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Lions’ Kravetz following in brother’s footsteps

D6 3A girls track and field

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Altoona’s Hailey Kravetz clears a hurdle in the 100-meter event.

Altoona’s Hailey Kravetz was already facing the pressure of being the top seed in Thursday’s 300-meter hurdles at the District 6 Class 3A girls track and field championships at Mansion Park.

But if that wasn’t enough to motivate her, she knew her older brother Austin, now competing at Lock Haven University, already had last year’s District 6 boys 110 hurdle championship under his belt.

“He got into hurdling first, and I always wanted to be like my older brother,” Kravetz said. “I picked up hurdling, and he’s always been there to push me and give me a few tips along the way. It’s a good feeling. We’re always very competitive, so I knew if I didn’t win, he’d have something to say, so I just wanted to win to prove myself.”

No need to come up with any excuses.

Kravetz won comfortably with a time of 46.38 seconds to win a district title a year after finishing as the runner-up in the event in 49.52.

“I was happy with my time,” Kravetz said. “I went in as the top seed, so my goal was to stay there. The 300 hurdles is my main event, so I really wanted to push myself.”

The Altoona sophomore will also be competing in the PIAA Class 3A championships in Shippensburg on May 27-28 in the 1600 relay and the 400 relay as Altoona held off Somerset and star sprinter Hailey Rios, who was the Eagles’ anchor, for the district title. Rios won the 100 and 200 dashes and set a new meet record in the 100.

The Altoona 400 relay team of Brooke Long, Kravetz, Lauren Kiser and Ashtyn Hileman came in seeded second and features all seniors other than Kravetz.

“This is one of the last times I’ll run with this relay with them graduating,” Kravetz said. “I’ll miss them so much, so it’s good I’ll get to run with them one last time.”

Long led off and built a lead for the Lady Lions.

“I definitely knew we had to get off to a big lead, because I knew Rios would make up a lot of time,” Long said. “I knew I had to get us off to a good start so we could get it to Ashtyn with a pretty decent lead.”

As Hileman got the final handoff, Somerset struggled with its transition to Rios.

“I didn’t even realize,” Hileman said. “I just knew she was going to be behind me and I had to go. I didn’t even look. I just kept going as fast as I could.”

Both teams reached the state qualifying mark and recorded their best times of the season.

The day wasn’t all positive for Long, who won the PIAA Class 3A championship in the long jump last year as a junior. She finished third in the event Thursday behind State College star Shannon Mullin and Rios and missed the state qualifying standard by an inch, despite surpassing that distance of 17-9 several times this season.

“I’m pretty disappointed in myself,” Long said. “It’s been a long day. I’m very tired, more than I usually am, from trying so hard in every event. I’m upset at myself, but there’s nothing I can do. I know I can jump way better than that, and I have in the past three or four meets, so I’m very upset.”

Long did qualify for the triple jump with a second-place finish behind Mullin, who set a new meet record of 39-11.5.

“I’m definitely going to focus on those events now,” Long said. “Maybe I can even out from last year, not placing in either one of those.”

State College won the team title, 186-137, over runner-up Altoona. Hollidaysburg finished third in the eight-team field with 100 points.

The Lady Tigers will be represented at the PIAA championships by a pair of District 6 champions. Jenna Wilt won the pole vault by clearing 11 feet, and sophomore Lily Jodon won her second high jump district title in as many years with a 4-11.

“It feels very good, because I was hoping for another win,” Jodon said. “It feels good knowing I have two on me now. I’m hoping to do better at states this year. Last year it was very new, and I didn’t expect it, so now that I know what it’s like, I hope it helps me out this year.”

TEAM RESULTS/KEY

1, State College (SC) 186; 2, Altoona (A) 137; 3, Hollidaysburg (H) 100; 4, Central Mountain (CM) 87.5; 5, Somerset (S) 84.5; 6, Mifflin County (MC) 60; 7, Bellefonte (B) 37; 8, Johnstown (J) 2.

