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Central’s Helsel making mark as a sprinter

May 8, 2014
By Philip Cmor (pcmor@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

WINGATE - Central sophomore Justin Helsel didn't run track last year.

After sprinting in eighth grade, he decided to put his focus elsewhere as a freshman.

"I took my ninth grade year off to lift for football," Helsel said. "But now I'm back."

Both literally and figuratively. Helsel won the 200-meter dash and ran the best 100-meter time in the preliminaries before finishing second in that event as he tuned up for next week's District 6 Class AA meet with a strong showing at the Mountain League Track and Field Championships on Wednesday at Bald Eagle Area's Alumni Stadium.

Only one area performer won more than one individual event: Huntingdon's Kobren Frederick reigned in the boys high jump and triple jump.

Tyrone's Jordan Swogger and Erika Voyzey shined the brightest among the area girls, each dominating one individual event and being part of the Lady Eagles' first-place showings in the 400 and 1600 relays.

Helsel has run an 11.1 in the 100 and a 23.1 in the 200 earlier this season, making him second guess his decision not to run last year.

"I started running track to make me better for football," Helsel said. "Now it's one of my main sports because I'm succeeding. I like winning."

After Tyrone's James Oliver denied Helsel victory in the 100 dash, Helsel rebounded to win the 200 with a time of 23.45 seconds. Tyrone's Cameron Bakhsheshe took second, 18-hundredths of a second behind.

"My hundred was OK. I think if I had a better start I could have caught Oliver. If it was a little bit longer race, I would have caught him. In the 200, I felt confident going into the finals. I felt that my last hundred wasn't as strong as it could be. I felt that I could do better," Helsel, who has turned in a top time of 23.1 in the 200 earlier in the season said. "I think I'll perform better on Tuesday [at districts]."

Oliver posted the second-best time in the 100 preliminaries, but won the finals with an 11.22, while Helsel finished in 11.39.

Helsel also was third in the triple jump with a distance of 39-10 1/4. The 6-foot-6 Frederick was the top seed in both the high jump and triple jump and won both. In the high jump, he did it by clearing 6 feet. Then he triple jumped 41 feet, 9 inches.

Frederick, though, wasn't all that happy with his numbers.

"The only one I felt good on is the high jump, because I'm consistently easily getting 6 feet," Frederick said. "I wasn't as happy with the triple."

Frederick felt part of the reason for that was fatigue - he also ran the 200 dash. Frederick, though, expects to compete in all three jumps and the 200 meters again on Tuesday, and he already was dreading the preparation: "It a pain, but I can't say anything back," Frederick said with a laugh.

"I could have done better if I had more rest time. The problem with me is I can't recover," Frederick said. "I expect my coach to challenge me at districts. Probably over the next few days they'll be making me do hill sprints and parachutes to build up my stamina, and I've been working on bringing my knees up high so I can power through. Once I do that, I think I'll be able to dominate."

Philipsburg-Osceola's Collin Maurer was second to Frederick in the triple jump with a leap of 40-4, one of three top-three finishes for the Mountie. Maurer scored what might have been a minor surprise in the 110 hurdles, recording a 16.61 in the finals to beat out Clearfield's Corey Shimmel by half a second. Maurer also took second to Penns Valley's Bryan Wasson in the long jump.

Swogger ran a blistering 26.33-second 200 meters. Huntingdon's Rachel Fleming took second at 27.46.

"I was really happy. I honestly feel I could get a better time than that," Swogger said. "I feel like I didn't even go that strong on the last stretch. I feel like at districts I can push even harder."

Fleming has helped to push Swogger, and the two have gone back and forth this season.

"She beat me the second meet of the season. So I definitely want to push to beat her. When she's in the lane beside me, I just focus on getting past her and trying to hold the lead,"

Swogger said of competing with Fleming. "It's nicer. I'm definitely getting pushed a lot more this year than I was last year."

Fleming, who pushed Swogger to a meet record at the Bellwood-Antis invitational in the 400, took home the first-place ribbon in that event Wednesday by clocking in at 1:01.60. Destiny Andrus of Penns Valley came in second at 1:02.90. Swogger was the top seed but pulled out of the race, still dealing with a medical issue that's forcing her to limit her events.

