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CC counts on team for boys victory

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Central Cambria's Jon Wess (left) edged 2nd place Bellwood Antis' Hunter Shawley (right) and 3rd place teammate Ben Grata (center) in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.20

By Michael Boytim

mboytim@altoonamirror.com

The Central Cambria boys track and field team took home another District 6 Class 2A championship Tuesday at Mansion Park, and it wasn’t exactly unexpected according to head coach Matt Miller.

“In a meet like this, you are always going to have some guys do better than you hoped and maybe some things that don’t work out,” Miller said. “I had us projected to score 104, and we got 100, so we were pretty close.”

Jon Wess won the 110-meter hurdles, Aiden Lechleitner captured to 800-meter run and the Red Devils won both the 400- and 3200-meter relays to distance themselves, 100-80, from runner-up Richland.

“We’re very fortunate to have two or three guys in most events,” Miller said. “So, if someone has a bad event, we have someone to pick them up.”

Not only did Lechleitner win the 800, he earned himself a steak from his brother, Adam. The brothers had a bet that if Aiden could finish the event in less than two minutes, Adam, who is competing at IUP, would buy his younger brother porterhouse steaks.

Lechleitner finished in 1:59.05, just ahead of teammate Cody Roberts, who finished second in 1:59.09. Saint Joseph’s Colin Simander was third.

“I knew (Roberts) was going to come with me,” Lechleitner said. “He said he was going to let me take the lead, because we both went out too fast at the LHAC meet, and we both died. This time, the Saint Joe’s kid pushed both of us, and I’m very proud of how we did.”

So was Adam, who was in attendance and said he’d be calling Smithmyer’s in Loretto today to order the steaks.

“I can’t wait,” Aiden Lechleitner said. “Hopefully this weekend we can take a trip and get those steaks.”

Wess won his title despite a slow start — literally — to his day.

“Leading up to the event, I was a little bit nervous,” Wess said. “I knew I had the ability to win it, but I just had to make it happen. My time in the prelims was one of my slower times this season, and I wasn’t feeling the best, but I knew if I got a good start and ran my race I could do it.”

Wess made it happen when it counted with disappointment from last season serving as the motivating factor.

“Coming over the first couple hurdles, I was in a good groove and got off to a good start,” Wess said. “From there I just looked straight ahead at the finish line, kept going over every hurdle pretty good and crossed the finish line first. I couldn’t be happier. It’s amazing, because I put in a lot of work since last season when I finished fourth and just missed states. I have been working all year for this. Winning districts was my No. 1 goal.”

It was also a good evening for Penn Cambria sophomore Carter McDermott, who won the long jump, was part of Penn Cambria’s winning 1,600-meter relay team and qualified for states in the triple jump with a third-place finish.

“It feels good,” McDermott said. “This is my first time jumping here. It’s a different environment, but I love the Altoona pit. It’s probably one of my favorites.”

McDermott said he got some simple advice from jumps coach Lauren Michina before the meet.

“Run fast,” McDermott said. “And jump high.”

A pair of Bellwood-Antis athletes also found themselves on top of the podium Tuesday.

Sean Mallon held off a hard-charging Josh Stolarski of Penn Cambria to win the 400-meter dash. Stolarski closed in on Mallon but never passed him.

“I could hear him coming, so I knew I had to give it everything I had,” Mallon said. “He really made me push it there. I had a hidden gear that I didn’t know about. It feels amazing. Everything I worked for this whole season paid off.”

B-A’s Hunter Shawley won the 300-meter hurdles and finished as the runner-up in the 110 hurdles. He also made states with the Blue Devils’ 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams.

“It was a huge PR for me and felt awesome,” Shawley said. “I PR’d in the 110 and was seeded fourth and ended up taking second, so I can’t complain about that at all. It was a great day.”

