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Deer Lakes had record-breaking track season

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Sunday, June 6, 2010

Deer Lakes' track and field program had a record-breaking spring, as seven school records fell.

But the key to the trophy case containing the school records on plaques has been lost, so the records may have to wait to be posted.

"The kids are anxious to get that thing opened," Lancers coach Chris Snyder said. "I think they want to break in and change the names."

Junior Mitch Martin had a fine individual season to pace the boys team.

Martin, who had the 10th-best time in the state in the 200-meter dash, reached the PIAA semifinals in that race. He was fourth in the WPIAL in the 200 and seventh in the 100.

With his 200 time of 22.56 seconds in the state preliminaries, Martin broke Jake Colosimo's mark of 22.87 set in 2006.

Other records:

» The girls 400-meter relay team of Steph Schneider, Kayla Rodi, Lauren L'Herbier and Paige Prato broke the 2006 team's mark (51.8) with a time of 50.25 seconds.

» Two boys relays also ran to records. The 3,200 team of JD McCausland, Zach Wozniak, Zach Hall and Troy Szwaczkowski had a 8:22, shattering a long-standing mark of 8:25.18, held by the 1981 team.

Also, the 1,600 team of Mike Schultz, Hall, McCausland and Szwaczkowski ran a 3:28.66 to break the 2006 mark of 3:30.78.

» Szwaczkowski broke the 400 record with a 51.1. The previous best was 51.2 by Dustin McAnich in 1995.

» McCausland broke Bill Holtz's triple jump mark from 2006 (42 feet, 4 inches) with his 42-10.

» Finally, Kristin Romutis broke her own record in the pole vault, at 9-6.

Seven up

Valley will be one of 16 football teams competing in Gateway's 7-on-7 Pennsylvania Passing League event today at Gateway High School in Monroeville.

Pool play starts at 8 a.m., with the championship set for 3:10 p.m.

The winner will play a winner from the East at halftime of the Steelers-Detroit Lions preseason game Aug. 14 at Heinz Field.

The other teams are Baldwin, Bethel Park, Clairton, Friendly (Md.), Gateway, Greensburg Central Catholic, Montour, Penn Hills, Perry, Pine-Richland, Central Catholic, Richland, South Allegheny, South Fayette and Trinity.

Adam bomb

Last weekend at the PIAA track and field championships, junior Adam Tuzikow became the first Knoch boys medal winner since Nick Novotny in 2006 (long jump).

Tuzikow, who placed third in the Class AAA shot put with a career-best mark of 54 feet, has the second-best boys throw in school history. Mike Crouch threw 54-9 1/2 in 1983.

Trying for Oakmont

Two of the area's top returning girls golfers attempted to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open set for July 8-11 at Oakmont Country Club.

Fox Chapel's Nadia Luttner, a two-time WPIAL champion, and Shady Side Academy's Kendall Allen, the West Regional champ last year, failed to advance out of a sectional last week at Fox Chapel Golf Club. Allen shot 83-85 (168), and Luttner carded 88-86 (174).

LPGA player Janice Moody of Scotland (146), Jennifer Kirby of Canada (149) and Becky Morgan of Wales (149) qualified.

This and that

Kittanning has hired former standout Colby Owen as its boys soccer coach. ... Plum softball player Katie Lazar committed to Bethany (W.Va). ... Fox Chapel's girls WPIAL 3,200-meter relay record of 9:16.25, set in 1982, was broken by North Allegheny (9:12.33) and Norwin (9:15.44) at the state meet.

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