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Marinak delivers in big way

Class 2A

Photo for the Mirror by Chuck Meyers Nick Marinak of Penn Cambria nips Kadin Moore of Southern Huntingdon in the 100 dash.

Nick Marinak is an all-around athlete at Penn Cambria.

He’s made the first team of the Mirror’s high school football all-star team the past two seasons, and he’s excellent in all four of his track and field events, the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the long jump and the javelin.

Friday at the Altoona Mountain Lion Track and Field Classic at Mansion Park, Marinak won the 100-meter dash and the long jump, finished second in both the 200-meter dash and the javelin and took home the Class 2A Boys Coach Bill Reimer Outstanding Performer Award.

“I have to thank my coaches who have been doing a great job,” Marinak said. “They taught me everything I know, and it starts there. I’m just going through the motions and have done what I have been told.”

The senior was especially proud of his 100-meter title in 11.01 seconds.

“I was feeling really good today, and I gave my absolute all, and I wanted that so bad,” Marinak said. “I went and got it.”

Rather than focus on a single event, or even two, to possibly better his chances at one district title, Marinak said he’ll continue to strive for success in all four events.

“There’s always room for improvement, so I always think I can get better in all four events,” Marinak said. “I think I can get better at finishing races, but I even surprised myself today running that time in the 100, so I think that can be my best event. I plan on trying to keep getting better and better in that event.”

There wasn’t much room for improvement for the Central Cambria boys on Friday as they won the team title by 27.5 points over Richland.

The Central Cambria boys 3200-meter relay team cruised to a win over second-place finisher Punxsutawney in 8:33.46, and they 1600-meter relay team edged Kane by less than a second.

“Our relays were all very solid,” Central Cambria boys coach Matt Miller said. “We have a lot of depth in a lot of areas. We had a guy get injured in the (400-meter relay), and with the substitute, we still got fourth place. The (3200-meter relay team) has been tremendous and hasn’t even really been pushed this year, and the (1600-meter relay team) cut seven seconds off their time this week. Every leg was a challenge, but these guys held them off. They work hard, and it’s paying off here at the end of the season.”

Adam Lechleitner, a member of the 3200-meter relay team and a solid distance runner for the Red Devils, won the pole vault by clearing 13 feet.

“That was a PR for him, and he was seeded fifth, so it was definitely a surprise,” Miller said. “He’s about three inches from the school record. It’s tough for him, because there are days where he has to focus on the distance running and speed workouts, and then he goes and works on the pole vault, which is more of a skill and technique type thing. He’s disciplined, and he gets it done.”

On the girls side, Tyrone had a good day and finished third overall as a team.

Mackenzie Latchford was part of the winning 400-meter relay team and won the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 3.5 inches.

“The kids knew today was going to be a bad-weather day, but we prepared for it, and they came out and ran their hardest,” Tyrone coach Brad Kanuch said. “They work hard every single day making sure their handoffs are perfect, and that’s the best we have looked lately.”

One of the girls Latchford defeated in the long jump was teammate Chesney Saltsgiver, who just won outstanding jumper and topped Latchford at the Bellwood-Antis Invitational on Monday. Kanuch said they make each other better.

“It’s awesome seeing them in practice,” Kanuch said. “It’s great that you have both of them competing against each other in the 100 and the long jump all the time. It’s only making them both better, and they realize that. At the start of the year, it was Makenzie beating Chesney, and now it’s going back and forth, and it’s great. I think they enjoy the competition against each other.”

In some of the other boys events, Bedford’s Elijah Cook won the javelin with a throw of 162 feet, 4 inches. Jefferson Hill of Juniata Valley won the 110 hurdles in 15.17.

In other girls action, Central Cambria’s 3200-meter relay team was edged by less than a quarter of a second at the finish line by girls team overall champion Lewisburg but bettered its top time of the season by almost two seconds in 9:47.98, and Bedford’s Grace Sarver broke the meet record in the 100-meter dash with a winning time of 12.38 and also captured the 200-meter dash title.

Saint Joseph’s Clare Marsh, who won both the hurdle events and set the meet record in the 100-meter hurdles, was named the girls outstanding performer.

