Warren may have retained its title in both the boys and girls competitions, but athletes from all four county schools delivered memorable performances at the 2013 Warren County Track Meet at Warren's War Memorial Field.
The Dragons won the boys competition with 113 points ahead of Eisenhower in second place with 65 points. Youngsville had 54 points and was third and Sheffield was fourth with 20 points. The Lady Dragons' winning total was 158 points. Youngsville (44) was second, Eisenhower (29) was third and Sheffield (28.5) was fourth.
On its way to finishing second, the Eisenhower boys track & field team set two new school records and senior Jake VanHouten was a part of both of them. VanHouten smashed the school mark in winning the 300 hurdles in 39.65 seconds and was a part of the winning 4X400 relay team with Andrew Onoratti, Matt Eernisse and Ben Perkins. VanHouten helped the 1600 relay team break a record that was partially held by his father and that had stood for the last 30 years. For good measure, VanHouten later added a win in the triple jump.
Times Observer photo by Ben Oviatt
Eisenhower’s Jake VanHouten clears the last hurdle in the boys 300-meter hurdles Thursday afternoon at War Memorial Field. VanHouten won the event and set a new school record with a time of 39.65.
Also winning for the Ike boys was senior Anthony Amroski in both the 1600 and 3200.
"It was really just an incredible meet," said Ike boys coach David Bauer. "Andrew Onoratti qualified for districts in the both the long jump and triple jump, Richard Knisley and Tim Lange each qualified in the 300 hurdles and we were able to just smash two school records. What an incredible day."
The Warren boys had winners up and down the board on Thursday, including a relay win in the 4X800. Boys Field MVP Chris McNeal was a two-time winner, claiming the shot put with a throw of 45 feet and 11 inches and the discus with a toss of 123 feet, eight inches.
Other individual winners included Luke Wortman in the 400 (50.69), Caleb Hultman in the 800 (2:06), Austin Jerman in the javelin (162'9), Mark Davis in the long jump (21'9) and Justin Wright in the high jump (6'0).
Despite his team's win, Warren boys coach Steve Norris was perhaps most impressed with Ike's record-setting run in the 4X400 relay that closed the event.
"I'm very complimentary to (Eisenhower's) 4-by-4 team," said Norris. "They ran a great race and pushed us. I was pleased with everybody's effort today and we were pretty beat at the end.
"We just had some good efforts today. I can't say enough about how they've stepped up," said Norris.
Tom Chapman and boys track MVP Rocco Gatta helped pace the Youngsville boys' effort. Gatta flashed to victories in both the 100 and 200, winning in 11.54 and 23.28 seconds respectively. Chapman added an individual win in the 110 hurdles with a winning time of 16.55 seconds. Both were also members of the winning 4X100 team with Mike Hamrick and Andrew Tyers.
Despite not winning any events, the Sheffield boys team had its share of standouts at the county meet. Dylan Reynolds had a pair of top three finishes, placing second in the long jump behind Warren's Davis and third in the 200. Also adding a second for the Wolverines was Shequan Wright who trailed only Warren's Hultman in the 800. Adding third-place runs for Sheffield were the 4X100 relay team, Quadir Thomas in the shot put and Adam Higby in the high jump.
On the girls side, the region champion Lady Dragons were as dominant as ever. The team swept the meet MVP honors with Ellis Beardsley winning the track honor and Brooke Armanini the field award. Beardsley was a four-time winner with victories in the 1600 (5:41.18) and 800 (2:29.88) as well as running on the winning 3200 and 1600 relay squads. Armanini jumped 17 feet, one inch to win the long jump and 32 feet flat to win the triple jump.
Sabrina Anderson was a three-time winner for Warren, sweeping the hurdles events and clearing five feet, two inches to claim the high jump. Anderson won the 100 hurdles in 16.18 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 49.01 seconds. Casey Kulka won both the 100 and 200, Valerie Latimer ran to a win in the 400, Nikki Atkins was a winner in the shot and Claudia Olson was the top finisher in the discus.
Piper Olsen was Youngsville's lone winner in the girls competition, keeping herself undefeated in the two-mile for the 2013 season. Olsen's winning 3200 time was 13:01.69.
The second-place Lady Eagles finished second in two relay events - the 4X100 and 4X800 - and also had three individuals place second in events. Mallory Eastman was the runner-up in the 300 hurdles, Abbie Swartzbaugh was second in the 100 hurdles and Kellie Lindstrom was second in the 400.
Although the Ike girls didn't have any first-place finishers Thursday, coach Mike Logue said his team had its share of highlights at the annual event.
"Julia Bauer qualified for districts in the 800 and 1600, Holly Chapman did so in the triple jump and Bizz Baran qualified in the long jump," said Logue. "For a freshman, Emily McJunkin did well in the high jump and our 4X400 team took quite a few seconds of its previous best time."
That 4X400 team placed second on Thursday and five separate individuals added on third-place efforts. Taylor Talasky was third in the 100, Bauer third in the 1600, Apprille Seamens third in the 300 hurdles, McJunkin third in the high jump and Chapman third in the triple jump.
Sheffield's 4X100 relay team of Marlea Sprandle, Jade Moore, Morgan Leichtenberger and Julia Vile opened some eyes by winning the event and qualifying for districts in the process. The Wolverines' Jen Isenberg crushed the competition in the javelin with a winning throw of 116 feet, eight inches - more than 26 feet ahead of second-place.
"Jen was wonderful in the javelin and I was happy with the girls taking third, fourth and fifth in the shot," said Sheffield girls coach Janelle Johnson. "That was the first time that 4X100 relay team has run together all season so it was pretty impressive for them to win and qualify for districts."
