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High School Sports

May 3, 2014

West Central Coaches Meet: Windber boys run state-qualifying time

ALTOONA — Bedford won the Class AA boys’ team competition Friday at the 65th annual West Central Coaches Invitational at Mansion Park.

The Bisons finished with 85 points ahead of Bedford County rival Northern Bedford, which finished with 62. Kane Area (52 points), Windber (50) and Juniata (40) rounded out the top five.

Bedford got individual victories from Daniel Arnold in the 110 hurdles (15.73), William Kachman in the 3200 (10:00.35) and Josiah Koontz in the discus (141 feet-9 inches).

Windber’s 3200 relay foursome of Austin Leonardis, Dan Tomlinson, Kevin Charney and Devon Tomlinson won the race in a state qualifying time of 8:15.42.

The same foursome also had a state-qualifying run of 3:29.60 to claim the victory in the 1600 relay while Devon Tomlinson won the 800 in 1:59.76.

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Girls find tough competition

Northern Cambria senior Gus Yahner won the pole vault competition with a jump of 13-6 while Cambria Heights senior Shawn Lacue had the best height in the high jump winning with a leap of 6-2.

Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference athletes claimed the Class AA and Class AAA 100 dash wins.

Westmont Hilltop’s Lawrence Cernansky claimed the 100 dash victory in 11.37 in Class AA while Somerset’s Daniel Meyer was a double winner with wins in both the 100 and 200 in Class AAA.

Meyer, who was chosen as the Class AAA MVP, was as excited about an early dismissal as he was about sweeping both speed events.

“We got out of school early, which was nice,” Meyer chuckled. “I opened the program and saw that both of the events that I was running, that I was seeded first. I wasn’t really that surprised that I was a top seed because I’ve been doing pretty well and I feel that I’ve earned it since I’ve been working so hard, putting in the time.”

Meyer said that the 100 was a fun race, facing competitors that he hasn’t seen before from Altoona and State College.

“I was pretty excited for some good competition and after the preliminaries, I was really excited for the finals,” Meyer said.

“It kind of gets me prepared for the District 6-AAA meet, where I’ll be going against a lot of these same teams.”

Meyer finished the 100 in 11.2 and won the 200 in 22.17.

“The 200 is my favorite event because I have the strides for it,” the Somerset senior said.

“It was definitely my stronger race today. The whole race I thought I heard someone breathing and I thought the kid was right behind me but my teammates told me that he was 10 meters behind.”

Meyer said that the entire season has not exactly been ideal weather-wise for running.

“I think I’ve been in tights and long underwear all season,” Meyer said. “I think I prefer running in the cold because it keeps the muscles constricted and more explosive, but then there’s the downfall of more chance for injury.”

State College was the boys Class AAA team champion with 143 points while Altoona was second.

Bishop Carroll’s foursome of Dane Woo, Alex Repko, Brody Shuty and Dan Lesney won the 400 relay in 44:53.

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