Storm cuts NB Invitational short

LOYSBURG — The fastest times of many of the star athletes that gathered for Friday’s Northern Bedford Invitational may not have made it into the record books.

That’s because much of the sprinting that took place happened when a sudden lightning storm sent everyone rushing to their buses.

Just like that, yet another spring sports event was canceled.

“We’re in the school cafeteria and hallways running,” Bishop Carroll’s Alyssa Martinazzi said. “It has been hard to get outside, so it’s hard to build endurance. We’re never on the track. We’re hoping we can finally get a few nice days in a row.”

Friday was looking like one of the nicer days of the season until Martinazzi crossed the finish line well ahead of her competition in the 200-meter dash final.

Suddenly, the skies opened up and lightning streaked across the horizon as a horn blared warning athletes and spectators to retreat to their vehicles.

A few moments later, after a significant downpour and consistent lightning strikes, the meet was called off with several events yet to be competed.

Martinazzi and Everett’s Kaitlyn Maxwell each managed to win twice before the storm sent everyone home.

Maxwell said the weather has really hindered her chance to get into a groove this season.

“We won’t practice hard, because we’re supposed to have a meet the next day,” Maxwell said. “Then, the meet gets cancelled, so it’s hard to get a lot of work in.”

Maxwell was involved in the most thrilling event of the day, edging Shade sprinter Lorna Speigle, 58.79 to 58.82 seconds in the 400 dash. Both times broke Nicki Leach’s meet record mark of 1:00.04, set in 2010.

“We did? Wow! I didn’t know that,” Maxwell said. “She was really fast. I had never run against her before last year at districts. I did the 200 against her, and she was really fast, and I knew her times were really good.”

Maxwell, who also won the 800 run, and Speigle will likely see each other again at the District 5 championships.

“It gives me a little confidence, but it will make her probably really want to beat me at districts,” Maxwell said. “Hopefully we push each other and we both get personal bests.”

Martinazzi was the only Bishop Carroll competitor at the meet. She personally requested to go hoping to complete unfinished business.

“Our teams were coming here when I was a freshman,” Martinazzi said. “I asked to come here my senior year, because I was always second in the 100, and I was determined to get it today. I had a lot of fun against good competition today.”

Martinazzi’s trip was worth it as she took home the title to go along with her 200 dash victory just before the meet was stopped. She also finished sixth in the 400-meter dash and second in the long jump.

“My coach told me to run the 400,” Martinazzi said. “I’ve never ran it, and I didn’t really want to, but my coach told me to, and it definitely helped me in the 200. It looks so short compared to a 400.”

Though Forest Hills’ Zoe Roush won the long jump, Martinazzi was happy with her performance.

“I’ve been in a funk in the long jump,” Martinazzi said. “I was able to break it a little bit today. I have been working toward the goal to peak when it matters.”

In other completed girls action, Jaden Fuller of Bedford brought home the high jump title.

Full results of several events, including both long jumps and 800 runs, were lost during the storm. Event director Jeff Batzel was left scouring the soaked field still trying to locate the long jump results as the last few concession stand workers made their way out of the stadium.

Though no team title was awarded, the Chestnut Ridge boys were among the top teams throughout the entire event.

Duane Knisely won the discus and was the runner-up in the shot put for the Lions, and Phillip Dull, who was only competing at the event because his baseball game was canceled at 9:30 a.m., won the high jump.

“I was really pleased with the way they competed,” Chestnut Ridge coach Pat Isgan said. “They have goals, and tonight was a great step toward achieving those goals.

“Duane has done an awesome job this season. He’s a great worker, comes in on the weekend to practice and puts his heart and soul into the sport.”

Another highlight for the area boys came when Tussey Mountain’s Evan Germaux completed a furious rally in the 400-meter relay for the Titans. Germaux passed three runners on the last leg of the relay to take first place.

