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Clearfield track and field teams sweep Central
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor
HYDE - The Clearfield track and field teams came to play Tuesday at the Bison Sports Complex.
Both squads dominated Central on a sun-splashed afternoon. The Lady Bison won by a score of 114-27, while the boys swept nearly every event in a 145-5 rout.
Tyler Stratton and Dylan Graham had big days for the boys. Stratton won the 110 hurdles, the 100 dash and the long jump, while Graham took the 300 hurdles and the pole vault, and also placing just behind Stratton in the 110 hurdles.
Stratton (16.0) edged Graham by half a second in the 110 hurdles and trimmed teammate Rico Longoria by one-tenth of a second in the 100 dash (11.4-11.5) He also recorded an 18-foot distance in the long jump.
Graham beat the field by nearly four seconds in the 300 hurdles, running a time of 41.1, and cleared the 10-foot mark on the pole vault for a first in that event.
"Stratton and Graham had great meets," Clearfield head coach John Jacob said. "Dylan was close to his fastest time in the 300, and he really didn't have a whole lot of competition. He did that on his own. All three events Tyler was in, he did a great job."
The Bison also had double winners in Alec Freeman and Wyatt Flanagan.
Freeman won the 1600 in 4:59 and took the 3200 in 11:08. Flanagan threw the discus a distance of 111-9, while heaving the javelin a distance of 121-9.
Other individual winners for the Bison were Kenton Climie (400 dash in 56.5), Jack Soult (800 run in 2:23), Longoria (200 dash in 24.3), Grant Climie (triple jump with a distance of 35-7½), Ethan Tkacik (high jump in 5-6) and Ryan Lingle (shot put with a distance of 40-7).
Clearfield also won all three relays.
Jacob Ryan, Malav Patel, Matthew Bell and Andrew Angstadt won the 3200 relay in 10:38, Seth Ford, Tkacik, Jacob Lansberry and Jacob Wingate took the 400 in 46.9 and Grant Climie, Kenton Climie, Kenny Conway and Casey Wilsoncroft were first in the 1600 in 3:51.
The Bison swept 10 of the 15 individual events. Central's only places were four third-place finishes and a third-place tie.
Jacob says that was because of a total team effort from the seniors all the way down to the freshmen.
"Our top guys really buckled down and had their best times," he said. "But I think this meet really helped our younger guys out by showing them they can compete with some runners from other schools.
"Matt Price got us some points where he usually doesn't. He just stepped up. Same thing with Grant Climie and Casey Wilsoncroft. Their times dropped tremendously because they were racing against some of the top people.
"Grant Climie, Matt Price, Jake Lansberry all did a great job. A lot of underclassmen did really well. Patel, Seth Ford ... we're just getting a lot of points all over the place that we didn't expect from the boys. We had trouble not scoring points."
On the girls side it was all about big performances from the youngsters.
Freshman Rachel Glenny won three individual events and was part of the winning 3200 relay team, Claire Mikesell won the 1600 run with a time of 5:49 and was second in the 200 dash and Macy Forrest grabbed a first in the triple jump and was second in both the long jump and high jump.
Glenny won the 100 hurdles (18.2), the 300 hurdles (51.4) and the 3200 run (13:45).
"Our freshmen performed real well," Jacob said. "Claire Mikesell and Rachel Glenny had excellent meets. Their times were either at or beat their best. In the relays and their individual events, they did excellent."
Forrest stepped up in the jumping events where senior Jess Shomo usually scores big points for the Lady Bison. Shomo sat out the jumping events due to an injury and Forrest helped pick up some of the lost points, especially in the triple jump where the distance of 27-10 was good for first.
"Macy Forrest really stepped up in the jumping department, taking a first in the triple jump and a second in the long jump," Jacob said. "And she helped us out in the high jump. She did a nice job and got us a lot of points as a freshman."
While Jacob was dazzled by his freshmen, he was also very pleased with the effort of senior Courtney Smith, who picked up a pair of wins. She won the 400 dash in 1:04 and the 800 run in 2:34. Smith also placed second in the 100 hurdles, just one-tenth of a second behind Glenny.
"Courtney Smith came in and ran some different races, preparing herself for some upcoming meets, and she did a nice job," Jacob said. "The 800 was one of our fastest times of the year."
Junior Jill Heichel was a double winner for Clearfield, earning a victory by nearly a 2-second margin in the 200 dash with a time of 27.2 and edging teammate Shannon Reinke by one-tenth of a second in the 100 dash (13.4-13.5).
The Lady Bison also swept the throwing events as Sarah Lash won the discus (84-4) and the javelin (93-7) and Becca Lindstrom (32-1) took the top spot in the shot put.
"Our throwers did really well," Jacob said. "Lash won two events and qualified for the district meet. I think Becca Lindstrom has a personal best in the shot put."
Clearfield's 3200 relay team of Glenny, Rachele Hale, Katelyn Ryan and Racquel Grice was victorious in a time of 10.44, while the foursome of Shomo, Reinke, Forrest and Heichel ran uncontested in the 400 relay, recording a time of 53.2.
With the win, the Lady Bison won the Mountain League, finishing a perfect 6-0 in conference action. The boys were 5-1 in Mountain League competition.
Both teams are 7-1 overall on the season.
Clearfield is back in action Tuesday at St. Marys with the West Central Coaches Meet looming on May 3.
"What we are really concentrating on now is the Western Coaches Meet, where we'll see our district competition," Jacob said. "We know where the boys are going to fit in as far as districts and the Western Coaches Meet. The big question mark is still the girls.
"We have girls that can win anything from the 100 to the 3200. It's just going to be where the coaching staff feels a girl has the best chance and what event the girl running wants to compete in."