Other qualifiers from the Mirror’s coverage area for the PIAA Class 2A meet in Shippensburg on May 27-28 not mentioned earlier were Penn Cambria’s Trenten Murphy (shot put, discus), Central Cambria’s Will Westrick (discus), Central Cambria’s Ben Grata (110 hurdles), Central’s Kade Rhule (javelin), Central Cambria’s Jameson O’Brien (100-, 200-meter dashes), Penn Cambria’s Andre Marinak (300 hurdles), Bellwood-Antis’ Dylan Andrews (pole vault) and Penn Cambria’s 3,200-meter relay team.

TEAM RESULTS/KEY

1, Central Cambria (CC) 100; 2, Richland (R) 80; 3, Penn Cambria (PC) 78.5; 4, Bellwood-Antis (BA) 55; 5, Huntingdon (H) 51; 6, Tyrone (T) 34; 7, Southern Huntingdon (SH) 30; 8, Westmont Hilltop (WH) 29; T-9, Bald Eagle Area (BEA) 25; T-9, Penns Valley (PV) 25; 11, Purchase Line (PL) 22; 12, Central (C) 19; 13, Philipsburg-Osceola (PO) 17; T-14, Penns Manor (PM) 16; T-14, Marion Center (MC) 16; T-14, Saint Joseph’s (SJ) 16; 17, Mount Union (MU) 15; 18, United (U) 14; 19, Juniata Valley (JV) 10.5; 20, West Branch (WB) 10; 21, Blacklick Valley (BV) 9; T-22, Northern Cambria (NC) 6; T-22, Forest Hills (FH) 6; 24, River Valley (RV) 5; T-25, Portage (P) 4; T-25, Bishop Carroll (BC) 4; 27, Homer-Center (HC) 3; 28, Cambria Heights (CH) 2.

100 dash: 1, McCracken, R, 11.01; 2, Buonaccorsi, H, 11.12; 3, O’Brien, CC, 11.3; 4, Zitnay, WH, 11.25 (SQ); 5, Marshall, PM, 11.29 (SQ); 6, McFadden, JV, 11.6; 7, Kent, BV, 11.64; 8, Baldauf, T, 11.76. 200 dash: 1, McCracken, R, 22.56; 2, Buonaccorsi, H, 22.75; 3, O’Brien, CC, 22.9; 4, Zitnay, WH, 23.01; 5, McFadden, JV, 23.43; 6, Kent, BV, 23.51; 7, Yingling, C, 23.67; 8, Good, PV, 23.75. 400 dash: 1, Mallon, BA, 51.66; 2, Stolarski, PC, 51.82; 3, Syster, PL, 52.36; 4, Keen, BA, 52.44; 5, Contorchick, CC, 52.82; 6, Lewis, R, 53.27; 7, Miller, T, 53.5; 8, Good, PV, 53.53. 800 run: 1, Lechleitner, CC, 1:59.05; 2, Roberts, CC, 1:59.09; 3, Simander, SJ, 2:02.23; 4, Detwiler, T, 2:02.29; 5, Gouse, P, 2:06.42; 6, Reynolds, SJ, 2:08.32; 7, D. George, WH, 2:09.24; 8, Eckenrode, CH, 2:10.3. 1600 run: 1, Radar, H, 4:28.28; 2, Muckey, PO, 4:35.54; 3, Simander, SJ, 4:37.15; 4, Fink, T, 4:48.86; 5, E. George, CC, 4:48.89; 6, D. George, WH, 4:51.39; 7, Kuntz, CC, 4:51.74; 8, Green, MC, 4:53.25. 3200 run: 1, Rader, H, 9:45.68; 2, Muckey, PO, 9:48.81; 3, Green, MC, 10:26.51; 4, Barrett, MC, 10:35.14; 5, Henning, U, 10:37.8; 6, Kuntz, CC, 10:41.64; 7, Wright, PL, 10:43.04; 8, Reamer, PV, 10:43.49. 110 hurdles: 1, Wess, CC, 15.2; 2, Shawley, BA, 15.45; 3, Grata, CC, 15.55; 4, Marinak, PC, 15.79; 5, Jackson, T, 16.58; 6, Gray, FH, 16.71; 7, Horton, C, 16.76; 8, Frank, BV, 30.08. 300 hurdles: 1, Shawley, BA, 40.65; 2, Winter, SH, 41.42; 3, Marinak, PC, 41.92; 4, Grata, CC, 42.56; 5, North, SH, 43.36; 6, Yetsko, BEA, 44.26; 7, McMahon, R, 44.29; 8, Ohomoto-Frederick, SJ, 44.31.

