The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 16, 2014

Meyer qualifies for PIAA championship meet

ALTOONA — Altoona’s Dreux Stamford was the last to cross the line in the 200-meter dash at Friday’s District 6 Class AAA meet at Mansion Park Stadium.

He fell over the line, wincing in pain. He barely made it to the line after pulling a muscle in the second circuit of the race.

The first person there to comfort him was also his biggest competitor: Dan Meyer.

“That was making me tear up seeing another athlete crossing the line like that,” Meyer said. “I’ve been there.”

The Somerset sprinter and top seed in both short races finished a half step behind Stamford in the 100 – but qualified on state time. But he wanted time and, perhaps, a little bit of revenge.

Just not like this.

“After the 100 I had a taste for vengeance. Everything went right – I kept my pace all through the race,” he said. “I ran a 21.7 in the prelims and I was pretty pumped. I tried for 21.6 in the finals.”

Stamford, the No. 3 seed in the 100, pushed Meyer in the shortest race in the meet, but it didn’t matter. Both crossed the finish line within state time, giving Meyer and the Golden Eagles a presence at the state championships next week in Shippensburg.

Johnstown’s day ended in disappointment. Tashauna Smith, a candidate to advance in both the 100 and 200 – she also had run state time in the 100 this season – had a false start in the 100-meter prelim and finished third, outside the qualifying time, in the 200.

Waunyai Mayo, who was the top seed in the boys high jump and one of only two who had hit 6 feet this year, withdrew from the meet.


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