Connellsville senior Dylan Meyer spent a good portion of Saturday afternoon getting a sunburn on the football field at Albert Gallatin.
But Meyer didn't mind a little discomfort. Earlier, Meyer placed second in the discus (133-8), third in the shot put (41-11) and fourth in the javelin (149-9). His three places helped earn him the boys field MVP honors for the Fayette County track and field championships. After his strong morning showing, all Meyer had to do was wait until the meet wrapped up in the afternoon to claim his trophy.
“It was an above-average day,” Meyer said. “I was just trying to place in everything. I got a PR (personal record) in the discus, and the javelin was better than it has been.”
Winning field MVP was definitely a goal that Meyer had set.
“This means a lot to me,” Meyer said. “I've been on the team for four years, and it has finally happened.”
While Meyer was the top athlete in the field events, Uniontown's Nate Edenfield left little doubt about his track dominance on his way to an MVP honor. Edenfield won the 800 (2:03.7) and the 1,600 (4:39.29), and he was part of the winning 3,200 relay (8:41.58) and the second-place 1,600 relay.
“During the week, I thought more and more about it (winning the MVP) and I was a nervous wreck,” Edenfield said. “I didn't take anything for granted. I just had to run my best and hope for the best.”
Laurel Highlands won the boys team title with 162 points, followed by Connellsville (154), Uniontown (147), Albert Gallatin (46), Frazier (21) and Brownsville (13).
Individual winners included Connellsville's Jason Burkus in the long jump (19-91⁄2), Jacob Nicholson in the discus (156-8) and Jeremy Welsh in the pole vault (12-0). Uniontown's Bru Martin won the 110 hurdles (15.2), 300 hurdles (41.69) and triple jump (44-3). Brady Guthrie was first in the 3,200 (10.26). Laurel Highlands' Dontay Jacobs, Adam Ennis, Jon Hager and Joe Pegg won the 200 (22.76), 400 (54.31), shot put (45-10) and high jump (5-10), respectively. The Mustangs also won the 400 relay (44.92) and the 1,600 relay (3:40.19).
Albert Gallatin's Donicio McKoy was first in the 100 (10.87), and Frazier's Matt Brown won the javelin (158-7).
“I expected to place, but I didn't expect first,” Brown said.
An athlete who knows how to finish first is Laurel Highlands' Melissa McCann, who won the 400 (59.84) and 800 (2:25.87) and was a part of the winning 1,600 relay (4:44.21) and the second-place 3,200 relay team. Her performances earned her girls track MVP.
“This is my three-peat to get MVP, but I was definitely pushed and I am thankful for the competition,” McCann said.
McCann edged Connellsville's Ashton Grimm, who took second in the 200 and 400 and third in the 100.
“I think I broke a lot of my PRs, so I really can't complain,” Grimm said. “It was definitely a good day.”
The girls field MVP went to Brownsville's Maris Seto, who won the triple jump (34-1), finished second in the long jump and fourth in the high jump.
Laurel Highlands finished first in team scoring with 191 points, followed by Uniontown (1361⁄2), Connellsville (1131⁄2), Albert Gallatin (40), Brownsville (35) and Frazier (29).
Connellsville's Haley Lowry finished first in the shot put (30-5), and Frazier's Lauren Timko won the 100 hurdles (16.11).
“It was very good for me,” Timko said, noting that she was especially pleased to do well against the bigger county schools. “They all have tracks to practice on and we don't, so that makes it more exciting. It's a nice accomplishment.”
Laurel Highlands' Ashley Galderisi, Shelby Burns, Megan Zimcosky and Audrey Kopich were champions in the 200 (26.55), high jump (5-2), discus (94-0) and pole vault (9-0) respectively. Laurel Highlands also won the 400 relay (52.33). Uniontown's Julie Gerber, Julie Friend, Danasha Harris and Tori Campbell won the 1,600 (5:28.81), 3,200 (11:34.54), long jump (16-1) and javelin (119-11), respectively. Uniontown also won the 3,200 relay (9:49.1).
Albert Gallatin's Sabra Metheney was first in the 100 (12.47). Brownsville's Whitney Ptak won the 300 hurdles (48.69).
Jason Black is the Local Sports Editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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