Hallinan finishes with trifecta

By Jim Lane

For the Mirror

Altoona’s Lindsay Hallinan went 3-for-3 in the District 6 Class 3A discus championships Thursday at Mansion Park and earned another trip to Shippensburg for the PIAA state meet.

Despite finishing third in the javelin, teammate Madison Benton will join Hallinan, thanks to a PIAA-qualifying throw.

Hallinan and Benton are the only Lady Lions who will represent Altoona at states over the Memorial Day weekend.

Hollidaysburg will send four girls to Shipp. Sprinter Darcie Frazier won gold in the 200-meter dash and anchored the Lady Tigers’ 4×100 relay team which also took first place. Allison Barton, Rylie Tryninewski and Allie Snyder joined Frazier on the winning mile relay team.

Hallinan captured her third straight D6-3A gold in the discus with a toss of 112 feet, 2 inches. She also earned a bronze medal with a third-place finish in the shot put.

“I’ve been on the podium before for the discus but this was the first time for the shot,” Hallinan noted. “Winning two medals in the districts … it’s pretty cool.”

Hallinan was seeded second in the discus for the second year in a row, but thrived again as the underdog.

“I tend to do better when I’m the underdog because you’re not expected to win,” Hallinan said. “Then, when you win, it’s awesome.

“I hope to do big things at states,” she continued. “I did all right the past couple years, but I’m hoping to place this time.”

Hallinan’s senior classmate Kayley Burke finished fourth in the discus and seventh in the shot. Altoona junior Lindsey Whysong was fourth in the shot.

“They threw great numbers today,” Hallinan said of her teammates, “and it was nice to have them by my side (on the podium).”

Benton, also a senior, heaved the javelin 123 feet, 5 inches and finished third, but she bettered the state qualifying standard of 122 feet.

“For Hallinan, it was awesome to end her career as a three-time district champion,” Altoona coach Steve Rhodes said. “Benton told me she was going to be on the van (to Shippensburg) and she fulfilled her promise.”

Benton, who set the school record in the javelin last week, said she was determined to do well for Rhodes, who is retiring at season’s end.

“I was doing it for Coach Rhodes because it’s his last district meet,” Benton said. “He really believed in me my whole career and pushed me to get the school record and go to states.

“I did it for him.”

State College won the girls team championship with 234.5 points. Altoona was second with 107.5 and Hollidaysburg was fourth with 70.5.

Hollidaysburg’s Frazier will be making her second trip to states. The Lady Tiger junior, who was the top seed, won the 200 dash in 26.22.

“There’s definitely pressure when you’re the top seed because you’re the rabbit everyone is chasing,” Frazier said. “You’ve got to keep pushing it so no one catches you the last 20 yards.”

Frazier also finished second in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 5 inches.

“Not my best, but not bad,” Frazier said of her long jump.

With Frazier anchoring, the Tigers held off Altoona to win the 4×400 in 4:13.07. The Lions’ foursome of Morgan Moyer, Jenna Lytle, MiJa’Nae White and Maggie Fox ran a season-best 4:15.28 for second place.

“We ran our best race for the win,” Frazier offered. “That race was insane. We were all dead … it was great, though.”

Tiger coach Don Tantius was happy with his girls’ performance.

“Darcie (Frazier) is stuck in a perfect storm,” he said. “She runs the 200 then has to come back and finish the long jump. It’s a tough situation when you’re good in both. You almost have to decide on one.

“Our 4×4 team has been the same all year,” Tantius noted. “They’ve been getting progressively better. Our third runner, Allie Snyder, ran a 1:01 today and really left it all out there.”

Tantius will not accompany his team to Shippensburg, however, as he’s scheduled for hip replacement surgery next week.

“I can’t complain, though,” he said. “Today was a good day.”

Meet notes: Outstanding performer awards were presented to Altoona’s Tyler Delozier and Lindsay Hallinan and Hollidaysburg’s Noah Frank and Darcie Frazier prior to the meet. … The Cindy Gutzwiler Awards are donated by the Blair County Chapter of PIAA Track and Field Officials and given in memory of Gutzwiler, a former Altoona official.

GIRLS

Key, team standings: 1, SC–State College 234.5; 2, A–Altoona 107.5; 3, MC–Mifflin County 92.5; 4, H–Hollidaysburg 70.5; 5, CM–Central Mountain 67; 6, SO–Somerset 57; 7, B–Bellefonte 44; 8, J–Johnstown 24.

100 dash: 1, Givens, SC, 12.55; 2, Ingram, SC, 12.79; 3, Loe, J, 13.10; 4, Lose, SC, 13.20; 5, Seward, A, 13.36; 6, Barger, CM, 13.48; 7, Moon, MC, 13.62; 8, Tryninewski, H, 13.67.

200 dash: 1, Frazier, H, 26.22; 2, Graham, SC, 26.37; 3, Lose, SC, 27.15; 4, Barger, CM, 27.60; 5, Smothers, J, 27.72; 6, Seward, SC, 27.97; 7, Barton, H, 28.25.

400 dash: 1, Eifrig, SC, 1:00.98; 2, Barton, H, 1:01.35; 3, Manor, J, 1:02.10; 4, Robson, B, 1:03.14; 5, Steward, Sc, 1:05.16; 6, Neely, Sc, 1:05.60; 7, Becker, MC, 1:06.56; 8, Fleegal, MC, 1:06.67.

