HARBORCREEK - Warren will be well represented at the PIAA Class AAA Track & Field Championships next weekend at Shippensburg University.
Five members of the Warren boys team and four athletes from the Lady Dragons squad will make the trip after bringing a total of five District 10 Class AAA track & field titles back to Warren with their performances at the D-10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships, Wednesday, at Harbor Creek High School.
Sabrina Anderson was the D-10 champion in the 100 hurdles and joined teammates Brooke Armanini, Casey Kulka and Amy Castagnino to win the girls 4X100 relay. For the boys, Luke Wortman was the D-10 champ in the 400, Austin Jerman repeated as D-10 javelin champ and the Dragons boasted the winning 4X400 relay team for the third straight year as Wortman, Jordan Willetts, Caleb Hultman and Tanner Rosenberg raced to victory.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Warren’s Austin Jerman prepares to complete his turn in the boys javelin event during the District 10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships, Wednesday, at Harbor Creek High School. Jerman was the D-10 champion in the event for the second straight season and will make his second trip to Shippensburg for the PIAA meet.
Warren coach Steve Norris will take five athletes to Ship for the second straight year and couldn't have been much happier about.
"I'm just thrilled to death," said Norris. "I'm so happy for the kids and happy to see that their hard work has been rewarded. Our time in the 4X400 relay was 3:25.7 and we won by almost 40 meters. Justin Wright had a strong day despite not making it to states and Austin Jerman continues to step up at the end of the year when he needs it most."
Despite being just a junior, Wortman will be making his third trip to the PIAA level. He was a member of the winning 4X400 relay team as a freshman and sophomore, but by winning the 400 in 50.98 seconds, he has qualified in an individual event for the first time.
"Tonight almost felt like a normal dual meet," said Wortman. "Jordan (Willetts) and I ran together and pushed each other almost the entire race. It definitely feels nice to make it in an individual event and I'm excited about facing some strong competition in Shippensburg."
Wortman won't just be competing in the 400 at states. In the final event of the night, Wortman joined Willetts, Rosenberg and Hultman to win the 4X400 relay. The exact same team won the event in 2012.
"That's Justin's relay team so I'm glad I didn't screw up coaching them today," said Norris whose son (assistant coach) Justin Norris had to miss the meet because of an illness. "Justin does a great job coaching them and those kids worked their tails off."
In the javelin, Jerman easily eclipsed his season-best in the event, to win the event for the second straight year. Jerman's winning throw of 169 feet, nine inches was enough to best Franklin's Adam Fiorentino by six inches. Last year, Jerman beat Fiorentino's older brother by seven inches.
Jerman said that entering the event as the second overall seed took pressure off and allowed him to do what he needed to do in order to extend his high school career by one week.
"It's just as exciting this time around," said Jerman. "Any time you can win an event and be called a District 10 champion, it's extremely gratifying. Both last year and this year, I entered the event as an underdog. I wasn't expected to win so I just put it all out there and did my best. It worked last year and it worked again this year."
The girls will be taking a slightly bigger contingent that in recent seasons to states. The winning 4X100 relay team of Anderson, Armanini, Kulka and Castagnino is a big reason for that.
The team performed flawlessly on Wednesday, holding off Hickory by nearly a half-second to win the event in 51.18 seconds. While Anderson will be making her third trip to states, it is the first trip for the other three team members.
"When I handed off to Sabrina and we were ahead, I just knew we were going to win it," said Kulka. "You're almost in a state of shock when it hits you that you've actually won a D-10 championship. It's just a feeling of total happiness."
Anderson - who qualified for states in 2010 and 2012 in the high jump - will participate in the 100 hurdles this time around after winning the event in 15.61 seconds. Even if Anderson hadn't won the event, she would have qualified for states anyway by meeting state qualifying time.
"I would've liked to have qualified for the third time in the high jump but being able to compete in a new event at states is exciting," said Anderson. "I haven't been doing the hurdles for very long and I really have to thank my coaches. They are honestly just the best in the world."