Fleming felt running against sprinters the caliber of Swogger made her better, too.

"I do better when people push me, so, if people are around my time, I tend to go a little faster," Fleming said. "I might have picked up a second or so [if Swogger had run]."

Fleming also finished fourth in the 100, but her main focus will be the 400. At Bellwood, she almost broke the 34-year-old meet record, too, in finishing runner-up to Swogger. She should be a factor in that race and the 200 at districts.

"I feel pretty good about it. I'm glad I got progressively better times," Fleming said. "I was shooting for better times today. I was hoping for a better time today."

Tyrone's four-by-100 relay looked ready to make a run at a District 6 Class AA championship, too. Swogger gave the Lady Eagles a leg up on the second leg after getting the handoff from Michaela Diehl, then Lexi Patton and Voyzey just ran away with it.

They finished in 51.68. BEA was second at 53.85.

Swogger, Voyzey and Diehl joined with Jordan Wiser to post a 4-minute, 15.14-second time in the 1600 relay, even though a spent Voyzey collapsed of exhaustion after her leg. Second-place Clearfield was more than 6 seconds off that pace.

The clear top seed and the prohibitive favorite going into the 6-AA meet in the event, Voyzey easily won in the high jump with a 5-6. No one else even made 5-0.

Philipsburg-Osceola's Tiffany Bertothy was the winner of the girls javelin. Bertothy tossed a 108-7, which was more than 5 feet beyond second-place Sarah Lash of Clearfield.

Steph Park of Huntingdon finished first in the pole vault with a top height of 9-6. Meanwhile, the Lady Bearcats' MacKenzie Garner edged Chelsea Emel of Penns Valley by the slimmest of margins in the shot put - 36-10 to 36-8 - on their very last throws.

The Clearfield boys and Penns Valley girls were the team champions, both in close competitions. The Bison edged BEA when the Eagles were disqualified for running into Tyrone in the 1600 relay, giving Clearfield 106 points to Bald Eagle's 100. The Penns Valley girls clipped Clearfield, 119-112.

BOYS

Key, team scoring: 1, CF-Clearfield, 106; 2, BEA-Bald Eagle Area, 100; 3, PV-Penns Valley, 73; 4, T-Tyrone, 68; 5, BF-Bellefonte, 67; 6, PO-Philipsburg-Osceola, 61; 7, H-Huntingdon, 49; 8, CN-Central, 33.

100 dash: 1, Oliver, T, 11.22; 2, Helsel, CN, 11.39; 3, Bakhsheshe, T, 11.57; 4, Styles, BEA, 11.74; 5, Benfer, PV, 11.91; 6, Wingate, CF, 12.03.

200 dash: 1, Helsel, CN, 23.45; 2, Bakhsheshe, T, 23.63; 3, Styles, BEA, 24.42; 4, Templeton, PO, 24.92; 5, Wingate, CF, 24.92.

400 dash: 1, Styles, BEA, 53.15; 2, 3, Thomas, PV, 55.32; 3, Boone, T, 55.43; 4, Wilsoncroft, CF, 55.56; 5, Moore, PO, 55.74; 6, Green, H, 56.20.

800 run: 1, Nicosia, PV, 2:03.83; 2, Moody, BEA, 2:07.89; 3, Eason, PO, 2:09.45; 4, Finley, BF, 2:10.80; 5, Zook, T, 2:12.81; 6, Soult, CF, 2:14.60.

1600 run: 1, Freeman, CF, 4:39.80; 2, Moody, BEA, 4:41.38; 3, Zook, T, 4:54.00; 4, Mothersbaugh, PV, 4:54.75; 5, Soult, CF, 4:57.41; 6, Diefenbach, BF, 5:02.57.

3200 run: 1, Freeman, CF, 10:29.82; 2, Moody, BEA, 10:38.92; 3, Fuller, PV, 10:45.92; 4, O'Donnell, BF, 10:55.05; 5, Tietgens, H, 11:01.11; 6, Duvall, PV, 11:01.17.

110 hurdles: 1, Maurer, PO, 16.61; 2, Shimmel, CF, 17.11; 3, Royer, CF, 17.32; 4, Musselman, CN, 17.76; 5, Cetnar, BF, 18.58; 6, Greene, BEA, 19.06.