800 run: 1, Seeland, SC, 2:12.78; 2, Haushalter, SC, 2:22.99; 3, Maras, SC, 2:24.60; 4, Laughner, CM, 2:32.11; 5, Myers, CM, 2:33.92; 6, Chilcote, MC, 2;37.43; 7, Rothrock, B, 2:37.86; 8, Futrell, A, 2:37.87.

1600 run: 1, Kane, SC, 5:02.61; 2, Laughner, CM, 5:19.12; 3, Simon, SC, 5:32.36; 4, Kuykendall, MC, 5:35.84; 5, Solo, SC, 5:37.15; 6, Chan, SO, 5:40.11; 7, Futrell, A, 5:40.92; 8, Myers, CM, 5:41.52.

3200 run: 1, Saylor, SC, 11:51.50; 2, Galbraith, MC, 12:04.99; 3, Gilpatrick, SC, 12:12.97; 4, Reed, SC 12:21.97; 5, Shirey, B, 12:26.68; 6, Chan, SO, 12;46.47; 7, Montgomery, MC, 13:15.58; 8, M. Baker, A, 13:25.37.

100 hurdles: 1, Close, SO, 15.36; 2, Spencer, SC, 15.93; 3, Caputo, A, 15.96; 4, Spriggle, MC, 16.32; 5, Snyder, H, 16.72; 6, Fox, A, 16.87; 7, Craig, SC, 17.30; 8, Ronan, A, 17.42.

300 hurdles: 1, Close, SO, 46.36; 2, Spencer, SC, 46.62; 3, Fox, A, 47.43; 4, Snyder, H, 47.58; 5, Craig, SC, 49.00; 6, Kline, CM, 49.44; 7, Stickle, SO, 50.58; 8, Bressler, MC, 51.40.

400 relay: 1, State College, 49.43; 2, Johnstown, 50.70; 3, Mifflin County, 51.86; 4, Altoona, 52.36; 5, Hollidaysburg, 52.50; 6, Central Mountain, 53.18; 7, Somerset, 55.21; 8, Bellefonte, 55.25.

1600 relay: 1, Hollidaysburg (Barton, Tryninewski, Snyder, Frazier), 4:13.07; 2, Altoona, 4:15.28; 3, State College, 4:16.25; 4, Central Mountain, 4:22.69; 5, Mifflin County, 4:33.72; 6, Somerset, 4:39.91; 7, Bellefonte, 4:42.55.

3200 relay: 1, State College, 10:09.90; 2, Mifflin County, 10:29.46; 3, Altoona, 10:46.44; 4, Bellefonte, 11:03.55; 5, Somerset, 11:28.13; 6, Hollidaysburg, 11:40.19.

High jump: 1, McCloy, CM, 5-5; 2, *Spencer, SC, 5-3; 3, Jodon, H, 5-1; 4, Spriggle, MC, 4-11; 5, (tie), McCready, H, and Villano, A, 4-9; 7, Isenberg, H, 4-9; 8, Linn, B, 4-9.

Long jump: 1, Givens, SC, 19-3.75; 2, Frazier, H, 17-5.5; 3, Sechler, MC, 16-5.25; 4, Peachey, SC, 16-3.5; 5, Pagano, SC, 15-11; 6, Robson, B, 15-8.25; 7, Caputo, A, 15-6.25; 8, Robison, SO, 15-6.

Triple jump: 1, Givens, SC, 37-4.25; 2, Lytle, A, 35-7.5; 3, Caputo, A, 35-3.5; 4, Sechler, MC, 34-1.75; 5, Pagano, SC, 33-8; 6, Robson, B, 33-6.25; 7, Tryninewski, H, 33-3.25; 8, Plutko, A, 32-5.25.

Shot put: 1, Pighetti, B, 37-4; 2, Fike, SO, 34-9.25; 3, Hallinan, A, 33-1.75; 4, Whysong, A, 33-0.25; 5, Shimp, MC, 31-11.5; 6, Probst, CM, 31-3.25; 7, Burke, A, 29-9.5; 8, Yerka, SC, 29-1.25.

Discus: 1, Hallinan, A, 112-2; 2, Pighetti, B, 108-0; 3, Shimp, MC, 102-3; 4, Burke, A, 90-5; 5, Fike, So, 90-3; 6, Oputa, SC, 90-0; 7, Charles, CM, 86-9; 8, Laky, MC, 83-7.

Javelin: 1, S. Ciccolini, MC, 167-11; 2, *McCaleb, CM, 132-10; 3, *Benton, A, 123-5; 4, Buckwalter, CM, 119-5; 5, T. Ciccolini, MC, 109-1; 6, Alwine, A, 97-2; 7, Chaplain, CM, 94-2; 8, Urbain, SO, 91-1.

Pole vault: 1, Plute, SC, 11-6; 2, *Kokoskie, SC, 11-0; 3, Camacho, SO, 10-6; 4, (tie), Reed, SC, and Ciccolini, MC, 10-0; 6, Krier, A, 9-0; 7, Isenberg, H, 9-0; 8, Whiting, A, 8-6.

*–Qualified for states by meeting a pre-determined qualifying standard

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