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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Cathedral Prep Ramblers showed their depth, and the Hickory Lady Hornets did the same, led by senior star Aniyah Anderson en route to the District 10 Class 3A team track and field championships on Saturday at Slippery Rock University.
Prep easily outdistanced second-place General McLane, 150-99, while the Hickory girls edged McDowell, 169-160.
The Lancers and Trojans, meanwhile, had a pair of record-setting performers, Dylan Throop of GM in the 3200 and McDowell’s Kalli Knott in the pole vault.
Anderson was a 4-time winner in the 100 (12.88), 100 hurdles (14.78), 300 hurdles (45.94) and also was on the winning 4×100 relay team with Daphne Borowicz, Kayla Saylor and Christie Boren.
“I was really nervous,” Anderson said. “I felt really good in the 100, 4×100, and the 100 hurdles. The 300 hurdles, as soon as the gun goes, my body just goes numb and I just keep running. I honestly don’t even realize it.”
Throop, meanwhile, set the only record in the boys’ meet by the slimmest of margins. His time of 9:22.59 is just faster than the mark set by Jacob Kildoo in 2011 of 9:22.67
“I was planning to run straight 70s, 1:10 each lap,” Throop explained. “I was hitting them one right after another. I was a little bit slow in the sixth lap, but on that last lap I kicked it in and I got it.”
He also prevailed in the 1600 with a time of 4:22.83.
Knott’s title-winning leap in the pole vault of 12-4 broke the mark set by former McDowell standout Emily Tharpe in 1999 of 12-3.
Back to the boys, it was a huge day for Crawford, as well as the Prep relay teams. The Ramblers swept all three relays, with Crawford a part of two of them in the 1600 relay and 400 relays. The sprinter shined, racing to victory in both the 100 (11.17) and 200 (22.70).
“It was a fun day,” Crawford said. “States is going to be a good learning experience.”
Also contributing to the Ramblers team victory were individual event winners Ethan King Vincent in the long jump, Owen Hull in the 400 and Kody Klein in the 800.
There were two other multiple event winners on the boys’ sides, as Hayden Skinner of Fort LeBoeuf swept the 110 and 300 hurdles with times of 15.85 and 40.59, respectively
Slippery Rock’s Ethan Folmer, meanwhile, won the high jump by clearing 6-1 and the triple jump with a leap of 44 11 ½.
The four other individual event winners on the boys’ side were Logan Williams of Harbor Creek in the shot put (48 1-½) , General McLane’s Ryan Harvey in the discus (157-8), Fort LeBoeuf’s Alex Blose in the pole vault (13-0) and LeBoeuf’s Adam Lichtinger in the javelin (169-10)
Back to the girls, as Erie High’s Olivia Nola won the 3200 race over top-seed Clair Benton of McDowell, becoming the first Royals’ runner to qualify for states in the short history of the program. Nola clocked in at 11:51.76 to Benton’s 11:59.34.
The day actually got started with Villa edging GM in the 4×800 and things taking off from there.
There were two other individual multi-event winners on the girls’ side.
Grove City standout runner Abby Steffler swept the 800 (2:22.35) and 1600 (5:23.91), while Franklin’s Ashley Alcorn took the shot put (37-5) and discus (112-3).
Other individual event winners included Hickory’s Christie Boren in the 400 (1:01.05), McDowell’s Riley Hundall in the long jump (16 1-1 ¼) , Abigail Nichols of Grove City in the triple jump (33-6 ¼), GM’s Ellen Cunningham in the javelin (100-4) and McDowell’s Grace Emmanuel in the 200 (26.98).
The PIAA Class 3A championships are set for next Saturday at Shippensburg University.