BOYS

TEAM STANDINGS/KEY

1, Central Cambria (CC) 93.5; 2, Richland (R) 66; 3, Bedford (B) 61.33; 4, Penn Cambria (PC) 60; 5, Kane (K) 59; 6, Punxsutawney (P) 57.5; 7, Juniata Valley (JV) 39; 8, Penns Valley (PV) 27; 9, Saint Joseph’s (SJ) 26; 10, Saltsburg (S) 23; 11, Westmont Hilltop (WH) 22; 12, Derry (D) 21; 13, Southern Huntingdon (SH) 20.5; 14, Philipsburg-Osceola (PO) 16.5; 15, Bald Eagle Area (BEA) 16; 16, Cambria Heights (CH) 13; 17, Tyrone (T) 11.33; 18, Chestnut Ridge (CR) 8.5; T-19, Elk County Catholic (ECC) 6; T-19, Coudersport (C) 6; 21, Forest Hills (FH) 4.33; 22, United (U) 2.5; 23, Huntingdon (H) 1.

RESULTS

100 dash: 1, N. Marinak, PC, 11.01; 2, Moore, SH, 11.21; 3, McFarlin, S, 11.45; 4, McCracken, R, 11.56; 5, Wracher, B, 11.68; 6, Musser, JV, 11.94. 200 dash: 1, Moore, SH, 22.84; 2, N. Marinak, PC, 22.97; 3, Bell, K, 23.3; 4, McFarlin, S, 23.49; 5, Wracher, B, 23.54; 6, Quinlisk, D, 23.57. 400 dash: 1, Moore, SH, 52.96; 2, Cor. Roberts, CC, 53.6; 3, Ai. Lechleitner, CC, 53.73; 4, Musser, JV, 54.06; 5, Little, PO, 54.25; 6, Eberhart, PC, 55.2. 800 run: 1, Sands, PV, 1:59.01; 2, Clark, SJ, 2:01.58; 3, Cree, CC, 2:02.01; 4, Ad. Lechleitner, CC, 2:04.52; 5, Roessler, S, 2:04.67; 6, Scanlon, SJ, 2:05.05. 1600 run: 1, Sands, PV, 4:27.6; 2, Cree, CC, 4:36.3; 3, Wolfe, ECC, 4:38.40; 4, Muckey, PO, 4:40.9; 5, Simander, SJ, 4:42.9; 6, Gibson, CC, 4:42.9. 3200 run: 1, McLaughlin, P, 9:52.69; 2, Gibson, CC, 10:00.12; 3, Sherry, C, 10:03.01; 4, Smith, PV, 10:12.26; 5, Hoy, T, 10:23.23; 6, Scritchfield, B, 10:25.18. 110 hurdles: 1, Hill, JV, 15.17; 2, Levander, R, 15.58; 3, Grata, CC, 15.71; 4, Wess, CC, 16.9; 5, Elliott, P, 16.97; 6, A. Marinak, PC, 17.39. 300 hurdles: 1, Levander, R, 41.16; 2, Hill, JV, 41.82; 3, Ford, B, 42.7; 4, Elliott, P, 42.74; 5, Grata, CC, 43.56; 6, McMahon, R, 43.99.

