TRACK & FIELD: Medalists, school record-setters at weekend invitationals

NORTH EAST – Youngsville girls track and field coach John Victor said Saturday’s North East Invitational Track & Field Meet will pay off in the long run for several Eagles.

“There’s going to be a silver lining in having all those track meets in the last week,” said Victor.

Even with the Eagles battling through a lot of meets, including at Corry just two days earlier, “I think just about everybody placed,” he said. “The kids are still sore, but still went after it.”

Senior Abbie Swartzbaugh won the 300 hurdles in the 17-team event, in 51.52 seconds, with Mallory Eastman in fourth at 52.75 seconds.

Victor said the duo have been pushing each other all season, and have been stellar against al Class AA comers.

Swartzbaugh was second in the 100 hurdles at 17.13 seconds and Eastman third at 17.72.

Having not lost a dual meet this season in the 3,200, Piper Olsen was second in 12:55.09. She was fourth in the 1,600 in 5:56.45.

Kellie Lindstrom finished fourth in the 800 in 2:33.28, smashing the district-qualifying time, and Katelyn Hall third in the javelin in 101-1.

For the boys, “Rocco (Gatta) just missed winning the 100 by 1/100th of a second (11.61 seconds),” said Victor. Gatta came back to win the 200 in 23.87 seconds. He was sixth in the 400.

“Rocco placed in every event, a second, a first, and even with a bad handoff the 4-by-100 relay team placed eighth,” said Victor.

“Thomas Chapman – he’s a first-year senior who just started hurdling and, from the time after preliminaries to the finals, coach (Steve) Morris worked with him on his technique and he took a whole second off his times.”

Chapman was fourth in the 110 hurdles in 16.33 seconds and fifth in the 300 hurdles at 44.95.

Michael Hamrick finished sixth in the long jump at 19-3, and fourth in the triple jump at 40-4.

Mitchell Wilcox was second in the javelin at 157-2, and Nathan wilcox fifth at 152-0.

Sheffield at Oil City Invitational

OIL CITY -“The Sheffield kids had a great day at Oil City (Oil Country Track Meet on Saturday). We took seven and three came back with medals,” said Sheffield girls track coach Jenelle Johnson.

Sophomore Jen Isenberg broke her own school record in the javelin (set earlier this season at the Kane Invitational) at 120-9, with a first-place finish.

“She’s put a lot of work into the weight room – pre-season and during the season, and now she has stepped it up in the weight room the past couple of weeks and it’s really starting to show by her success with javelin,” said Johnson.

In addition, Jade Moore finished just out of the top eight in the long jump.

For the boys, Adam Higby was sixth in the high jump at 5-8, and Jimmy Vile eighth at 5-6.

Warren at Baldwin Invitational

PITTSBURGH – Several Warren track and field standouts battled the big boys on Friday at the Baldwin Invitational.

In addition to a couple medalists, Caleb Hultman broke a 2001 school record in 800 in 1:59.41. Hultman broke the previous Warren Area High School record of 1:59.7, set by Gunner Nelson in 2001.

“With that he was 11th (in the event),” said Warren boys coach Steve Norris. “It was an absolutely fantastic meet. It was kind of like going to states, that kind of level.”

Jordan Willetts and Luke Wortman did not place, but each had a personal-best in the 400 in 51.2 and 51.3 seconds, respectively, according to Norris. And the duo paired with Hultman and Ryan Shattuck to run a 3:29 in the 4X400 relay for “the best they’ve done this year,” he said.

The team finished fourth for a medal, as did Mark Davis finish fourth in the high jump at 6-2. Justin Wright was eighth, clearing six feet.