Record-breaker: Youngsville’s Swartzbaugh sets school mark in 100 hurdles

Youngsville’s Naomi Swartzbaugh (far right) breaks her sister Lydia’s record in the 100 hurdles during Thursday’s non-region meet at Corry.

CORRY – The Youngsville Eagles had the opportunity to run at a great facility in Corry on Thursday and took full advantage.

They had a number of personal bests, district qualifiers and, oh yeah, a school record.

Naomi Swartzbaugh broke her sister Lydia’s mark in the 100 hurdles by .2 seconds. Big sister got to see it in person, too.

“This was a great opportunity for us, for our kids to perform,” said Youngsville coach Michelle Johnson. “Naomi, this was her second week in a row winning the 100 and 300 hurdles and Jocelyn Taydus her second in a row taking second. She ran district qualifying times in both the highs and 300s.”

Despite team setbacks, both squads were extremely competitive.

“Owen Engstrom, this was his second week in a row in the long jump and triple jump with district qualifying marks,” Johnson said.

Coach Johnson also noted freshman Ethan Benedict’s second place and district qualifying effort in the triple jump and Braden Wilson’s ‘great day’ with PRs in both the mile and 2-mile.

Aaron Morris ran a personal best in the 100 hurdles and Mason Benjamin was a first-time district qualifier in the shot put, beating his personal best by almost 5-feet.

On the girls side, Maddi Marino was a district qualifier in the 300 hurdles, while Linsey Jukes had personal bests in the 100, 200 and long jump.

“I was really proud of the effort against a bigger school and a strong program in Corry,” Johnson said.

The Eagles will return to action Saturday at the Fairview Invitational.

(Editors Note: Complete results were not available at press time and will be published in Saturday’s edition of the Times Observer.)

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