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CC star jumps, runs to LHAC titles

05/11/21 Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Central Cambria's Adam Lechleitner (right) edged teammate Eli Wandel to win the LHAC 800 meter run with a time of 2:03.75.

LORETTO — Adam Lechleitner might not be able to commit all his time to the pole vault, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t his first love when it comes to track and field.

“I didn’t start running until freshman year, but I have pole vaulted since seventh grade,” Lechleitner said. “Honestly, everyone wishes they had more time or another year to make up for last season. I’m sure I could be better if I could work on it more, but I’m happy for the resources and coaching that I have and where I’m at right now.”

The Central Cambria senior, who also runs distance events for the Red Devils, has put in enough time to make school history. Lechleitner cleared 13 feet, 4 inches on Tuesday in the pole vault to set a new Central Cambria record and place first at the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championships held at DeGol Field on Tuesday.

Lechleitner also won the 800-meter run and was part of Central Cambria’s championship 3200-meter relay team.

“I just cleared 13 the other day (when he placed first at the Altoona Mountain Lion Classic), and today I PR’d for the school record,” Lechleitner said. “It’s pretty tough balancing them, because it would be nice to work every day on the pole vault, but I need to work on my distance running too. I kind of have it worked out now where after pole vault I go for a run or after a run I get some drills in.”

Lechleitner’s big day was just part of what was just another great day in a season of them for the Central Cambria boys.

Another member of that 3200-meter relay team, Toby Cree, also won two events, the 1600- and 3200-meter runs as he continues to recover from a foot injury.

Teammate Tyler Gibson finished second in both of the individual races.

“Every day there’s some improvement and I feel better,” Cree said. “I felt good about the race today. I wasn’t too concerned with my time. I just wanted to get the win. The best thing is having a teammate right beside you running it. That’s our biggest goal, going first and second at meets like this. Our competition in practice helps us all thrive.”

The Red Devils also got a win from Corey Roberts in the triple jump and another from their 1600-meter relay team.

“I have been working really hard and training on it,” Roberts said. “I wanted to get back to where I was sophomore year, and today was a good meet. I came out and had a lot of explosion. I got to jump before the 3200-meter relay, which I don’t normally do, and good things came out of it.”

No team champions were crowned at Tuesday’s event, but the Central Cambria boys were honored for winning the regular season LHAC championship.

“Our coach has been saying that it’s a really great thing that when you’re going through something great and you can realize it,” Lechleitner said. “We realize it and that we have great things to accomplish here. We have a meeting every day before practice, and there isn’t a kid there that isn’t 100 percent there for everybody else. It’s honestly amazing to be part of it.”

Like Lechleitner, Penn Cambria’s Nick Marinak carried momentum over from a great performance at the Altoona Mountain Lion Classic last Friday.

Marinak won three events on Tuesday, the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump, and finished second to Bedford’s Elijah Cook in the javelin.

“It was hard, because I was going back and forth from the javelin, jumps and sprinting and they are pretty spread out here,” Marinak said. “I can’t thank my coaches enough. I couldn’t do it without them. (Cook and I) bring out the best in each other. I knew him from football, and I used to throw with him in the summer. Ever since, he’s been beating me every meet. He’s someone I have been chasing and working toward. Districts will be my main focus now the rest of the week.”

Cambria Heights’ Luke Lamb, who has also been battling injuries, wasn’t seeded very highly in the high jump but claimed a championship in the event for the Highlanders in their final LHAC event before leaving for the Heritage Conference next season.

“The jumpers are great in the Laurel Highlands, and all of them bring the best out of each other,” Lamb said. “I’m coming back from a foot injury, and I just went and jumped after working on my steps recently. I’m feeling 100 percent better today than I have been, and now I want to go for districts.”

The Central Cambria girls also had some success on Tuesday by winning the 1600- and 3200-meter relays. Annaliese Niebauer also managed to hold off a hard-charging Delaney Dumm of Forest Hills in the 3200-meter run to claim an individual title. Forest Hills was announced as the girls LHAC regular season champion at the meet.

“I was hurting, because I ran the mile earlier, and that was also pretty fast,” Niebauer said. “I PR’d by half a second in that, so I wasn’t very fresh. The last 800 of the 2-mile was probably the hardest 800 of a 2-mile I have ever ran. The end was just a blur.”