400 relay: 1, Richland (Mangus, LaRue, Levander, McCracken), 45.3; 2, Bedford, 45.4; 3, Juniata Valley, 45.6; 4, Central Cambria (No. Wyrwas, Dill, Koss, O’Brien), 46.0; 5, Tyrone (Brooks, Clifton, Crowell, Baldauf), 46.8; 6, Punxsutawney, 46.8. 1600 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Orange, Cor. Roberts, Ai. Lechleitner, Contorchick), 3:33.9; 2, Kane, 3:34.6; 3, Saint Joseph’s, 3:39.2; 4, Bedford, 3:43; 5, Saltsburg, 3:44.9; 6, Penn Cambria, 3:45.3. 3200 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Cor. Roberts, Gibson, Cree, Lechleitner), 8:33.46; 2, Punxsutawney, 8:48.45; 3, Penn Cambria (Lee, Michina, Patterson, Stolarski), 8:51.56; 4, Cambria Heights (Eckenrode, Hall, Bender, Scott), 9:06.44; 5, Kane, 9:08.36; 6, Forest Hills, 9:09.87. High jump: 1, Mann, WH, 5-10; 2, Fitzpatrick, CH, 5-8; T-3, Rishel, PO, 5-6; T-3, Krestar, PC, 5-6; T-3, Droz, WH, 5-6; T-6, Winter, SH, 5-6; T-6, Johnson, T, 5-6. Long jump: 1, N. Marinak, PC, 20-6; 2, Johnson, JV, 20-2; 3, Zampogna, K, 20-1.5; 4, Quinlisk, D, 19-9; 5, McClenahan, PO, 19-7.5; 6, Stuller, S, 19-5. Triple jump: 1, Ebel, P, 43-11.5; 2, Bell, K, 41-9; 3, Zampogna, K, 41-4; 4, Tsikalas, PC, 40-10; 5, Johnson, JV, 40-9; 6, Irvin, BEA, 39-3. Shot put: 1, Batche, R, 45-10; 2, Morse, K, 44-5.5; 3, Kubat, CC, 42-3.75; 4, Vent, B, 41-3.75; 5, Rager, D, 40-0.5; 6, Chamberlain, D, 39-11.75. Discus: 1, Batche, R, 155-7; 2, Vent, B, 130-10; 3, Rager, D, 124-3; 4, Ishman, P, 112-5; 5, Morse, K, 110-7; 6, Katancik, SJ, 109-7. Javelin: 1, Cook, B, 162-4; 2, N. Marinak, PC, 158-0; 3, Ishman, P, 157-11; 4, Holbay, WH, 149-4; 5, Pfister, CR, 148-1; 6, Fry, BEA, 143-4. Pole vault: 1, Lechleitner, CC, 13-0; 2, Greville, K, 12-6; 3, Taylor, BEA, 12-0; 4, Slavick, R, 12-0; 5, Miller, P, 11-6; 6, Blankenbricker, U, 11-0.

GIRLS

TEAM STANDINGS/KEY

1, Lewisburg (L) 90; 2, Forest Hills (FH) 64; 3, Tyrone (T) 59; 4, Richland (R) 48; 5, Saint Joseph’s (SJ) 42; 6, United (U) 39.5; 7, Penns Valley (PV) 38.5; 8, Central Cambria (CC) 36; 9, Bedford (B) 35; 10, Westmont Hilltop (WH) 25; 11, Chestnut Ridge (CR) 24; 12, Punxsutawney (P) 22; 13, Bald Eagle Area (BEA) 21.5; 14, Saltsburg (S) 21; 15, Derry (D) 20.5; 16, Homer-Center (HC) 18; 17, Juniata Valley (JV) 15; 18, Marion Center (MC) 14.5; T-19, Cambria Heights (CH) 13; T-19, Bishop McCort (BM) 13; 21, Elk County Catholic (ECC) 11; 22, Huntingdon (H) 10.5; 23, Philipsburg-Osceola (PO) 8; 24, Penn Cambria (PC) 6; 25, Grier (G) 4; 26, Juniata (J) 3.

