Martinazzi, Stoy shine at LHAC event

By Philip Cmor

pcmor@altoonamirror.com

LORETTO — Alyssa Martinazzi and Kam Stoy don’t have to show much of anything to anyone anymore, but they both arrived at Tuesday’s Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships with something to prove to themselves.

Both did just that, too.

“Last year here, I actually had my worst meet ever. This year, I kind of wanted to come back for revenge on myself,” Martinazzi said. “I wanted to prove to myself that I was better.”

On a sunny day at Saint Francis University’s DeGol Field, Martinazzi set personal records in winning both the 100 meters and 200 meters on the girls side and even surpassed a longstanding meet record in finishing second in the long jump. Stoy also used personal disappointment at last year’s LHAC meet and left no doubt in running away with both boys hurdle races.

Of course, Central Cambria never can be rationally doubted on the track, and that played out again as the Red Devils and Lady Red Devils took first in eight running events, including four of the six relay races. Sparked by Kayden Kutchman’s victory over teammate Evan Bopp in the 400-meter dash and Mike Walwro’s convincing triumph in the 800, CC edged Forest Hills for the boys team title.

Bishop Carroll’s Brittany Krug and Penn Cambria’s Zach Krug might be distant cousins, but their bloodlines were evident as each of them were double winners in the throws. Krug also notched a second-place showing, joining with Martinazzi to lead Carroll to a second-place finish behind powerhouse Forest Hills in the girls team race.

Martinazzi ran the 100 in 12.79 seconds to prevail over Johnstown’s Emada Zoe in 15-hundredths of a second. The Lady Husky junior came back to post a time of 26.20 in the 200, more than three-quarters of a second ahead of Bishop McCort’s Courtney Smith.

“I was really happy. It was definitely a confidence-booster,” said Martinazzi, smiling ear-to-ear. “It was just fun today.”

Martinazzi clearly was motivated after finishing fifth in both dashes in 2016.

“Just staying focused is the key to me,” Martinazzi said.

As if her performance on the track wasn’t enough, Martinazzi’s 17-foot, 7.5-inch long jump was an inch beyond a record that had stood since 2003 — had Forest Hills’ Zoe Roush not produced an 18-4, Martinazzi would have been the event’s only triple winner individually.

A two-time all-state player in basketball, Martinazzi actually has been competing longer in track, going back to second grade in Mountain Top track and field.

“I’ve always been running,” Martinazzi said. “I feel free spirited on the track. It’s like yourself. When you have a bad day, you blame yourself. In basketball, it’s more of a team thing, and you all have to fix it.”

Stoy vaporized the competitition in the 110 hurdles, crossing the line in 16.66 seconds; the next best time was 16.33. He repeated the feat in the 300, where his 40.83 topped anyone else by almost a second and a half.

Both his times were better than 2016. Last year, he hoped to sweep the hurdles but was denied in the 300, when he finished second. That left him hungry this time.

“This is a big milestone for me. Last year I came up short in the 300. I came in second. So I’ve been training all year to come back and get that,” Stoy said. “I’m going to keep working hard for districts and states. I’m putting everything together now.”

Stoy’s times weren’t as fast as he hoped, but he also was running way out front most of the way in both races.

“I knew in my head that I had to push myself. I’m the only one, at the end of the day, that I can put the weight on, if I do good or I do bad,” Stoy said.

Britt Krug missed last year’s meet while recovering from injury. Now healthy, she got gold in her signature event, the javelin by throwing 131-9, winning by more than 21 feet. The 37-1 she registered in the shot put was more than 6 feet better than anyone else in the field.

“The weather was great, and I just knew it was my day to do it,” Krug said. “You have to step up whenever you’re in the big leagues, and I knew I had to do my best.”

However, Krug said the stage for the day was set when she fired the discus 104-5, placing second to Bishop Guilfoyle’s Anna Audley, who checked in at 110-1.5.

“I think that just calmed me down for the rest of the meet,” Krug said. “I PR’d. It just got me in the mood for the rest of the meet.”