KEY (no team results were kept)

Central Cambria (CC); Penn Cambria (PC); Forest Hills (FH); Chestnut Ridge (CR); Richland (R); Bedford (B); Somerset (S); Cambria Heights (CH); Bishop Carroll (BC); Bishop Guilfoyle (BG); Westmont Hilltop (WH); Johnstown (J); Bishop McCort (BM)

BOYS

100 dash: 1, N. Marinak, PC, 11.46; 2, McCracken, R, 11.83; 3, Whysong, CR, 11.84; 4, Wracher, B, 11.86; 5, No. Wyrwas, CC, 11.9; 6, Weber, B, 11.91. 200 dash: 1, N. Marinak, PC, 23.22; 2, Wracher, B, 23.65; 3, McCracken, R, 23.83; 4, Weber, B, 23.88; 5, Zitnay, WH, 24.24; 6, Gunby, J, 24.39. 400 dash: 1, Hillegass, CR, 52.39; 2, Gunby, J, 52.72; 3, Cor. Roberts, CC, 52.88; 4, Ai. Lechleitner, CC, 53.2; 5, Eberhart, PC, 53.98; 6, McDermott, PC, 54.34. 800 run: 1, Ad. Lechleitner, CC, 2:03.75; 2, Wandel, CC, 2:04.79; 3, Stolarski, PC, 2:11.38; 4, George, WH, 2:12.76; 5, Martyak, FH, 2:13.72; 6, Voelker, WH, 2:13.77. 1600 run: 1, Cree, CC, 4:41.98; 2, Gibson, CC, 4:43.46; 3, May, B, 4:46.21; 4, Walker, WH, 4:51.97; 5, Voelker, WH, 4:51.97; 6, Martyak, FH, 4:52.5. 3200 run: 1, Cree, CC, 10:13.73; 2, Gibson, CC, 10:14.12; 3, May, B, 10:24; 4, Scritchfield, B, 10:40.76; 5, Bollman, CR, 10:50.94; 6, Straka, S, 10:55.3. 110 hurdles: 1, Dibuono, S, 15.72; 2, Grata, CC, 15.97; 3, Levander, R, 16.06; 4, Wess, CC, 16.15; 5, Albright, CR, 16.3; 6, A. Marinak, PC, 16.58. 300 hurdles: 1, Levander, R, 40.69; 2, Dibuono, S, 41.85; 3, Ford, B, 42.49; 4, Grata, CC, 43.13; 5, Orange, CC, 44.1; 6, McMahon, R, 44.2.

400 relay: 1, Bedford (Zimmerman, Weber, Arnold, Wracher), 44.66; 2, Richland, 44.87; 3, Central Cambria, 46.22; 4, Westmont Hilltop, 46.62; 5, Chestnut Ridge, 47.03; 6, Penn Cambria, 47.29. 1600 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Orange, Cod. Roberts, Ai. Lechleitner, Contorchick), 3:35.94; 2, Richland, 3:38.4; 3, Bedford, 3:40.04; 4, Penn Cambria, 3:42.44; 5, Chestnut Ridge, 3:48.92; 6, Forest Hills, 3:53.66. 3200 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Cor. Roberts, Gibson, Cree, Ad. Lechleitner), 8:40.1; 2, Penn Cambria, 8:49.05; 3, Somerset, 9:06.01; 4, Cambria Heights, 9:14.39; 5, Richland, 9:25.89; 6, Bedford, 9:47.12. High jump: 1, Lamb, CH, 6-2; 2, Mann, WH, 6-0; 3, Fitzpatrick, CH, 6-0; 4, Karabinos, PC, 5-10; 5, A. Marinak, PC, 5-10; 6, Droz, WH, 5-6. Long jump: 1, N. Marinak, PC, 21-4.5; 2, Zimmerman, B, 20-11; 3, Tsikalas, PC, 19-7; 4, Cor. Roberts, CC, 19-6.75; 5, Koss, CC, 19-3.25; 6, Ressler, B, 19-2.5. Triple jump: 1, Cor. Roberts, CC, 43-8; 2, Tsikalas, PC, 43-7; 3, Zimmerman, B, 41-1; 4, A. Marinak, PC, 41-0.5; 5, Bauer, R, 40-2.75; 6, Cod. Roberts, CC, 40-1.5. Shot put: 1, Hyde, S, 60-4; 2, Batche, R, 47-8.25; 3, Vent, B, 44-8.5; 4, Kubat, CC, 42-9.25; 5, Harker, BC, 41-1; 6, Boyd, B, 40-10.5. Discus: 1, Hyde, S, 157-1; 2, Batche, R, 153-10; 3, Vent, B, 132-0; 4, Harker, BC, 126-2; 5, Hancock, R, 123-1; 6, Letizia, CC, 116-2. Javelin: 1, Cook, B, 172.7; 2, N. Marinak, PC, 168-11; 3, Holbay, WH, 159-11; 4, Karabinos, PC, 140-8; 5, Sabol, R, 137.1; 6, Orange, CC, 135-0. Pole vault: 1, Ad. Lechleitner, CC, 13-4; 2, Slavick, R, 11-6; 3, Albright, CR, 11-6; 4, Mangus, R, 11-6; 5, Cod. Roberts, CC, 11-0; 6, Yahner, BC, 11-0.

