Pole vaulters take titles at Widener University

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CHESTER — Two area Altoona Area High School athletes earned first-place finishes at Sunday’s 13th annual Ron Jackson United Age Group Track Coaches Association Youth Invitational at Widener University.

Jace Ebersole and Lyric Koelle each won the pole vault event in their divisions. Also, Ryan Beck earned a third-place finish in the triple jump.

Ebersole, a rising sophomore, set a personal record by clearing 9 feet, 0 inches to win the 15-16 Intermediate Boys Division.

Koelle, a junior, cleared a personal-best 11-0 to win the 17-19 Young Men’s Division.

Beck, a junior, jumped 39-9.25 in the triple jump to place third in the 15-16 Intermediate Boys Division.

A total of 1,149 athletes competed at the three-day meet.

Juniata to host symposium

HUNTINGDON — The Landmark Conference, an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III, holds a yearly Landmark Summer Research Symposium for students to present research projects.

This year’s Landmark Symposium, which will include presenters from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and Goucher College in Baltimore, Md., to Moravian and Elizabethtown colleges, will be held at Juniata College this year on Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Megan Kutruff from Altoona, who studies biology and secondary education at Juniata, will be sharing her research at the symposium.

Together with other students and her faculty sponsors, Uma Ramakrishnan, professor of environmental science and studies, and Dennis Johnson, George “Fritz” Blechchmidt, professor of Environmental Science, Kutruff will be presenting research about trout movement in the Little Juniata River.

Their project is funded by the National Science Foundation Education Grant.

The goal of the symposium is to create a way for students and faculty from Landmark institutions to come together to present their work in the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, earth science, philosophy and sociology.