Zach Krug threw the shot 48-6 on his first attempt, and no one ever was able to unseat him as leader as he won by 6 inches. Krug also had the second-best throw of 48-5.5; he actually PR’d on all three attempts, and he scratched on his best throw.

“I felt like I had a good chance (of winning two golds). I knew I had some good competition. I just had to come with my ‘A’ game today,” Krug said. “I feel like this sets me up pretty good (for the District 6 Class 2A meet). I should be a high seed. This will be my second year at districts for both, and, hopefully, I can advance to states.”

It was Matt Holsinger’s victory in the triple jump with a distance of 41-10 that clinched the team championship for the Central Cambria boys, but the school is looking at sending a large contingent of runners of both genders to Shippensburg at the end of the month. Nothing showed the Devils’ depth more than the boys 400: Kutchman and Bopp finished one-two, with Kutchman taking the gold with a time of 51.23 and Bopp checking in at 51.74.

Later, Walwro looked strong in the half-mile, where his time of 2:01.67 put him over the finish line more than 5 seconds before anyone else. Kutchman, Bopp and Walwro were joined by Ian Primel in the four-by-400 and Nate Kuntz in the four-by-800, which they won with room to spare with times of 3 minutes, 32.19 seconds and 8:40.19, respectively.

“Every day at practice, we’re pushing each other constantly on every run. That really helps us in meets like this,” Kutchman said. “This is something nice before districts.”

The Central Cambria girls placed first in both the 3200 and 1600 relays, too, with Lexi Peterman and Paige Wess being joined by Sydney Gilkey and Emma Wess in the four-by-eight and McKenna Hayward and Carly Kaschalk in the four-by-four.

Central Cambria’s 3200 relay turned in a time of 9:53.51, about 7 seconds ahead of Forest Hills. The Lady Devil four-by-400 ran 4:12.52 and triumphed by 8 seconds.

Peterman and Hayward went down to the wire with Bedford’s Allison Pittman in the 800 meters. Peterman’s finish proved the strongest, as her time of 2:27.53 was two-hundredths of a second better than Pittman and four-hundredths faster than Hayward.

Hayward was 2 full seconds faster than runner-up Maddie Murphy in the 400, recording a time of 1:00.19.

“We put a lot of work into it. We’re always pushing each other, pushing harder. These are the meets that we need to perform for, and we know that,” Hayward said. “(Tradition) is always a constant for us. We want to be as good as (those who came before). We’re always trying to chip away to get to those times.”

Three other competitors from the Altoona Mirror coverage area left Saint Francis with gold. Bishop Guilfoyle’s Max Sankey won the boys 200 with a 22.70 time, and Tyler Weigand gave Penn Cambria a sweep in the boy throws with a 177-3 in the javelin. Penn Cambria’s Lauren Michina prevailed in the girls triple jump with a distance of 37-8.

BOYS

KEY, TEAM SCORING: 1, CC–Central Cambria, 111.5; 2, FH–Forest Hills, 105.5; 3, PC–Penn Cambria, 77.5; 4, R–Richland, 67; 5, WH–Westmont Hilltop, 61; 6, BED–Bedford, 56; 7, J–Johnstown, 50.5; 8, S–Somerset, 50; 9, BM–Bishop McCort, 41; 10, BG–Bishop Guilfoyle, 31; 11, BC–Bishop Carroll, 29; 12, CH–Cambria Heights, 22.

100 dash: 1, Loe, J, 11.23; 2, Sankey, BG, 11.33; 3, Antal, WH, 11.36; 4, Berkins, J, 11.38; 5, Barron, S, 11.39; 6, Chadbourn, BG,11.66 ; 7, Wyland, PC, 11.67; 8, Maykovich, BC, 11.74.

200 dash: 1, Sankey, BG, 22.70; 2, Simon, J, 22.82; 3, Antal, WH, 23.08; 4, Long, FH, 23.16; 5, Chadbourn, BG, 23.20; 6, Kutchman, CC, 23.40; 7, Barron, S, 23.67; 8, Bopp, CC, 23.89.

400 dash: 1, Kutchman, CC, 51.23; 2, Bopp, CC, 51.74; 3, Tustin, R, 52.01; 4, Karlheim, BC, 52.55; 5, Towns, R, 53.24; 6, Seidel, BM, 55.48; 7, Dawson, 55.66; 8, Barbarto, BM, 55.69.

