NB freshman Furry captures three events

LOYSBURG – Whitley Furry entered Wednesday’s District 5 Track and Field Championships as a big favorite in four individual events, but she wasn’t sure she would be able to live up to her lofty billing.

“I was actually still a little worried,” Furry said, “because, when people talked to me about it, it seemed like a really, really big deal. Then it was like I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, being my first districts.”

There wasn’t anything to worry about, because Furry has turned out to be a pretty big deal herself.

The Northern Bedford High School freshman won all three of the individual events in which she competed handily on a chilly, sometimes blustery late afternoon and early evening at Panther Community Stadium. In all, 13 area individuals and relay teams accounted for 17 gold medals at the meet.

On the boys side, distance runner Will Kachman surprised himself by emerging as a double winner, which, along with victories by Cody DeMoss in the javelin and Zane Baker in the 400, helped Bedford to the team title. Northern Bedford’s Blake Over and Tussey Mountain’s Darrin Sipes, seeded first in six events and second in two between them, experience mixed days but still advanced to next week’s PIAA Championships in three events. Chestnut Ridge’s four-by-100-meter relay team earned its way to Shippensburg, too.

Tussey Mountain is sending two relay teams and 300 hurdler Morgan Lynn to states on the girls side, while Chestnut Ridge will be represented by Emily Finnegan (discus) and Amanda Kostryk (pole vault). Bedford’s Katie Lippincott prevailed in the high jump to advance to states along with all event winners.

“I underestimate myself in a lot of things,” Furry said, “but, in the end, I push myself more and more as I go.”

Furry might be the only one underestimating herself, especially after she dominated the sprints.

Furry completed her day with a 27.33-second time to win in the finals of the 200. Tussey Mountain’s Devin Folk was second, registering a time of 27.94.

In the 400, Furry narrowly missed achieving the state qualifying standard in winning with a 59.98. She had run a 58.82 to get the top seed, but her district meet time still was almost a second ahead of Folk.

Furry’s winning time in the 100 was 13.36. Tussey’s Ivie Morningstar, also a freshman, was second with a 13.67.

Furry will not run the 100 at the state meet, opening the door for Morningstar to compete in the event in Shippensburg on May 23-24.

“It’s more overall,” Furry said of what pleased her most about her performance. “I was very happy with how I did in each one. The weather did put a little big of an impact on it, but I thought I did pretty well.”

Furry actually has run better than the state-qualifying-standard time in the 400 already this year and isn’t too far off that mark in the 200. It’s far from out of the quarter that she could bring back some hardware from the state meet.

“I try to look at things to see how I do compared to the people that will be at states. But I also look at myself and my personal records a little more than that,” Furry said.

Tussey prevailed in both relays in which it was top seeded. The 400 team of Courtney Rupert, Allysa Bollman, Jaclyn Bollman and Morningstar bettered their top team of the year with a 52.57. Rupert then ran with Lynn, Folk and Sam Coffman to qualify for states by winning the 1600 relay with a time of 4 minutes, 17.93 seconds; Folk finished more than 8 seconds before anyone else.

“Both our teams were seeded first, so I was confident, but it’s definitely a big accomplishment. We didn’t let it get to our heads, ” Rupert said. “Our relay teams are all close. So we really have fun with it and strive for the best.”

Lynn overcame illness to overcome her second place finish at last year’s district meet and advance to states.

“It’s awesome. I really wanted it. I just kept saying to myself, ‘run fast between the hurdles and don’t fall down,’ and don’t throw up, because I was sick,” Lynn said. “That was the main goal. It would be OK [if I threw up and won, though].”

Lynn recorded a time of 48.96. Southern Fulton’s Celina Merchant was second at 50.63.

Lippincott was the first area winner of the day. The top seed in high jump, she matched her seeded height of 5 feet to capture the gold medal.

Finnegan, a junior, came from the second seed to win her third District 5 discus gold in as many tries. She won with a toss of 117 feet, 1, inch, which was 5 feet better than anything else she’d thrown this injury-plagued year. Bedford’s Hannah Meyers, the top seed, finished second with a 112-4.

