The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 14, 2014

WestPAC relays go to Windber boys, Berlin girls

BERLIN — Rain showers and dropping temperatures put a damper on Monday’s WestPAC Relays at Berlin Brothersvalley High School.

For the Berlin girls and the boys from Windber, however, discomfort was not much of a factor.

The Mountaineers won their third straight relay title while the Ramblers reclaimed the title from defending champ Shade.

In the girls’ final standings, Berlin finished with 102 points followed by Windber (81), Rockwood (79), Meyersdale (67) and Portage (38).

The Ramblers had 99 points, beating the Panthers, who had 77. Rounding out the boys top five were Meyersdale (75), Berlin (51) and Conemaugh Township and Portage, both 37.

“This is a fun event,” Berlin coach Corey Will said. “It’s a chance to work together in groups and it’s a team-building event. The win is a nice accomplishment for our senior group to have won three straight to finish out their careers.”

In addition to the experience that the Mountaineers have, there is also some young raw talent which contributed to Monday’s success.

“The seniors have provided a great deal of leadership to these younger kids, but we are very blessed with young kids and first timers as well.”

Berlin’s girls won five of the 14 events, including a record-setting session in the shot put, the only milestone that was passed on Monday.

Seniors Shelby Coughenour and Erica Craig joined junior Ellie Fleegle for a total distance of 91 feet-7 ½ inches, bettering the 2006 mark of 88-5 ½ set by the Mountaineers’ Ella Meese, Megan Lamens and Marlena Kuhn.

Berlin had victories in three other field events including pole vault with Paige Connor, Claire Spochart and Miranda Black (19-6), triple jump with Brittany Klegg, Ashley Ferguson and Spochart (91-10) and long jump with Ferguson, Spochart and Hay.

“I got a PR (personal record) today in the long jump and I didn’t even know that I was doing the triple jump until he told me on Sunday,” Spochart, a freshman, said. “I was pretty happy with my jumps. Coach Will told me before the meet that would probably be my last time for triple jump, but then told me later that he thinks he lied, so I’ll probably do that more. I was satisfied with my height in pole vault but not happy, because usually I go 7 feet.”

Berlin’s lone track win was in the 100 hurdles (Whitney Eckenroad, Klegg, Allie Kalp) in 60.2.

Windber’s girls won four events including three running events – the 4-by-800 (Kaitlyn Weaver, Lauren Vasas, Cate McClain, Annalee Tokarsky) in 10:44.8; the distance relay (Weaver, Alex Shank, Tokarsky, Rachelle Felski) in 14:13.5, and the sprint relay (Autumn Toki, Tamara George, Ally Shaffer, Tokarsky) in 4:36.2.

In addition to their success on the track, the Ramblers’ girls also won the high jump (Autumn Knecht, Hattie Charney, Kourtney Lampel) with a height of 13-7.

Rockwood’s girls got wins in the 4-by-200 relay (Kolette Hostetter, Julie Walker, Rosie Benford, Richelle Ross) in 1:56 and in the 4-by-400 (Benford, Mackenzie Wheatley, Sydney Beam, Ross) in 4:32.1.

The Meyersdale, Conemaugh Township and Portage girls each won one event.

The Red Raiders’ Hattie Luster, Bailey Edwards and Shanna Sines won the discus in 219-8; the Indians’ Sarah Luprek, Hanna Todaro and Lexi Fetterman got the javelin relay win with a total of 266-10, and the Mustangs’ Kacie Baker, Lexi Wozniak, Olivia McCabe and Emily Chobany won the 4-by-100 in 53.6.

On the boys side, the Ramblers took home victories in seven events, five on the track and two in the field events.

Windber’s Devon and Dan Tomlinson along with Austin Leonardis and Kevin Charney were part of four winning relays in the track events on Monday.

Devon Tomlinson joined Jared Maurizio, Luther Flores and Dan Tomlinson to with the 4-by-200 in 1:38; was with Leonardis, Dan Tomlinson and Charney in the 4-by-800 win in 8:57.4; joined Leonardis, Tyler Shaffer and Charney for the victory in the sprint relay in 3:58.5; and was with Leonardis, Charney and his brother, Dan, for the 4-by-400 relay win in 3:39.3. Dan Tomlinson, Leonardis, Charney and Jake Podrasky won the distance relay in 12:05.7

 “It’s awesome, we all get really, really stoked to get that trophy,” Devon Tomlinson said. “This team is just so much fun to be around.

“It was great today; I won all of my events, my four relays today. All of my teammates contribute so much and I have a lot of really good friends on the team.”

Windber’s two wins in the field events came in the triple jump and pole vault. Matt Barkley, Cam Shaffer and Joe Cominsky jumped 116-9 ½ in the triple jump while Gray Bryan, Tyler Shaffer and Cam Shaffer jumped 24-0 for the pole vault win.

The Shade boys captured victories in the 110 hurdles (Adam Knapp, Shane Simosko, Zach Gaudette) in 56.6; the 4-by-100 (Logan Glessner, Jake Wilt, Knapp, Aaron Fyock) in 47.8, and in the high jump (Wilt, Simosko, Fyock) with a combined height of 16-5.

Meyersdale’s wins were in the discus relay (Triston Deal, Justin Dunmeyer, Austin Miller) with a combined throw of 310-8 and shot put (Austin Miller, Logan Miller, Ty Hoover) with a 110-7.

Berlin’s threesome of Jake Snyder, David Gontis and Hayden Belcher won the javelin with a total of 355-7 while Conemaugh Township’s Luke Maurer, Eric Naugle and Jake Formica claimed the long jump victory with a distance of 50-10 ½.

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