GIRLS

100 dash: 1, Rios, S, 12.31; 2, Sarver, B, 13.16; 3, Ingram, BM, 13.45; 4, Rush, S, 13.49; 5, Papi, PC, 13.67; 6, Lilly, PC, 13.7. 200 dash: 1, Rios, S, 26.82; 2, Sarver, B, 26.9; 3, Ingram, BM, 27.23; 4, Lilly, PC, 27.66; 5, Powers, S, 28.33; 6, Faight, WH, 28.34. 400 dash: 1, Ingram, BM, 1:01.3; 2, Lippincott, B, 1:03.40; 3, Nibert, WH, 1:04.69; 4, Urban, S, 1:04.93; 5, Miller, S, 1:05.03; 6, Ratchford, CC, 1:05.92. 800 run: 1, Whysong, CR, 2:25.11; 2, Admire, WH, 2:29.22; 3, Wilson, CC, 2:29.52; 4, Dorian, WH, 2:31.6; 5, George, CC, 2:32.98; 6, Roman, FH, 2:34.99. 1600 run: 1, Whysong, CR, 5:23.67; 2, Niebauer, CC, 5:27.02; 3, De. Dumm, FH, 5:29.91; 4, Kuntz, CC, 5:39.74; 5, Da. Dumm, FH, 5:45.58; 6, Eshelman, B, 5:56.24. 3200 run: 1, Niebauer, CC, 11:40.29; 2, De. Dumm, FH, 11:40.96; 3, Dill, WH, 12:05.57; 4, Dibert, B, 12:15.12; 5, Da. Dumm, FH, 12:27.41; 6, Soyka, CC, 12:52.21. 100 hurdles: 1, Stickle, S, 15.3; 2, Beebout, R, 16.66; 3, Shima, FH, 16.76; 4, Smith, FH, 17.05; 5, Becker, B, 17.78; 6, Woods, CC, 17.83. 300 hurdles: 1, Stickle, S, 46.81; 2, Walwro, CC, 47.76; 3, Smith, FH, 47.8; 4, Beebout, R, 49.43; 5, Becker, B, 50.57; 6, Shima, FH, 51.66.

400 relay: 1, Somerset, 50.29; 2, Penn Cambria, 52.36; 3, Richland, 52.96; 4, Bedford, 53.13; 5, Westmont Hilltop, 53.73; 6, Central Cambria, 54.62. 1600 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Wilson, Walwro, Vrabel, Ratchford), 4:14.37; 2, Bedford, 4:16.19; 3, Forest Hills, 4:22.34; 4, Richland, 4:29.25; 5, Westmont Hilltop, 4:33.86; 6, Somerset, 4:33.86. 3200 relay: 1, Central Cambria (George, Kuntz, Walwro, Wilson), 9:56.83; 2, Bedford, 10:01.54; 3, Westmont Hilltop, 10:09.97; 4, Forest Hills, 10:11.76; 5, Richland, 11:39.37; 6, Penn Cambria, 11:45.52. High jump: 1, Beebout, R, 5-4; 2, Leidan, WH, 5-0; T-3, Nadolsky, PC, 4-10; T-3, Conant, FH, 4-10; 5, Kim, CC, 4-10; 6, Bailey, CH, 4-8. Long jump: 1, Hillegass, CR, 16-7.25; 2, Rios, S, 16-3; 3, Conant, FH, 16-0.5; 4, Rush, S, 15-10.75; 5, Yost, R, 15-10; 6, Kane, WH, 15-9.25. Triple jump: 1, Beebout, R, 35-10.5; 2, Conant, FH, 34-2.5; 3, Philbin, R, 34-0; 4, Rush, S, 33-11; 5, Hillegass, CR, 33-3; 6, Ashurst, CC, 32-3.75. Shot put: 1, Martz, B, 32-0; 2, Colosimo, FH, 31-11; 3, Baker, CH, 31-8; 4, Long, CC, 31-4; 5, Gregor, B, 30-4; 6, Berkheimer, CR, 29-7. Discus: 1, Wehner, FH, 100-3; 2, Patrick, R, 96-3.5; 3, Martz, B, 96-1; 4, Leiato, WH, 90-0; T-5, Cree, CC, 85-8.5; T-5, Bosch, CR, 85-8.5. Javelin: 1, Wehner, FH, 119-9; 2, Bosch, CR, 117-8; 3, Vinglish, PC, 112-7; 4, Martz, FH, 95-10; 5, Cecere, FH, 95-5; 6, Burggraf, CC, 94-11.5. Pole vault: 1, Knupp, WH, 9-6; 2, Krug, FH, 8-0; 3, Becquet, BC, 7-6; T-4, Ribarich, R, 7-0; T-4, Zimmerman, WH, 7-0; T-4, Daubert, FH, 7-0.

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