Watson captures two events

West Central Coaches track -- boys

05/05/17 By Gary M. Baranec Altoona's Treyvaun Toney wins the AAA 110 hurdles

It’s hard for Daiquain Watson to imagine himself now as a sophomore two years ago, learning the premise of peaking at the right time.

“It’s pretty different,” Watson said. “I never expected me to be at this point.”

Watson and the Penn Cambria four-by-100-meter relay team showed there is no substitute for experience on Friday night’s 68th annual West Central Coaches Track and Field Invitational Meet. Watson, Altoona Area High School’s state-medaling senior, was the only Class 3A boy to win two events — the high and the long jump — and was rewarded as the outstanding performer in his classification although he didn’t challenge his personal records.

Running as a unit for the second straight year in an event where that rarely happens, the Panther relay was smooth and impressive in breaking its school record and winning that event to provide the top highlights for area boys in the Class 2A section of the meet at a wet Mansion Park.

There were a number of other area winners. Treyvaun Toney and Tyler Delozier scored first-place points in the 110-meter hurdles and the pole vault, respectively, as Altoona finished second in the 3A team race to State College. Meanwhile, Northern Bedford’s Cam Sherlock (800 run), Bishop Guilfoyle’s Max Sankey (200 dash), Bedford’s Cleeford Sylne (long jump) and Central Cambria’s 1600 relay won events in Class 2A.

Watson jumped 22 feet, 3§ inches to take the long jump, with Hollidaysburg’s Kyle Lindsey grabbing second at 21-9¢. Watson’s winning distance was about 2 inches off his season-best.

Although his best performance of the season is 6-5, the Mountain Lion senior only needed to clear 6-1 in the high to make it two victories. He beat Lindsey on misses.

“I’m glad I got the wins, but I actually am kind of disappointed because I can do better,” Watson said. “It’s a work in progress. I’ve still got two weeks to prepare for (the District 6 Class 3A meet). That’s when the big stuff comes on. I’m ready for it, though.”

The West Central is one of the biggest meets of the season, and a lot of performers will use it as a measuring stick. However, for someone as established as Watson, it’s more of a chance to do some fine tuning for the meets that really matter — districts and states.

“This is just like me getting back into the swing of things to see where I’m at,” Watson said. “In two weeks, I feel like I should be ready to go with my best performance of the year. This was just about getting the ‘W.'”

Watson has had some local competition this year from Lindsey, which he thought would help as the season reaches its climax.

“It helps me, because we’re still jumping. We’re still getting higher heights,” Watson said. “We’re still motivating each other. I’m not jumping against myself. I like having more competition that can compete at the same level.”

After posting the best prelim time of 15.87 seconds, Toney trimmed about three-tenths of a second off that in the finals of the 110 hurdles, finishing in 15.56. South Western’s Noah Langenfeld was second at 15.89.

Toney looked like just short of a lock for two individual wins — he was seeded fifth in the 110s but first in the later race, the 300. However, he hit a hurdle late in the race and settled for second to South Western’s Dhane Schmelyun, checking in with a time of 41.18.

Toney has run 40.37 at that distance earlier this spring.

“The one hurdle I stumbled. I felt it took all my energy out. I felt like I still (had a shot at winning). It took my momentum. But, you learn from your mistakes,” Toney said.

A junior, Toney thought he set himself up well for the District 6 Class 3A meet, which comes up in a little less than two weeks.

“I feel like I can still improve. I didn’t PR (in the 300). What matters most is my PR. I can come in last place in my events. If I PR, I feel like it’s a victory,” Toney said. “I keep telling myself I’m the best, even if I’m not always. You’ve got to keep telling yourself that. That’s how you improve.”

Toney trimmed seven-hundredths of a second off his previous best time of the year in the 110 finals, though.

“Coach kept telling me to watch my trail leg, so that’s what I focused on the entire race,” Toney said.

Delozier positioned himself nicely for D6-3A gold and a possible state medal by vaulting 15-0, just 7 inches shy of Travis Hammaker’s meet record. He won by 18 inches.

“It makes me feel pretty confident,” said Delozier, who’s been pole vaulting for four years. “I’m hoping to get 15-6 for hopefully states.”

Delozier’s best height entering the meet was 14-4.

“I just tried to stay determined and run fast. I’ve had trouble with some of my form, swinging up and running fast, but today I put it together really good,” Delozier said.

