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DeLattre surprises himself

District 6 Class 3A boys track and field championships

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Altoona’s Jake Adams wins the long jump competition with a distance of 23 feet, 6 inches.

Hollidaysburg’s Caden DeLattre came into the triple jump Thursday at the District 6 Class 3A boys track and field championships at Mansion Park as the second seed, but after being disappointed in his performance in the long jump earlier in the day, his confidence wasn’t exactly overwhelming him.

The sophomore decided to take a different approach than usual.

“I wasn’t feeling too great during the long jump,” DeLattre said. “I felt tired. But when it came to the triple, I didn’t listen to any of the other jumps all day. I just concentrated on myself and didn’t listen to what anyone else had done.”

DeLattre followed through with that all the way up to the awards podium and did not find out the full extent of what he’d accomplished until Altoona’s PA announcer Lee Baranik revealed his championship jump’s distance of 45 feet, 6™ inches. The jump was more than a foot better than his seed jump and earned him a District 6 title, a trip to the PIAA championships in Shippensburg May 27-28 and the Hollidaysburg school record.

“I’m at a loss for words. I don’t know what to say,” DeLattre said. “I’m still in the moment. It was my best jump, by far, easily. I was hoping to beat the school record today, and I did that. I didn’t even hear what my jump was, I just looked at it. I didn’t know what it was until they announced it on the award stand.”

DeLattre will have local company at states.

Altoona senior Ethan Stroup qualified for the PIAA championships in all three of his throws and won the shot put district title with a throw of 53 feet, ¢inch. It wasn’t his best throw of the season, but he did surpass his best javelin throw of the year with a runner-up distance of 180-4, which met the state qualifying standard as did his discus throw of 157-0.

“I was so pleased. That’s all I wanted to do today. Placement didn’t matter,” Stroup said. “I knew if I came out and did my thing, everything would take care of itself and it did. I couldn’t be happier.”

Top-seeded Josiah Sechler of Mifflin County won the javelin with a throw 9 feet farther than Stroup’s, and top-seeded State College’s Mitchell Maher won the discus at 158-11.

“District 6 has great competition in the throwing events,” Stroup said. “It was a great competition that really has prepared me for states. You always want to go (to states) and PR, but I’ll take placing if I can get top three in everything, or even first place. You can’t get greedy, but I’m excited to get down there and compete with the best.”

Maher’s win was one of many for the State College boys, including an unexpected title in the 400 relay. Top-seeded Altoona did not place after a false start. The Little Lions ran away with the team title, 219-145.5, over the runner-up Mountain Lions. Hollidaysburg finished third in the nine-team field with 99 points.

Despite falling short in the team race, two other Altoona athletes will join Stroup at the state championships.

Jake Adams continued a spectacular season in the long jump, which was highlighted by a third-place finish at the ultra-competitive Penn Relays against competition from around the world, by winning the District 6 title with a jump of 23-6, just three inches under his best of the season.

Teammate Ty Friedenberger came away with the gold in the 100 dash and was the runner-up in the 200 dash despite battling nagging injuries.

“I was worried coming into it, because I haven’t been feeling too well,” Friedenberger said. “The last couple meets haven’t been too good, and I haven’t had much training. I have been injured, but I’m happy with how it turned out with the circumstances. The jumps I wasn’t happy with, but I can’t do it. I tried.”

TEAM RESULTS/KEY

1, State College (SC) 219; 2, Altoona (A) 145.5; 3, Hollidaysburg (H) 99; 4, Mifflin County (MC) 93; 5, Bellefonte (B) 47.5; 6, Central Mountain (CM) 33; 7, T-7, Juniata (J) 19; T-7, Somerset (S) 19; 9, Johnstown (J) 17.

