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Clemons sisters shine at Westmoreland county meet

| Thursday, April 25, 2002

Valley junior Mycah Clemons didn't win a single title. And in one of her best events, she was edged out for a gold medal by her younger sister, a mere freshman.

But that didn't stop Mycah Clemons from leading the Valley girls track and field team to a fourth-place finish at the 78th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Championships at Derry Area High School on Wednesday.

Valley was the highest finishing Class AA squad at the 15-team championships. The Lady Vikings scored 56 points, placing behind Class AAA Hempfield (159 points), Norwin (78) and Greensburg Salem (59).

Mycah Clemons led all female athletes with 24 points, by placing second in three events - 110-meter hurdles, 200 dash and long jump. Although she didn't win a gold medal, her performance was golden for Valley.

Class AAA Kiski Area placed fifth (52.5), and Class AA Burrell finished tied for 12th (nine).

"We scored a lot of points," Valley head coach Larry Rowe said. "We scored more points than Kiski Area, and that's unbelievable. They're a good Class AAA team. My kids are really happy, they're ecstatic."

Mycah Clemons' stellar performance didn't overshadow her sister's display of talent.

Mycaiah Clemons captured a pair of gold medals. Mycaiah (15.20 seconds) squeaked by Mycah (15.23) in the 100 hurdles. Judges at the finish line determined the winner.

Mycaiah also won the 300 hurdles (46.2).

Amanda Booker helped propel the Valley girls to a strong finish by taking second place in the javelin (106 feet, 7 inches) and fourth place in the shot put (32-7¾).

Kiski Area's Ashley Cochran and Rachel Iams won gold medals.

Cochran took the long jump title (16-8½), leaping past Mycah Clemons by only ¼ of an inch.

Iams topped the high jump (5-2).

Kiski Area pole vaulter Allison McCartney tied for Ligonier Valley's Chrissy Fiok at 9-6, but finished second because she had more misses. Four vaulters reached 9-6.

Burrell's 400 relay team took second place (52.0).

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