All four teams have plenty of competition left in the 2013 season. Sheffield travels to Smethport High School on Friday for the annual Northern Tier League Meet, Eisenhower visits Johnsonburg on Monday, Warren competes at the District 10 Class AAA Championships in Harbor Creek on Wednesday and Youngsville is at the D-10 Class AA Championships in Harbor Creek on Saturday, May 18.
2013 Warren County Track Meet
May 9, 2013
at War Memorial Field
Team scores: 1. Warren 113, 2. Eisenhower 65, 3. Youngsville 54, 4. Sheffield 20
3200 relay: 1. Warren 9:08.48, 2. Eisenhower
110 hurdles: 1. Chapman (Y) 16.55, 2. Shattuck (W), 3. Wright (W), 4. Lalwani (Y), 5. Knisley (E)
100: 1. Gatta (Y) 11.54, 2. J. Willetts (W), 3. M. Eernisse (E), 4. Reynolds (S), 5. Gorgacz (W)
1600: 1. Amroski (E) 4:56.20, 2. VanGuilder (E), 3. Mizak (E), 4. Colosimo (W), 5. Johnson (W)
400: 1. Wortman (W) 50.69, 2. Gatta (Y), 3. J. Willetts (W), 4. Rosenberg (W), 5. Buchanan (E)
400 relay: 1. Youngsville 46.20, 2. Warren, 3. Sheffield
300 hurdles: 1. VanHouten (E) 39.65, 2. Shattuck (W), 3. Wright (W), 4. Lalwani (Y), 5. Lange (E)
800: 1. Hultman (W) 2:06, 2. Wright (S), 3. Allen (W), 4. Ruland (W), 5. Mizak (E)
200: 1. Gatta (Y) 23.28, 2. Wortman (W), 3. Reynolds (S), 4. M. Eernisse (E), 5. Perkins (E)
3200: 1. Amroski (E) 10:53.17, 2. VanGuilder (E), 3. McMillan (E), 4. Colosimo (W), 5. Johnson (W)
1600 relay: 1. Eisenhower 3:26.17, 2. Warren
Javelin: 1. Jerman (W) 162'9, 2. N. Wilcox (Y), 3. M. Wilcox (Y), 4. Knisley (E), 5. Stewart (W)
Shot put: 1. McNeal (W) 45'11, 2. M. Wilcox (Y), 3. Thomas (S), 4. Mechling (Y), 5. N. Wilcox (Y)
Discus: 1. McNeal (W) 123'8, 2. Mechling (Y), 3. N. Wilcox (Y), 4. Jerman (W), 5. Stewart (W)
Long jump: 1. Davis (W) 21'9, 2. Reynolds (S), 3. Gorgacz (W), 4. Onoratti (E), 5. Hamrick (Y)
High jump: 1. J. Wright (W) 6'0, 2. Davis (W), 3. Higby (S), 4. S. Wright (S), 5. Onoratti (E)
Triple jump: 1. VanHouten (E) 41'1, 2. Davis (W), 3. Hamrick (Y), 4. Onoratti (E), 5. Nowacki (W)
Team scorers: 1. Warren 158, 2. Youngsville 44, 3. Eisenhower 29, Sheffield 28 1/2.
3200 relay: 1. Warren 12:09.37, 2. Youngsville, 3. Eisenhower
100 hurdles: 1. Anderson (W) 16.18, 2. A. Swartzbaugh (Y), 3. Eastman (Y), 4. Onuffer (W), 5. Lasecki (W)
100: 1. Kulka (W) 13.49, 2. Barker (W), 3. T. Talasky (E), 4. Sleeman (E), 5. Amy Castagnino (W)
1600: 1. Beardsley (W) 5:41.18, 2. Falvo (W), 3. Bauer (E), 4. Olsen (Y), 5. S. Paris (W)
400: 1. Latimer (W) 1:03.47, 2. Lindstrom (Y), 3. Rimer (W), 4. Hahn (W), 5. Baran (E)
400 relay: 1. Sheffield 56.04, 2. Youngsville
300 hurdles: 1. Anderson (W) 49.01, 2. Eastman (Y), 3. Seamens (E), 4. Lasecki (W), 5. Onuffer (W)
800: 1. Beardsley (W) 2:29.88, 2. Rimer (W), 3. Lindstrom (Y), 4. Bauer (E), 5. S. Paris (W)
200: 1. Olsen (Y) 13:01.69, 2. Amanda Castagnino (W), 3. Spade (W), 4. McMillen (E), 5. Marsh (E)
1600 relay: 1. Warren 4:24.17, 2. Eisenhower, 3. Youngsville
Javelin: 1. Isenberg (S) 116'8, 2. Hahn (W), 3. Owen (W), 4. Hall (Y), 5. Labesky (S)
Shot put: 1. Atkins (W), 2. Yarzabek (W), 3. Fritz (S), 4. Hansen (S), 5. Isenberg (S)
Discus: 1. Olson (W) 98'7, 2. Atkins (W), 3. Yarzabek (W), 4. Isenberg (S), 5. Anthony (Y)
Long jump: 1. Armanini (W) 17'1, 2. Moore (S), 3. Merenick (W), 4. Barker (W), 5. Baran (E)
High jump: 1. Anderson (W) 5'2, 2. T. Paris (W), 3. McJunkin (E), 4. A. Swartzbaugh (Y), 5. Adams (W), Leichtenberger (S)
Triple jump: 1. Armanini (W) 32'0, 2. Merenick (W), 3. Chapman (E), 4. Barker (W), 5. Leichtenberger (S)