TRACK & FIELD: ‘Nothing but positives’: Dragons claim 3rd straight dual meet sweep

Warren track and field coaches Mark Sweet and Steve Norris are “very happy,” and they haven’t minded saying it for three straight dual meet sweeps.

The Dragons earned their fourth sweep of the year on Tuesday afternoon, if you include the Harbor Creek Invitational, with the boys claiming a 112-29 victory over Meadville and the girls winning by a score of 103-38 at War Memorial Field.

“We had a lot of great individual times today,” said boys coach Norris. “Things are starting to click pretty well for us. I saw nothing but positives today.”

“We had a lot of kids qualify for districts that hadn’t yet,” added Sweet. “It was a great day. We’re in the grind of our schedule now, going three days a week. There’s a fine line between being successful and being worn out, so we’re giving them a day off tomorrow.”

Ellis Beardsley and Sabrina Anderson were each winners in four events for the Lady Dragons. Beardsley claimed victories in the 800, 1600, 1600 relay, and 3200 relay, while Anderson placed first in the 100 and 300 hurdles, high jump, and 400 relay. The 400 relay team of Brooke Armanini, Amy Castagnino, Casey Kulka, and Anderson posted its best time of the season at 52.05 seconds. Kulka also won both the 100 and 200 meter dashes with personal-bests in both events.

A number of Lady Dragon throwers set personal records, led by freshman D.J. Hahn’s 113’9″ toss in the javelin. Claudia Olson and Izzy Owen also qualified for districts in the javelin, with Olson setting personal bests in the shot and discus. Nikki Atkins took first overall in the shot with a throw of 33’0″.

The Warren boys saw a number of close races on the track, highlighted by the 400 match-up between Jordan Willetts and Luke Wortman, in which Willetts edged his teammate by just two tenths of a second for the win. Justin Wright and Ryan Shattuck were even closer in the 110-meter hurdles, with Shattuck’s time of 16.48 narrowly beating Wright’s 16.50.

“Shattuck and Wright are a good battle every time they walk on the track,” said Norris of his hurdlers, who finished one and two again in the 300 hurdles with times of 43.51 and 43.77, respectively. Wright picked up a first place finish in the high jump, and Shattuck ran as part of the Dragons’ 1600 relay team that took first overall.

Austin Jerman continued his success in the javelin with a winning throw of 159’6″ as well as a third place finish in the discus. Chris McNeal took first in the shot put and second place in the discus. Mark Davis picked up a pair of first place finishes in the long jump and triple jump along with a second place finish in the high jump.

Warren will return to action Thursday, when it welcomes Youngsville to War Memorial Field the last home meet of the season.

Warren boys 112, Meadville 29

100: 1. J. Willetts (W) 11.32, 2. Gorgacz (W), 3. Parker (M)

400: 1. J. Willetts (W) 51.42, 2. Wortman (W), 3. Neubert (M)

3200: 1. Svetz (M) 11:22.47, 2. Johnson (W), 3. Colosimo (W)

Triple jump: 1. Davis (W) 38-1, 2. Gedz (W), 3. Nowacki (W)

110 hurdles: 1. Shattuck (W) 16.48, 2. Wright (W) 3. Cramer (M)

200: 1. Wortman (W) 23.68, 2. Davis (W), 3. Matson (W)

300 hurdles: 1. Shattuck (W) 43.51, 2. Wright (W), Cramer (M)

High jump: 1. Wright (W) 6-0, 2. Davis (W), 3. Nowacki (W)

1600: 1. Lindeman (M) 5:04.52, 2. McUmber (M), 3. Colosimo (W)

800: 1. Hultman (W) 2:15.34, 2. Allen (W), 3. McUmber (M)

Long jump: 1. Davis (W) 20’2″, 2. Gorgacz (W), 3. Kulka (W)

Shot put: 1. McNeal (W), 45-4 1/2, 2. Wickham (M), 3. Stewart (W)

Discus: 1. Wickham (M) 125’2 1/2″, 2. McNeal (W), 3. Jerman (W)

Javelin: 1. Jerman (W) 159′ 6″, 2. Grove (M), 3. Passmore (W)

3200 relay: 1. Warren (Nielson, Hultman, Ruland, Colosimo) 9:04.33

400 relay: 1. Warren (Kulka, Gedz, Matson, Gorgacz) 47.75

1600 relay: 1. Warren (Wortman, Shattuck, Hultman, Willetts, 3:41.

