Maria Snyder spent this spring running away from other distance runners, so it was no surprise that the Northern Bedford County High School junior was a runaway winner of the girls most valuable performer honors on the Inter-County Conference track and field all-star team, which was announced recently.
The all-stars are selected solely on the number of points they scored. Snyder was the top point producer in three individual events and was a member of the 3200-meter relay all-star quartet.
Junior Seth Worthing of Bellwood-Antis shared boys MVP with Southern Fulton's Jacob Ashkettle and fronted a large group of Bellwood all-stars on the boys side.
Snyder produced the most points in the 800, 1600 and 3200 runs. Leah Hershberger, Snyder's Northern Bedford teammate, was an all-star in the 400 and triple jump and shared honors with Everett's Baylee Beegle in the long jump - Hershberger was the runner-up for girls MVP, scoring 218 points to Snyder's 240.
Everett's Keira Bair (pole vault), Tussey Mountain's Carlee Bussard (discus) and Allyson Gearhart (300 hurdles) were other all-stars from the Mirror coverage area, along with Bellwood's 400 and 1600 relays. In addition, Juniata Valley's Lydia Jenkins tied for most points in the 100 relay.
Mount Union's Alana Saulen was the winner in the 100 and 200 dashes.
On the boys side, Worthing scored the most in the 100 and 200 and was part of the 400 and 1600 relays. He and Ashkettle both finished with 195 points.
Bellwood's boys had two other individuals named all-stars in two events: Jeremy Claypoole in the long and triple jumps and Zach Sinisi in both hurdles. Blue Devil two-miler Kyle Bartlett also made the team.
Northern Bedford high jumper Zach Pressel was the only other area performer to get all-star recognition individually. McConnellsburg's Ryan Stoeckle was a first-teamer in two throwing events.
100 dash-Seth Worthing (Bellwood-Antis). 200 dash-Seth Worthing (Bellwood-Antis). 400 dash-Jacob Ashkettle (Southern Fulton). 800 run-Briar Kirk (Southern Fulton). 1600 run-Zach McKeehan (Mount Union). 3200 run-Kyle Bartlett (Bellwood-Antis). 110 hurdles-Zach Sinisi (Bellwood-Antis). 300 hurdles-Zach Sinisi (Bellwood-Antis).
400 relay-Bellwood-Antis (Cameron Worthing, Seth Worthing, Andrew DeGol, Ian O'Shea). 1600 relay-Bellwood-Antis (Zach Sinisi, Andrew DeGol, Ian O'Shea, Seth Worthing). 3200 relay-Southern Fulton (Tyler Richlands, Zach Voight, Jacob Ashkettle, Briar Kirk). High jump-Zach Pressel (Northern Bedford). Long jump-Jeremy Claypoole (Bellwood-Antis). Triple jump-Jeremy Claypoole (Bellwood-Antis). Shot put-Ryan Stoeckle (McConnellsburg). Discus-Ryan Stoeckle (McConnellsburg). Javelin-Steven Meyer (Southern Fulton). Pole vault-Dylan Cross (Southern Fulton).
Most Valuable Performer-Jacob Ashkettle (Southern Fulton) and Seth Worthing (Bellwood-Antis).
100 dash-Alana Saulen (Mount Union). 200 dash-Alana Saulen (Mount Union). 400 dash-Leah Hershberger (Northern Bedford). 800 run-Maria Snyder (Northern Bedford). 1600 run-Maria Snyder (Northern Bedford). 3200 run-Maria Snyder (Northern Bedford). 100 hurdles-Merissa Gray (Southern Fulton) and Lydia Jenkins (Juniata Valley). 300 hurdles-Allyson Gearhart (Tussey Mountain).
400 relay-Bellwood-Antis (Lauren Nevling, Katy Leamer, Bailey Swogger, Michelle Miller). 1600 relay-Bellwood-Antis (Bailey Swogger, Anna Lynn, Ana Hollen, Ellen Crook). 3200 relay-Northern Bedford (Jillian Bottenfield, Kit Fink, Alyssa Smith, Maria Snyder). High jump-Nikki Fleming (McConnellsburg) and Ashley Morningstar (Everett). Long jump-Baylee Beegle (Everett) and Leah Hershberger (Northern Bedford). Triple jump-Leah Hershberger (Northern Bedford). Shot put-Tynita White (Mount Union). Discus-Carlee Bussard (Tussey Mountain). Javelin-Madison Walker (Southern Huntingdon). Pole vault-Keira Bair (Everett).
Most Valuable Performer-Maria Snyder (Northern Bedford).