Warren girls coach Mark Sweet called the event "bittersweet." Sweet because of the great deal of success shown by his team, but also sad because so many seniors are seeing their careers come to an end.
"That's the circle of coaching," said Sweet. "But I will say, it's a happy bus ride home. We just had so many great performances today. From freshman to seniors, up and down the board. I don't know if I've ever been this pleased after a district meet."
The Lady Dragons' great performances weren't limited to winning efforts as several other team members placed among the top eight on Wednesday.
In addition to her victories, Anderson was second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the high jump, Armanini was second in the long jump and freshman D.J. Hahn was second in the javelin. The state bound Kulka added a third in the 100 and fifth in the 200.
Senior Ellis Beardsley's outstanding career ended with a strong third in the 800, an 8th in the 1600, a fourth in the 4X400 relay with Tori Paris, Paige Rimer and Valerie Latimer and a fourth in the 4X800 relay with Sydney Paris, Anna Falvo and Rimer. Latimer was fourth in the 400, Rimer was fourth in the 800 and Tori Paris was seventh in the high jump.
Other placewinners included Lindsay Onuffer (5th, 300 hurdles), Claudia Olson (6th, discus), Rachel Lasecki (7th, 300 hurdles), Kaitlyn Adams (7th, high jump), Ashley Barker (8th, long jump) and Nikki Atkins (8th, shot put).
The Warren boys also boasted a great deal of top-eight finishes against the best competition that District 10 has to offer.
Mark Davis and Justin Wright each placed in three events at the meet. Davis was a strong third in the long jump, fifth in the high jump and seventh in the triple jump. Wright placed sixth in both hurdles events and claimed fourth in the high jump.
Hultman made states on Warren's winning 4X400 team, but narrowly missed out on becoming the D-10 champion in the 800, finishing second. Senior Chris McNeal placed third in the shot put and Willetts added a fourth in the 400 to his relay win.
Finishing eighth for the Dragons were Devin Nowacki in the triple jump, Ryan Gorgacz in the long jump, Ryan Shattuck in the 300 hurdles and the 4X800 relay team of Nic Allen, Alec Colosimo, Brandan Nielson and Seth Johnson.
District 10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships
at Harbor Creek High School
May 15, 2013
Team results: 1. Grove City (GC) 150.5, 2. Hickory (H) 108.1, 3. Warren (W) 98.2, 4. McDowell (Mc) 69, 5. Meadville (Mead) 53.6, 6. Fort LeBoeuf (FL) 53.5, 7. Corry (C) 46.1, 8. Mercyhurst Prep (MP) 43, 9. Franklin (F) 43, 10. Erie East (EE) 22, 11. Strong Vincent (SV) 8, 12. Central Tech (CT) 6, 13. Oil City (OC) 1
100: Sternby (Mead) 12.71, 2. Corbin (GC), 3. Kulka (W), 4. Williams (EE), 5. Conway (F), 6. Roberts (EE), 7. Arbanas (H), 8. Beh (Mc)
