TRACK & FIELD: Ike boys sweep past competition

CRANBERRY – It was a clean sweep for the Eisenhower boys track & field team, competing at a meet with Cranberry, North Clarion and AC Valley, Wednesday at Cranberry High School.

The Knights topped host Cranberry, 106-35, AC Valley 98-43 and North Clarion 88-53.

Matt Eernisse, Anthony Amroski and Jake VanHouten led the way for the Knights in the sweep with three victories apiece. Eernisse, who has qualified for districts in each of his primary events this season, won all the dash events with wins in the 100, 200 and 400.

Amroski, the team’s leading distance runner, had a big day in wet conditions, covering three and a half miles en route to wins in the 800, 1600 and 3200. VanHouten was just tenths of a second off a school record in winning the 300 hurdles and added an individual win in the long jump and 1600 relay win with Randy Buchanan, Richard Knisley and Andrew Onoratti.

The Knights also got a victory from the 400 relay squad of Josh Eernisse, Tim Lange, Andy Decker and John Pascuzzi.

According to Ike boys assistant coach Ryan Hoffman, the Knights “had a fantastic meet with great showings from all members of the roster.” Hoffman added that “it was a great meet for the guys to get their heads together” after competing in only two meets prior this season.

Eisenhower (3-1) has just one day off before returning to competition at the Twin Tiers Invitational at Bolivar-Richburg High School on Friday.

North Clarion 71, Eisenhower girls 68

AC Valley 79,

Eisenhower girls 62

Cranberry 100,

Eisenhower girls 40

TYLERSBURG – Eisenhower was just happy to get back on the track again.

Competing in just its third meet of the season on Wednesday, the Knights were swept by North Clarion, AC Valley and Cranberry in a four-way meet at North Clarion High School in Tylersburg.

“It rained on and off, but not really that heavy,” said Ike girls track coach Mike Logue. “The temperature did drop during the event and the wind really picked up so that did make it seem colder than it was.”

Logue said that, despite the conditions, his team performed well against some strong competition.

“I thought it was a pretty good day,” said Logue. “This was a great chance for the girls to actually get out and run. I think they are pretty fed up with practicing and were just happy to be out there.”

While the Lady Knights failed to win any individual events, Logue was pleased with all three of his second-place finishing relays as well as the second-place showing of freshman Emily McJunkin in the high jump.

“She actually cleared four feet, nine inches which was the winning jump, but had to settle for second because she missed on her first attempt while the other girl made her first attempt,” said Logue.

Also finishing second for the Knights on Wednesday was Apprille Seamens who claimed a runner-up finish in the 300 hurdles. Later in the meet, she placed third in the pole vault.

Seamens wasn’t the only Knight to claim third on Wednesday. Taylor Talasky finished third in the both the 100 and 200, Bizz Baran was third in the 400, Lacey Stanko took third in the high jump and Ashley Gruber placed third in the discus competition.

The Knights will wait just two days to compete again, traveling to the Twin Tiers Invitational at Bolivar-Richburg High School on Friday.