Warren girls 103, Meadville 38

100: 1. Kulka (W) 12.97, 2. Adams (W), 3. Castagnino (W)

200: 1. Kulka (W) 27.50, 2. Latimer (W), 3. Adams (W)

400: 1. Latimer (W) 1:04, 2. Rimer (W), 3. Mullen (M)

800: 1. Beardsley (W) 2:36, 2. Rimer (W), 3. Whitney (M)

1600: 1. Beardsley (W) 5:43, 2. Falvo (W), 3. Paris (W)

3200: 1. Whitney (M) 13:08, 2. Falvo (W), 3. Castagnino (W)

100 hurdles: 1. Anderson (W) 16.17, 2. Lynn (M), 3. Allen (M)

300 hurdles: 1. Anderson (W) 50.20, 2. Lynn (M), 3. Lasecki (W)

Long jump: 1. Armanini (W) 15’9 1/2″, 2. Dickson (M), 3. Merenick (W)

Triple jump: 1. Dickson (M) 33’7 1/2, 2. Armanini (W), 3. Merenick (W)

High jump: 1. Anderson (W) 5’2″, 2. Dickson (M), 3. Mitchelle (M)

Shot put: 1. Atkins (W) 33′, 2. Mosley (M), 3. Yarzabek (W)

Discus: 1. Mosley (M) 95′ 1/2″, 2. Olson (W), 3. Nygaut (M)

Javelin: 1. Hahn (W) 113’9″, 2. Newman (M), 3. Olson (W)

400 relay: 1. Warren (Armanini, Castagnino, Kulka, Anderson) 52.05

1600 relay: 1. Warren (Beardsley, Latimer, Paris, Rimer) 4:28.59

3200 relay: 1. Warren (Beardsley, Falvo, Paris, Rimer) 10:30.37

Youngsville boys 85, Union City 65

Union City 79, Youngsville girls 71

UNION CITY – Youngsville put up a good fight on Tuesday, splitting a Region 4 track meet at Union City.

Youngsville’s boys team beat the Bears, 85-65, despite not competing in pole vault.

“We got big points out of both our jumpers and throwers tonight,” said Youngsville coach Jeff Manelick. “That was really the big difference.”

Thomas Chapman won in the 110 hurdles in his first time in the event, and qualified for districts. Rocco Gatta is picking up speed, winning the 100, 200 and 400, and was on the winning 4X100 relay team.

The 4X400 team of Andy Lalwani, Sam Bubbenmoyer, Chapman and Andrew Tyers won. Mike Hamrick and Austin Mechling won two events each; Hamrick in the long and triple jumps, and Mechling in the shot and discus. Nathan Wilcox won the battle of Wilcox brothers this time in the javelin, finishing 1-2 with Mitch Wilcox.

“With just our numbers, as far as goals, we didn’t stress a lot of team goals, necessarily,” said Manelick. “It just fell together tonight, and we seemed to match well with Union City.”

“We’re still the biggest little team on the track; that’s our motto,” said Youngsville girls coach John Victor, whose Lady Eagles fell 79-71 at Union City in the Region 4 meet. “I’m proud of these girls. In my eyes, we won because pole vault is what pushed them ahead (and Youngsville does not compete in pole vault). The girls were really strong today. If you go head-to-head, we beat them.”

Mallory Eastman qualified for districts in both the 100 and 300 hurdles; Piper Olson “continues dropping times” in the 1600 and 3200, said Victor, and; Kellie Lindstrom “made up about a 60-yard difference to win in the 4-by-800 relay,” he said.

