Martinazzi helps BC girls to second

Alyssa Martinazzi had to look around for the No. 2 spot on the podium Tuesday during the District 6 Class 2A track and field championships at Mansion Park.

The Bishop Carroll star was much more accustomed to standing on the highest tier before ending her night as the runner-up in the long jump.

Martinazzi had previously won both the 100 and 200 dashes and helped the Lady Huskies 400-meter relay team advance to the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University with a third-place finish.

Once Martinazzi found her way to the second-place podium stand, she held the hand of champion Zoe Roush of Forest Hills.

“My long jump didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, but it’s really exciting to be going in four events,” Martinazzi said. “I don’t feel bad losing to Zoey, because she’s my best friend. I’m so happy she won.”

Thanks to Martinazzi, Bishop Carroll closed the gap significantly on Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference foe Forest Hills, but the Lady Huskies came up just short of the team district title, 82.5 to 81.

“We all work very hard at practice,” Martinazzi said. “It’s well deserved for both teams.”

Martinazzi topped second-place Roush in the 100-meter dash, the event she called her best of the day.

“I thought I did pretty well in the 100, but my 200 prelims weren’t very good,” Martinazzi said. “I was kind of slow, and I was real hesitant about even placing. Then it all came down to how much I wanted it, and I knew I wanted it and worked for it, so I gave my best.”

Britt Krug, Martinazzi’s teammate, qualified for states in three different events. The senior thrower placed second in both the shot put and discus and finished fourth in the javelin. She moved on by reaching the state qualifying standard on a throw of 124 feet, 10 inches.

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Anna Audley won the shot put district title by more than 10 feet with her throw of 116 feet, 9 inches.

“It was pretty exciting, because I haven’t been throwing that well this season,” Audley said. “Just to get one out in the teens at 116 felt really good. I’ve had a few years of finishing 10th or 11th at states, and as a senior this is my last shot. I’d really like to medal this year.”

Only one meet record was broken or tied Tuesday despite the beautiful conditions.

Bellwood-Antis’ Alexis Gerwert continued her strong bounce-back season from her struggles a year ago by tying Huntingdon’s Bethany Ledford’s 2011 record of 11 feet.

“It’s awesome being able to tie the record, because I’ve broken a couple other records this year,” Gerwert said. “I didn’t really know what the record was until after I jumped it. After I jumped it someone told me, and I was like, ‘oh, okay, cool!’ so that was great.”

“My freshman year I won districts, and last season was a mess,” Gerwert said. “This year I really improved, and all my hard work paid off.”

Gerwert wasn’t the only athlete who overcame disappointment.

Jadyn Tiracave came into Tuesday’s meet with her throwing shoulder wrapped heavily in medical tape and was doubting herself. She left with a gold medal in the javelin.

“I haven’t been doing as well as I would like to this season,” Tiracave said. “I’ve been down, but I went down to the Penn Relays and did well there. Unfortunately, I hurt my arm. I didn’t have much confidence coming into this meet, so to finish on top is an incredible feeling.”

After coming off the podium, boys teammate Kam Stoy asked how she was feeling. She winced and said her arm still hurt but …

“The win helps the pain,” Tiracave said. “It was totally worth it.”

Cambria Heights’ Madison Kline won an ultra-competitive high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 4 inches. Sydney Sheaffer of Juniata and Lauren Michina of Penn Cambria took second and third, respectively, with performances of 5 feet, 4 inches as well.

Victoria Koeck of Forest Hills and Michaela Bracken of United also advanced to states from the fourth and fifth position by reaching the state qualifying standard. It was the only girls event in which five athletes moved on.

“It’s awesome, I literally can’t even describe it,” Kline said. “The key was not focusing on what everyone else was doing. I knew if I do my best that I would get it. It felt crazy to stand up on the top of the podium.”

Michina also moved on in the triple jump with a runner-up mark of 38 feet, half an inch.

The Penn Cambria junior expressed excitement that she was returning to states in both events but said she had hoped for a better performance.

“It was a combination of me being tired and making some missteps,” Michina said. “My first triple jump in prelims was my best. Then I had to run over to the high jump, and my last three in finals were tough.

“It’s so hard, because the events are on total opposite sides. I have different shoes, and I have to change those, but I got it done.”