RESULTS

*100 dash: 1, Sarver, B, 12.38; 2, C. Saltsgiver, T, 12.57; 3, Slusarcyk, D, 12.62; 4, Hohmuth, L, 12.72; 5, Simpson, S, 12.78; 6, Popovich, U, 12.81. 200 dash: 1, Sarver, B, 26.36; 2, Ingram, BM, 26.59; 3, Simpson, S, 26.97; 4, Hohmuth, L, 26.99; 5, Popovich, U, 27.13; 6, Latchford, T, 27.35. 400 dash: 1, Malone, L, 1:01.21; 2, Ryen, MC, 1:01.68; 3, Vance, T, 1:02.32; 4, Ingram, BM, 1:02.42; 5, McHenry, BEA, 1:03.12; 6, McConnell, S, 1:03.13. 800 run: 1, Simander, SJ, 2:21.05; 2, Whysong, CR, 2:26.37; 3, Ryen, MC, 2:26.46; 4, Daly, L, 2:28.95; 5, Binney, L, 2:29.55; 6, Wilson, CC, 2:30.01. 1600 run: 1, Hull, PV, 5:17; 2, Roberts, P, 5:18; 3, Stitzer, PV, 5:20; 4, Whysong, CR, 5:28; 5, Dumm, FH, 5:33; 6, Hess, JV, 5:35. 3200 run: 1, Hull, PV, 11:33.17; 2, Niebauer, CC, 11:44.28; 3, Dumm, FH, 11:49.28; 4, Dill, WH, 11:50.35; 5, Manfred, G, 11:56.14; 6, Hess, JV, 12:02.24. *100 hurdles: 1, Marsh, SJ, 15.1; 2, Brazier, L, 15.81; 3, Smith, FH, 16.31; 4, Beebout, R, 16.44; 5, Shima, FH, 16.54; 6, Kirkpatrick, CH, 17.4. 300 hurdles: 1, Marsh, SJ, 45.62; 2, Walwro, CC, 47.62; 3, Smith, FH, 48.04; 4, Ikeler, L, 48.74; 5, Cardello, L, 49.2; 6, Veneziano, BEA, 49.55.

400 relay: 1, Tyrone (Latchford, Irons, C. Saltsgiver, N. Saltsgiver), 52.5; 2, Derry, 52.7; 3, Bedford, 52.8; 4, Richland, 53.3; 5, Saltsburg, 53.9; 6, Cambria Heights (Kirkpatrick, Burkey, Bailey, Weakland), 54.1. 1600 relay: 1, Lewisburg, 4:09.3; 2, Saint Joseph’s, 4:13.2; 3, Central Cambria 4:17.5; 4, Bedford, 4:21.1; 5, Saltsburg, 4:24.8; 6, Richland, 4:26.6. 3200 relay: 1, Lewisburg (Binney, Humphrey, Mahoney, Malone), 9:47.87; 2, Central Cambria (George, Walwro, Wilson, Kuntz), 9:47.98; 3, Westmont Hilltop, 10:18.59; 4, Elk County Catholic, 10:25; 5, Punxsutawney, 10:30.47; 6, Tyrone (M. Lewis, R. Lewis, Vance, Ramsey), 10:30.68. High jump: 1, Beebout, R, 5-0; 2, Upcraft, PV, 4-10; 3, Conant, FH, 4-10; T-4, Beben, PV, 4-10; T-4, Perry, D, 4-10; 6, Irons, T, 4-10. Long jump: 1, Latchford, T, 16-3.5; 2, Yost, R, 15-7.5; 3, C. Saltsgiver, T, 15-6.5; 4, Conant, FH, 15-6.25; 5, Kiepke, L, 15-5.5; 6, Kirkpatrick, CH, 15-5.25. Triple jump: 1, Beebout, R, 33-11; 2, Conant, FH, 33-6; 3, Philibin, R, 33-0; 4, Hillegass, CR, 32-10; 5, C, Saltsgiver, T, 32-9; 6, Zinobile, JV, 32-4. Shot put: 1, Fry, U, 41-10; 2, Sharp, HC, 39-11.5; 3, Downs, L, 37-5.5; 4, Martin, P, 34-5; 5, Musser, JV, 34-2.5; 6, Holler, BEA, 33-9.5. Discus: 1, Sharp, HC, 123-2; 2, Fry, U, 118-9; 3, Downs, L, 118-2; 4, Troup, H, 90-1; 5, Claycomb, CR, 87-10; 6, Holler, BEA, 87-6. Javelin: 1, Fry, U, 117-6; 2, Wehner, FH, 116-7; 3, Newton, ECC, 114-11; 4, Hoover, 111-6; 5, Vinglish, PC, 108-11; 6, Bailey, CH, 106-8. Pole vault: 1, Knupp, WH, 9-0; 2, Butler, PO, 8-6; 3, Krug, FH, 8-6; T-4, Rolley, H, 8-6; T-4, Peters, U, 8-6; 6, Freeman, L, 8-0.

*–Meet record

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