Bellefonte, Penns Valley and Bald Eagle have strong performances at final ML championships
May 9, 2023

By Kenny Varner

BELLEFONTE – One last go round!

In its final year as an entity, the Mountain League said its farewell Tuesday in track and field as it held its final league championship.

Bellefonte was the site of its swan song but the meet did not leave quietly as numerous individuals showed their talents on the track and on the field.

Bellefonte finished a strong second on the boys side while the girls battled for a hard fought third place finish.

Competing in the event were Clearfield, Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte, Tyrone, Philipsburg-Osceola, Penns Valley, Huntingdon and Hollidaysburg.

“We knew it was going to be a battle. But we made a good day of it for sure,” said Bellefonte coach Seth Miller. “We had kids that definitely finished higher than they were seeded. That’s what this meet is all about. It was a great tune up for our district championship meet.”

In the girls 4×800- meter relay Hollidaysburg with a time of 10:21.0 notched the top spot while Penns Valley finished second with a time of 10:42.78. Bellefonte finished third 11:10.81.

Posting a third place in the 100-meter hurdles was Ruthann Smoyer posting a time of 18.20.

Following close behind was Penns Valley’s Miley Hubler who finished with a time of 18.60.

The Red Raiders’ Lauren Benner crossed the finish line with a 19.10.

Bald Eagle Claudia Irvin finished eighth with a 19.23.

Bellefonte’s Sara Proctor finished fifth in 100-meter run with a time of 13.39.

Proctor finished in the top spot in the long jump with a winning leap of 17’0 1/4”. It would be a new Mountain League record.

Penns Valley took the 1600-meter run as Alexis Durn finished in the top spot with a time of 5:36.78.

Teammate Ayva Fetterhoff finished fourth with a 6:00.79 mark.

Bald Eagle long distance runner Sara Thompson finished fifth scoring a time of 6:03.97.

Bellefonte’s Natalie Jolly finished seventh with a 6:09.76.

In the high jump, Penns Valley Miley Hubler placed third with jump 4’8”.

The Red Raiders got a fourth place finish by Anna Tyson who notched a 4’6”.

Placing second in the discus was the Red Raider’s Gabrielle Deitrich with a throw of 97’2”. Bald Eagle thrower Abigail Hoover finished with a launch of 86’7” which was good enough to capture a fourth place finish.

In the 400×100-meter relay, Penns Valley led the locals with a fourth place finish with Bellefonte close behind with a fifth place mark.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Bald Eagle Area’s Claudia Irwin finished with a third place time of 54.34.

Following close behind in fourth was Bellefonte’s Anna Tyson who ran a 55.76.

Lady Eagle Olivia Taylor finished fourth in the 400-meter with a time of 1:04.91.

Penns Valley shined in the 800-meter run as Abigail Stitzer crossed the finish line first with a 2:28.65.

The Lady Raiders were represented well by Annie Cernuska who placed fifth while teammate Alyssa Hopkins finished sixth.

Bald Eagle’s Khloe Cunningham finished seventh.

Teammate Olivia Taylor captured seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.52.

Bald Eagle secured the top spot in the javelin with a podium topping throw of 117’7”. Teammate Olivia Taylor was next with a throw of 113’ 10”. Penns Valley’s Chamiqua Gentzel was third with a launch of 105’ 3”. Rounding out the top five was Bellefonte’s Madison Miller posting a throw of 101’ 4”.

In the long jump, Miley Hubler led Penns Valley to a third place spot with a jump of 4’8”. Placing fourth was Red Raider Anna Tyson with a 4’6”.

Bellefonte’s Josie Underwood posted a sixth place finish in the triple jump with a top jump of 33’ 1 1/2”.

Blazing the way to the victory in the 3200-meter run was Rams’ distance runner Lilyanna Smith. Smith finished with 12:14.55 while Bellefonte’s Emma Liadis finished a strong fourth place while Penns Valley’s Ayva Fetterolf finished a close fifth.

Concluding things for the girls on the track was the 4×400-relay.

Penns Valley finished third, Bellefonte posted a fourth place while Bald Eagle Area finished in sixth place.

On the boys side, the 4×800 relay was won by the Red Raider team with a time of 8:31.97. Bald Eagle was fourth, 8:47.88 while Penns Valley finished fifth 9:47.36.

Micah Good highlighted the Rams team as he finished with a new Mountain League record in the 400, posting a top time of 51.25.

Good also finished second in the 200, posting a runner up time of 23.50.

Bellefonte’s Collin Sharp was right behind with a third place finish of 23.79.

The Red Raiders’ Ethan Wilson placed fourth at 55.39.

Bellefonte’s Sherman Lowry won the 110-intermediate hurdles with a time of 15.89.

In the 100, the Red Raiders notched a second place finish of 11.47. He was followed by Penns Valley’s Miles Brooks with a mark of 11.54.

Brooks also did well in the triple jump posting a second place jump of 45’3”.

In the high jump, Brooks added to his day, placing fourth in the high jump with a height of 5’4”, tied with teammate Kaiden Gates and Penns Valley’ Noah Patel.

Zane Hummel from Bellefonte placed third with a mark of 41’ 6”.

Bellefonte teammates Alexander Crist and Chase Ebeling placed second and third in the 1600 with times of 4:34.56 and 4:39.79, respectively.

Crist took top honors in the 800 with a time of 2:00.36.

Teammate Grady Garrison crossed fifth with 2:09.60.

Rounding things out was the Eagles’ Owen DeChow with a 2:13.05.

Bald Eagle’s Colton Wagner finished sixth with a time of 4:55.36.

In the boys 4×100 relay, the Red Raiders captured a comfortable second place finish with a time of 44.81.

The Rams and Eagles finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Logan Proctor had a solid showing for Bellefonte in the Javelin as he placed second with a top throw of 149’6”.

Teammate Wyatt Lowry was next with a third place throw of 147’6”.

Talon Thompson led the Eagles to a sixth place finish of 133’2”.

Kieran Jodon muscled out a second place finish in the discus with a throw of 126’3”.

Wyatt Lowry paced the Red Raiders with a sixth place heave of 111’10”.

In the 300 hurdles, Penns Valley’s Greyson Kimmler took the win with a first-place time of 42.37.

Bellefonte finished fourth when Trey Wagner crossed the finish line with a time of 45.22.

Bald Eagle’s Ethan Hoover placed seventh with a mark of 46.37.

Kieran Jodon and Tre Greene finished 1-and-2 in the shot put with throws of 42’10 1/2” and 42’8 1/2”, respectively.

In the long jump, PV’s Brooks placed second with a leap of 20’9” while the Red Raiders got a fifth place shout out with a jump of 19’8 1/2”.

The most grueling race on the night, the 3200, Bellefonte finished second and third. Ebeling finished a strong second with a time of 9:58.47. Fellow Raider Caleb Vinnedge placed a 10:33.03.

Finishing fourth was Penns Valley’s MaClain Reamer posting a 10:47.49 while Bald Eagle Isaac DeChow finished fifth with a 10:52.94.

Closing down the Championship’s last ever event was the 4×400 relay.

Bellefonte, Hollidaysburg and Penns Valley had an exciting finish with Bellefonte finishing on top with Penns Valley squeaking out a second place finish. Hollidaysburg played a tough third place.

“We opened the day with winning the 4×800 on the boys side and we bookended it with win in the 4×400,” said Miller. “It was exciting for sure.”

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