Three-peat: Latimer wins yet another high jump title; Hahn earns state trip with 1600 victory
SLIPPERY ROCK – To win a District 10 title is a special accomplishment. To do so in three straight years in the same event is remarkable.
Warren junior Lydia Latimer did just that on Saturday at Slippery Rock University, winning the 3A high jump, clearing 5-1 and beating out McDowell’s Kalli Knott on fewest number of misses.
She was one of two Lady Dragons to punch her ticket to the state meet in Shippensburg, joining teammate and sophomore Naomi Hahn, who took gold in the 1600 meters.
For Hahn, it will be her first trip to states in track, after qualifying in cross country each of the past two years.
Latimer was perfect in clearing all her previous heights, but just missed on her three attempts at 5-3. Knott cleared 5-1 on her third and final attempt. Those two misses proved to be the difference.
Hahn, meanwhile, won with a time of 5:24.57 in the 1600, with Meaera Shannon of Conneaut coming in second (5:29.34) and Warren teammate Kayla Giambrone finishing third (5:33.55).
Dragon Gabby Hahn also medaled with a strong fifth place finish in 5:38.98.
In the 3200, meanwhile, Naomi Hahn came in third, Giambrone fourth and Leah Drake edged Oil City’s Emma Stevenson in an exciting finish – 12:41.29 to 12:41.38 to earn the eighth and final spot on the medal stand.
Latimer added a second place finish in the 400 with a time of 1:01.70, with Elizabeth Adams of Meadville winning the event in 58.83.
Bri Ristau medaled in the 800 with a very good fourth place finish (2:31.98). Grace Brown of Villa won with a time of 2:25.24.
The 1600 relay team finished seventh, Gabby Hahn just missed out on being a multiple event medal winner, taking ninth in the 800 (2:37.47). Trinity Wennberg was 12th in the 100 hurdles, as was Myah Madril in the triple jump.
The boys meanwhile, medaled in six events, with Troy Shattuck’s third place finish in the 800 (2:00.56) leading the way. Grove City’s Jonah Powell won the event with a time of 1:56.46. The 400 relay team of Ben Thomas, Kyle Adams, Nathan Edwards and Dominic Caprino was also third in 44.71. Cathedral Prep won the event with a time of 43.77
Noah Butcher was fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.71), while Thomas was sixth in the 100 (11.50), as was Devon Navaroli in the 1600 (4:44.71). The 1600 relay team of Caprino, Navaroli, Shattuck and Joey Sidon was seventh in 3:42.73.
Villa won the girls team title with 126 team points, while Grove City’s 118 points on the boys side was enough to take first.