200: 1. Decker (GC) 26.07, 2. Sternby (Mead), 3. Corbin (GC), 4. Williams (EE), 5. Kulka (W), 6. Arbanas (H), 7. Roberts (EE), 8. Dortch (EE)
400: 1. Decker (GC) 59.75, 2. Corbin (GC), 3. Bengel (FL), 4. Latimer (W), 5. White (H), 6. Fish (Mc), 7. Mullen (Mead), 8. Rynard (Mc)
800: 1. Kupniewski (MP) 2:22.09, 2. Sargent (SV), 3. Beardsley (W), 4. Rimer (W), 5. McClain (GC), 6. White (H), 7. Casalnova (GC), 8. Krawiec (Mc)
1600: 1. M. Jaskowak (GC) 5:17.43, 2. Bible (H), 3. K. Jasowak (GC), 4. Pletz (MP), 5. Perkins (MP), 6. Abraham (H), 7. Brown (H), 8. Beardsley (W)
3200: 1. M. Jaskowak (GC) 11:44.16, 2. K. Jaskowak (GC), 3. Sanford (GC), 4. Perkins (MP), 5. Bible (H), 6. Brown (H), 7. Sutherland (C), 8. Daubert (Mc)
100 hurdles: 1. Anderson (W) 15.61, 2. Lynn (Mead), 3. Depew (GC), 4. Bell (H), 5. Onuffer (W), 6. Sokol (Mc), 7. Lasecki (W), 8. Harris (OC)
300 hurdles: 1. Sokol (Mc) 47.73, 2. Anderson (W), 3. Depew (GC), 4. Mandus (Mc), 5. Lynn (Mead), 6. O'Brien (P), 7. Montanile (GC), 8. Phillips (MP)
400 relay: 1. Warren (Armanini, Castagnino, Kulka, Anderson) 51.18, 2. Hickory, 3. East, 4. Franklin, 5. McDowell, 6. Grove City, 7. Central Tech, 8. Mercyhurst Prep
1600 relay: 1. Grove City 4:03.77, 2. Fort LeBoeuf, 3. Mercyhurst Prep, 4. Warren (Beardsley, T. Paris, Rimer, Latimer), 5. McDowell, 6. Hickory, 7. Meadville, 8. Corry
3200 relay: 1. Grove City 9:37.10, 2. Mercyhurst Prep, 3. Hickory, 4. Warren (S. Paris, Falvo, Beardsley, Rimer), 5. McDowell, 6. Meadville, 7. Corry, 8. Central Tech
High jump: 1. Jones (F) 5'7, 2. Goodsel (C), 3. Fagan (GC), 4. Anderson (W), 5. Rose (FL), 6. Murray (Mc), 7. Adams (W), Dickson (Mead), Anderson (C), T. Paris (W), Gustas (H), 8. Malak (H)
Pole vault: 1. Hall (GC) 10'0, 2. Paoletta (H), 3. Stebick (FL), 4. Royek (C), Beck (H), 6. Marn (Mc), 7. Roesch (Mc), 8. Guarriello (FL)
Long jump: 1. Chodubski (Mc) 17'3, 2. Armanini (W), 3. Fagan (GC), 4. Jones (F), 5. Dickson (Mead), 6. Shields (F), 7. Murray (Mc), 8. Barker (W)
Triple jump: 1. Chodubski (Mc) 37'1 3/4, 2. Jones (F), 3. Shields (F), 4. Papale (FL), 5. Dickson (Mead), 6. Fagan (GC), 7. Murray (Mc), 8. Vincent (Mead)
Shot put: 1. Fustos (H) 43'9 3/4, 2. Corbett (C), 3. Marchand (H), 4. Garthwaite (H), 5. Lavery (FL), 6. Barney (CT), 7. Deemer (FL), 8. Atkins (W)
Discus: 1. Corbett (C) 127'4, 2. Fustos (H), 3. Garthwaite (H), 4. Marchand (H), 5. Lavery (FL), 6. Olson (W), 7. Mosley (Mead), 8. Deemer (FL)
Javelin: 1. Rose (FL) 117'1, 2. Hahn (W), 3. Gluvna (C), 4. Newman (Mead), 5. Royek (C), 6. Deemer (FL), 7. Polkabla (F), 8. Wilterdink (H)
Team results: 1. Cathedral Prep (CP) 140, 2. Grove City (GC) 110.5, 3. Warren (W) 76, 4. McDowell (Mc) 73, 5. General McLane (GM) 49, 6. Slippery Rock (SR) 47.5, 7. Corry (C) 45.5, 8. George Junior Republic (GJR) 40, 9. Franklin (F) 39, 10. Central Tech (CT) 29.5, 11. Meadville (Mead) 17, 12. East (EE) 17, 13. Oil City (OC) 10, 14. Strong Vincent (SV) 8