Penn Cambria blazed to first in the 2A 400 relay, with Austin Zupon, Nick Hite, Kam Stoy and Jake Wyland turning in a school-record time of 44.13 seconds. Bishop Guilfoyle came in second, registering a 44.86.

“It’s just a product of a lot of hard work and teamwork. That’s what we pride ourselves on,” Stoy said. “We just had an overall nice run. A lot of good handoffs and good competition.”

The clean handoffs should be no surprise: This is one of the most proven relays in the area. The Panther four-by-100 ran together last year in the same order and was formidable in 2016, too, qualifying for states.

“It’s a huge advantage. Different teams are put different kids in the event, but we have the chemistry. Just being able to go out there and know, our steps are so solid,” Stoy said. “Even just learning to focus on my turn. I’ve learned to run the turn better. The same with Zupon.

“We’ve really just learned to run our segment better, unlike other kids who have to jump back and forth.”

The Panthers were top seeded in the event with a 44.44 time. After reaching the state meet last year, though, the Penn Cambria quartet still is looking to cut time to make it to the state finals this time and get a medal.

“We want to get down to about 43.5. That’s our goal,” Stoy said. “That’s a pretty good time, I feel, for the state championships, just to get that range.”

It was a pretty good day individually for Stoy, too. He finished second in both hurdle races and was the highest District 6 finisher in both.

“Second’s pretty good. Ultimately, I wanted to be first. But I feel now I really know how to focus my efforts for districts and states, so I know where I’m slacking with the better competitors. Now I know how to train a little harder,” Stoy said.

Part of the second-place team in the 400 relay, Sankey shook off any disappointment from that and an earlier runner-up showing in the 100 meters to win the 200.

Sankey ran 22.95 in the finals. His teammate, Evan Chadbourn, was second with a 23.15.

“He came out really strong, and he really finished that race. I know he was upset about the hundred, and he wanted to come out and prove it in the 200, and show he was much better than that,” Marauder coach Brad Kanuch said of Sankey, a recent transfer from Altoona Area. “I think things are setting up really good (for districts). Seeing times from all over, both he and Evan look like they could be one and two in both the 100 and the 200, which is exciting.”

Sherlock was the only other area boy to take first individually on the track, completing the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 39-hundredths of a second, six-hundredths ahead of Saint Joseph’s Michael Peters. Central Cambria’s team of Ian Primel, Michael Walwro, Kayden Kutchman and Evan Bopp posted a time of 3:26.82 to prevail in the four-by-400.

In a preview of what should be an interesting District 5 long jump competition in a couple of weeks, Sylne, back from a trip to the Caribbean, held off Chestnut Ridge’s Noah Dillow by soaring 21-10§, 6™ inches beyond the Lion junior. Northern Bedford’s Gavin Gilbert — the top seed — also reached 21 feet in taking fourth, and Bellwood-Antis’ Matt Glunt was third.

Sylne’s winning distance was 6 inches better than anything he’d produced this season leading into the meet.

Kane won the 2A boys team title. Tyrone was second; the Golden Eagles didn’t have an event winner, but Joe Kohler (1600) and Zach Kohler (3200) garnered second-place finishes.

CLASS 3A BOYS

KEY, TEAM SCORING: 1, SC–State College, 154; 2, A–Altoona, 123; 3, SW–South Weatern, 76; 4, MC–Mifflin County, 75; 5, BR–Bradford, 73; 6, I–Indiana, 47; 7, H–Hollidaysburg, 35; 8, BF–Bellefonte, 34; 9, SOM–Somerset, 33; 10, C–Clearfield, 19; 11, CM–Central Mountain, 14; 12, D–DuBois, 12.

100 dash: 1, Hartlaub, SW, 10.96; 2, Shaw, SW, 11.10; 3, Barron, SOM, 11.28; 4, Ellis, SC, 11.38; 5, Vleminckx, BR, 11.38; 6, Russell, SC, 11.44; 7, Adams, A, 11.48; 8, Jones, CM,. 11.49.

200 dash: 1, VleminckX, BR, 22.78; 2, Ellis, SC, 23.22; 3, Lawhead, A, 23.23; 4, Barron, SOM, 23.58; 5, Jones, CM, 23.63; 6, Sechler, MC, 23.76; 7, Russell, SC, 23.80; 8, Fox, CM, 24.54.

