Engle takes triple jump

By John Hartsock

jhartsock@altoonamirror.com

After placing fourth in the PIAA Class 2A boys triple jump last year at the state meet at Shippensburg University, Bellwood-Antis High School senior Clay Engle hopes for bigger and better things this spring.

“I want to win it, and I want to jump a 46 or 47 (feet),” Engle said Tuesday night at Mansion Park.

Engle got a good leg up on his goal by winning the triple jump with an effort of 44 feet, 3 inches Tuesday in the District 6 Class 2A Boys Track and Field Meet.

“The key was keeping myself composed and not jumping too high, and keeping my steps long,” Engle said of his winning performance Tuesday.

Engle’s victory highlighted a good night for Bellwood in the boys competition.

Blue Devils’ junior Shawn Wolfe qualified for states by winning the 200 dash with a time of 22.80, and Wolfe was also part of Bellwood’s third-place 1600-meter relay team that finished in 3:32.32 and qualified for states.

Members of that Bellwood relay team included Max DeArmitt, Dylan Wilson, Wolfe and Tanner Worthing, who also qualified as an individual for states in the 400-meter dash with a third-place time of 51.55.

The top three finishers in each event, along with any individual or team that met pre-determined state-qualifying times, earned the right to advance to states.

Wolfe said that he stayed within himself to finish first in the 200 dash.

“I knew I could do it, and I just ran my race,” Wolfe said. “I had a lot of butterflies coming into the race, but I had to go with the adrenalin and push through it.”

Tyrone senior Jake Meredith and Central Cambria senior Kayden Kutchman will both be moving on to states in two individual events.

Meredith took third in the high jump with an effort of 6-2, and third in the long jump with a jump of 20-7§.

“It feels pretty good, after a long season of working hard and dealing with the (inclement) weather (earlier in the spring),” Meredith said. “It feels pretty nice to make it in both my events. I’m looking to hopefully medal in both my events (at states). It would be a really nice way to end my high school career.”

Kutchman won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.93, but pulled a hamstring and gutted things out in the 200 dash, finishing third with a time of 23.30 that earned him a trip to states in that event.

“In the 400 dash, I set a new school record, and I ran my strongest race so far this season,” Kutchman said. “My hamstring started hurting halfway through, and I knew that I had to carry through. I have a week and a half to recover (before states). It should be good by then.”

Central Cambria boys coach Matt Miller said that hard work has benefited Kutchman.

“He’s been solid all year,” Miller said. “He’s one of the hardest-working guys we’ve ever had. He’s in phenomenal shape. He does not slow down.”

Other area boys state-tournament qualifiers included: Tyrone’s Joe Kohler (second in the 800 run with a time of 2:00.81); Cambria Heights’ Zach Farabaugh (third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.98) and Evan Bobby (second in the discus with a throw of 143-9); Philipsburg-Osceola’s Dane Soltys (second in the high jump with a 6-2); Tyrone’s Nick Vasbinder (third in the triple jump with a 42-8™), Northern Cambria’s John Paronish (second in the javelin with a throw of 179-11), and Penn Cambria’s Tyler Weigand (third in the javelin with a throw of 171-10).

Kohler used a strong second lap to win the 800 run.

“It was a PR (personal record) for me by one-tenth of a second,” Kohler said. “I’m happy with it. I started a little slow on the first lap, but I came back with a nice second lap. I’m happy with how I did. I’m hoping to break two minutes at states. I’m really confident that I can run a good time.”

Bobby’s throw of 143-9 in the discus placed him second to archrival Ethan Dabbs of Richland, who won the event with a throw of 144-9.

“I had good throw, it was my PR, I really couldn’t ask for anything more,” Bobby said. “Dabbs just trumped me. He beat me as a sophomore and this year, and I beat him as a junior. We’ve always been neck-and-neck.”

Northern Cambria’s Paronish placed second behind Dabbs in the javelin.

“I’m happy, but I know that I can throw farther,” Paronish said. “My PR last year was 181 feet, and I haven’t touched it. My school’s record is 187 feet, and I’m hoping to break that. If I break that, I should place pretty high at states.”

