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Bobcats, Lady Cats Have Fine Showing At Redbank Valley Invitational (05/11/19)

(Photo above by Matt Lerch: Laken Lewis’ winning high jump)

(By Coach Rosary Pennington)

The Clarion Bobcats showed grit and put up some great performances at the Redbank Valley Invitational on Thursday, May 9th. Dodging raindrops did not stop they boys and girls from getting the job done on Thursday. We only took fourteen athletes to compete and nine of them scored in the top three.

(Photo by Matt Lerch) Nathaniel Lerch on way to winning 3200

The Bobcat jumpers crushed it again, with Laken Lewis taking first in high jump 5-2 and triple jump with a new personal best 34-5.5 and second in long jump going 16-6.5. She also won the pole vault which came down to misses and both girls tied the meet record at 11-3. Gavin Brinkley took second in the long jump (19-11.75) and thirds in the triple (40-6) and high jumps with a new personal best clearance of 6-0.

On the track for the girls, Eva Lerch took first in the 400 (1:01.97) and second in the 200 (27.95) dashes. Phylicia Hockman had a new personal best run in the 800 of 2:24.27 bringing in the win. Bella Scott ran in for third place with a new best for her at 13:25.99. 

(Photo by Matt Lerch) Evelyn Lerch during winning 400 run

For the boys, Nick and Noah Schill both ran legs of the 4X800 winning relay 8:39.70 and they were joined by Donny Cunningham and Dan Ketner. Noah also won the 800 and Nick won the 1600 with a best time of 4:45.20. Nathaniel Lerch took first place in the 3200 with a time of 10:18.86.

Not placing but with noteworthy performances, Rebekah Ketner 32-8 in shot was fourth , Clay McElravy’s 123-7 in discus was eighth and he was seventh in shot (41-11). Beau Verdill seventh in triple jump 38-.75. The Boys 4X400 (3:46.12) – Nick and Noah Schill, Josh, Mitchell and Donny Cunningham were fifth. Bella Scott, with an 6:02.56 in the mile, was in eighth place.

The team is ready for our final few conditioning workouts headed into districts next week and then to send some on to the PIAA State Meet at Shippensburg on Memorial Day weekend.

(Thanks to Coach Pennington for this article and to Matt Lerch for the photos. Great meet Cats!!!!)