100: Moffett (CP) 10.91, 2. DeHart (CP), 3. Jordan (CP), 4. Cragg (C), 5. Nelson (Mc), 6. Kinnard (GM), 7. Avery (GJR), 8. Berger (GM)
200: 1. DeHart (CP) 22.64, 2. Jordan (CP), 3. Boyd (CP), 4. Avery (GJR), 5. Thomas (SV), 6. Nelson (EE), 7. Leggett (CT), 8. Kadlubek (SR)
400: 1. Wortman (W) 50.98, 2. Steehler (Mc), 3. Kadlubek (SR), 4. Willetts (W), 5. LaChance (SR), 6. Dickey (OC), 7. Oliver (GJR), 8. Scott Somora (GC)
800: 1. Jaskowak (GC) 1:59.21, 2. Hultman (W), 3. Steehler (Mc), 4. Whiteman (GC), 5. Brown (GC), 6. Meeker (Mc), 7. Zukowski (GM), 8. King (OC)
1600: 1. Jaskowak (GC) 4:26.91, 2. Louis (CP), 3. Budnik (CG), 4. Lacy (CP), 5. Jones (SR), 6. Benka (GC), 7. Phipps (OC), 8. Anna (SR)
3200: 1. Pondel (C) 9:45.63, 2. Louis (CP), 3. Danielson (CT), 4. Budnik (GC), 5. Lacy (CP), 6. Wise (GC), 7. Bickel (SR), 8. Benka (GC)
110 hurdles: 1. Miaczynski (CT) 14.18, 2. Trinch (GC), 3. Brown (Mc), 4. Erdman (GM), 5. Carr (EE), 6. Wright (W), 7. Johnson (GJR), 8. McKenzie (GJR)
300 hurdles: 1. Miaczynksi (CT) 38.11, 2. Trinch (GC), 3. Mooney (F), 4. Erdman (GM), 5. Johnson (GJR), 6. Wright (W), 7. Brown (Mc), 8. Shattuck (W)
400 relay: 1. Cathedral Prep 42.73, 2. General McLane, 3. McDowell, 4. East, 5. George Junior Republic, 6. Slippery Rock, 7. Corry, 8. Strong Vincent
1600 relay: 1. Warren (Rosenberg, Hultman, Willetts, Wortman) 3:25.75, 2. Grove City, 3. Slippery Rock, 4. McDowell, 5. General McLane, 6. Strong Vincent, 7. Cathedral Prep, 8. Franklin
3200 relay: 1. Grove City 8:21.64, 2. Cathedral Prep, 3. McDowell, 4. Slippery Rock, 5. Oil City, 6. Corry, 7. Meadville, 8. Warren (Allen, Colosimo, Nielson, Johnson)
High jump: 1. Moffett (CP) 6'7, 2. Kirkwood (SR), 3. Howe-Hamilton (GM), 4. Wright (W), 5. Davis (W), 6. Jones (F), 7. McKnight (CT), 7. Cragg (C), 8. Commey (Mc)
Pole vault: 1. Sanford (Mc) 14'3, 2. Cartwright (F), 3. Nientimp (Mc), 4. Truitt (GM), 5. Farley (GM), 6. Gawne (Mead), 7. Prenatt (CP), 8. Myers (Mead)
Long jump: 1. Timpano (CP) 22'7, 2. Jordan (CP), 3. Davis (W), 4. Pearson (GJR), 5. Uber (F), 6. Brown (Mc), 7. Furrh (SR), 8. Gorgacz (W)
Triple jump: 1. Moffett (CP) 44'0, 2. Brown (Mc), 3. Trinch (GC), 4. Uber (F), 5. Timpano (CP), 6. Coleman (CP), 7. Davis (W), 8. Nowacki (W)
Shot put: 1. Pratt (GJR) 48'7 3/4, 2. Daniels (C), 3. McNeal (W), 4. Plott (EE), 5. Craig (GC), 6. Wickham (Mead), 7. Seybert (GC), 8. Marlowe (GC)
Discus: 1. Daniels (C) 140'5, 2. Wickham (Mead), 3. Boone (GC), 4. Northcott (SR), 5. Jones (F), 6. Leicht (GM), 7. Craig (GC), 8. Hays (SR)
Javelin: 1. Jerman (W) 169'9, 2. Fiorentino (F), 3. Cragg (C), 4. Reznor (GC), 5. Pratt (GJR), 6. Erdman (GM), 7. Marlowe (GC), 8. Reyes (GJR)