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May 15, 2014

Mountaineers repeat as D5 girls champs

Loysburg — At the end of Wednesday’s District 5 Class AA Track and Field Championships, no one was sure who had claimed the team title.

But when all the points were tallied, the Berlin Brothersvalley girls were the ones squealing for joy, winning their second straight district crown.

The Mountaineers finished with 99 points, just ahead of Bedford, which had 82. Tussey Mountain (78), Windber (56) and Southern Fulton (45) rounded out the top five.

“Our girls did what they needed to do in order to have a chance to win today,” Berlin coach Corey Will said.

Junior Brittany Clegg and senior Erica Craig were double winners for the Mountaineers.

Clegg claimed victories in the 100 hurdles (17.03) and in the triple jump (33 feet, 8 inches). Craig won the javelin (115-3) and shot put (34-4) competitions.

“This is the first year that I’ve placed in any final so I’m really excited,” Clegg said. “It’s my first time to place at districts and my first time to go to states. I didn’t think that I had come this far. The hurdles race was a PR (personal record) for me.”

Clegg was nervous before the hurdles race.

“One of my coaches told me to just focus on myself and not worry about what anyone else was doing and that’s what I did,” Clegg said. “I think that the other competitors helped push me.”

Clegg said she was the second seed going into the triple jump.

“In the prelims, I PRed by a whole foot and an inch and was wondering where that came from,” Clegg said.

On the other hand, Craig expected to do well in the javelin.

“I found out yesterday that I was the second seed in the javelin so that was a little bit of a motivator for me because I wasn’t expecting that, I thought I would be the top seed,” Craig said. “In shot, my own teammate (junior Ellie Fleegle) pushed me. I had first and then she had her best throw and I had to go in there and get my best throw in order to win. It was a bit of a nailbiter.”

Senior Gina Trulick had Berlin’s other victory, winning the 800 in 2:30.77.

Windber senior Annalee Tokarsky claimed the win in the 1600 run in 5:41.82 and also anchored the Ramblers 3200 relay joining teammates Kaitlin Weaver, Lauren Vasas, both sophomore, and senior Cate McClain for the victory in 10:24.12.

“It was unexpected for me to win the 1600,” said Tokarsky, who is headed to West Point in the fall. “It wasn’t a race that I planned to go out for, I was going to wait for the two-mile, but it just kind of happened. That win in the 4 by 8 relay was a sweet one. I’ve been trying for that one for four years. We finally were lucky enough to have four good runners and I knew it was going to be our year.”

Meyersdale senior Marsha Baker will make a first-time appearance at the PIAA Championships. Baker won the 3200 in 12:30.05.

“It was a pretty hard race,” Baker said. “When I heard everyone cheering for me and I knew someone came up behind me and I picked it up. It’s beyond words for me to get the chance to go to states.”

Baker credited Tokarsky, who was second, for helping push her to the win.

“Annalee is a very good competitor and I like running against her because she is competitive,” Baker said.

Junior Emily Finnegan of Chestnut Ridge has been injured most of the season, but was able to win the discus competition with a throw of 117-1 to earn her third straight appearance in the PIAA Championships.

The other area winners included Finnegan’s Lions teammate Amanda Kostryk in the pole vault (9-0) along with Bedford senior Kaitlyn Lippincott in the high jump (5-0).

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