, Bedford, 53.90; 4, Northern Bedford, 53.92; 5, Berlin Brothersvalley, 54.66; 6, Chestnut Ridge, 55.74.

1600 relay: 1, Tussey Mountain (Coffman, Folk, Lynn, Rupert), 4:17.20; 2, Forest Hills, 4:18.91; 3, Northern Bedford, 4:27.84; 5, Bedford, 4:33.27; 6, Chestnut Ridge, 4:39.38.

3200 relay: 1, Forest Hills (Kostan, Erb, Chizmar, Smith), 10:12.79; 2, Bedford, 10:17.58; 3, Northern Bedford, 10:19.56; 4, Windber, 10:22.24; 5, Tussey Mountain, 11:05.75; 6, Philipsburg-Osceola, 11:35.61

High jump: 1, Charney, W, 4-11; 2, Mabey, H, 4-11; 3, Dunn, BB, 4-11; 4, Cottle, NB, 4-9; 5, Beahr, W, 4-7; 6 (tie), Clark, E, Kline, FH, and Rogish, Bed, 4-7.

Long jump: 1, Smay, FH, 16-3 1/2; 2, Beegle, E, 15-9 3/4; 3, Smith, FH, 15-5 1/2; 4, Hershberger, NB, 15-5 1/4; 5, Lippencott, Bed, 15-0 1/4; 6, Bracken, W, 14-11 1/4.

Triple jump: 1, Smay, FH, 35-6 1/2; 2, Lippencott, Bed, 33-9 1/2; 3, Bracken, W, 33-9 1/4; 4, Smith, FH, 32-7; 5, Will, BB, 31-10; 6, Beegle, E, 31-1.

Shot put: 1, Lippencott, Bed, 32-11; 2, Bussard, TM, 32-5; 3, Finnegan, CR, 31-3; 4, Coughenour, BB, 29-11; 5, Craig, BB, 29-9; 6, Swanson, FH, 29-4.

Discus: 1, Bussard, TM, 92-7; 2, Long, FH, 86-7; 3, Barkman, E, 86-1; 4, Lippencott, Bed, 85-9; 5, Zubek, FH, 85-5; 6, Coughenour, BB, 85-5.

Javelin: 1, Zubek, FH, 126-6 (meet record); 2, Bertothy, PO, 111-8; 3, Craig, BB, 111-7; 4, Berkebile, S, 101-8; 5, Philip, BB, 94-3; 6, Denner, S, 91-7.

Pole vault: 1, Baker, Bed, 9-3; 2, Kostryk, CR, 8-9; 3, Boyd, FH, 8-3; 4, Connor, BB, 7-9; 5, Ardary, CT, 7-9; 6, Heinrich, W, 7-9.

 
 

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