Meet notes: In honoring the late track coach and PIAA official Cindy Gutzwiller, awards were again presented for outstanding performances to Blair County boys and girls athletes in the Class 2A division who were nominated by their coaches. The award winners included: Bellwood-Antis — Lexi Gerwert and Tanner Worthing; Bishop Guilfoyle — Tessa Crider and Max Sankey; Central — Emma Lingenfelter and Jared Smith; Tyrone — Tori Crabtree and Joe Kohler; Wiliamsburg — Abbie Wheland and Trevor Butler.

BOYS

100 dash: 1, Long, FH, 11.12; 2, Rodman, RCH, 11.24; 3, Vance, SH, 11.28; 4, Oravecz, POR; 11.33; 5, Conrad, BG, 11.44; 6, Semelsberger, BM, 11.48; 7, Williams, HC, 11.50; 8, Tutino, LV, 11.51. 200 dash: 1, Wolfe, BA, 22.80; 2, Arone, LV, 23.30; 3, Kutchman, CC, 23.30; 4, Vance, SH, 23.66; 5, Worthing, BA, 23.67; Roster, LV, 23.92; 7, Knode, HUN, 23.99; 8, Abel, RCH, 24.94. 400 dash: 1, Kutchman, CC, 49.93; 2, Arone, LV, 50.65; 3, Worthing, BA, 51.55; McMickens, MU, 52.04; 5, Towns, RCH, 52.50; 6, Barbato, WH, 52.61; 7, Williams, HC, 52.67; 8, Melnyk, CC, 54.37. 800 run: Cunkelman, HC, 1:59.69; 2, Kohler, TY, 2:00.81; 3, Kurka, PL, 2:03.97; 4, Kuntz, CC, 2:04.87; 5, O’Hara, MC, 2:07.58; 6, Jackson-Elias, NC, 2:07.58; 7, Walker, SH, 2:09.09; 8, Gretok, PV, 2:10.17. 1600 run: 1, Baublitz, JUN, 4:21.44; 2, Stanley, SH, 4:26.46; 3, Sands, PV; 4:28.63; 4, Kohler, TY, 4:31.60; 5, Fetzer, WH, 4;40.86; 6, Hanik, BM, 4:40.86; 7, Yeager, JUN, 4:43.89; 8, Ringler, U, 4:51.51. 3200 run: 1, Stanley, SH, 9:46.89; 2, Sands, PV, 9:51.05; 3, Colwell, PV, 9:52.05; 4, Baublitz, JUN, 10:03.04; 5, Kohler, TY, 10:07.45; 6, Kauffman, SJ, 10:08.05; 7, Fetzer, WH, 10:17.24; 8, Colwell, PV, 10:19.73. 110 hurdles: 1, Wilson, SH, 15.36; 2, Latshaw, FH, 15.82; 3, Farabaugh, CH, 15.99; 4, Paronish, NC, 15.99; 5, E. Kibbe, LV, 16.68; 6, Zitnay, WH, 16.94; 7, Hill, JV, 16.95; 8, Hosler, HUN, 17.29. 300 hurdles: 1, Rodman, RCH, 41.56; 2, Bailey, SH, 41.70; 3, Shoff, CC, 41.90; Rhinier, FH, 42.06; 5, Paronish, NC, 42.28; 6, Wilson, BA, 43.23; 7, Slovikosky, PC, 43.72; 8, Campbell, PL, 43.84.

