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May 7, 2014

Windber, Berlin win WestPAC track

Davidsville — The Windber boys and Berlin Brothersvalley girls used a variety of strong performances to retain their respective titles at the 14th annual WestPAC Track and Field Championships on a record-setting Wednesday at Conemaugh Township High School.

The Ramblers finished with 148 points while second-place Meyersdale had 77. Rockwood (75), Berlin (70) and Conemaugh Township (67 rounded out the top five.

“Our boys team is really good,” Windber’s Devon Tomlinson said. “We have a lot of young kids stepping up and then we have our solid group of seniors that have been together. We are really balanced.”

On the girls’ side, the Mountaineers accrued 158 points to top Windber, which had 111. Meyersdale (81), Rockwood (77) and Conemaugh Township were third through fifth, respectively, in the girls’ final team standings.

All three boys’ relay records fell on Wednesday.

Windber’s foursome of junior Austin Leonardis and seniors Dan Tomlinson, Kevin Charney and Devon Tomlinson crushed the 2007 Berlin record of 8:39.8 by Brett Hankinson, Brad Beverly, Jacob Little and Tony D’Carrion in the 3200 relay. The Ramblers won in 8:22.6.

The Tomlinson twins and Charney then joined Gray Bryan to establish a new standard in the 1600 relay. The Windber quartet finished in 3:29.4, bettering last year’s mark of 3:33 by Shade (Dylan Glessner, Jordan Wilt, Jon Reynolds, Baily Blackburn).

Devon Tomlinson was also part of two individual records, eclipsing the 2006 standard of Meyersdale’s Mike Podlesnik (2:02.7) in the 800 with a time of 2:01 and equaling the 2013 time of Shade’s Jordan Wilt in the 400 with a 51.5.

“This is really our last meet before districts so this is the last chance for me to make sure that everyone knows my name before then,” Devon Tomlinson said. “We (in the 3200 relay) know that we have so much potential and it’s the fact that three of us graduate and it’s the last time that do something like that. We just want to leave our mark.”

Shade’s foursome of Logan Glessner, Jeremy Pyles, Baily Blackburn and Reynolds finished the 400 relay in 44.9, beating the 2011 mark of the Berlin quartet of Dalton Magruder, Ian Sayler, Issac Will and Alex Will by a tenth of a second.

Windber’s other victories were by Leonardis in the 1600 (4:49.3), Bryan in the 300 hurdles (40.7) and Matt Barkley in the triple jump (42 feet, 8.5 inches).

Berlin senior Gina Trulick had two individual victories in the 400 (1:01.9) and the 800 (2:31.8) and anchored the Mountaineers 400 relay unit of Brittany Clegg, Morgan Broderick and Erica Craig to a win in 52.9.

“I think my 400 was my strongest race today,” said Trulick, who missed her record set last year by .9 seconds. “For some reason I was really nervous for it and threw up twice before it. I took that momentum into the 400 relay and our handoffs were really good today. I’m working on my ending speed in the 800 and today I ended pretty well.”

Craig also had a pair of wins in the shot put (32-5.5) and the javelin (109-4) for Berlin. Clegg won the 100 hurdles (17.2).

Meyersdale’s Austin Miller was a double winner with victories in the discus (145-0) and the shot put (43-2.5).

“My day started out a little rough,” Miller said. “My warm-up throw in discus was OK, but my first throw, I was too tense. The pressure was getting to me. My second throw, I loosened up, but my steps were off. My third one, I really got it out there. It’s not my best throw, but was good enough to win today. In shot, I felt pretty good coming into today.”

Cole Clark had the Red Raiders other victory with a long jump of 20-3.5.

Conemaugh Township’s Jake Formica won both the 100 and 200 dashes, winning the first in 11.1 and the second in 23.1.

“I had a decent year in football this year and people said they thought that I was fast, so I decided to try track this year,” Formica said. “I just go out and run and I’m much stronger in the 100 than the 200. I don’t have much stamina. The 100 was my better race today and my best time this year.”

The Indians’ Luke Maurer won the high jump competition (5-10).

Rockwood’s Isaac Breckenridge won the 3200 in 10:47.3 while the Rockets’ John Knox had the top throw in the javelin competition (159-5).

Berlin’s David Gontis topped the field in the pole vault (11-0) while Blacklick Valley’s Nate McEvoy had the fast time in the 110 hurdles (15.7).

Steph Ponczek of Windber won the discus (93-10) while teammate Hattie Charney claimed the high jump championship (4-10). The Ramblers also got victories from Autumn Toki in the 200 (27.7) and Tokarsky in the 3200 (12:34.2). Windber’s Kaitlin Weaver, Lauren Vasas, Cate McClain and Tokarsky also won the 3200 relay (10:29.9).

Meyersdale’s Marsha Baker had the one girls’ record of the day, winning the 1600 in 5:33. Windber’s Annalee Tokarsky had the old mark of 5:40 set last year. Red Raiders’ teammate Kaeli Day had victories in the long (15-4) and triple (32-2.5) jumps.

Portage’s Lexi Wozniak won the 100 dash (13.4), Josie Roberts of Blacklick Valley was the 300 hurdles winner (50.0) and Conemaugh Township’s Jordan Fockler won the pole vault competition (8-3).

Rockwood’s quartet of Cheyenne Ware, Richelle Ross, Sydney Beam and Makenzie Wheatley won the 1600 relay (4:23.9).

Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at


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