100 dash: 1, Friedenberger, A, 11.3; 2, Frank, H, 11.49; 3, Myers, SC, 11.69; 4, Markowski, SC, 11.8; 5, Gunby, J, 11.87; 6, Hummel, B, 11.9; 7, Yarnell, H, 11.91; 8, Walters, J, 12.0. 200 dash: 1, Lindenberg, SC, 22.3; 2, Friedenberger, A, 22.67; 3, Frank, H, 23.43; 4, Yarnell, H, 23.64; 5, Markowski, SC, 23.8; 6, Lucas, CM, 23.94; 7, Gunby, J, 23.96; 8, Zonts, H, 24.26. 400 dash: 1, Gunby, J, 51.26; 2, Yarnell, H, 52.9; 3, Seslow, S, 53.1; 4, Shellenberger, J, 54.17; 5, Wills, H, 54.7; 6, Hartzler, MC, 54.78; 7, Clapper, H, 54.92; 8, Garrison, B, 54.98. 800 run: 1, Adams, SC, 1:55.99; 2, Tzolov, SC, 1:59.34; 3, Bennett, B, 1:59.95; 4, Staniar, SC, 2:00.33; 5, Boutiller, A, 2:00.71; 6, Ebersole, A, 2:03.77; 7, Cashwell, CM, 2:04.22; 8, Morales, J, 2:06.3. 1600 run: 1, Sloff, SC, 4:22.06; 2, Dinant, SC, 4:25.35; 3, Kelley, A, 4:30.45; 4, Ebeling, B, 4:41.59; 5, Vaira, SC, 4:43.38; 6, Cashwell, CM, 4:43.66; 7, Bell, MC, 4:45.35; 8, Stroup, J, 4:50.82. 3200 run: 1, C. Endres, SC, 9:41.1; 2, S. Endres, SC, 10:15.81; 3, Royer, MC, 10:15.83; 4, Vinnedge, B, 10:18.74; 5, Ferguson, A, 10:22.57; 6, Viglione, SC, 10:24.14; 7, Coffey, MC, 10:33.53; 8, Bomberger, J, 10:33.98. 110 hurdles: 1, Sicree, SC, 15.75; 2, Williams, A, 16.16; 3, Roth, SC, 16.3; 4, Reid, A, 16.48; 5, Bender, H, 16.52; 6, Reed, MC, 16.61; 7, Brown, SC, 16.75; 8, Lowry, B, 16.92. 300 hurdles: 1, Lindenberg, SC, 39.68; 2, Wyland, H, 41.82; 3, Sicree, SC, 41.84; 4, Roth, SC, 42.09; 5, Bender, H, 42.16; 6, Reed, MC, 42.76; 7, Heaton, A, 43.91; 8, Williams, A, 44.94.

400 relay: 1, State College, 43.54; 2, Hollidaysburg, 44.5; 3, Bellefonte, 45.53; 4, Mifflin County, 45.88; 5, Juniata, 45.9; 6, Somerset, 47.3. 1600 relay: 1, State College, 3:26.12; 2, Hollidaysburg, 3:37.1; 3, Bellefonte, 3:40.77; 4, Altoona, 3:42.18; 5, Mifflin County, 3:42.76; 6, Juniata, 3:44.84; 7, Somerset, 3:50.36. 3200 relay: 1, State College (meet record), 7:49.35; 2, Altoona, 8:24.87; 3, Mifflin County, 8:31.79; 4, Hollidaysburg, 8:32.29; 5, Central Mountain, 10:30.58. High jump: 1, Gerlach, CM, 6-3; 2, Kauffman, MC, 6-1; 3, B. Adams, A, 5-11; 4, Bodner, SC, 5-11; 5, Hardison, A, 5-11; 6, Wyland, H, 5-9; 7, Platt, S, 5-7; 8, Corso, A, 5-7. Long jump: 1, J. Adams, A, 23-6; 2, Sechler, MC, 22-9 (SQ); 3, DeLattre, H, 21-1; 4, King, MC, 21-0; 5, B. Adams, A, 20-10; 6, Wert, MC, 20-10; 7, Carr, S, 20-7; 8, Leidy, SC, 20-5.5. Triple jump: 1, DeLattre, H, 45-6.25; 2, King, MC, 44-8; 3, Wert, MC, 44-6.75; 4, B. Adams, A, 44-4.5; 5, Loviscky, SC, 43-3; 6, Gerlach, CM, 42-10; 7, Miller, B, 41-11; 8, Wasney, H, 41-8.25. Shot put: 1, Stroup, A, 53-0.5; 2, Price, MC, 47-4; 3, Maher, SC, 47-3.75; 4, Spencer, SC, 45-11; 5, Griffith, S, 45-8.5; 6, Mosely, A, 43-8.75; 7, Dawes, CM, 43-8; 8, Walk, A, 43-2.5. Discus: 1, Maher, SC, 158-11; 2, Stroup, A, 157-0 (SQ); 3, Stratts, CM, 143-6; 4, Spencer, SC, 143-3; 5, Spratt, B, 134-2; 6, V. Franco, H, 130-4; 7, Haas, SC, 122-0; 8, Troutman, A, 117-5. Javelin: 1, Sechler, MC, 189-4; 2, Stroup, A, 180-4 (SQ); 3, Haas, SC, 165-1; 4, Brininger, B, 152-11; 5, Walk, A, 150-11; 6, Wilson, MC, 137-4; 7, Lowry, B, 136-9; 8, Harrington, A, 131-9. Pole vault: 1, Dorefice, SC, 14-3; 2, Lutz, A, 13-9; 3, Treece, A, 12-3; 4, Bell, SC, 12-3; 5, Aurand, J, 11-9; 6, Wright, H, 11-9; T-7, Strawmier, A, 11-3; T-7, Miller, B, 11-3.

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