“I’ve been having some arm problems, and I’ve been like hurt all year, and then I really just started getting back into the swing of it it,” Finnegan said. “I was really, really scared coming in today. I haven’t really thrown anything higher than a 112, and I wasn’t expecting it to happen, but it happened.”

Finnegan wasn’t close to the 124-6 she threw as a sophomore, but the third straight trip to states more than made up for that.

“Three years in a row. Oh, it’s awesome,” Finnegan said.

Kostryk also brought home gold for the Ridge girls, living up to her top seed in the pole vault, if just barely. Kostryk and Bedford’s Jessica Tokarczyk each cleared a top height of 9-0, but Kostryk took fewer attempts to get there.

The Bedford boys scored 99 team points, 14 more than second-place Windber, to take home the team title. The Bisons did that by placing across the board, although its only gold medals were from Kachman, DeMoss and Baker.

Kachman became a double winner by breezing to first in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:05.00, more than a half-minute ahead of the field.

Kachman entered the mile seeded second to Northern Bedford’s Collin Sherlock, but he ran away from the field fairly early en route to his first win of the meet. He finished that race in 4:38.69, while Windber’s Austin Leonardis took second at 4:49.63.

“Can I flip a coin?” Kachman asked when questioned whether it felt better to win the district championships or to be heading to states to compete.

It was a pleasant surprise for Kachman, who summed up what he felt were his chances before the meet to win two events in rather pessimistic terms.

“Not really that well,” Kachman said. “I had to overcome Sherlock and [Northern Bedford’s] Mike Heck. Well, basically everyone, but mostly those two.”

Kachman has been battling a nasty cough since he won the mile and two mile runs at the Laurel Highlands Conference meet in Somerset last week. His times were a little off his best performances, but he felt best about his mile, the event that seemed the more likely of the two to trip him up.

“I just felt stronger for whatever reason,” Kachman said. “I think it just might have been the weather [holding down everyone’s times]. It starts out cold, then it gets humid.”

Over and Sipes appeared to be the best area bets to have big meets heading into the day, but it turned out to be a mixed bag for both the standouts.

“I can’t say I’m disappointed, because I’m thrilled to be able to go and participate in two events again [at the state meet],” Over said. “But it would have been nice to do a little bit better in those other events. I got a third and a second, but, being that you’re seeded first in both those events, you kind of want to win those.”

Over is returning to states in the triple and long jumps, the events in which he medaled last year.

Over set a school record by triple jumping 45-0 on his second jump of the finals. He was the top seed, but his best performance of the year heading into the district meet was only 43-3. However, he jumped a 44-8 in Wednesday’s preliminaries.

“Triple’s early in the day. You wait in school all day for this meet, so your adrenaline’s up. You just have all your energy that you pretty much built up all day,” Over said.

Over pulled out the long with a jump of 20-11 1/4 to top Sipes for the top spot.

“I heard he jumped 20 feet 2, so I figured that’s what I needed to win,” Over said.

Over also was the top seed in the 110 hurdles and the high jump, but he was denied the gold in each of them. In the 110, Cole Clark of Meyersdale, tied for the third seed coming into the meet, edged Bedford’s Dan Arnold, the second seed, for a surprise win in the event – his 16.03 almost a second ahead of his previous best pace. Over was third at 16.36.

Over went out at 6-0 in the high jump, placing him second. Fannett-Metal’s Bryce Chilcote won the event with a 6-2.

In one of the best races of the day, Baker edged Sipes at the tape to earn the trip to Shippensburg in the 400. Baker finished in 52.79, a hundredth of a second before Sipes.

Sipes medaled in the 100 at states last year, but he wasn’t able to make it back, finishing the finals in the event on Wednesday. Conemaugh Township’s Jake Formica, out for track for the first time, won the finals in 11.56. Sipes ran an 11.73, missing out on second by two-hundredths of a second to Chestnut Ridge’s Trent Lohr.

Sipes, though, rebounded from the disappointment by winning the 200 over Lohr by four-hundredths of a second. Sipes, who only ran 24.04 in the prelims, busted out a 23.66 in the finals.