400 relay:1, Ligonier Valley, 44.57; 2, Richland, 44.71; 3, Forest Hills, 44.79; 4, Central Cambria, 45.33; 5, Bellwood-Antis, 45.40; 6, Mount Union, 45.51; 7, Bishop McCort, 46.09; 8, Huntingdon, 46.52. 1600 relay: 1, Ligonier Valley, 3:31.15; 2, Forest Hills, 3:32.12; 3, Bellwood-Antis, 3:32.32; 4, Central Cambria, 3:35.94; 5 Southern Huntingdon, 3:39.79; 6, Juniata, 3:39.89; 7, Bald Eagle Area, 3:40.48; 8, Marion Center, 3:42.95. 3200 relay: 1, Southern Huntingdon, 8:22.89; 2, Purchase Line, 8:25.05; 3, Penns Valley, 8:28.30; 4, Westmont Hilltop; 8:36.88; 5, Central Cambria, 8:38.38; 6, Bald Eagle Area, 8:48.26; 7, Forest Hills, 8:49.04; 8, Richland, 8:51.49. High jump: 1, Wilson, SH, 6-2; 2, Soltys, PO, 6-2; 3, Meredith, TY, 6-2; T4, Engle, BA, 6-0; 5, T4, Arblaster, U, 6-0; 6, Hauser, RCH, 5-10; 7, Vitez, FH, 5-8; 8, Sanchez, PL, 5-8. Long jump: 1, Smith, RCH, 21-4.75; 2, Long, FH, 21-1.5; 3, Meredith, TY, 20-7.75; 4, Vogelsberger, RCH, 20-4.75; 5, Semelsberger, BM, 20-1.25; 6, Kubalak, PV, 19-11.25; 7, Engle, BA, 19-11.25; 8, Vasbinder, TY, 19-10.25. Triple jump: 1, Engle, BA, 44-3; 2, Vasbinder, TY, 42-8.25; 3, Smith, RCH, 42-7.5; 4, Wilson, SH, 42-1.5; 5, Holsinger, CC, 41-8.75; 6, Sanchez, PL, 41-7.75; 7, Roberts, CC, 41-3; 8, Rashilla, LV, 40-8.75. Shot put: 1, Goncher, PL, 47-8.25; 2, Scalese, PL, 46-4.5; 3, Polacek, RCH, 45-4; 4, Wertz, BA, 44-7.75; 5 Bridge, LV, 44-6.25; 6, Hogue, BC, 43-8; 7, Sprangle, RCH, 42-10.75; 8, Wertman, BA, 41-6. Discus: 1, Dabbs, RCH, 144-9; 2, Bobby, CH, 143-9; 3, Elgin, FH, 131-2; 4, Hogue, BC, 120-5; 5, Moore, JUN, 129-1; 6, Jackson, SB, 127-1; 7, Yonko, WH, 126-4; 8, Malicky, NC, 123-4. Javelin: 1, Dabbs, RCH, 202-5; 2, Paronish, NC, 179-11; 3, Weigland, PC, 171-1; 4, Fyock, PL, 162-9; 5, Liebel, BG, 158-2; 6, Jackson, SB, 154-3; 7, Heisler, BA, 147-6; Bezek, CC, 144-11. Pole Vault: 1, Ankley, LV, 13-6; 2, Abel, RCH, 13-6; 3, Erb, FH, 12-6; 4, Daubert, FH, 12-6; T5, Zelensky, HC, 11-6; T5 Shetler, U, 11-6; 7, Turner, BEA, 11-6; T8, Myers, SH, 11-0; T8, Knode, HUN, 11-0.

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. RCH—Richland, 92; 2. SH—Southern Huntingdon, 78.5; 3. FH—Forest Hills, 66; 4. LV—Ligonier Valley, 59; 5. BA—Bellwood-Antis, 57.5; 6. CC—Central Cambria, 49; 7. PL—Purchase Line, 42; 8. TY—Tyrone, 38; 9. PV—Penns Valley, 31; 10. JUN—Juniata, 24; 11. NC—Northern Cambria, 21; 12. WH—Westmont Hilltop, 19; 13. HC—Homer Center, 17.5; 14. CH—Cambria Heights, 14; 15. BM—Bishop McCort, 12. 16. U—United, 9; T17. PO—Philipsburg-Osceola, 8; T17. BC—Bishop Carroll, 8; T17. MU—Mount Union, 8; T17. PC—Penn Cambria, 8; T17. BG—Bishop Guilfoyle, 8; 22. BEA—Bald Eagle Area, 7; 23. SB—Saltsburg, 6; T24. MC—Marion Center, 5; T24. POR—Portage, 5; 26. HUN—Huntingdon, 4.5; 27. SJ—Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, 3; 28. JV—Juniata Valley.

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