The Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference track and field league-leading Bedford boys and Forest Hills girls were the big team winners at Friday’s Northern Bedford Invitational.
The Bisons scored 129 points to outdistance the hosts, who had 861⁄2, while the Rangers tallied 144 points to delegate Northern Bedford to second with 64.
Bedford got 40 of its team points from its throwers.
Junior Cody DeMoss won the javelin competition with a season-best throw of 169 feet, 5 inches to take the gold by almost 16 feet and setting a personal record by 4 inches. He has his eye on the school record of 174-6.
Bisons’ teammate Josiah Koontz, the top seed in the discus, was upset by teammate Jacob Wirick, who bettered his seeded throw by nearly 7 feet with a winning throw of 141-6. Koontz, who took third, about 2 feet back, got his revenge in the shot, where Wirick was the top seed. Koontz won the event with a 41-10 while Wirick finished fourth.
Other Bedford winners included freshmen Zane Baker (400) and William Kachman (3200).
Shade’s Jordan Wilt won the 1600 then joined teammates Brock Medva, Jon Reynolds and Matt Orner for the win in the 400 relay. Wilt also combined with Baily Blackburn, Orner and Reynolds for the victory in the 1600 relay.
Chestnut Ridge’s Isaac Lankey was a double winner at the meet with victories in both hurdles events.
Windber’s foursome of Jacob Podrasky, Jacob Polca, Austin Leonardis and Dan Tomlinson established a meet record in the 3200 relay while the Ramblers’ Devon Tomlinson won the 800.
Forest Hills senior standout Brooke Smay provided 30 points for the Rangers with wins in the 100, the long jump and the triple jump. Smay then joined teammates Sam Dively, Johanna Pisarczyk and Kayla Walls to claim the victory in the 400 relay.
Rangers’ senior Marlee Zubek continued her successful season, establishing a meet record in the javelin with a throw of 126-6.
Other Forest Hills winners were Marlee Schrift in the 200 along with Briana Kostan, Kacie Erb, Chelsea Chizmar and Joan Smith winning the 3200 relay.
Windber’s Jenna Bracken also set a meet record, this one in the 100 hurdles (15.33) while teammate Hattie Charney won the high jump.
Senior Carrie Baker of Bedford won the pole vault while the Bisons’ Katie Lippencott was the shot put victor.
The other area winners included Gina Trulick of Berlin Brothersvalley in the 400 dash and Chestnut Ridge freshman Leah Wertz in the 800 run.
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Additional info: Windber’s Bracken, Ashlee McMullen and Lexi Wahl established a triple jump record at last Monday’s WestPAC Relays with a combined jump of 96 feet, bettering the old mark of 93-11⁄4.
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Upcoming events: The Bellwood Invitational is set for today while the area’s largest meet, the West Central, will be held Friday at Altoona’s Mansion Park.