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Mirror photo of Patrick Waksmunski Central Cambria’s Jon Wess (left) edged out 2nd place Hunter Shawley of Bellwood Antis (right) and teammate Ben Grata (centre) to 3rd place in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15 .20

By Michel Boytim

mboytim@altoonamirror.com

The Central Cambria men’s track and field team won another Class 2A District 6 championship on Tuesday at Mansion Park, and it wasn’t exactly unexpected according to head coach Matt Miller.

“In a competition like this you’re always going to have guys doing better than you expected and maybe some things just don’t work out,” said Miller. “I had projected us to score 104, and we got 100, so we were pretty close.”

Jon Wess won the 110 meters hurdles, Aiden Lechleitner won the 800 meters and the Red Devils won the 400 and 3200 meters relays to distance themselves, 100-80, from runners-up Richland.

“We’re very lucky to have two or three guys in most events,” said Miller. “So if someone has a bad event, we have someone to pick it up.”

Not only did Lechleitner win the 800, but he earned himself a steak from his brother, Adam. The brothers had bet that if Aiden could complete the event in less than two minutes, Adam, who competes in the IUP, would buy his younger brother steaks.

Lechleitner finished in 1:59.05, just ahead of teammate Cody Roberts, who was second in 1:59.09. Colin Simander of Saint Joseph finished third.

“I knew (Roberts) was coming with me,” said Lechleitner. “He said he was going to let me take the lead, because we both came out too fast in the LHAC encounter, and we both died. This time Saint Joe’s son pushed us all both, and I’m very proud of what we’ve done.

So was Adam, who was there and said he would call Smithmyer’s in Loretto today to order the steaks.

“I can not wait,” says Aiden Lechleitner. “Hopefully this weekend we can take a trip and get those steaks.”

Wess won his title despite a slow – literally – start to his day.

“Before the event, I was a little nervous” Wess said. “I knew I had the ability to win, but I just had to make it happen. My time in the prelims was one of my slowest times this season, and I wasn’t feeling my best, but I knew if I got off to a good start and ran my race, I could do it.

Wess did it when he reckoned with last season’s disappointment serving as a motivating factor.

“After the first two hurdles I was in a good rhythm and got off to a good start,” Wess said. “From there I just looked straight ahead of the finish line, continued to clear all the hurdles pretty well and crossed the finish line first. I couldn’t be happier. C “It’s amazing, because I’ve worked a lot since last season where I finished fourth and just missed states. I’ve worked all year for this. Winning districts was my No. 1 goal.”

It was also a good night for Penn Cambria sophomore Carter McDermott, who won the long jump, was part of the winning Penn Cambria 1,600-meter relay team and qualified for the States at the triple jump with a third place.

“It feels good,” McDermott said. “This is my first time jumping here. It’s a different environment, but I love the Altoona pit. It’s probably one of my favorites.

McDermott said he received some simple advice from aerials coach Lauren Michina before the competition.

“Run fast,” McDermott said. “And jump high.”

A pair of Bellwood-Antis athletes also found themselves on the top step of the podium on Tuesday.

Sean Mallon held off Josh Stolarski of Penn Cambria to win the 400 meters. Stolarski closed in on Mallon but never got past him.

“I could hear him coming, so I knew I had to give him everything I had,” Mallon said. “He really pushed me there. I had hidden equipment that I didn’t know about. It’s incredible. Everything I’ve worked for all season has paid off.

BA’s Hunter Shawley won the 300 meter hurdles and was second in the 110 hurdles. He also made statements with the Blue Devils 400 and 1,600 meter relay teams.

“It was huge PR for me and I felt awesome,” Shawley said. “I did PR in the 110 and I was placed fourth and finished second, so I can’t complain about that at all. It was a great day.

Trenten Murphy of Penn Cambria (shot put, discus), Will Westrick of Central Cambria (discus), Ben Grata of Central Cambria (110 hurdles), Kade Rhule of Central (javelin), Jameson O’Brien of Central Cambria (100 and 200 meters), Andre Marinak of Penn Cambria (300 hurdles), Dylan Andrews of Bellwood-Antis (pole vault) and the Penn Cambria 3,200 meters relay team.

