Bobcat Track And Field Registers Split With A-C Valley (05/08/19)

(Photo submitted: Nick Schill running a relay leg)

The Clarion Area Track and Field Teams hosted A-C Valley, on Tuesday (May 7th), coming away with a split. The Bobcat Boys downed the visiting Falcons 84-63, while the Lady Cats dropped an 81-51 decision.

Coach Rosary Pennington shared this summary: For last home meet of the season for the Bobcats, the boys tacked on another win and girls suffered another loss. Our boys 4×800 (8:13.9) won another race to close out the last dual meet of the season. They are looking to run a season best time at the Redbank Valley Invitational, to give us a good seed headed into districts, runners were Nick and Noah Schill, Nathaniel Lerch and Dan Ketner.

Nick also won the 1600 (4:48.7) and mixed things up by running the open 400m and placed first. Don Cunningham was a close second, with the same time 56.1 and a pick ’em at the line. Noah Schill also won the 800 (2:11.7) with Dan Ketner (2:12.7) close behind him. The Clarion Area boys sweep of the 3200 included Nathaniel Lerch (10:55.4), Gavin Hoover (13:08.4) and Jacob Smith (13:11.1). Cody Hofius took second in 300 hurdles with a personal record of 47.8.

The 4X400 (3:47.2) relay race was awesome to watch, each leg ran neck and neck with A-C Valley. The last hand off went well and Nick Shill ran a great anchor to hold off the Falcons (3:47.2 to 3:49.1); he was joined by Noah Schill, Don Cunningham and Josh Mitchell.

In the field, Clay McElravy took first place in all three throwing events (shot put 41-7, discus 116-11, javelin 118-3) and Nate Kaltenbach was third in the shot put (33-9.5) and discus (100-7). In the jumps, Gavin Brinkley won the high jump (5-6) and triple jump(41-11) and was second in long (19-9.5) with teammate Beau Verdill locking in second in triple (38-6.5) and third in long (17-5.5) and high (5-4).

    The girls have had a rough season with injuries and such, but have kept their heads up and persevered. The 4X800 relay (11:55.1) comprised of Bella Scott, Gabriella Fleming, Evelyn Lerch and Phylicia Hockman easily ran in the win. Bella Scott also won both distance races, the 1600 (6:03.7) and 3200 (14:19.5).

Phylicia Hockman won the 800 with a  great time of 2:29 running against the clock and took a second in the 400 (1:12.4); she is such a competitor. Evelyn Lerch won the 400 (1:07.8) and took second in the 800 (2:44.1) behind her teammate.

In the field, Laken Lewis was all smiles with her outstanding performances. She took first in all of her events; distances included 16-5 long jump, 34-2 triple, 5-2 high and 11’0 pole vault. Rebekah Ketner took first place in the shot put (28-7) and second in discus (66-7).

(The Bobcats and Lady Cats will compete at the Redbank Valley Invitational tomorrow, Thursday, May 9th.)

(Thanks to Coach Pennington for this summary and to Clarion Area Track and Field for the photo. Have a great RBV Invite Cats!!!!)