Youngsville boys 85, Union City 65

3200 relay: 1. Union City 10:25.2

110 hurdles: 1. Chapman (Y) 16.75, 2. Illig (U), 3. Lalwani (Y)

100: 1. Gatta (Y) 11.39, 2. Hamrick (Y), 3. Tyers (Y)

1600: 1. Hanlin (U) 5:06.23, 2. Thomas (U), 3. Gardner (U)

400: 1. Gatta (Y) 53.47, 2. Luce (U), 3. Gardner (U)

400 relay: 1. Youngsville (Gatta, Hamrick, Chapman, Bubbenmoyer) 49.17

300 hurdles: 1. Illig (U) 43.60, 2. Lalwani (Y), 3. Chapman (Y)

800: 1. Luce (U) 2:11.54, 2. Hanlin (U), 3. Gardner (U)

200: 1. Gatta (Y) 23.33, 2. Klus (U), 3. Tyers (Y)

3200: 1. Gardner (U) 10:56.69, 2. Thomas (U), 3. Bower (Y)

1600 relay: 1. Youngsville (Lalwani, Bubbenmoyer, Chapman, Tyers) 4:07.55

Long jump: 1. Hamrick (Y) 18’10 1/2, 2. McShane (Y), 3. Tyers (Y)

Triple jump: 1. Hamrick (Y) 38’11, 2. McShane (Y), 3. Pituch (U)

High jump: 1. Pituch (U) 5’6, 2. Wilcox (Y), 3. Bubbenmoyer (Y)

Shot put: 1. Mechling (Y) 38’11 1/2, 2. M. Wilcox (Y), 3. N. Wilcox (Y)

Discus: 1. Mechling (Y) 124’4, 2. Michael (U), 3. N. Wilcox (Y)

Javelin: 1. N. Wilcox (Y) 163’0, 2. M. Wilcox (Y), 3. Klus (U)

Pole vault: 1. Beck (U) 10’0, 2. Jones (U), 3. Dagget (U)

Union City 79, Youngsville girls 71

3200 relay: 1. Youngsville (Morris, Byler, Olsen, Lindstrom) 11:22.95

100 hurdles: 1. Swartzbaugh (Y) 17.18, 2. Eastman (Y), 3. Toy (U)

100: 1. Gardner (U) 13.18, 2. Bisbee (U), 3. Cedrone (Y)

1600: 1. Trauner (U) 5:38.81, 2. Olsen (Y), 3. Kosnik (U)

400: 1. Gardner (U) 1:04.08, 2. Lindstrom (Y), 3. Fletcher (U)

400 relay: 1. Union City 55.65

300 hurdles: 1. Swartzbaugh (Y) 52.60, 2. Eastman (Y), 3. Toy (U)

800: 1. Lindstrom (Y) 2:42.88, 2. Trauner (U), 3. Fletcher (U)

200: 1. Gardner (U) 28.67, 2. Cedrone (Y), 3. Bisbee (U)

3200: 1. Olsen (Y) 13:16.53, 2. Keeter (U), 3. Byler (Y)

1600 relay: 1. Youngsville (L. Swartzbaugh, Eastman, A. Swartzbaugh, Lindstrom) 4:52.78

Long jump: 1. Toy (U) 13 1/2, 2. Van Tassel (U), 3. Haskins (U)

Triple jump: 1. Keeter (U) 28’10 1/4, 2. L. Swartzbaugh (Y), 3. Haskins (U)

High jump: 1. A. Swartzbaugh (Y) 4’6, 2. Krouse (U), 3. Esh (U)

Shot put: 1. Anthony (Y) 26’10, 2. Blair (U), 3. Hall (Y)

Discus: 1. Blair (U) 82’2, 2. Anthony (Y), 3. Hall (Y)

Javelin: 1. Hall (Y), 2. Davis (U), 3. Morris (Y)

Pole vault: 1. Davis (U) 9’6, 2. Krouse (U), 3. Eastman (U)

Sheffield boys 93 1/2, Otto 60

Port Allegany 90, Sheffield boys 60

Sheffield girls 69, Otto-Eldred 65

Port Allegany 63, Sheffield girls 58

DUKE CENTER -Split City.

Sheffield’s boys team split the tri-meet on Tuesday at Otto-Eldred, beating Otto, 93 1/2-60, and falling to a tough Port Allegany team, 90-60.

“It was fun to see the competition,” said Sheffield coach Rusty Barr. “I’m real happy for Adam Higby to make districts in a second event. That’s eight or nine kids qualifying for districts so far (this season). We saw some improvements, but we also saw some kids struggle a little bit. Port Allegany has an excellent track team. That Nick Conway is a state athlete.”

Conway won four events for Port, but Sheffield was up for the challenge, with the sophomore Higby eager to race him.

“We have a young team , but we’re having a pretty good year for a young team,” he said.

Higby qualified for districts in the triple jump, and has already qualified for the District 9 meet in the long jump.