TEAM/KEY RESULTS

1 Central Cambria (CC) 100; 2, Richland (R) 80; 3, Penn Cambria (PC) 78.5; 4, Bellwood-Antis (BA) 55; 5, Huntingdon (H) 51; 6, Tyrone (T) 34; 7, South of Huntingdon (SH) 30; 8 Westmont Hilltop (WH) 29; T-9, Bald Eagle Area (BEA) 25; T-9, Penns Valley (PV) 25; 11, purchase line (PL) 22; 12, Central (C) 19; 13, Philipsburg-Osceola (PO) 17; T-14, Penns Manor (PM) 16; T-14, Marion Center (MC) 16; T-14, St. Joseph (SJ) 16; 17, Mount Union (MU) 15; 18, US (U) 14; 19, Juniata Valley (JV) 10.5; 20, West Branch (WB) 10; 21, Blacklick Valley (BV) 9; T-22, North Cambria (NC) 6; T-22, Forest Hills (FH) 6; 24, River Valley (RV) 5; T-25, Portage (P) 4; T-25, Bishop Carroll (BC) 4; 27, Homer-Centre (HC) 3; 28, Cambria Heights (CH) 2.

100 dashes: 1, McCracken, R, 11.01; 2, Buonaccorsi, H, 11.12; 3, O’Brien, CC, 11.3; 4, Zitnay, WH, 11.25 (SQ); 5, Marshall, PM, 11:29 a.m. (SQ); 6, McFadden, JV, 11.6; 7, Kent, BV, 11.64; 8, Baldauf, T, 11.76. 200 dashes: 1, McCracken, R, 22.56; 2, Buonaccorsi, H, 22.75; 3, O’Brien, CC, 22.9; 4, Zitnay, WH, 23.01; 5, McFadden, JV, 23.43; 6, Kent, BV, 23.51; 7, Yingling, C, 23.67; 8, Good, VP, 23.75. 400 dashes: 1, Mallon, BA, 51.66; 2, Stolarsky, CP, 51.82; 3, System, PL, 52.36; 4, sharp, BA, 52.44; 5, Contorchick, CC, 52.82; 6, Lewis, R, 53.27; 7, Miller, T, 53.5; 8, good, HP, 53.53. 800m: 1, Lechleitner, CC, 1:59.05; 2, Roberts, CC, 1:59.09; 3, Simander, SJ, 2:02.23; 4, Detwiler, T, 2:02.29; 5, Gouse, P, 2:06.42; 6, Reynolds, SJ, 2:08.32; 7, D.George, WH, 2:09.24; 8, Eckenrode, CH, 2:10.3. 1600 runs: 1, Radar, H, 4:28.28; 2, Muckey, PO, 4: 35.54; 3, Simander, SJ, 4:37.15; 4, Fink, T, 4: 48.86; 5, E.George, CC, 4:48.89; 6, D.George, WH, 4:51.39; 7, Kuntz, CC, 4:51.74; 8, Green, MC, 4:53.25. 3200:1, Rader, H, 9:45.68; 2, Muckey, PO, 9:48.81; 3, Green, MC, 10:26.51; 4, Barrett, MC, 10:35.14; 5, Henning, U, 10:37.8; 6, Kuntz, CC, 10:41.64; 7, Wright, PL, 10:43.04; 8, Reamer, PV, 10:43.49. 110 hurdles: 1, Wess, CC, 15.2; 2, Shawley, BA, 3:45 p.m.; 3, Grata, CC, 15.55; 4, Marinak, PC, 15.79; 5, Jackson, T, 16.58; 6, gray, FH, 16.71; 7, Horton, C, 16.76; 8, Frank, BV, 30.08. 300 hurdles: 1, Shawley, BA, 40.65; 2, winter, SH, 41.42; 3, Marinak, PC, 41.92; 4, Grata, CC, 42.56; 5, North, SH, 43.36; 6, Yetsko, BEA, 44.26; 7, McMahon, R, 44.29; 8, Ohomoto-Frederick, SJ, 44.31.