800 run: 1, Walwro, CC, 2:01.67; 2, Walker, S, 2:07.01; 3, Norland, R, 2:08.08; 4, Corrente, FH, 2:09.68; 5, Rodacay, WH, 2:10.53; 6, Kuntz, CC, 2:11.38; 7, Molnar, FH, 2:11.58; 8, Sutton, PC, 2:14.43.

1600 run: 1, Schulte, BM, 4:33.23; 2, Walker, S, 4:41.65; 3, Konhaus, WH, 4:42.25; 4, Chunta, FH, 4:44.58; 5, Browell, BED, 4:45.27; 6, Wyland, BC, 4:45.76; 7, Wilson, CC, 4:48.60; 8, Sutton, PC, 4:49.94.

3200 run: 1, Schulte, BM, 10:07.68; 2, Konhaus, WH, 10:22.85; 3, Chunta, FH, 10:24.10; 4, Wilson, CC, 10:26.59; 5, Browell, BED, 10:35.18; 6, Hanik, BM, 10:38.02; 7, Brandis, CC, 10:49.33; 8, Paul, R, 11:13.07.

110 hurdles: 1, Stoy, PC, 15.66; 2, Rodman, R, 16.33; 3, Farabaugh, CH, 16.80; 4, Slovikosky, PC,17.04 ; 5, Latshaw, FH, 17.12; 6, Miller, WH, 17.46; 7, Rhinier, FH, 17.75; 8, Lensbouer, S,18.45.

300 hurdles: 1, Stoy, PC, 40.83; 2, Rodman, R, 42.39; 3, Shoff, CC, 42.90; 4, Troll, S, 43.72; 5, Samples, R, 43.75; 6, Rhinier, FH, 43.75; 7, DeShane, S, 44.85; 8, Latshaw, FH, 45.01.

400 relay: 1, Johnstown (Berkins, Simon, Tinsley, Loe), 42.74 (meet record); 2, Penn Cambria, 44.16; 3, Bishop Guilfoyle, 45.03; 4, Central Cambria, 45.16; 5, Richland, 45.17; 6, Forest Hills, 45.39; 7, Bedford, 45.97; 8, Somerset, 46.09.

1600 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Primel, Walwro, Bopp, Kutchman), 3:32.19; 2, Richland, 3:35.67; 3, Bishop McCort, 3:39.80; 4, Bedford, 3:44.99; 5, Forest Hills, 3:50.67; 6, Westmont Hilltop, 3:53.42; 7, Somerset, 3:53.70; 8, Bishop Carroll, 3:56.68.

3200 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Kutchman, Kuntz, Bopp, Walwro), 8:40.19; 2, Forest Hills, 8:43.33; 3, Richland, 8:55.72; 4, Westmont Hilltop, 9:06.20; 5, Bishop McCort, 9:09.21; 6, Bedford, 9:38.31; 7, Bishop Carroll, 9:50.32; 8, Cambria Heights, 10:11.81.

High jump: 1, Donoughe, FH, 6-0; 2, Moyer, WH, 5-10; 3, Pyle, BED, 5-8; 4, Peters, J, 5-8; 5, Semelsberger, 5-8; 6 (tie), Long, FH, and Primel, CC, 5-6; 8 (tie), Farrell, PC, and Tinsley, J, 5-6.

Long jump: 1, Long, FH, 20-7.5; 2, Pyle, BED, 20-3; 3, Holsinger, CC, 19-4.5; 4, Smith, FH, 19-1.5; 5, Wholaver, CH, 18-11.5; 6, Hite, PC, 18-11; 7, Tinsley, J, 18-11; 8, Primel, CC, 18-7.5.

Triple jump: 1, Holsinger, CC, 41-10; 2, Pyle, BED, 39-11; 3, Tinsley, J, 39-5.75; 4, Dawson, BED, 39-2.5; 5, Dubuque, CC, 38-10; 6, Smith, FH, 38-9; 7, Vogelsberger, R, 38-7.5; 8, Wholaver, CH, 38-5.5.

