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McElhenny earns 4th-place finish

Cambria Heights senior collects All-American nod

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The area produced another All-American at the USA Track and Field Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships.

Cambria Heights High School senior Quinn McElhenny earned a fourth-place finish on Saturday in the Women’s 17-18 Division 3,000-meter run at Irwin Belk Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T University.

McElhenny, representing Mountain Top Track and Field Club based in Cresson, finished in a time of 11 minutes, 11.03 seconds in the field of 22 runners. Jackie Addy won the event in 10:20.34. The top eight in each event earned All-American status.

Earlier this week, on Thursday, McElhenny finished in 19th place out of 29 runners in the Women’s 17-18 1500-meter run. Her time of 5:15.40 did not put her among the top 12 who advanced to today’s final.

McElhenny joined Hollidaysburg senior Darcie Frazier as the area’s two All-Americans. Frazier, competing unattached, had finished eighth in the Women’s 17-18 heptathlon, which was held on the first two days of the competition — Monday and Tuesday.

Another Mountain Top athlete just missed out on being an All-American. Penn Cambria High School’s Nicholas Marinak finished ninth out of 45 competitors in the Boys 15-16 javelin event on Saturday. His best throw was 153 feet, 2 inches.

Altoona Area High School senior Mike Folcarelli, unattached, also competed in the javelin on Saturday and finished 28th out of 46 throwers in the Men’s 17-18 Division. His best throw was 148-2.

Mountain Top’s Kyra Vinglish competed in three events in the Girls 11-12 Division. On Wednesday, she finished 25th out of 52 competitors in the javelin with a throw of 69-7. On Thursday, she was 36th out of 56 in the shot put with a throw of 26-11.75, and on Saturday she finished 34th out of 47 in the discus with a 53-11.

Mountain Top’s Jerzy Vinglish placed 19th in the Girls 13-14 javelin on Friday. In a field of 49 competitors, she finished with a distance of 89-0.

Two other Mountain Top athletes competed on Thursday. Elijah Chyr was 28th out of 51 in the Boys 9-10 javelin with an 80-6, and Camron Latterner was 44th out of 54 in the Boys 13-14 high jump by clearing 4-9.

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