400 dash: 1, Phillips, MC, 51.08; 2, Oesterling, SC, 51.17; 3, VonColln, A, 51.79; 4, Hovis, BF, 52.93; 5, Russell, SC, 53.63; 6, Whittaker, H, 53.68; 7, Branan, I, 53.79; 8, Celaya, SW, 53.86.

800 run: 1, J. Feffer, SC, 1:58.92; 2, Sharp, I, 1:59.69; 3, Walker, SOM, 2:00.00; 4, Phillips, MC, 2:00.01; 5, Bujdos, I, 2:00.53; 6, Di Perna, SC, 2:00.55; 7, Wolfgang, MC, 2:01.18; 8, Cowan, A, 2:02.10.

1600 run: 1, Wing, SC, 4:23.31; 2, N. Feffer, SC, 4:24.48; 3, Macknair, MC, 4:25.06; 4, Lenze, I, 4:28.13; 5, Caruso, BR, 4:33.02; 6, Williams, A, 4:41.76; 7, Pope, BF, 4:43.74; 8, Boutiller, A, 4:45.79.

3200 run: 1, Macknair, MC, 9:40.75; 2, Isham, SC, 9:51.16; 3, Pope, BF, 9:59.27; 4, Caruso, BR, 10:05.26; 5, Williams, A, 10:09.17; 6, Evans, I, 10:14.41; 7, Miles, SW, 10:21.84; 8, Biancuzzo, C, 10:24.59.

110 hurdles: 1, Toney, A, 15.56; 2, Langenfield, SW, 15.89; 3, Ambrose, BR, 15.94; 4, Longenecker, SC, 15.99; 5, McClellan, A, 16.13; 6, Tate, MC, 16.25; 7, Holoviak, SC, 16.52.

300 hurdles: 1, Schmelyun, SW, 40.57; 2, Toney, A, 41.18; 3, Longenecker, SC, 41.35; 4, Ambrose, BR, 41.42; 5, Tate, MC, 42.27; 6, Brown, A, 42.64; 7, Stafford, BR, 43.55; 8, Weaver, I, 43.94.

400 relay: 1, South Western (Langenfeld, Shaw, Moore, Hartlaub), 43.21; 2, Altoona, 43.58; 3, State College, 43.81; 4, Central Mountain, 45.83; 5, Mifflin County, 46.05; 6, Somerset, 46.10; 7, DuBois, 46.26; 8, Indiana, 46.64.

1600 relay: 1, State College (J. Feffer, N. Feffer, Hamilton, Longenecker), 3:32.30; 2, Altoona, 3:32.90; 3, South Western, 3:33.14; 4, Bradford, 3:33.52; 5, Mifflin County, 3:34.06; 6, Indiana, 3:36.44; 7, DuBois, 3:45.13; 8, Somerset, 3:49.91.

3200 relay: 1, Indiana (Branan, Bujdos, Lenze, Sharp), 8:05.48; 2, Altoona, 8:17.35; 3, Bradford, 8:24.34; 4, State College, 8:41.23; 5, Hollidaysburg, 8:57.13; 6, Central Mountain, 9:05.30; 7, Mifflin County, 9:12.74; 8, Bellefonte, 9:29.84.

High jump: 1, Watson, A, 6-1; 2, Lindsey, H, 6-1; 3, McKenzie, C, 5-11; 4, Rogers, H, 5-11; 5, Fisher, MC, 5-9.

Long jump: 1, Watson, A, 22-3.75; 2, Lindsey, H, 21-9.5; 3, Clark, SC, 21-8.25; 4, Vleminckx, BR, 21-4; 5, Adams, A, 21-3; 6, Rogers, H, 21-2; 7, Langenfeld, SW, 21-2; 8, Hefkin, SC, 20-2.

Triple jump: 1, Clark, SC, 45-6.5; 2, Hamilton, SC, 44-0.25; 3, Green, A, 43-5.75; 4, Jakes, SW, 42-0.5; 5, Basal, H, 41-9.25; 6, Fernandez, BF, 41-7.5; 7, Lynch, C, 40-10.5; 8, Watson, A, 40-9.

Shot put: 1, Eakin, BR, 51-8; 2, Hyde, SOM, 48-1.5; 3, Bennett, MC, 45-9.5; 4, Fields, SW, 44-5; 5, Thompson, SC, 43-3.5; 6, Kroell, BF, 41-10; 7, Lindner, A, 40-11.25; 8, Davis, SW, 40-7.25.