Shot put: 1, Krug, PC, 48-6; 2, Hyde, S, 48-0; 3, Lauer, BC, 46-1; 4, Diehl, PC, 45-0; 5, Castel, CC, 43-5; 6, Fernandez, BED, 42-11.5; 7, Bobby, CH, 41-9; 8, Bezek, CC, 41-4.

Discus: 1, Krug, PC, 144-9; 2, Bobby, CH, 141-10; 3, Hyde, S, 140-3; 4, Elgin, FH, 128-10; 5, Fernandez, BED, 128-9.5; 6, Yonko, WH, 122-5; 7, Ludwig, BC, 121-0; 8, Conrad, PC, 117-4.

Javelin: 1, Weigand, PC, 177-3; 2, Magley, CC, 165-4; 3, Lessard, BC, 159-4; 4, Corrente, FH, 154-2.5; 5, Simms, J, 153-11; 6, Elgin, FH, 139-0; 7, Fernandez, BED, 138-7; 8, Long, PC, 135-10.

Pole vault: 1, Abel, R, 13-6; 2, Krug, FH, 12-0; 3, Erb, FH, 12-0; 4, Dorian, WH, 11-0; 5, Albertelli, WH, 10-0; 6, Troll, S, 10-0; 7 (tie), Bohrer, BC, and Motchebaugh, BC, 9-6.

GIRLS

KEY, TEAM SCORING: 1, FH–Forest Hills, 137; 2, BC–Bishop Carroll, 117; 3, CC–Central Cambria, 108; 4, R–Richland, 57.5; 5, S–Somerset, 53; 6, BED–Bedford, 51.5; 7, PC–Penn Cambria, 43; 8, BG–Bishop Guilfoyle, 37.5; 9, CH–Cambria Heights, 28; 10, BM–Bishop McCort, 28; 11, WH–Westmont Hilltop, 21.5; 12, J–Johnstown, 20.

100 dash: 1, Martinazzi, BC, 12.79; 2, Loe, J, 12.94; 3, Roush, FH, 13.16; 4, Smith, BM, 13.25; 5, Close, S, 13.32; 6, McKendree, FH, 13.41; 7, Dunchack, BC, 13.67; 8, Suder, BED,13.91.

200 dash: 1, Martinazzi, BC, 26.20; 2, Smith, BM, 26.96; 3, Close, S, 26.99; 4, Fuller, BED, 27.00; 5, Gossard, R, 28.06; 6, Dunchack, BC, 28.31; 7, McKendree, FH, 28.33; 8, McQuaide, R, 28.56.

400 dash: 1, Hayward, CC, 1:00.19; 2, Murphy, BC, 1:02.19; 3, Woods, CC, 1:03.72; 4, Stains, 1:03.72; 5, Smith, FH, 1:04.36; 6, Simeone, R, 1:04.69; 7, KIwisnek, BC, 1:05.84; 8, Davidson, BED, 1:05.87.

800 run: 1, Peterman, CC,2:27.53 ; 2, Pittman, BED, 2:27.55; 3, Hayward, CC, 2:27.79; 4, Valko, FH, 2:30.21; 5, Harvey, PC, 2:30.53; 6, Repko, BC, 2:33.10; 7, Martin, BM, 2:33.14; 8, Greathouse, FH, 2:33.33.

1600 run: 1, Kocsis, R, 5:21.87; 2, P. Wess, CC, 5:26.56; 3, Montag, FH, 5:27.66; 4, Chan, S, 5:32.97; 5, Pittman, BED, 5:43.15; 6, Varner, FH, 5:47.37; 7, Robart, WH, 5:48.21; 8, McKeel, CC, 5:49.01.

3200 run: 1, Kocsis, R, 11:47.63; 2, Montag, FH, 11:55.48; 3, Chan, S, 12:05.38; 4, E. Wess, CC, 12:26.80; 5, Varner, FH, 12:38.25; 6, Gilkey, CC, 12:48.42; 7, Robart, WH, 12:58.22; 8, McElhenny, CH, 13:04.40.

