The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 7, 2014

Bisons, Rams top teams at LHAC meet

SOMERSET — At the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships Tuesday at Somerset High School, the boys’ team winner was no surprise, but the girls’ champ was much more of a dark horse.

The Bedford boys are unbeaten in their regular-season meets thus far and claimed the team title on Tuesday in Somerset while the Richland girls finished tied for sixth during the dual-meet portion of the season but topped the field to win the team crown on Tuesday.

“This is huge to win the team title,” Richland coach Chris Mangus said. “We told the girls all year long that we thought we could win the conference and we’re hoping we can win the districts next week. They are starting to believe now. Our dual meet record wasn’t great but we were missing girls because of trips or other activities or injuries but everything is coming together now at the right time. We told them to chase green (Forest Hills) all afternoon because we knew who we had to beat.”

Bedford had 133 points in the boys’ competition while Richland was second with 115. Forest Hills (81), Somerset (75.5) and Bishop Carroll 72 rounded out the top five.

“We had a number of good athletes and that’s how you win a meet like this,” Bedford coach Brian Creps said. “The kids feed off of each other so there has to be a team aspect to it. We are fortunate enough that we have our good kids spread out in different events to that competitiveness isn’t in the same event.”

In the girls’ final team standings, the Rams had 97 points to edge out regular-season champion Forest Hills, which had 90. Bishop McCort (87), Westmont Hilltop (79) and Somerset (69) were third through fifth, respectively.

The Bisons got victories in half of the 18 events with Dan Arnold winning both hurdles’ races and William Kachman taking both the distance races. Zane Baker won the 400, Cody DeMoss claimed the javelin victory and Josiah Koontz was the discus champion.

“I like the 110’s better,” said Arnold who won in 15.91. “I don’t really like running that much so I like the shorter race. My times keep going down and getting better than last year.”

Bedford also claimed in win in both the 1600 and 3200 relays. Blake Baer and Alex Kendall were joined by Kachman and Baker to win the 1600 relay in 8:26.61 while Baer, Arnold, August Cook and Baker won the 3200 relay in 3:37.20.

“All of my races went well today,” Kachman said.

Senior Kelci Warshel was a double winner for Richland, claiming victories in the 100 hurdles (15.74) and the long jump (16-2).

“I had a pr (personal record) in both the 100 and 300 hurdles,” said Warshel, who was third in the latter event. “I just want to continue to keep my times going down.”

Other Richland winners included Maddison Feather in the pole vault (10-6), Serena Pridgen in the shot put (35-5.5) and Gretchen Marx in the 400 (1:01.53).

Westmont Hilltop senior Hannah Dorian was the winner in both the 1600 (5:19.79) and the 3200 (11.52.12) runs.

The battle for the win in the 1600 was between Dorian and teammate Maura Glennon with Dorian edging Glennon by less than two seconds.

“It was awesome weather out here today,” Dorian said. “I was kind of still sore from the West Central Meet and it wasn’t quite as fast as I wanted, but I was able to win. My teammate Maura really pushed me today, especially in the mile.”

Glennon was the winner in the 800 (2:25.50).

The two fastest girls in the conference were from the city of Johnstown with Bishop McCort sophomore Tahlyn Miller edging Greater Johnstown junior Tashauna Smith at the line by .1 second with Miller finishing in 12.62.

In the 200, the two girls changed positions, with the Trojans’ Smith winning in 26.37.

In the 400 relay, the Crimson Crushers’ foursome of Katie Downey, Miller, Ally Seidel and Maria Rhine dominated the field, winning in 51.08. Bishop McCort’s Hollis Helsel, Miller, Kelly Ingram and Downey won the 1600 relay in 4:12.87. The Crushers other winner was Tonni Melendez in the triple jump (35-3).

Bishop Carroll had a pair of champions with Carrie D’Andrea claiming the 300 hurdles in 47.59 and freshman Brittany Krug winning the javelin competition with a toss of 129-0.

In the girls 3200 relay the Central Cambria foursome of Jordan Hayward, Hannah Swope, Sam Koss, and Emma Wess won in 9:57.13 while Penn Cambria’s Marissa Myers topped the field in the high jump (5-0).

Bedford junior Hannah Meyers had the one girls’ record of the day in the discus. Meyers had a throw of 115-2 to better the 2006 mark of 114-6 set by Westmont’s Kelly Britcher.

Somerset’s Daniel Meyer was a double winner in both the 100 and the 200 races. He won the 100 in 11.08 and equaled the 2005 record of 21.8 set by Westmont’s Brad Kanuch in the 200.

Richland had a pair of winners in Brennan Mikulsky in the pole vault (12-6) and Michael Somiari in the triple jump (43-10).

Other winners included Bishop Carroll’s Matt Karlheim in the long jump (21-10.5), Garrett Sutton of Penn Cambria in the 800 (2:04.40), Shawn Lacue of Cambria Heights in the high jump (6-2) and Will Seymour of Central Cambria in the shot put (48-3).

Karlheim ran the anchor leg for the Huskies in the 400 relay, joining Alex Repko, Brody Shuty and Dan Lesney to win in 44.75.

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