Relay 400: 1, Central Cambria (Wyrwas, Dill, Koss, O’Brien), 44.08; 2, Richmond, 44.96; 3, Bellwood-Antis, 45.14; 4, Penns Valley, 45.18; 5, Westmont Hilltop, 45.42; 6, Blacklick Valley, 45.52; 7, central, 45.85; 8, south of Huntingdon, 45.86. 1600 Relay: 1, Penn Cambria (McDermott, Stolarski, Patterson, Eberhart), 3:32.1; 2, Central Cambria (Lechleitner, Roberts, O’Brien, Contorchick), 3:32.23; 3, Bellwood-Antis (Weeden, Shawley, Mallon, Keen), 3:36.59; 4, Richland, 3:39.88; 5, west branch, 3:41.03; 6, Tyrone, 3:41.43; 7, Southern Huntingdon, 3:44.14; 8, Bald Eagle Zone, 3:44.37. Relay 3200: 1, Central Cambria (Roberts, Morgan, Kuntz, Lechleitner), 8:22.42; 2, Penn Cambria (Talko, Stolarski, Patterson, Eberhart), 8:30.82; 3, west branch, 8:31.68; 4, Tyrone, 8:33.85; 5, Marion Center, 8:46.91; 6, south of Huntingdon, 8: 52.8; 7, USA, 8:57.54; 8, Cambria Heights, 9:15.98. High jump: 1, Droz, WH, 6-1; 2, Wiser, H, 5-11; 3, Braucht, PV, 5-9; 4, Lingenfelter, C, 5-9; T-5, Bark, JV, 5-7; T-5, Marinak, CP, 5-7; 7, Culver, PV, 5-7; 8, Krestar, CP, 5-7. Long jump: 1, McDermott, CP, 22-9; 2, Irvin, BEA, 22-0; 3, Braucht, PV, 21-0.25; 4, Stolarski, CP, 20-6.25; 5, Marin, SH, 20-1; 6, Ronan, T, 19-9.75; 7, weaver, T, 19-6.5; 8, Paronish, North Carolina, 19-6.5. Triple jump: 1, Irvin, BEA, 42-10.25; 2, winter, SH, 42-4.5; 3, McDermott, PC, 41-10.75; 4, Wiser, H, 41-3.25; 5, weaver, T, 41-0.25; 6, Bauer, R, 40-8.25; 7, Roberts, CC, 40-7; 8, Yetsko, BEA, 40-4. Shot put: 1, Kyle, MU, 51-8; 2, Murphy, CP, 45-0.25; 3, Thomas, R, 44-3.75; 4, Hanock, R, 42-0; 5, Pluebell, BA, 41-11; 6, Rebo, RV, 41-9.5; 7, Polenik, PM, 41-7.5; 8, Roessler, RV, 41-4.75. Disc: 1, Polenik, PM, 147-9; 2, Murphy, PC, 136-11; 3, Westrick, CC, 136-6; 4, Hancock, CC, 126-3; 5, Shutty, North Carolina, 126-0; 6, Bence, HC, 125-9; 7, Knepp, BEA, 121-9; 8, Roessler, RV, 120-4. Javelin: 1, Scott, PL, 160-9; 2, Lot, R, 159-11; 3, Rhule, C, 159-2; 4, Chase, R, 158-7; 5, Elick, PL, 154-5; 6, Niewinski, PV, 153-11; 7, daughter, C, 152-5; 8, Ludwig, North Carolina, 151-4. Pole vault: 1, Gossard, R, 14-6; 2, Blankenbicker, U, 13-0; 3, Andrews, BA, 12-0; 4, Spennati, United, 12-0; 5, Yahner, B.C., 12-0; 6, Carroll, FH, 12-0; 7, Buckley, H, 11-6; 8, Reese, PO, 11-6.

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