Meet notes: Other area competitors that advanced to the PIAA meet included Central Cambria’s district champion 3200-meter relay team and its runner-up 1600-meter relay team, Central Cambria’s Carly Kaschalk, who was the runner-up in the 300 hurdles, Juniata Valley’s Taylor Leidy, who placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, Portage’s Kasey Chobany, who placed third in the 800-meter run and Bishop Carroll’s third-place 400-meter relay team. Central Cambria’s McKenna Hayward, who finished third in the 400 meter dash, scratched from competing in the event at states to concentrate on her relays. … The Blair County Outstanding Performer Awards went to Bellwood-Antis’ Stephanie Mills, Central’s Meggie Stern, Williamsburg’s Cassidy Bowmaster, Bishop Guilfoyle’s Preslee Litzinger and Tyrone’s Makenzie Stauffer.

CLASS 2A GIRLS

(Top three relay teams, event placers and those achieving qualifying standard advance to states; *-qualified by meeting qualifying standard; standard in parenthesis following event results)

KEY, TEAM SCORING: 1, FH-Forest Hills, 82.5; 2, BC-Bishop Carroll, 81; 3, MC–Marion Center, 71; 4, U-United, 53.50; 5, CC–Central Cambria, 44; 6, R-Richland, 40; 7, PV-Penns Valley, 35; 8, PC-Penn Cambria, 33; 9, LV-Ligonier Valley, 26; T-10, J-Juniata, 24; T-10, PM-Penns Manor, 24; 12, S-Saltsburg, 22; 13, Homer-Center, 21; 14, BG-Bishop Guilfoyle, 19; 15, SJ-Saint Joseph’s, 16; T-16, Cambria Heights, 15; T-16, Bishop McCort, 15; 18, BA-Bellwood-Antis, 13; 19, SH-Southern Huntingdon, 11; T-20, H–Huntingdon, 9; T-20, WH–Westmont Hilltop, 9; T-20, P–Portage, 9; T-23, JV-Juniata Valley, 7; T-23, BEA-Bald Eagle Area, 7; 25, WB-West Branch; 26, PL-Purchase Line, 4; T-27 PO-Philipsburg-Osceola, 2; T-27, T-Tyrone, 2; T-29, MU-Mount Union, 1; T-29, NC-Northern Cambria, 1.

100 dash: 1, Martinazzi, BC, 12.73; 2, Roush, FH, 12.94; 3, Long, S, 13.05; 4, Smith, BM, 13.32; 5, Dunchack, BC, 13.43; 6, McKendree, FH, 13.55; 7, Musser, MC, 13.60; 8, Elliot, SJ, 13.80. (12.70)

200 dash: 1, Martinazzi, BC, 26.04; 2, Long, S, 26.33; 3, Risinger, MC, 26.36; 4, Culver, PV, 26.47; 5, Smith, BM, 26.71; 6, Felton, R, 27.62; 7, Musser, MC, 28.00; 8, Whitsel, SH, 28.20. (26.25)

400 dash: 1, Culver, PV, 59.18; 2, Long, S, 59.72; 3, Hayward, CC, 59.83; 4, Risinger, MC, 1:00.32; 5, Bowersox, PV, 1:01.41; 6, Murphy, BC, 1:02.15; 7, Chobany, P, 1:02.26; 8, Loner, MU, 1:02.49. (59.85)

800 run: 1, Whitfield, MC, 2:20.52; 2, McElheny, HC, 2:22.78; 3, Chobany, P, 2:23.68; 4, Prestash, WB, 2:24.40; 5, Peterman, CC, 2:25.84; 6, Mazza, SJ, 2:27.33; 7, Greathouse, FH, 2:28.17; 8, Valko, FH, 2:28.42. (2:20.60)

1600 run: 1, Whitfield, MC, 5:21.29; 2, Kocsis, R, 5:22.04; 3, Mazza, SJ, 5:23.35; 4, Swartz, J, 5:31.30; 5, Montag, FH, 5:32.64; 6, Varner, FH, 5:39.11; 7, P. Wess, CC, 5:43.28; 8, Robart, WH, 5:48.94. (5:18.30)

3200 run: 1, Bierly, PV, 11:21.94; 2, Walker, MC, 11:23.63; 3, Ludwig, U, 11:31.77; *4, Montag, FH, 11:33.06; 5, Kocsis, R, 11:47.38; 6, Cornetto, MC, 11:57.23; 7, Varner, FH, 12:15.67; 8, Keith, PM, 12:27.24. (11:35.00)