KEY: FH–Forest Hills; R–Richland; W–Windber; S–Shade; BC–Bishop Carroll; SF–Southern Fulton; NB–Northern Bedford; BB–Berlin Brothersvalley; B–Bedford; CT–Conemaugh Township; E–Everett; M–Meyersdale; FM–Fannett-Metal; H–Hancock, Md.; HH–HOPE for Hyndman; CR–Chestnut Ridge; SH–Southern Huntingdon.

BOYS

100 dash: 1, Long, FH, 11.57; 2, Rodman, R, 11.62; 3, Germaux, TM, 11.63; 4, Dull, CR, 11.76; 5, Vance, SH, 11.77; 6, Dillow, CR, 12.04. 200 dash: Not held. 400 dash: 1, Towns, R, 52.97; 2, Maxwell, E, 53.36; 3, Spade, SF, 53.58; 4, Zembower, B, 54.09; 5, Ashkettle, SF, 54.74; 6, Sumner, TM, 54.84. 800 run: Results unavailable. 1600 run: 1, Stanley, SH, 4:39.53; 2, Chunta, FH, 4:41.26; 3, Zimmerman, NB, 4:43.46; 4, Elder, SF, 4:56.66; 5, Williams, CT, 4:59.83; 6, Napora, W, 5:00.19. 3200 run: Not held. 110 hurdles: 1, J. Vasas, W, 15.41; 2, Snyder, CR, 15.64; 3, Wilson, SH, 15.89; 4, Connor, BB, 16.18; 5, Sigler, M, 16.32; 6, Rodman, R, 17.29. 300 hurdles: 1, J. Vasas, W, 40.73; 2, Crocker, CR, 42.38; 3, Rodman, R, 43.3; 4, Bailey, SH, 44.76; 5, N. Vasas, W, 44.89; 6, Butler, M, 46.16.

400 relay: 1, Tussey Mountain (Rhodes, Sumner, Sipes, Germaux), 44.90; 2, Richland, 45.10; 3, Chestnut Ridge (Snyder, Crocker, Dull, Pfister), 45.50; 4, Bedford (Foor, Zembower, Zimmerman, Dawson), 46.26; 5, Southern Huntingdon, 46.77; 6, Northern Bedford (Smith, Diehl, Clark, Heck), 48.38. 1600 relay: Not held. 3200 relay: 1, Southern Huntingdon (Stanley, Hammans, Bailey, Walker), 8:42.60; 2, Conemaugh Township, 8:45.1; 3, Windber, 8:49.57; 4, Richland, 9:08.10; 5, Bedford (Feaster, Babb, Lang, Hartman), 9:11.72; 6, Chestnut Ridge (Anderson, Cooper, Little, Gardner), 9:12.13. High jump: 1, Dull, CR, 6-2; 2, Wilson, SH, 6-2; T-3, Pfister, CR, 6-0; T-3, Clingerman, E, 6-0; 5, Sigler, M, 5-8; 6, Wingert, FM, 5-8. Long jump: Results unavailable. Triple jump: 1, Smith, R, 42-11; 2, Dillow, CR, 41-2.25; 3, Vogelsberger, R, 40-8.5; 4, Wilson, SH, 40-2; 5, Snyder, CR, 39-5.5; 6, Dawson, B, 39-2. Shot put: 1, Polacek, R, 45-6; 2, Knisley, CR, 45-3; 3, Conner, TM, 43-9.5; 4, Wachter, H, 43-8; 5, Myers, CT, 41-6.5; 6, Sprangle, R, 40-6. Discus: 1, Knisley, CR, 148-3; 2, Hobson, CR, 140-9; 3, Conner, TM, 125-5; 4, Wachter, H, 122-2.5; 5, Black, R, 120-1; 6, Cornell, B, 110-11. Javelin: 1, Dabbs, R, 199-2 (meet record); 2, Myers, CT, 153-7; 3, Weist, TM, 145-6; 4, Hostetler, CT, 143-8; 5, Hanik, W, 142-6; 6, Sabol, R, 137-6. Pole vault: 1, Abel, R, 12-6; 2, Miller, CR, 12-6; 3, Lingsch, B, 12-0; 4, Kaiser, W, 11-6; T-5, Golden, SF, 11-6; T-5, Krug, FH, 11-6.

