Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Springdale's Lelis 3-peats at Mars Invitational
Springdale senior Emily Lelis earned a three-peat in her two signature events at the Mars Invitational, but the elements proved to be one more hurdle to clear.
Battling driving rain, wind and cold temperatures, Lelis ran to victories in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles Friday at the Mars Athletic Complex, adding a third gold medal to her collection in both events.
Runners wished they could have competed using umbrellas on an overcast and patience-testing day.
“I just tried to stay as dry as possible and use the wind to my advantage,” said Lelis, whose winning time in the 100 was 14.71 seconds. “It was really chilly. It down-poured during the 300 hurdles and I had a hard time seeing because rain was just pouring in my face and eyes.”
Her time of 45.34 seconds in the 300 was well short of her meet-record mark of 44.03 from last year.
Other local winners included Fox Chapel's Elias Graca (800), Brandon Mitchell (300 hurdles) and the 1,600 relay team; Knoch freshman Jordan Geis (discus, shot put); Burrell freshman Lizzie Weimer (shot put) and Freeport sophomore Zoe Pawlak (javelin).
Martin at Penn Relays — Fox Chapel senior Colin Martin placed 21st in the 3,000-meter run at the Penn Relays on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Martin, a Michigan recruit, posted a time of 8:38.74.
One day after Burrell's rugby team learned Rugby Magazine ranked it No. 18 in the country among single-high school programs, the Buckheads fell to Central Catholic, 7-3. The loss dropped Burrell's record to 9-1 for the season and also cost the Buckheads the No. 1 seed in the PA West Rugby League playoffs, which begin May 11.
“It's going to be a wake-up call,” senior Tyler Horwatt said. “We were getting way too cocky and getting ahead of ourselves. We're going to refocus on our original goal, which is winning a state championship.”
Ethan Walkowiak put Burrell on the scoreboard with a penalty kick early in the second half, but the Buckheads, who fell behind 7-0 just five minutes into the match, failed to complete the rally.
Burrell will not play again before the postseason begins.