Bobcat Track And Field Teams Split With Berries (03/28/19)
The Clarion Area Boys and Girls Track and Field Teams traveled to Cranberry, on Wednesday (March 27th) and came away with a split. The Bobcat Boys downed the Berries 76-64, while the Lady Cats dropped an 88-55 decision to the Lady Berries.
Boys: The Bobcats won two relays. Nick Schill, Noah Schill, Don Cunningham and Dan Ketner teamed up for the win in the 4×800, with a time of 8:59 and the 4×400 team including Noah Schill, Don Cunningham, Josh Mitchell and Nick Schill won with a 3:59.
Nathaniel Lerch won two individual distance events, taking the 1600 in 4:56 and the 3200 in 10:57. Josh Mitchell won the 300 hurdles in 47.5, took second in the 100 hurdles (19.74) and placed third in the 200 (26.1).
Cunningham captured the 400 in 58.0. Noah Schill was victorious in the 800 with a time of 2:14. Cody Hofius had a pair of thirds, 100 hurdles (20.24) and 300 hurdles (53.8). Three others with third place finishes were: Ketner in the 800 (2:23), Gavin Hoover in the 400 (1:10) and Jacob Smith in the 3200 (13:00).
Gavin Brinkley won the high jump, clearing 5-10, while finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 18-0 and triple jump, going 39-5. Nate Kaltenbauch won the discus with a throw of 74-11, was second in the shot at 35-5 and third in the javelin 96-5. Clay McElravy won the shot, with a heave of 39-8 and finished second in the javelin at 111-8.
Beau Verdille had a second in the high jump, clearing 5-4 and took third in the triple jump, going 33-0.5.
Laken Lewis had a big day for the Lady Cats, with three firsts and a second. She won the pole vault, clearing 11-0, the high jump at 5-0 and the triple jump going 33-0.5 and was second in the long jump.
Phylicia Hockman had a pair of firsts, winning the 400 in 1:08 and the 800 with a time of 2:38. Rebecca Ketner was a double winner, taking the shot with a heave of 33-3.5 and throwing the javelin 70-3. Wendy Beveridge had a first and pair of seconds. She won the long jump with a leap of 15-3. She took second in the 100 with a time of 13.3, and in the triple jump. Evelyn Lerch won the 100 in a time of 12.8
Gabriella Fleming finished third in the 1600, with a time of 6:59.
Coach Pennnington shared her thoughts on the meet: The Clarion Area boys pulled out a win which was a complete team effort, as many of our members scored points. We did a little adjusting which the boys adapted to quickly and worked together. Some young men also tried some new events and it worked out well.
Don Cunningham had 3 first place finished – 400 and was a member of 2 relays. Josh Mitchell is starting to make his mark on the track as well in the hurdles and sprints.
Our throwers are really coming along with the help of our newest Coaching edition Keith Martz. And our jumping squad had another solid performance with from Gavin Brinkley qualifying for districts in the high jump.
Our ladies fell short today, but not without showing true heart. We had some improvement and confidence from some of our freshmen on the track and in the field. In the throws Rebekah Ketner is finding her groove and our jumpers, Laken Lewis and Wendy Beveridge continue to put up strong performances.
Senior Phylicia Hockman is conditioning by running against the clock with her teammates cheering her on. When this group of girls are all healthy, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
(Keep up the good work, Cats!!!!)