100 hurdles: 1, Close, S, 15.35; 2, Kaschalk, CC, 17.27; 3, McIntosh, FH,17.36 ; 4, Willason, R, 17.42; 5, Polacek, WH, 17.48; 6, Ferguson, BED, 17.60; 7, Roxby, FH, 17.98; 8, Kinney, CH, 18.12.

300 hurdles: 1, Close, S, 46.93; 2, Kaschalk, CC, 48.73; 3, Kline, CH, 50.22; 4, Ratchford, BC, 50.50; 5, Kwisnek, BC, 50.86; 6, Ferguson, BED, 51.46; 7, Farabaugh, CC, 51.72; 8, Roxby, FH, 52.17.

400 relay: 1, Johnstown (Loe, Smothers, Lewis, Rowe), 51.46; 2, Forest Hills, 51.50; 3, Bishop Carroll, 52.11; 4, Richland, 52.31; 5, Bishop McCort, 53.32; 6, Bedford, 53.53; 7, Cambria Heights, 54.88; 8, Penn Cambria, 55.14.

1600 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Hayward, Kaschalk, Peterman, P. Wess), 4:12.52; 2, Forest Hills, 4:20.41; 3, Richland, 4:20.47; 4, Bishop Carroll, 4:22.05; 5, Bishop McCort, 4:28.22; 6, Bedford, 4:29.79; 7, Westmont Hilltop, 4:41.40; 8, Somerset, 4:46.60.

3200 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Gilkey, Peterman, E. Wess, P. Wess), 9:53.51; 2, Forest Hills, 10:00.82; 3, Bedford, 10:38.75; 4, Bishop Carroll, 10:49.50; 6, Westmont Hilltop, 10:03.05; 7, Somerset, 11:13.65; 8, Richland, 12:10.85.

High jump: 1, Koeck, FH, 5-0; 2, Kline, CH, 5-0; 3, Michina, PC, 4-10; 4, Cecere, FH, 4-10; 5, Fuller, BED, and Litzinger, BG, 4-10; 7, Hayward, CC, 4-8; 8 (tie), Marx, R, and Polacek, WH, 4-8.

Long jump: 1, Roush, FH, 18-4 (meet record); 2, Martinazzi, BC, 17-7.5; 3, Michina, PC, 17-2; 4, Litzinger, BG, 17-1.25; 5, Murphy, BC, 16-11.5; 6, Fuller, BED, 16-6.5; 7, Janosik, PC, 16-5.5; 8, Rowe, J, 16-4.

Triple jump: 1, Michina, PC, 37-8; 2, Murphy, 36-11; 3, Litzinger, BG, 36-9; 4, Roush, FH, 36-4; 5, Janosik, PC, 35-7; 6, Robison, S, 34-8; 7, Conrad, 34-2.5; 8, Rowe, J, 32-8.25.

Shot put: 1, Krug, BC, 37-1; 2, Weyandt, FH, 31-0; 3, Audley, BG, 30-6; 4, Price, BG, 29-11.5; 5, Bezek, CC, 29-10.5; 6, Martz, BED, 29-1; 7, McKendree, FH, 28-9; 8, Burkey, CH, 28-7.

Discus: 1, Audley, BG, 110-1.5; 2, Krug, BC, 104-5; 3, Brendel, FH, 97-8; 4, Cecere, FH, 95-10; 5, Burkett, PC, 94-0; 6, Schofield, CC, 89-1; 7, Burkey, CH, 83-2.5; 8, Bobroski, BC, 79-1.

Javelin: 1, Krug, BC, 131-9; 2, Stevens, CC, 110-1; 3, Tiracave, PC, 106-6; 4, Conrad, CH, 100-5; 5, Bauer, CC, 99-8; 6, Cecere, FH, 97-9.5; 7, Georgiana, BG, 90-6; 8, Martz, BED, 89-2.

Pole vault: 1, Gossard, R, 10-0; 2, Polacek, WH, 9-6; 3, Camacho, S, 9-0; 4, Yahner, BC, 9-0; 5, Brenner, BED, 8-6; 6, Chestnutwood, FH, 8-0; 7, Cascino, R, 8-0; 8, Keim, BC, 7-6.

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