“It was a rough day. I was really hoping I could do good in the 200. That’s what I was banking on,” Sipes said. “My coaches were telling me to stay relaxed. ‘Get it out of your head. Keep calm. You know how fast you are. Do what you know how to do.’ I just tried to think more about staying low out of the blocks and to hug the lane.”

The mental side of things was big for Sipes, who needed to maintain his composure in the 200, where he could ill-afford any kind of mistake.

“I was thinking about staying relaxed because when I tighten up I lose momentum,” Sipes said. “My focus is staying relaxed and keep driving my knees.”

Sipes said he had more to overcome on the track this year than just his focus.

“The competition was strong. I wasn’t expecting that kind of competition. I was expecting high 11s, and I was surprised,” Sipes said. “They did good today.”

Lohr helped the Lions pull a minor upset in the 400 relay – Ridge was seeded second to Shade by a hundredth of a second. Lohr, though, was strong down the stretch, and Ridge advanced to states by about four-tenths of a second in finishing in 44.93. Jordan Crist, Bryan Feather and Adam Claar ran the first three legs.

DeMoss was an easy winner in the javelin. The Bedford senior’s best throw was 172-8. No one else threw 150.


Key, team scoring: 1, BD-Bedford, 99; 2, W-Windber, 85; 3, NB-Northern Bedford, 69; 4 (tie), CR-Chestnut Ridge, and TM-Tussey Mountain, 50; 6, MY-Meyersdale, 38 1/2; 7, SH-Shade, 38 1/2; 8, CT-Conemaugh Township, 25; 9, FM-Fannett-Metal, 23; 10 (tie), R-Rockwood, and SF-Southern Fulton, 19; 12, MC-McConnellsburg, 16; 13, BB-Berlin Brothersvalley, 15; 14, E-Everett, 12.

100 dash: 1, Formica, CT, 11.56; 2, Lohr, CR, 11.71; 3, Sipes, TM, 11.73; 4, Krouse, BB, 12.12; 5, Cook, BD, 12.15; 6, Crist, CR, 12.29.

200 dash: 1, Sipes, TM, 23.66; 2, Lohr, CR, 23.70; 3, Formica, CT, 23.90; 4, Cook, BD, 24.46; 5, Morrow, TM, 24.82; 6, Paul, BB, 24.99.

400 dash: 1, Baker, BD, 52.79; 2, Sipes, TM, 52.80; 3, Charney, W, 54.48; 4, Da. Tomlinson, W, 54.48; 5, Morrow, TM, 54.53; 6, Papson, R, 54.90.

800 run: 1, De. Tomlinson, W, 2:04.33; 2, Glessner, SH, 2:07.81; 3, Da. Tomlinson, W, 2:08.88; 4, Charney, W, 2:09.45; 5, Manges, S, 2:10.40; 6, Kendall, BD, 2:11.46.

1600 run: 1, Kachman, BD, 4:38.69; 2, Leonardis, W, 4:49.63; 3, Heck, NB, 4:52.55; 4, Black, TM, 4:54.32; 5, Varner, SF, 4:54.57; 6, Glodek, FM, 4:54.80.

3200 run: 1, Kachman, BD, 10:05.00; 2, Heck, NB, 10:37.07; 3, Pryor, SF, 10:37.89; 4, Burkholder, E, 10:46.83; 5, Husick, TM, 10:53.54; 6, Podrasky, W, 11:04.37.

110 hurdles: 1, Clark, MY, 16.03; 2, Arnold, BD, 16.12; 3, Over, NB, 16.36; 4, Bryan, W, 16.77; 5, Simosko, SH, 17.80; 6, Mellott, SF, 17.88.

300 hurdles: 1, Bryan, W, 40.92; 2, Bard, SF, 41.85; 3, Knox, R, 42.22; 4, Arnold, BD, 42.29; 5, Sipes, E, 42.74; 6, Ickes, CR, 44.02.

400 relay: 1, Chestnut Ridge (Crist, Feather, Claar, Lohr), 44.93; 2, Shade, 45.32; 3, Bedford, 45.50; 4, Conemaugh Township, 46.45; 5, Meyersdale, 47.14; 6, Northern Bedford, 47.42.

