Rams beat Trojans
By Sharon L. Davis
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:30 p.m.

The boys and girls Ligonier Valley High School Rams track and field team came out ahead of the Derry Trojans with the Ligonier girls, 85.5 to 64.5 and the boys, 84 to 66.

The girls 4x3200 meter relay consisting of Molly Horrell, Hannah Patrick, Brittany Crowley and Gina McKlveen won the event. Madi McLaughlin took first in the 100-meter hurdles with teammate Keleigh Huber leaping in second. Phebe Cornell snagged third in the 100-meter dash and Patrick and Horrell finished first and second consecutively in the 1600-meter run. Stephanie Heming broke the finish-line tape first in the 400 dash and teammate Miranda Campbell came in second. The 300 hurdlers Jasmine Connor, Michaela Long and Ashley Smith made a 1-2-3 sweep of the event. McKlveen snagged first and McLaughlin touched second in the 800 run. Heming and Ari Tutino finished second and third in the 200 dash while teammate McKlveen logged in second in the 3200 run. The 4x400 relay squad finished out the running events with a first place for Campbell, Long, McLaughlin and Heming.

In the field events, Cornell and Meharey pole-vaulted into second and third place consecutively. Smith snagged second in the high jump as did Long in the long jump and teammate Megan Crowley finished third. Long touched third in the triple jump and Emily Ulery threw her shot put for a second-place finish. Amanda Ross snagged a third in the discus and Elizabeth Schellhammer closed out the field events with a first-place javelin throw.

On the boys side, Justin Piper earned a first and teammate Alec Bloom finished third in the 110-meter hurdles. Anthony Thomas touched second in the 100-meter dash and Carlos Chavez broke the finish line tape for a first-place finish in the 1600-meter run. Nathan Crusan, Scott Adams and Christopher Huber swept the hurdles first through third consecutively. Piper logged in first and Zachary Huber third in the 300 hurdles. Quade Jackman touched second and teammate Homyak snagged third in the 800 run while Thomas earned first and Levi Gaynor third in the 200 dash. Chavez touched first in the 3200 run to end the running events.

In the field events, Stuart Urch threw the shot put for a first-place finish and teammate Brandon Dickert came in second. Urch snagged first again in the discus with Dickert third. Justin Bellas threw the javelin the farthest and Hayes Salancy's landed third. Crusan had a high jump that logged in second with teammate Bloom third. Sam Maust landed first in the pole vault and Crusan took second in the long jump. Piper jumped, 39.9 to snag first in the triple jump with Crusan on his heels at 39.3.

The Ligonier Valley Rams team will travel Tuesday to United High School for the annual 2:30 p.m. all Heritage Conference teams meet.

Sharon L. Davis is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at echo@tribweb.com.

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