BOYS
Clearfield 145, Central 5
3200 meter relay: 1. Clearfield (Ryan, Patel, Bell, Angstadt), 10.38. 110 meter hurdles: 1. Stratton, CL, 16.0; 2. D. Graham, CL; 3. C. Shimmel, CL. 100 meter dash: 1. Stratton, CL, 11.4; 2. Longoria, CL; 3. Tkacik, CL. 1600 meter run: 1. Freeman, CL, 4:59; 2. Sponsler, CL; 3. Soult, CL. 400 meter dash: 1. K. Climie, CL, 56.5; 2. G. Climie, CL; 3. Wilsoncroft, CL. 400 meter relay: 1. Clearfield (Ford, Tkacik, Lansberry, Wingate), 46.9. 300 meter hurdles: 1. D. Graham, CL, 41.1; 2. K. Climie, CL; 3. (tie) Musselman, CE and Price, CL. 800 meter run: 1. Soult, CL, 2:23; 2. Carns, CL; 3. Ryan, CL. 200 meter dash: 1. Longoria, CL, 24.3; 2. Wingate, CL; 3. Verchick, CL. 3200 meter run: 1. Freeman, CL, 11.08; 2. Sponsler, CL; 3. Patel, CL 1600 meter relay: 1. Clearfield (G. Climie, K. Climie, Conway, Wilsoncroft), 3:51. Pole vault: 1. D. Graham, CL, 10-0; 2. Goodrow, CL; 3. Wilsoncroft, CL. High jump: 1. Tkacik, CL, 5-6; 2. Price, CL; 3. Goodroww, CL. Long jump: 1. Stratton, CL, 18-0; 2. Price, CL; 3. Northern, CE. Triple jump: 1. G. Climie, CL, 35-7½; 2. Wingate, CL; 3. Northern, CE. Shot put: 1. Lingle, CL, 40-7; 2. Sinclair, CL; 3. Bush, CL. Discus: 1. Flanagan, CL, 111-9; 2. Bush, CL; 3. Carder, CE. Javelin: 1. Flanagan, CL, 121-9; 2. Rougeux, CL; 3. Carder, CE.

GIRLS
Clearfield 114, Central 27
3200 meter relay: 1. Clearfield (R. Glenny, R. Hale, K. Ryan, Grice), 10.44. 100 meter hurdles: 1. R. Glenny, CL, 18-2; 2. Smith, CL; 3. Powers, CL. 100 meter dash: 1. Heichel, CL, 13.4; 2. Reinke, CL; 3. Spingola, CL. 1600 meter run: 1. Mikesell, CL, 5.49; 2. Conrad, CL; 3. Grice, CL. 400 meter dash: 1. Smith, CL, 1:04; 2. Powers, CL; 3. Cherry, CE. 400 meter relay: 1. Clearfield (Shomo, Reinke, Forrest, Heichel), 53.2. 300 meter hurdles: 1. R. Glenny, CL, 51.4; 2. Powers, CL; 3. Pastelock, CL. 800 meter run: 1. Smith, CL, 2:34; 2. Bantek, CE; 2. Conrad, CL. 200 meter dash: 1. Heichel, CL, 27.2; 2. Mikesell, CL; 3. Reinke, CL. 3200 meter run: 1. R. Glenny, CL, 13.45; 2. R. Hale, CL; 3. Hoover, CL. 1600 meter relay: 1. Central, 4:47. High jump: 1. Clark, CE, 4-6; 2. (tie) Forrest, CL and Maines, CL. Long jump: 1. Replogle, CE, 13-4; 2. Forrest, CL; 3. Cherry, CE. Triple jump: 1. Forrest, CL, 27-10; 2. Stern, CE; 3. Hazlett, CE. Shot put: 1. Lindstrom, CL, 32-1; 2. Patterson, CL; 3. Aycock, CL. Discus: 1. Lash, CL, 84-4; 2. Smith, CE; 3. Strouse, CL. Javelin: 1. Lash, CL, 93-7; 2. Patterson, CL; 3. Lombardo, CL.


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