GIRLS

100 dash: 1, Martinazzi, BC, 12.85; 2, Maurer, S, 13.17; 3, Roush, FH, 13.18; 4, Maxwell, E, 13.26; 5, Caddy, FH, 13.81; 6, Suder, B, 14.5. 200 dash: Results unavailable (Martinazzi, BC, won). 400 dash: 1, Maxwell, E, 58.79 (meet record); 2, Speigle, S, 58.82; 3, Seifert, B, 1:03.4; 4, Elliott, W, 1:03.85; 5, Stains, FH, 1:04.1; 6, Martinazzi, BC, 1:05.3. 800 run: Results unavailable (Maxwell, E, won). 1600 run: 1, Coddington, S, 5:35.3; 2, Roman, CT, 5:43.76; 3, Telfer, W, 5:44.82; 4, Montag, FH, 5:48.31; 5, Smith, FH, 5:51.4; 6, Hutzell, M, 5:51.28. 3200 run: Not held. 100 hurdles: 1, McKenzie, BB, 16.8; 2, Cominsky, W, 17.3; 3, Ferguson, B, 17.23; 4, Kurtz, FH, 17.61; 5, Gates, NB, 17.75; 6, Willason, R, 17.94. 300 hurdles: 1, McKenzie, BB, 47.91; 2, Ferguson, B, 49.55; 3, Smith, FH, 50.13; 4, Emert, S, 50.77; 5, Hillegass, CR, 52.12; 6, Tokarsky, W, 52.39.

400 relay: 1, Shade (Leiford, Speigle, Coddington, Maurer), 51.77; 2, Forest Hills, 52.46; 3, Bedford (Fuller, Tracy, Suder, Ferguson), 52.88; 4, Everett (Maxwell, Kovel, Weaver, Ketterman), 52.98; 5, Richland, 53.26; 6, Berlin Brothersvalley, 53.28. 1600 relay: Not held. 3200 relay: 1, Forest Hills (Greathouse, Montag, Valko, Smith), 10:08.22; 2, Windber, 10:44.52; 3, Southern Fulton, 11:04.50; 4, Bedford (Blattenberger, Pittman, Seifert, Sigel), 11:07.50; 5, Everett (Seville, Nesbit, Kinder, Horton), 12:10.9; 6, Meyersdale, 12:53.53. High jump: 1, Fuller, B, 5-2; 2, Beebout, R, 5-2; 3, Ketterman, E, 5-0; 4, Gordon, SF, 4-10; 5, Durica, CT, 4-10; 6, Kern, R, 4-8. Long jump: Results unavailable (Rousch, FH, won; Martinazzi, BC, was second). Triple jump: 1, Roush, FH, 35-8.75; 2, Ketterman, E, 34-8; 3, McConnell, NB, 34-1; 4, Waite, SH, 32-7; 5, Cominsky, W, 32-1.5; 6, Cassidy, R, 31-10. Shot put: 1, Weyandt, FH, 31-0; 2, Deneen, HH, 30-11; 3, Callihan, CR, 30-3; 4, Woodward, SH, 29-9; 5, Colosimo, FH, 29-8; 6, Martz, B, 29-0.5. Discus: Results unavailable. Javelin: 1, Booth, BB, 117-5; 2, Robertson, M, 107-10; 3, Theys, FH, 101-7; 4, Yanosky, BB, 99-5; 5, Rotz, FM, 94-1; 6, Martz, B, 94-0. Pole vault: 1, Gossard, R, 11-6 (meet record); 2, Durica, CT, 8-9; 3, Hoffman, FM, 8-3; 4, Cascino, R, 8-3; T-5, Hartman, B, 7-9; T-5, Wilson, FH, 7-9.

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