1600 relay: 1, Windber (De. Tomlinson, Charney, Da. Tomlinson, Bryan), 3:30.28; 2, Bedford, 3:34.63; 3, Shade, 3:39.94; 4, McConnellsburg, 3:44.94; 5, Everett, 3:45.08; 6, Northern Bedford, 3:45.29.

3200 relay: 1, Windber (Leonardis, Da. Tomlinson, Charney, De. Tomlinson), 8:11.46 (meet record); 2, Northern Bedford, 8:20.44; 3, Bedford, 8:26.50; 4, McConnellsburg, 8:53.74; 5, Southern Fulton, 8:56.75; 6, Shade, 8:59.32.

High jump: 1, Chilcote, FM, 6-2; 2, Over, NB, 6-0; 3, J. Miksich, CR, 5-10; 4, Knox, R, 5-8; 5, Maurer, CT, 5-8; 6 (tie), Knotts, MY, and Wilt, SH, 5-6.

Long jump: 1, Over, NB, 20-11 1/4; 2, Sipes, TM, 20-5; 3, Clark, MY, 19-6 1/4; 4, Barkley, W, 19-2 1/4; 5, Maurer, CT, 19-1 1/4; 6, Crist, CR, 18-11.

Triple jump: 1, Over, NB, 45-0; 2, Barkley, W, 43-1; 3, J. Miksich, CR, 42-11; 4, Gilbert, NB, 38-8 1/2; 5, Baer, BD, 38-0; 6, Shade, CR, 37-7.

Shot put: 1, Miller, MY, 46-8 1/2; 2, Snyder, BB, 45-11; 3, Daniels, MC, 44-8 1/2; 4, Foor, BD, 43-7; 5, Koontz, BD, 43-3 1/2; 6, Krouse, BB, 43-0.

Discus: 1, Miller, MY, 141-1; 2, Koontz, BD, 140-7; 3, Peppernick, FM, 135-4; 4, Vincent, TM, 132-10; 5, Daniels, BB, 123-6; 6, Krouse, BB, 114-4.

Javelin: 1, DeMoss, BD, 172-8; 2, Knox, R, 149-11; 3, Peppernick, RM, 149-8; 4, Knox, E, 143-11; 5, Growden, BD, 143-4; 6, Oswalt, NB, 137-8.

Pole vault: 1, Yuko, SH, 12-0; 2, Kauffman, CR, 12-0; 3, Kullman, NB, 12-0; 4, Runk, TM, 11-6; 5, Rhodes, BD, 11-0; 6, Maurer, CT, 11-0.


Key, team scoring: 1, BB-Berlin Brothersvalley, 99; 2, BD-Bedford, 82; 3, TM-Tussey Mountain, 78; 4, W-Windber, 56; 5, SF-Southern Fulton, 45; 6, NB-Northern Bedford, 40; 7, CR-Chestnut Ridge, 34; 8, MC-McConnellsburg, 29; 9, R-Rockwood, 29; 10, E-Everett, 23; 11, CT-Conemaugh Township, 22; 12, MY-Meyersdale, 20 1/2; 13, SH-Shade, 2; 14, FM-Fannett-Metal, 0;.

100 dash: 1, Furry, NB, 13.36; 2, Morningstar, TM, 13.67; 3, Pittman, E, 13.87; 4, Toki, W, 13.91; 5, Trulick, BB, 13.99; 6, May, BD, 14.02.

200 dash: Furry, NB, 27.33; 2, Folk, TM, 27.94; 3, Toki, W, 27.97; 4, J. Bollman, TM, 28.53; 5, Pittman, E, 29.33; 6, Gelvin, MC, 29.56.

400 dash: 1, Furry, NB, 59.98; 2, Folk, TM, 1:00.60; 3, Gelvin, MC, 1:01.56; 4, Wheatley, R, 1:03.29; 5, Snyder, BD, 1:04.77; 6, Sprankle, SH, 1:05.25.

800 run: 1, Trulick, BB, 2:30.77; 2, Coffman, TM, 2:35.85; 3, Lambert, BB, 2:42.36; 4, Diehl, BD, 2:44.43; 5, Stoudnour, TM, 2:48.52; 6, Weaver, W, 2:55.98.