100 hurdles: 1, Bracken, U, 15.85; 2, McIntosh, FH, 16.15; 3, Leidy, JV, 16.32; 4, Arblaster, U, 16.33; 5, Roxby, FH, 17.09; 6, Kaschalk, CC, 17.21; 7, Willason, R, 17.44; 8, Shertzer, J, 17.72 (16.01)

300 hurdles: 1, Bracken, U, 45.61; 2, Kaschalk, CC, 47.82; 3, Arblaster, U, 48.07; 4, Kline, CH, 48.14; 5, Gwinn, H, 48.63; 6, Packer, BEA, 48.93; 7, McIntosh, FH, 49.34; 8, Susick, U, 49.45. (47.64)

400 relay: 1, Forest Hills, 50.75; 2, Richland, 51.64; 3, Bishop Carroll (Dunchack, Murphy, K. Yahner, Martinazzi), 51.69; 4, Bishop McCort, 53.17; 5, Ligonier Valley, 53.18; 6, Juniata, 53.34; 7, Tyrone, 53.68; 8, Penns Manor, 54.13. (50.80)

1600 relay: 1, Marion Center, 4:03.21; 2, Central Cambria (Kaschalk, Peterman, P. Wess, Hayward), 4:04.29; 3, Penns Valley, 4:08.03; 4, Richland, 4:16.15; 5, Forest Hills, 4:16.51; 6, Bishop Carroll, 4:21.42; 7, United, 4:22.43; 8, Saint Joseph’s, 4:23.60. (4:08.75)

3200 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Gilkey, Peterman, P. Wess, Hayward), 9:32.08; 2, Marion Center, 9:34.80; 3, Forest Hills, 9:46.10; 4, Saint Joseph’s, 10:03.51; 5, Juniata, 10:26.99; 6, Purchase Line, 10:32.46; 7, Bishop Carroll, 10:48.34; 8, Bishop McCort, 10:50.54. (9:50.40)

High jump: 1, Kline, CH, 5-4; 2, Sheaffer, J, 5-4; 3, Michina, PC, 5-4; *T-4, Koeck, FH, 5-2; T-*4, Bracken, U, 5-2; 6, Ratchford, BC, 5-0; 7, Marx, R, 5-0; 8, Kalinoski, P, 5-0. (5-2)

Long jump: 1, Roush, FH, 18-1; 2, Martinazzi, BC, 17-2.75; 3, Horrell, LV, 16-9.75; 4, Murphy, BC, 16-8.25; 5, Michina, PC, 16-5.5; 6, Litzinger, BG, 16-2.25; 7, Schachte, LV, 15-9.5; 8, Syster, PL, 15-7.75. (16-11)

Triple jump: 1, Horrell, LV, 38-11; 2, Michina, PC, 38-0.5; 3, Litzinger, BG, 37-1.5; 4, Murphy, BC, 36-5; 5, Janosik, PC, 36-1.5; 6, Arblaster, U, 35-1.5; 7, Hlivko, WH, 35-0.5; 8, Shertzer, J, 34-7.5. (35-6)

Shot put: 1, Polenik, PM, 38-4; 2, Krug, BC, 36-0.75, 3, Tomalson, U, 32-1.75, 4, Fetsko, MC, 31-9; 5, Newhouse, HC, 30-5.5; 6, Barney, SH, 29-11.25, 7, Butterworth, PO, 29-8.75; 8, Wilson, JV, 29-5. (36-6)

Discus: 1, Audley, BG, 116-9; 2, Krug, BC, 106-6; 3, Cecere, FH, 104-8; 4, Polenik, PM, 101-9; 5, Mellott, BEA, 98-2; 6, Barney, SH, 97-1; 7, Brosius, J, 94-11; 8, Burkett, PC, 93-5 (113-0).

Javelin: 1, Tiracave, PC, 132-6; 2, Buggey, HC, 128-3; 3, Polenik, PM, 127-4; *4, Krug, BC, 124-10; *5, Markosky, LV, 122-9; 6, Stevens, CC, 116-11; 7, Thompson, MC, 113-7; 8, Newhouse, HC, 111-8. (121-0)

Pole vault: 1, Gerwert, BA, 11-0 (tied meet record); 2, Gossard, R, 10-0; 3, Polacek, WH, 9-6; 4, McKinney, H, 9-0; 5, Rose, SH, 9-0; 6, Mayers, BA, 9-0; T-7, Meagher, PM, 9-0; T-7, Yahner, BC, 9-0; T-7, Zernick, NC, 9-0. (10-6)

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