Discus: 1, Collins, C, 159-1; 2, Bevevino, I, 132-4; 3, Boland, BF, 131-0; 4, Whittemore, BR, 128-4; 5, Hyde, SOM, 128-0; 6, Bennett, MC, 127-0; 7, Weatherwalk, A, 123-7; 8, Thompson, SC, 122-8.

Javelin: 1, Thompson, SC, 158-10; 2, VanCampen, SW, 157-5; 3, Folcarelli, A, 153-8; 4, Wagner, MC, 152-3; 5, Sheaffer, MC, 147-6; 6, Boland, BF, 145-6; 7, Lines, D, 141-7; 8, Whittemore, BR, 139-5.

Pole vault: 1, Delozier, A, 15-0; 2, Knipe, SC, 13-6; 3, Holben, D, 13-0; 4, Wert, BF, 13-0; 5, J. Kellam, BR, 13-0; 6, Osborne, SC, 12-6; 7, Roadman, I, 12-0; 8, S. Kellam, BR, 11-6.

CLASS 2A BOYS

KEY, TEAM SCORING: 1, KA–Kane, 58; 2, T–Tyrone, 48; 3, D–Derry, 47; 4, ECC–Elk County Catholic, 46; 5, CC–Central Cambria, 45; 6, PC–Penn Cambria, 44; 7, BG–Bishop Guilfoyle, 41; 8, SJ–Saint Joseph’s 36; 9, BA–Bellwood-Antis, 35; 10, FH–Forest Hills, 32; 11, WH–Westmont Hilltop, 27; 12, SM–St. Marys, 26; 13 (tie), CR–Chestnut Ridge and JUN–Juniata, 25; 15, BB–Berlin Brothersvalley, 22; 16, NB–Northern Bedford, 21; 17, PL–Purchase Line, 19; 18, JB–Johnsonburg, 18; 19, WN–Windber, 17.5; 20, BED–Bedford, 12.5; 21, U–United, 11; 22, PV–Penns Valley, 10; 23, KP–Kiski Prep, 8; 24, E–Everett, 7; 25, BC–Bishop Carroll, 6; 26 (tie), BEA–Bald Eagle Area and SB–Saltsburg, 5; 28 (tie), NC–Northern Cambria and PO–Philipsburg-Osceola, 2.

100 dash: 1, Antal, WH, 11.29; 2, Sankey, BG, 11.29; 3, Chadbourn, BG, 11.31; 4, Wyland, PC, 11.47; 5, Weaver, T, 11.50; 6, Mitchell, T, 11.65; 7, Long, FH, 11.71; 8, Maycovich, BC, 11.82.

200 dash: 1, Sankey, BG, 22.95; 2, Chadbourn, BG, 23.15; 3, Antal, WH, 23.16; 4, Mitchell, T, 23.21; 5, Maze, KA, 23.31; 6, Long, FH, 23.65; 7, Koss, ECC, 23.66; 8, Hite, PC, 23.85.

400 dash: 1, Maze, KA, 51.27; 2, Bopp, CC, 51.45; 3, Butz, PL, 51.80; 4, J. Huss, D, 51.83; 5, Kutchman, CC, 52.17; 6, Parson, JUN, 52.69; 7, Worthing, BA, 52.99; 8, W. Huss, D, 53.01.

800 run: 1, Sherlock, NB, 2:00.39; 2, Peters, SJ, 2:00.45; 3, Baublitz, JUN, 2:00.52; 4, J. Kohler, T, 2:01.57; 5, Walwro, CC, 2:02.32; 6, Moore, PL, 2:05.09; 7, Hinton, JB, 2:05.89; 8, B. Hoffman, ECC, 2:06.22.

1600 run: 1, Baublitz, JUN, 4:29.09; 2, J. Kohler, T, 4:38.44; 3, Z. Kohler, T, 4:38.92; 4, Konhaus, WH, 4:40.14; 5, Moore, PL, 4:44.25; 6, Colwell, PV, 4:44.49; 7, Ringler, U, 4:45.37; 8, Wilson, CC, 4:45.94.

3200 run: 1, Wortman, ECC, 9:36.14; 2, Z. Kohler, T, 9:58.88; 3, Dippold, ECC, 10:04.47; 4, Konhaus, WH, 10:07.19; 5, Eckenroad, BB, 10:08.86; 6, Chunta, FH, 10:12.35; 7, Ringler, U, 10:21.70.

