Clarion Comets Track Club Finishes 6 Indoor Track And Field Meets At Youngstown State University
(By Matt Lerch)
The Clarion Comets Track Club participated in their final meet of the winter last weekend at WATTS indoor track facility at Youngstown State University.
The Comets are a conglomeration of students from Clarion County high schools coached by Tammy Lerch. During their winter season the Comets competed twice at SPIRE, one of the largest indoor track complexes in the world in Geneva, Ohio and also competed four times at Youngstown State University.
The track meets provide elite track and field competition for those outstanding athletes wishing to enter the spring track and field season conditioned and ready to compete outdoors. Athletes arrive from several states for these track and field meets, including Canada.
The Clarion Comets were represented by many area top track and field athletes. They competed in the 60m, 60m hurdles, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, long jump and shot put. After many heats and flights, there are finals for some events.
Emilee Best from North Clarion qualified for the 60m hurdles finals 3 times and Ben Lambert and Isaac Lerch, both from Clarion Area, qualified for the Long Jump finals during one Youngstown meet. Mason Burford qualified for the finals in the 60m hurdles at Youngstown.
The Clarion Comets were represented by Adisen Jackson, Addison Siegel, Emalie Best, James Keenan, Jonas Wilshire, Ben Aaron, Mason Burford, Hayden Weber, Isaac Lerch, Grayson Aaron, Jackson Rudesyle, Brady Pierce and Ben Lambert.
Coach Lerch was assisted mid-winter by Clarion Area graduate Bekah Ketner who trained the shot put field athletes. Their dedication for winter workouts in inclement weather underlines the sheer tenacity of these young athletes.
(Congratulations on a fine season, Comets Track and Field!!!! Thanks to Matt Lerch this article and for his photos!!)