TRACK: Busy Day: Knights, Eagles, Wolverines excel at Kane Invitational; Warren places high at Hermitage

KANE – Conditions weren’t ideal, but the weather didn’t stop athletes from Eisenhower, Sheffield and Youngsville from posting personal and school records at Saturday afternoon’s Kane Invitational.

The Eisenhower boys had the best showing in the team standings, finishing seventh out of 17 teams with an overall score of 31 points. The Knights were anchored by solid performances from a pair of seniors, Jake VanHouten and Matt Eernisse. VanHouten placed second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.79 before switching gears for a third-place finish in the triple jump.

“As coaches, we’re still scratching our heads about what to do with Jake VanHouten,” said Eisenhower coach David Bauer. “He probably could have placed in the long jump, but he’s been through so many events. We need to find better ways to use him because he has the ability to do a number of things.”

Eernisse finished in a tie for second with Iroquois’ Alex Williams in the boys’ 200-meter dash with a time of 24.30, and picked up a fifth-place finish in the 400 at 54.41. VanHouten and Eernisse then teamed up with Andrew Onoratti and Anthony Amroski for a third-place finish in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:42.53.

“Matt Eernisse continues to come along quickly,” said Bauer. “He’s such a quiet, unassuming athlete, but on the track he’s really proven himself.”

The Youngsville Eagles were able to take home points in all three boys’ throwing events thanks to sophomores Mitch Wilcox and Austin Mechling. Wilcox’s throw of 166’10” was good for second place in the javelin, and his 39’9.25″ mark earned him a fourth-place finish in the shot put. Mechling posted a fourth-place finish of his own in the discus with a throw of 166’10”.

“Mitch had a big day in the javelin. That throw was a personal best for him, and he also had a personal best in the shot put,” said Eagles boys coach Jeff Manelick. “Austin’s throw wasn’t near his best, but it was a rough day across the board in discus.”

Mike Hamrick finished fourth for the Eagles in the triple jump, coming just short of VanHouten’s mark with a distance of 39′ 5″.

“Mike didn’t have his personal-best but it was still a pretty solid jump,” said Manelick. “Andy Lalwani had his season best time in the hurdles, Andrew Tyres had a season best (in the 100 meter and 200 meter), and Thomas Chapman improved his time in the 300 hurdles by about three seconds.”

Dylan Reynolds posted Sheffield’s best finish, coming in fifth place in the long jump at 18’6″.

It was a record-breaking day for the Wolverines on the girls side, as sophomore Jen Isenberg cemented her place in school history with a 113’5″ throw in the javelin. Her performance was good enough for third overall and six team points for the Sheffield girls.

The Eisenhower girls had strong showings from a number of runners, including sophomore Julia Bauer, who notched a third-place finish in the 1600 with a time of 5:59.54.

“She had some very good times for just the second meet of the year,” said Eisenhower girls coach Mike Logue. “With the conditions as poor as they were, we still had some good performances.”

One of those performances came from two-sport athlete Emily McJunkin, who took home a fifth-place finish for the Knights in the high jump with a height of 4’6″.

“She could easily have placed higher but she was very tired. She pitched in four softball games earlier in the week,” added Logue.

Kelly Lindstrom came in fifth for the Youngsville girls in the 400 with a time of 1:06.90, and sixth in the 800 at 2:40.81. Piper Olsen added a fifth place finish of her own in the 1600, and Mallory Eastman finished sixth for the Eagles in the 100 meter hurdles. Eastman also missed placing in the 300 hurdles by three-hundredths of a second, and Olsen just missed in the 3200 with a seventh. Katelyn Hall was seventh in the javelin.

“For as nasty of a day it was, they all went after it,” said Youngsville girls coach John Victor. “They figured it was going to bother some, but it wasn’t going to bother them.”

Full results for the 2013 Kane Invitational can be found at www.directathletics.com/results.

Boys team results: 1. Bradford 105, 2. Kane 81, 3. Iroquois 67, 4. Port Allegany 64, 5. Oswayo Valley 39, 6. Northern Potter 33, 7. Eisenhower 31, 8. Elk County Catholic 29, 9. Brookville 25, 10. Coudersport 21, 11. Youngsville 19, 12. Union 18, 13. Johnsonburg 12, 14. Keystone 6, 15. Cameron County 4, T16. Otto Eldred 2, T16. Sheffield 2.

Girls team results: 1. Kane 144, 2. Bradford 81.5, 3. Johnsonburg 77.5, 4. Elk County Catholic 73, 5. Brookville 72, 6. DuBois Central Catholic 27, 7. Coudersport 25, 8. Clarion 15, 9. Keystone 13, 10. Port Allegany 12.5, 11. Northern Potter 12, 12. Eisenhower 10, 13. Youngsville 8, T14. Clarion-Limestone 6, T14. Sheffield 6, 16. Iroquois 3.5, 17. Otto Eldred 2.

Warren track at Hickory

HERMITAGE – Warren’s boys and girls track teams continue to excel, as the Dragon boys tied for third out of 24 teams and Lady Dragons finished seventh out of 21, at the Hermitage Track and Field Invitational on Saturday at Hickory High School.

The Dragons earned a couple first-place finishes, including the 4X400 relay team of Luke Wortman, Caleb Hultman, Ryan Shattuck and Jordan Willetts by over three seconds, in 3:32.80. Wortman and Willetts finished 1-2 in the 400 in 52.35 and 52.73 seconds, respectively.

“Overall, we were very pleased,” said Warren boys coach Steve Norris. “Two good runs in the 400 with Willetts and Wortman and, of course, it was nice to repeat in the 4-by-4, knocking a couple seconds off of our best time there. We are asking Ryan (Shattuck) to step up and he’s doing well for not having run for us last year.

“If we’d have taken our 4-by-800 team, we may have finished in sole possession of third, but there’s always ifs,” said Norris. “We were just really pleased with the team.”

Willetts was fourth in the 100 at 11.69 seconds, Hultman fourth in the 800 at 2:00.91, Justin Wright eighth in the 110 hurdles at 45.80, and Mark Davis eighth in the high jump at 5-10 and triple jump at 39-0 1/2 and fourth in the long jump at 19-7 1/2. Chris McNeal and Austin Jerman led Warren’s throwers. McNeal was fourth in the shot put at 45-2 1/2 and Jerman fourth in the javelin at 164-8.

Warren’s 4X100 girls relay team also finished first. Brooke Armanini, Amy Castagnino, Casey Kulka and Sabrina Anderson won in 53.50 over host Hickory.

“I’m very happy with how we’re doing,” said Warren girls coach Mark Sweet. “We’re at such a grind in our season, with meets three days a week for two straight weeks. I’m being very cautious. Our times and distances – nothing was really stellar… For every school, it was just a rough day (weather-wise).

“That said, our 4X100 relay did just outstanding,” said Sweet.

In addition: Kulka was fourth in the 100 at 13.63 seconds; Valerie Latimer seventh in the 400 at 1:05.57; Ellis Beardsley fifth in the 800 at 5:38.97; Anderson sixth in the 100 hurdles at 17.58 and third in high jump at 5-2 and; McKenzie Merenick was seventh in the triple jump at 31-5. The 3200 relay team of Paige Rimer, Beardsley, Anna Falvo and Sydney Paris finished second.

The Hickory boys and Grove City girls won team titles.