400 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Wyrwas, Dill, Koss, O’Brien), 44.08; 2, Richland, 44.96; 3, Bellwood-Antis, 45.14; 4, Penns Valley, 45.18; 5, Westmont Hilltop, 45.42; 6, Blacklick Valley, 45.52; 7, Central, 45.85; 8, Southern Huntingdon, 45.86. 1600 relay: 1, Penn Cambria (McDermott, Stolarski, Patterson, Eberhart), 3:32.1; 2, Central Cambria (Lechleitner, Roberts, O’Brien, Contorchick), 3:32.23; 3, Bellwood-Antis (Weeden, Shawley, Mallon, Keen), 3:36.59; 4, Richland, 3:39.88; 5, West Branch, 3:41.03; 6, Tyrone, 3:41.43; 7, Southern Huntingdon, 3:44.14; 8, Bald Eagle Area, 3:44.37. 3200 relay: 1, Central Cambria (Roberts, Morgan, Kuntz, Lechleitner), 8:22.42; 2, Penn Cambria (Talko, Stolarski, Patterson, Eberhart), 8:30.82; 3, West Branch, 8:31.68; 4, Tyrone, 8:33.85; 5, Marion Center, 8:46.91; 6, Southern Huntingdon, 8:52.8; 7, United, 8:57.54; 8, Cambria Heights, 9:15.98. High jump: 1, Droz, WH, 6-1; 2, Wiser, H, 5-11; 3, Braucht, PV, 5-9; 4, Lingenfelter, C, 5-9; T-5, Bark, JV, 5-7; T-5, Marinak, PC, 5-7; 7, Culver, PV, 5-7; 8, Krestar, PC, 5-7. Long jump: 1, McDermott, PC, 22-9; 2, Irvin, BEA, 22-0; 3, Braucht, PV, 21-0.25; 4, Stolarski, PC, 20-6.25; 5, Marino, SH, 20-1; 6, Ronan, T, 19-9.75; 7, Weaver, T, 19-6.5; 8, Paronish, NC, 19-6.5. Triple jump: 1, Irvin, BEA, 42-10.25; 2, Winter, SH, 42-4.5; 3, McDermott, PC, 41-10.75; 4, Wiser, H, 41-3.25; 5, Weaver, T, 41-0.25; 6, Bauer, R, 40-8.25; 7, Roberts, CC, 40-7; 8, Yetsko, BEA, 40-4. Shot put: 1, Kyle, MU, 51-8; 2, Murphy, PC, 45-0.25; 3, Thomas, R, 44-3.75; 4, Hanock, R, 42-0; 5, Pluebell, BA, 41-11; 6, Rebo, RV, 41-9.5; 7, Polenik, PM, 41-7.5; 8, Roessler, RV, 41-4.75. Discus: 1, Polenik, PM, 147-9; 2, Murphy, PC, 136-11; 3, Westrick, CC, 136-6; 4, Hancock, CC, 126-3; 5, Shutty, NC, 126-0; 6, Bence, HC, 125-9; 7, Knepp, BEA, 121-9; 8, Roessler, RV, 120-4. Javelin: 1, Scott, PL, 160-9; 2, Batche, R, 159-11; 3, Rhule, C, 159-2; 4, Chase, R, 158-7; 5, Elick, PL, 154-5; 6, Niewinski, PV, 153-11; 7, Daugherty, C, 152-5; 8, Ludwig, NC, 151-4. Pole vault: 1, Gossard, R, 14-6; 2, Blankenbicker, U, 13-0; 3, Andrews, BA, 12-0; 4, Spennati, MU, 12-0; 5, Yahner, BC, 12-0; 6, Carroll, FH, 12-0; 7, Buckley, H, 11-6; 8, Reese, PO, 11-6.

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