Overall, Sheffield’s 3600 relay team, Zach Parker won the 1600, Dylan Reynolds the long jump, and Shequan Wright the 800.

Barr said his 400 relay team had a stumble, but otherwise can compete with Port’s winning time, and will look to bounce back in a home meet vs. Johnsonburg.

Despite winning in only one overall event, the Sheffield girls track & field team emerged with a split in two close meets on Tuesday.

The Lady Wolverines beat Otto-Eldred, 69-65, but lost to Port Allegany by a score of 63-58.

The team’s lone victory against both teams came from sophomore standout Jen Isenberg in the javelin. Isenberg won the event with a winning throw of 111 feet and eight inches.

Sheffield girls coach Janelle Johnson praised the strong day of Isenberg’s younger sister Erica who ran to victory in both the 800 and 1600 straight up against Otto-Eldred.

Johnson also said that the team’s strong core of throwers, including Jen Isenberg, Abby Labesky and Brittany Fritz helped contribute to the team’s victory against the hosts.

The Sheffield girls (2-2) return to action Thursday, hosting Johnsonburg.

Sheffield girls 69, Otto-Eldred 65

Port Allegany 63, Sheffield girls 58

Shot put: 1. Gordon (P) 31’10, 2. Fritz (S), 3. Hansen (S)

100: 1. Schultz (P) 13.7, 2. Hahn (O), 3. H. Vile (S)

Discus: 1. Hartzell (O) 86’1, 2. Isenberg (S), 3. Hansen (S)

Long jump: 1. Hahn (O) 15’4, 2. H. Vile (S), 3. J. Vile (S)

200: 1. Stuck (O) 29.2, 2. H. Vile (S), 3. Sprandle (S)

1600: 1. Pennent (P) 6:49, 2. Donnelly (P), 3. E. Isenberg (S)

400: 1. Miller (P) 1:05, 2. Gordon (S), 3. Farver (S)

100 hurdles: 1. Delacore (P) 19.3, 2. Miller (O), 3. Stuck (O)

High jump: 1. Balsick (P) 4’8, 2. Isenberg (S), 3. Moore (S)

300 hurdles: 1. Delacore (P) 49.0, 2. Stuck (O), 3. Miller (O)

800: 1. Miller (P) 2:37, 2. E. Isenberg (S), 3. Fritz (S)

Triple jump: 1. Miller (P) 32’3, 2. J. Vile (S), 3. Moore (S)

Javelin: 1. Isenberg (S) 111’8, 2. Martel (O), 3. Labesky (S)

3200 relay: 1. Otto Eldred 12:40

400 relay: 1. Port Allegany 54.7

1600 relay: 1. Port Allegany no time provided

Sheffield boys 93 1/2, Otto 60

Port Allegany 90, Sheffield boys 60

3600 relay: 1. Sheffield, 9:41.4

Discus: 1. Windsor (P), 125-10, 2. Thomas (S), 3. Lozada.

High jump: 1. Conway (P), 6-5, 2. Miller (P), 3. Higby (S).

Shot: 1. Windsor (P), 39-11, 2. Thomas (S), 3. Randerman (P).

100: 1. Brookens (P) 11.9, 2. Reynolds (S), Jones (S).

1600: 1. Parker (S) 5:14, 2. Majot (P), 3. Smith (P).

400 relay: 1. Port Allegany, 46.3.

400: 1. Miller (P), 54.1, 2. Miller (P), 3. Powers (P).

110 hurdles: 1. Conway (P), 14.58, 2. 2. Corbin (S), 3. Hutton (P).

Long jump: 1. Reynolds (S), 19-6, 2. McNeal (S), 3. Brookens (P).

300 hurdles: 1. Conway (P) 39.3, 2. Higby (S), 3. Hutton (P).

800: 1. Wright (S), 2:16, 2. Miller (P), 3. Majot (P).

200: 1. Conway (P), 23.2, 2. Reynolds (S), 3. Kittilson (P).

1600 relay: 1. Port Allegany, 4:12.

3200: 1. Smith (P) 11:55, 2. Parker (S), 3. Maben (P).

Javelin: 1. Randowicki (P) 160-10, 2. Zetwick (O), 3. Vile (S).

Triple jump: 1. Brookino (P), 40-5, 2. Higby (S), 3. McNeal (S).