Across the board there were not that many local athletes who placed at the District 6-2A track and field championships at Altoona’s Mansion Park Wednesday. Even though there wasn’t a plethora of ribbons earned, Huntingdon’s Owen Lane and Andrew Miller returned home as District Six champions.
The two Bearcats made up half of the total number of area competitors that received at least a top three seed in any event. The other two — Southern Huntingdon’s Brantley Collins and Mount Union’s Zach Coder — both placed fourth.
All four county schools saw their boy’s teams score points. All four of the girls teams did not have anyone place in the top eight in any event.
Lane had the two seed in the long jump at 21-4, which was the same distance as top-seeded Caleb Learn from Homer Center. Lane didn’t reach his best distance, but a 21-1 still brought him first place.
“This feels great. I thought I could do this it was just a matter of executing,” Lane said. “This is my best event but it wasn’t my best (21-4). I’ve been in the weight room lifting and trying to be the best I can be right now.”
The triple jump had Lane third at 41-11. He wanted to place in the top three to make it two events for him at the state meet in Shippensburg but his jump of 40-0.5 only got him ninth place. The top eight score points for the team.
Miller was the three seed in the high jump with a mark of 6-0. Miller has taken to his new sport and event very well this season, making great strides each time out. He set a new personal best at 6-3 to take first place.
“It’s crazy how much I’ve improved in my first season. From a 5-8 my first meet to a 6-3 now,” Miller remarked. “I’m focusing on my form and going straight up on my jump.”
Only one other Bearcat scored points for the team. Camden Knode didn’t run his best time in the 200 but a 24.87 still got him eighth place.
Cameron Bowser was 11th in the high jump and Chandler Lauer finished 12th in the pole vault for the Bearcats.
The Rockets had three boys place in four events. Collins was ranked third in the discus. He didn’t hit his best distance but 128-7 gave him fourth place.
Sophomore Kadin Moore turned in an 11.45 to take fifth in the 100 meters. He shaved just a tad off his time in the 200 and 23.52 brought him another fifth place finish.
Jordan Bailey was a little below his best effort in the long jump but took seventh place with a 19-9. He was the four seed in the hurdles but ended up in 13th place.
Isaac Hammon was edged out of eighth place by 0.07 seconds to Evan Frye from Bellwood-Antis. Kole Winfield was 10th in the shot put and Southern’s 3200 meter relay team finished ninth.
Juniata Valley had two people make it on the podium. Kyle Derugen added a foot to his best effort and cleared 12-6 in the pole vault for fifth place. Jefferson Hill had the four seed in the 110 hurdles but ran a 16.40 to finish sixth.
Hunter Johnson was 14th in the 300 hurdles and Devin Deihl 15th in the javelin.
Coder started as the three seed in the javelin for the Trojans. If he had matched his season best it would have garnered him third and a trip to states but he had to settle for fourth place and a throw of 158-9.
Colt Parsons would have placed with his season best in the high jump but he was 11th with a 5-5.
The Huntingdon girls were the only ones to score points among the area teams. Rachel and Amanda Gwinn each placed in an event and on a relay team.
Gracie McKinney had the highest finish for the ‘Cats. She didn’t reach her best in the pole vault but an 8-6 gave her a tie for sixth place.
Staying in the field, A. Gwinn’s 4-10 gave her eighth place in the high jump. The 300 hurdles is where A. Gwinn was also eighth (49.74).
Kylie Glorioso, A. Gwinn, R. Gwinn and Allie Troup ran 52.65 for sixth place in the 400 relay.
For Juniata Valley, Emma Musser was ninth in the shot put. Morgan Hess came in 12th in the 1600.
Rebecca Christophel was 10th in the 800 for the Rockets. Emily Boozel finished 12th in the pole vault for the Trojans.
The boys’ standings showed Huntingdon tied with Tyrone for 13th place with 21 points. Southern Huntingdon was next with 15 points, also tied with Bishop McCort and Bishop Carroll. Juniata Valley had seven points and Mount Union five.
Richland scored 81 points to beat out Juniata and win the girls’ team title by one point. The girls team trophy went to Saint Joseph’s Christian Academy with 86 points. Central Cambria was second (70). The ‘Cats had 6.83 points.
The PIAA state championship meet takes place May 24-25 at Shippensburg University.