1600 run: 1, Tokarsky, W, 5:41.82; 2, Hollenshead, 5:46.73; 3, Kendall, MC, 5:50.11; 4, Baker, MY, 6:08.85; 5, McKinley, R, 6:10.57; 6, Felski, W, 6:12.96.

3200 run: 1, Baker, MY, 12:30.05; 2, Tokarsky, W, 12:45.09; 3, Bradshaw, SF, 13:05.69; 4, Bischof, CR, 13:06.02; 5, Dice, R, 13:14.81; 6, Kendall, MC, 13:25.66.

100 hurdles: 1, Clegg, BB, 17.03; 2, Merchant, SF, 17.49; 3, Kalp, BB, 17.75; 4, Morris, NB, 18.06; 5, Massimo, CT, 18.18; 6, Anderson, CR, 18.23.

300 hurdles: 1, Lynn, TM, 48.96; 2, Merchant, SF, 50.63; 3, Clegg, BB, 51.89; 4, Hostetter, R, 52.36; 5, Morris, NB, 52.45; 6, Starr, TM, 52.74.

400 relay: 1, Tussey Mountain (Rupert, A. Bollman, J. Bollman, Morningstar), 52.57; 2, Bedford, 52.77; 3, Berlin Brothersvalley, 53.34; 4, Northern Bedford, 53.46; 5, Chestnut Ridge, 54.32; 6, Rockwood, 54.65.

1600 relay: 1, Tussey Mountain (Lynn, Rupert, Coffman, Folk), 4:17.93; 2, Windber, 4:26.05; 3, Rockwood, 4:26.51; 4, Bedford, 4:28.43; 5, Southern Fulton, 4:30.28; 6, McConnellsburg, 4:31.86.

3200 relay: 1, Windber (Weaver, Vasas, McClain, Tokarsky), 10:24.12; 2, Rockwood, 10:26.41; 3, Tussey Mountain, 10:37.24; 4, Berlin Brothersvalley, 10:40.83; 5, Bedford, 10:55.14; 6, Shade, 11:16.88.

High jump: 1, Lippincott, BD, 5-0; 2, Charney, W, 4-10; 3, Fockler, CT, 4-8; 4 (tie), Fleegle, BB, and Folk, TM, 4-6; 6 (tie), Christner, MY, and Knox, R, 4-6.

Long jump: 1, Merchant, SF, 16-1 3/4; 2, Lake, MC, 15-9; 3, Lippincott, BD, 15-9; 4, Beegle, E, 15-8 1/2; 5, Finnegan, CR, 15-7 1/4; 6, Mills, E, 15-5 1/4.

Triple jump: 1, Clegg, BB, 33-8; 2, Lippincott, BD, 33-1; 3, Massimo, CT, 33-0; 4, Beegle, E, 31-11 1/2; 5, Lazorka, BD, 31-10 1/2; 6, Prather, E, 31-10.

Shot put: 1, Craig, BB, 34-4; 2, Fleegle, BB, 34-0 1/2; 3, Davis, BD, 33-4 1/2; 4, Lippincott, BD, 33-2 1/2; 5, Koontz, BD, 33-0 1/2; 6, Stone, MC, 32-0 1/4.

Discus: 1, Finnegan, CR,117-1 ; 2, Meyers, BD, 112-4; 3, Luster, MY, 99-5; 4, Roberts, MC, 99-2; 5, Barkman, E, 98-0; 6, Davis, BD, 95-11.

Javelin: 1, Craig, BB, 115-03; 2, Fleegle, BB, 114-6; 3, Meyers, BD, 106-5; 4, Callihan, CR, 101-8; 5, Todaro, CT, 95-6; 6, Stgone, MC, 92-7.

Pole vault: 1, Kostryk, CR, 9-0; 2, Tokarczyk, BD, 9-0; 3, Fockler, CT, 9-0; 4 (tie), Imes, E, and Williams, SF, 8-0; 6, Diehl, CR, 8-0.

n-qualified for PIAA meet by achieving predetermined standard.