300 hurdles: 1, Royer, CF, 42.62; 2, Bauman, H, 43.29; 3, Shimmel, CF, 43.49; 4, Cetnar, BF, 44.84; 5, Musselman, CN, 45.01; 6, Bryan Greene, BEA, 46.81.

400 relay: 1, Bald Eagle Area (Styles, Bartley, Bryan Greene, Bryce Greene), 45.54; 2, Tyrone, 46.16; 3, Clearfield, 47.18; 4, Penns Valley, 47.61; 5, Philipsburg-Osceola, 49.12; 6, Bellefonte, 51.68.

1600 relay: 1, Clearfield (Climie, Wilsoncroft, Caldwell, Royer), 3:40.17; 2, Tyrone, 3:42.44; 3, Philipsburg-Osceola, 3:48.43; 4, Bellefonte, 3:54.83; 5, Central, 3:59.42; 6, Penns Valley, 4:12.30.

3200 relay: 1, Clearfield (Freeman, Priester, Ryan, Soult), 8:43.44; 2, Bellefonte, 8:45.67; 3, Penns Valley, 8:47.15; 4, Philipsburg-Osceola, 9:16.52; 5, Tyrone, 9:18.41; 6, Central, 10:13.50; 7, Bald Eagle Area, 10:58.81.

High jump: 1, Frederick, H, 6-0; 2, McKenzie, CF, 5-10; 3, Thoms, PV, 5-10; 4, Brown, PV, 5-6; 5, Bryce Greene, BEA, 5-6; 6, Goodrow, CF, 5-4.

Long jump: 1, Wasson, PV, 19-11/2; 2, Maurer, PO, 18-7; 3, Frederick, H, 18-51/2; 4, Steiner, BF, 17-101/2; 5, Climie, CF, 17-4; 6, Templeton, PO, 17-21/2.

Triple jump: 1, Frederick, H, 41-9; 2, Maurer, PO, 40-4; 3, Helsel, CN, 39-101/4; 4, Wasson, PV, 39-81/4; 5, Climie, CF, 38-101/2; 6, Bauman, H, 36-93/4.

Shot put: 1, Grasser, BF, 51-3; 2, Cramer, BEA, 44-10; 3, Garwaryla, BEA, 43-2; 4, Lingle, CF, 42-8; 5, Querns, BF, 40-11; 6, Lash, CF, 40-11.

Discus: 1, Hall, BEA, 140-11; 2, Cramer, BEA, 127-9; 3, Egelhoff, PV, 125-2; 4, Querns, BF, 125-1; 5, Grasser, BF, 125-1; 6, Frehn, H, 120-5.

Javelin: 1, Grasser, BF, 142-4; 2, Feldman, BF, 141-5; 3, Garwayrla, BEA, 135-11; 4, Hunter, T, 130-0; 5, Chambers, H, 127-1; 6, McNelis, T, 125-2.

Pole vault: 1, Patrick, PV, 11-0; 2 (tie), Damon, T, and Kilmer, BEA, 10-6; 4, (tie), Green, H, and Wilsoncroft, PO, 10-6; 6, Goodrow, CF, 8-6.

GIRLS

Key, team scoring: 1, PV-Penns Valley, 119; 2, CF-Clearfield, 112; 3, BF-Bellefonte, 891/2; 4, H-Huntingdon, 81; 5, T-Tyrone, 61; 6, BEA-Bald Eagle Area, 60; 7, PO-Philipsburg-Osceola, 171/2; CN-Central, 16.

100 dash: 1, Heichel, CF, 13.06; 2, Andrus, PV, 13.21; 3, Bair, PV, 13.56; 4, Fleming, H, 13.58; 5, Cavanaugh, BF, 13.77; 6, McCaslin, BEA, 14.03.

200 dash: 1, Swogger, T, 26.33; 2, Fleming, H, 27.46; 3, Heichel, CF, 27.54; 4, Andrus, PV, 28.39; 5, Cavanaugh, BF, 28.46; 6, Patton, T, 28.50.

400 dash: 1, Fleming, H, 1:01.60; 2, Andrus, PV, 1:02.90; 3, Mikesell, CF, 1:03.65; 4, Forrest, CF, 1:03.94; 5, Devore, BF, 1:04.74; 6, Manning, PV, 1:06.48.

