Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Springdale's Lelis 3-peats at Mars Invitational
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates notebook: Richard doesn’t exercise opt-out clause in contract
- Authorities release name of Greensburg man who jumped off overpass onto Route 30
- Steelers re-sign DE Geathers
- Former Pittsburgh teacher to stand trial on felony charge involving student
- Operating loss widens at Highmark parent
- Martial law replaced in Thailand by security order
- MLB notebook: Marlins’ Cosart denies he bet on baseball
- Bethel Park Police arrest 3 for thefts at Walmart
- Two Western Pennsylvania veterans’ suicides raise questions
- Duquesne grants release for 2 men’s basketball players
- Man dies in jump from Route 130 overpass onto passing tractor-trailer in Hempfield