110 hurdles: 1, Newton, KA, 15.18; 2, Stoy, PC, 15.51; 3, Broadway, D, 15.81; 4, Vasas, WN, 15.88; 5, DeCarmine, SJ, 15.90; 6, Snyder, CR, 16.27; 7, Woodford, PV, 16.51.

300 hurdles: 1, Broadway, D, 40.14; 2, Stoy, PC, 40.54; 3, Vasas, WN, 40.68; 4, Newton, KA, 41.26; 5, DeCarmine, SJ, 41.92; 6, Fryzlewicz, KA, 42.84; 7, Wittman, ECC, 43.47; 8, Hurd, PV, 43.53.

400 relay: 1, Penn Cambria (Zupon, Hite, Stoy, Wyland), 44.13; 2, Bishop Guilfoyle, 44.86; 3, Forest Hills, 45.21; 4, Tyrone, 45.35; 5, Central Cambria, 45.55; 6 (tie), Bedford and Bellwood-Antis, 45.66; 8, Derry, 45.68.

1600 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Primel, Walwro, Kutchman, Bopp), 3:26.82; 2, Derry, 3:28.51; 3, Kane, 3:34.98; 4, Bellwood-Antis, 3:36.50; 5, Elk County Catholic, 3:38.78; 6, Penns Valley, 3:40.86; 7, Purchase Line, 3:41.94; 8, Saint Joseph’s, 3:41.97.

3200 relay: 1, Elk County Catholic (L. Hoffman, Wortman, B. Hoffman, Dippold), 8:14.75; 2, Central Cambria, 8:15.97; 3, Juniata, 8:24.55; 4, Saint Joseph’s 8:32.37; 5, Purchase Line, 8:35.17; 6, Windber, 8:41.87; 7, Everett, 8:46.25; 8, Forest Hills, 8:47.23.

High jump: 1, Donoughe, FH, 6-3; 2, Glunt, BA, 6-0; 3, Baum, D, 6-0; 4, Wyns, E, 5-10; 5, Newton, KA, 5-10; 6 (tie), Booth, BB, Moyer, WH, and Soltys, PO, 5-8.

Long jump: 1, Sylne, BED, 21-10.75; 2, Dillow, CR, 21-4.5; 3, Glunt, BA, 21-2.25; 4, Gilbert, NB, 21-0.5; 5, Hamilton, SJ, 20-10.75; 6, Long, FH, 20-6; 7, Moore, SB, 20-5.25; 8, Truden, KA, 19-10.5

Triple jump: 1, Hamilton, SJ, 42-7; 2, Engle, BA, 41-9.5; 3, Gilbert, NB, 41-2.25; 4, Snyder, CR, 40-10.5; 5, Lewis, T, 40-6; 6, Dillow, CR, 40-0.75; 7, Salbert, JB, 39-9.5; 8, Mader, ECC, 39-8.5.

Shot put: 1, Bojalad, SM, 54-10; 2, Cooper, KP, 45-1; 3, Mack, U, 44-0; 4, Salvanish, BEA, 43-6; 5, Krug, PC, 43-0.5; 6, Cowan, JB, 42-6; 7, Elgin, FH, 41-10.5; 8, Labesky, KA, 41-6.75.

Discus: 1, Bojalad, SM, 178-0 (meet record); 2, Brant, BB, 150-8; 3, Kilhoffer, JB, 143-9; 4, Krug, PC, 142-10; 5, Hobson, CR, 135-10; 6, Moore, SB, 134-4; 7, Knisely, CR, 134-2; 8, Ludwig, BC, 124-10.

Javelin: 1, Baum, D, 177-11; 2, Labesky, KA, 177-6; 3, Magley, CC, 166-9; 4, Zimmerman, JB, 163-5; 5, Lessard, BC, 162-3; 6, Weigand, PC, 160-7; 7, Paronish, NC, 159-5; 8, Mack, U, 158-6.

Pole vault: 1, Koss, ECC, 13-0; 2, Fisher, BB, 12-0; 3, Pistner, SM, 12-0; 4, Race, KA, 12-0; 5 (tie), Kaiser, WN, and Tuggy, BA, 11-6; 7, Krug, FH, 11-6; 8, Hottel, KA, 11-0.

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