Latimer makes it four high jump titles in four years; relay team, Adams take gold
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The tone was set at the very start of the day for the Warren Dragons and it never let up in the District 10 championships Saturday at Slippery Rock University.
The 4×800 relay team of Kayla Giambrone, Bri Ristau, Naomi Hahn and Katie Beyer ran over 20 seconds faster than their previous best, surprising top-seeded McDowell for gold.
That was just the beginning, as Lydia Latimer, in her final D-10 meet, put on one last amazing performance, capturing her fourth high jump title in four years, and followed that up with a victory in the 200.
The 200 turned out to be a great race for the Dragons, as Kyle Adams became the final state qualifier of the day, leaving the field in the dust with a time of 22.58.
For Latimer, it was a fitting finish. She cleared 5-3, the only jumper to go over five feet (Grove City’s Emma Isenberg was second at 4-11), and did so with ease. She couldn’t quite clear 5-5 1/4, which would have given her the school record, but will go to Shippensburg for the fourth time with a legitimate chance to medal as one of a number of athletes seeded at 5-3.
When that was done, she strode over to the 200, where she ran her fastest time of the season (26.77), beating Meadville’s Elizabeth Adams (who won gold in the 400) for first. Adams finished second in 27.15.
The relay team, consisting of the senior Giambrone, juniors Hahn and Ristau and the freshmen Beyer, may have been the most pleasant surprise of the day.
That group in particular hadn’t run together but a few times, but they put it all together at the perfect time, finishing with a time of 9:55.08 and easily beating McDowell, which finished with a time of 10:07.34.
Giambrone and Ristau, who have qualified in cross country, will now be going in track as well, while Hahn will be making her third trip. For Beyer, she joins a select and impressive list of freshman who have qualified for states.
For Adams, this is the culmination of four years of hard work. As versatile athlete as you will find, he is capable of excelling in a number of different events.
Earlier in the day in the 100, he finished third behind winner Christian Cole of Oil City (a football standout who led the state in rushing and will be going to Clarion) and Harbor Creek’s Scott Stanyard.
But he got his revenge in the 200, running the best time of his career, beating Cole with relative ease. Adams also added a seventh place finish in the triple jump, where teammate Joey Sidon finished ninth. Sidon added a medal with an eighth place finish in the long jump.
The 4×100 relay team of Adams, Nathan Edwards and freshmen Ben White and Aiden Sibits ran their best time of the season, 44.85 to finish fourth.
Edwards, like Adams, qualified for the finals in both the 100 and 200, finishing seventh and eighth respectively in those events.
Devon Navaroli also had a strong meet, finishing sixth in the 1600 and ninth in the 800, while Nate Eadie finished eighth and Trenten Dippold 10th in the 3200.
For the girls, junior Myah Madril had an impressive meet, finishing fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 33-11.5 and 11th in the 300 hurdles.
Speaking of the 300 hurdles, Trinity Wennberg ran a time of 51.06, good for sixth place.
Beyer put on a quite a show, finishing fourth in the 800 and eighth in the high jump.