Clarion Area Track And Field Teams Fall To Karns City, Have Some Good Performances (05/01/19)
By Coach Rosary Pennington)
Unfortunately we were handed two losses on Tuesday, April 30th, both boys and girls, by the Karns City Squads. (The homestanding Gremlins won the Boys meet 98-52 and the girls’ meet 95-55.)
We had some of the usual steady performers put up some points but lacked in several events. We needed some athletes to really step up to take some second and third places to bring in a win and it just didn’t happen.
Girls top performers included Laken Lewis winning all four of her events including posting a new personal best and school record of 11-6 in pole vault. She also had a stellar performance to win the high jump with 5-3 clearance, 33-7.5 in triple jump and 15-11.5 in long jump.
Wendy Beveridge took two firsts in the 100 (13.5) and in the 200 for the first time running it this season with a time of 28.1 handheld, just shy of district qualifying. She followed in second behind her teammate in the long jump (15-7) and triple jump (33-0) as well.
Bell Scott ran away with first place finishes in the 1600 with a time of 6:04.7 and the 3200, running a 14:04. Phylician Hockman claimed another victory in the 800. Rebekah Ketner took a second in the shot put narrowly missing qualifying for districts with a distance of 31-2. Gabriella Fleming placed third in the 1600 with one of her better times for this season (6:45.2).
Boys top performers included Gavin Brinkley collecting wins in the three jumping events, long jump (19-10), triple jump (39-3.5), high jump (5-6).
Nick Shill placed first in the distance races both 1600 (4:53.3) and 3200 (11:57.3) as well as ran a leg of the 4X800 relay (9:38.3). His brother Noah ran another leg of the relay plus added a win in the 800 with a time of 2:05.8. Gavin Hoover also contributed in the distance with a second in the 3200 and third in the mile.
Dan Ketner ran another leg of the 4X800 along with Donny Cunningham. Additionally, Dan place third in the 800 (2:14.2) and Donny was third in the 400 (1:01).
Clay McElravy threw well for himself today bringing second place finishes in the shot put (40-5) and discus(118-1). Beau Verdill had a personal best in long jump of 18-6 earning himself second place and he placed third in triple jump. Nate Kaltenbach took a third in Shot with a personal best of 35-11.
(Thanks to Coach Pennington for this article. Keep up the hard work, Cats!!!!)