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High School Sports

May 15, 2014

Bedford holds off field to take D5 boys gold

Loysburg — Despite a strong push from Windber, the Bedford boys won the District 5 Class AA Track and Field team championship on Wednesday at Northern Bedford High School.

The Bisons, who were the defending champs, finished with 99 points, just ahead of the Ramblers with 85. Northern Bedford was third with 69 points with Tussey Mountain and Chestnut Ridge tied for fourth with 50.

William Kachman was a double winner for Bedford claiming victories in the 1600 (4:38.69) and the 3200 (10:05.00) and will advance to the PIAA Championships on May 23-24 at Shippensburg University.

“I felt that I was stronger in the mile today,” Kachman said, noting that he would have to flip a coin to decide whether it was a bigger deal to be a double district champion or to be going to the PIAA championships in two events.

The other Bisons winners were Zane Baker in the 400 (52.79) and Cody DeMoss in the javelin competition (172 feet, 8 inches).

Windber had the one record set during the meet.

The Ramblers foursome of junior Austin Leonardis and seniors Dan Tomlinson, Kevin Charney and Devon Tomlinson won the 3200 relay in 8:11.46, their best time this season. They broke the record of 8:14.63 that three of them had set along with Kyle Gipe two years ago.

“We definitely thought we could beat that record,” Charney said. “We wanted to get another one of our senior pals (Dan Tomlinson) on here and get the twins on the record with us. We just did it for our senior year and got it done for us. We take a lot of pride in the record. It’s a fantastic feeling.”

Charney said that he was used to having a lead and then lengthening for his final handoff to Devon Tomlinson.

“It was still a little close after the first and second legs so I just kind of took off like I normally do and went for it from there,” Charney said.  “It was a little windy was the only problem we had.”

Devon Tomlinson also won the 800 in 2:04.33 while Gray Bryan claimed the victory in the 300 hurdles (40.92).

Devon Tomlinson led off on the Ramblers winning 1600 relay, joining Charney, Dan Tomlinson and Bryan for the win in 3:30.28.

Senior Austin Miller of Meyersdale won the other two throws, claiming wins in the shot put and the discus (141-1).

“Talk about cutting it close, in both discus and shot, my final throw was the one that won it for me,” Miller said. “I don’t even know what to say. Shot was my best throw by like three feet and discus, I just squeaked it out by a foot and a half. It’s just unbelievable.”

Miller suffered an ACL injury at the end of football season.

“I had surgery in November and didn’t get out of therapy until February so I really didn’t have much of an off season,” Miller said. “To make it to states my senior year on both of my last throws in both events, it just means the world to me.”

Miller credited his coach, Mike Swick for helping him make it to the PIAA championships for the first time.

“He really stuck with me even when I was a bullhead,” Miller said. “I don’t have words.”

Junior Cole Clark had the Red Raiders’ other victory, winning the 100 hurdles in 16.03.

Senior Mackenzie Yuko of Shade topped the field in the pole vault with a winning height of 12-0.

“I’m so surprised,” Yuko said. “I came in today thinking that there was a possibility that I might not even place and I came out with the win. I thought this might be the final track meet of my career. I was seeded fourth, but I was tied with about eight people at 11-feet and I PRed (had a personal record) with 12-feet and I get to go to states. Last year I was an alternate for the 4 by 4 relay at states, but now I get to go and compete.”

Senior Jake Formica of Conemaugh Township was the fastest man in District 5, winning the 100 in 11.56.

Chestnut Ridge won the 400 relay in 44.93. The foursome included junior Jordan Crist, sophomores Bryan Feather and Adam Claar, and junior Trent Lohr.

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