Windber boys, Berlin girls win team titles
WestPAC track and field championships
Shade's Jordan Wilt won the 800 and 1600 meter runs and the high jump. (Staff photo by Roger Vogel / May 8, 2012)
The Ramblers posted 183 points to outdistance Shade (113) and Portage (104) in the top three. It was Windber's first boys WestPAC title since 2008.
"I think our depth overall helped," said Windber coach Garrett Wright. "We had some guys placing first and some guys placing second and we got some other guys to fill in the spots. We're really deep from like the 400 and up. We're coming along in the field events really well. Overall, I think our team is just very well-rounded. That goes a long way in a meet like this."
The Ramblers swept the relay events.
Kyle Gipe, Austin Leonardis, Kevin Charney and Devin Tomlinson won the 4x800 relay in 8:51.8.
Colt Ursino, Jared Maurizio, Trevor Neri and Dan Tomlinson took top honors in the 400 relay in 46.3 seconds.
The 1600-meter relay team that turned in a time of 3:37.9 was comprised of Dan Tomlinson, Gipe, Vaughn Siska and Devin Tomlinson.
Other first-place finishers for Windber were Tyler Shetler in the 300 hurdles (42.5), Dustin Blough in the long jump (19-4) and Matt Barkley in the triple jump (42-5).
Shade's Jordan Wilt placed first in three events, including 800 meters (2:03.3), 1600 meters (4:51.4) and high jump (5-10).
Rockwood's Joel Ansell was a double winner with victories in the 100 meters (11.7) and 200 meters (24.0).
Meyersdale's Collin Day ran to a first-place finish in the 3200 meters (11:04.2) while teammate Tony Yachere took top honors in the javelin (160-10 1/2).
Shade's Brett Edwards prevailed in the shot put (44-3) while Berlin's Tim Wagner had the winning throw in the discus (124-11).
Meanwhile, on the girls side, Berlin put up 161 points to pull away from runner-up Windber (121) and third-place Meyersdale (86.5). It was the Lady Mountaineers' first WestPAC title since 2009.
"Coming in, I knew this was going to be a really good meet between us and Windber," Berlin coach Corey Will said. "If you looked at the seedings on paper, we were probably not the favorites today. But the kids really stepped up. I can't say enough good things about how far our throwers have come this year. And the kids have performed every time on the track. Just a great job from everyone. They show up every single meet and do the best they can."
Berlin won a pair of relay races — Catelyn Hittie, Erica Craig, Gina Trulick and Jorden Eutsey in the 400 (52.4) and Trulick, Mackenzie Horne, Sarah Luprek and Craig in the 1600 (4:24.5).
Luprek also picked up victories in the 200 meters (27.4) and 400 meters (1:02.7).
Other first-place finishers for Berlin were Hittie in the 300 hurdles (49.0), Trulick in the 800 meters (2:30.3) and Lara Will in the high jump (4-10).
Windber's Jenna Bracken was a triple winner with victories in the 100 hurdles (16.0), long jump (15-3 1/2) and triple jump (33-6).
Bracken's teammate Katie Strapple had the winning throw in the javelin with a mark of 119-11.