800 run: 1, Mikesell, CF, 2:33.24; 2, Wiser, T, 2:34.48; 3, Luzier, CF, 2:34.95; 4, Franko, BF, 2:37.52; 5, Holderman, BEA, 2:39.31; 6, Butterworth, BEA, 2:41.14.

1600 run: 1, Hoaglund, BF, 5:39.41; 2, Person, H, 5:40.56; 3, Wiser, T, 5:41.87; 4, Tietgens, H, 5:42.37; 5, Grice, CF, 5:44.44; 6, Cingle, BEA, 5:45.26.

3200 run: 1, Limbaugh, PV, 12:08.37; 2, Person, H, 12:22.36; 3, Hoaglund, BF, 12:38.57; 4, Cingle, BEA, 12:43.50; 5, Hess, H, 12:45.66; 6, Conrad, CF, 13:15.22.

100 hurdles: 1, Bracken, PV, 17.91; 2, Olsen-Zelman, PV, 18.06; 3, Romano, H, 18.31; 4, Turner, BEA, 18.80; 5, Freeberg, CF, 19.13; 6, Spratt, BF, 19.44.

300 hurdles: 1, Glenny, CF, 50.50; 2, Olsen-Zelman, PV, 50.79; 3, Lindstrom, CF, 52.35; 4, Spratt, BF, 54.39; 5, Bracken, PV, 54.60; 6, Romano, H, 54.99.

400 relay: 1, Tyrone (Diehl, Swogger, Patton, Voyzey), 51.68; 2, Bald Eagle Area, 53.85; 3, Bellefonte, 54.26; 4, Clearfield, 54.98; 5, Philipsburg-Osceola, 1:00.49.

1600 relay: 1, Tyrone (Wiser, Voyzey, Diehl, Swogger), 4:15.14; 2, Clearfield, 4:21.54; 3, Bald Eagle Area, 4:34.74; 4, Penns Valley, 4:35.31; 5, Bellefonte, 4:38.25; 6, Philipsburg-Osceola, 4:41.77.

3200 relay: 1, Clearfield (Mikesell, Glenny, Luzier, Conrad), 10:26.20; 2, Bellefonte, 10:33.47; 3, Bald Eagle Area, 10:51.51; 4, Penns Valley, 10:57.76; 5, Central, 11:02.83.

High jump: 1, Voyzey, T, 5-6; 2, Spratt, BF, 4-10; 3, Garner, H, 4-8; 4, Olsen-Zelman, PV, 5-6; 5 (tie), Belinda, PO, and White, BF, 4-6.

Long jump: 1, Heichel, CF, 15-4; 2, Olsen-Zelman, PV, 15-2; 3, Mills, BF, 14-81/2; 4, Voyzey, T, 14-71/2; 5, Stein, CN, 14-61/2; 6, Furrow, BEA, 14-21/2.

Triple jump: 1, Shirey, BF, 31-83/4; 2, Lindstrom, CF, 30-31/2; 3, Stein, CN, 29-91/4; 4, Zimmerman, CN, 29-9; 5, Turner, BEA, 29-8; 6, Heichel, CF, 29-71/4.

Shot put: 1, Garner, H, 36-10; 2, Emel, PV, 36-8; 3, Van Cise, BEA, 34-10; 4, Book, BF, 32-1; 5, Gile, BEA, 30-7; 6, Orndorf, PV, 29-10.

Discus: 1, Emel, PV, 104-0; 2, Brevert, PV, 98-3; 3, Franks, BF, 89-10; 4, Watro, PO, 84-0; 5, Wilson, T, 83-0; 6, Gile, BEA, 82-8.

Javelin: 1, Bertothy, PO, 108-7; 2, Lash, CF, 103-4; 3, Gile, BEA, 102-0; 4, Orndorf, PV, 98-11; 5, Franko, BF, 92-10; 6, Long, PV, 89-4.

Pole vault: 1, Park, H, 9-6; 2, Kachik, BEA, 9-0; 3, Rogers, BF, 8-6; 4, Lauer, H, 8-0; 5, Olsen-Zelman, PV, 7-0; 6, Forrest, CF, 6-6.

 
 

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