100 dash: 1, Rios, S, 12.17 (meet record); 2, Abdullah, SC, 12.93; 3, Rush, S, 12.95; T-4, Ross, S, 13.18; T-4, Hall, CM, 13.18; 6, Frazier, H, 13.23; 7, Durham, J, 13.45; 8, Howell, SC, 13.71. 200 dash: 1, Rios, S, 25.45; 2, Hileman, A, 26.14; 3, Abdullah, SC, 26.95; 4, Ross, S, 27.66; 5, Shutika, B, 27.95; 6, Field, SC, 27.99; 7, Plowman, CM, 28.09; 8, Frazier, H, 28.15. 400 dash: 1, Walker, SC, 1:00.04; 2, Poindexter, SC, 1:00.28; 3, Moyer, H, 1:00.82; 4, Yoder, MC, 1:02.8; 5, Waksmonski, H, 1:03.02; 6, Antoniono, SC, 1:03.31; 7, Schubach, CM, 1:04.46; 8, Miller, S, 1:05.59. 800 run: 1, Morningstar, SC, 2:20.34; 2, Clapper, H, 2:24.23; 3, Koncoski, SC, 2:27.05; 4, Stoltz, A, 2:31.42; 5, Bigger, SC, 2:31.54; 6, Clayton, H, 2:37.36; 7, Dressler, CM, 2:37.72; 8, Cernuska, B, 2:38.01. 1600 run: 1, Cubbison, MC, 5:02.83; 2, Kwasnica, SC, 5:22.22; 3, Wilber, A, 5:27.76; 4, Stoltz, A, 5:38.88; 5, Parson, MC, 5:38.9; 6, Bigger, SC, 5:39.24; 7, Wadhia, SC, 5:40.3; 8, Kelley, A, 5:44.54. 3200 run: 1, Cubbison, MC, 11:25.09; 2, Kwasnica, SC, 11:57.66; 3, Parson, MC, 12:08.61; 4, Kelley, A, 12:23.7; 5, Ikenberry, SC, 12:28.58; 6, Wolfe, CM, 12:42.82; 7, Liadis, B, 12:48.26; 8, Dressler, CM, 12:55.74. 100 hurdles: 1, Tate, SC, 15.9; 2, Kravetz, A, 15.96; 3, Rich, CM, 16.49; 4, Shutika, B, 17.03; 5, Irwin, A, 17.23; 6, Baney, H, 17.92; 7, Breon, MC, 17.97; 8, Kramer, SC, 18.5. 300 hurdles: 1, Kravetz, A, 46.38; 2, Tate, SC, 47.93; 3, Irwin, A, 48.59; 4, Burk, H, 49.54; 5, Kramer, SC, 53.05; 6, Bair, CM, 53.21; 7, Baney, H, 53.34; 8, Watkins, SC, 54.72.

400 relay: 1, Altoona (Long, Kravetz, Kiser, Hileman), 48.86; 2, Somerset, 49.39 (SQ); 3, Central Mountain, 51.12; 4, Hollidaysburg, 52.18; 5, State College, 53.01; 6, Bellefonte, 53.82; 7, Mifflin County, 55.33. 1600 relay: 1, Altoona (Kiser, Kravetz, Wilber, Hileman), 4:02.4; 2, State College, 4:03.28; 3, Mifflin County, 4:12.07; 4, Hollidaysburg, 4:13.92; 5, Central Mountain, 4:28.4; 6, Somerset, 4:40.61; 7, Bellefonte, 4:43.53. 3200 relay: 1, State College, 9:41.01; 2, Hollidaysburg, 10:03.65; 3, Altoona, 10:15.55; 4, Bellefonte, 11:17.9; 5, Mifflin County, 12:06.45. High jump: 1, Jodon, H, 4-11; 2, Kilmartin, A, 4-9; 3, Clouser, A, 4-7; 4, Hendricks, CM, 4-7; 5, Ematat, MC, 4-7; 6, Beatty, CM, 4-7; 7, Leitzinger, SC, 4-5; 8, Ledney, S, 4-5. Long jump: 1, Mullin, SC, 18-8.25; 2, Rios, S, 18-4.25 (SQ); 3, Long, A, 17-8; 4, Rush, S, 16-10.25; 5, Hendricks, CM, 16-10; 6, Proctor, B, 16-3; 7, Yoder, MC, 16-2; 8, Antoniono, SC, 15-7. Triple jump: 1, Mullin, SC, 39-11.5 (meet record); 2, Long, A, 38-4.75 (SQ); 3, Hendricks, CM, 37-4.75 (SQ); 4, Parnell, H, 35-5.5; 5, Yoder, MC, 34-8.75; 6, Rush, S, 33-7; 7, Clapper, H, 33-7; 8, Underwood, B, 33-3.25. Shot put: 1, Vangorder, CM, 31-3.25; 2, Sipes, H, 31-3; 3, Bumberger, H, 30-3.5; 4, Smith, A, 30-0; 5, Richard, S, 30-0; 6, Dull, A, 29-5.5; 7, Garcia, SC, 28-8; 8, McGee, S, 27-3.5. Discus: 1, Rizzo, CM, 100-0; 2, Dull, A, 98-8; 3, Garcia, SC, 97-6; 4, Deitrich, B, 95-3; 5, Vangorder, CM, 95-2; 6, Bumberger, H, 92-1; 7, Blizzard, SC, 90-10; 8, Richard, S, 90-9. Javelin: 1, Kopysciansky, CM, 98-1; 2, Li, S, 95-0; 3, Underwood, B, 92-4; 4, Richard, S, 89-6; 5, Banker, SC, 87-11; 6, Smith, A, 85-10; 7, Chille, A, 84-11; 8, Sheaffer, MC, 82-5. Pole vault: 1, Wilt, H, 11-0; 2, Iceland, SC, 9-6; 3, Steward, SC, 8-6; 4, Hicks, SC, 8-0; 5, Sassano, A, 8-0; 6, Ansley, H, 7-6; 7, Beatty, CM, 7-6; T-8, Zelenak, S, 7-0; T-8, Jacobs, S, 7-0.

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