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Springdale junior dominates

| Saturday, May 7, 2011

Springdale junior Kim Watterson earned MVP honors in the girls' running events, and Knoch junior Andrew Rumburg-Goodlin set a meet record at Friday's Pine-Richland Invitational.

Watterson cruised to gold medals in the 100-meter dash (12.66 seconds) and 200 (26.28), finished second in the 400 (59.34) despite recording her personal-best time, and ran a leg of the fifth-place 1,600 relay (4:15.82).

It was a career-best performance for Watterson, who has emerged as one of the top WPIAL Class AA sprinters. In the 400, she placed behind sophomore Samantha Logan (58.44), who runs for Class AAA Knoch.

"I was really focused," Watterson said. "I wanted first in the 400, too, but Samantha Logan is really good. Second is still good, though."

Watterson's victory in the 100 was somewhat unexpected because she specializes in the 200 and 400 and was competing in the 100 for only the second time.

"In the 100, I was just trying to work on coming out of the blocks for the 200 and 400," Watterson said. "I like the 400 a lot. I want to win WPIALs. The 100 is just helping with that. I figured I might make the 100 finals. I didn't think I'd get first."

To Rumburg-Goodlin, also a standout tailback in football, running the 400 probably feels like breaking away for a 100-yard touchdown. He scored big yesterday, when he sprinted to gold in 50.87 seconds.

Rumburg-Goodlin broke the mark of 51.77, which was established by Riverview's Anthony Munion in 2009. Yesterday, the Raiders senior settled for fourth place (52.05).

"I'm hoping to do football in college and maybe track," said Rumburg-Goodlin, who has started to receive interest from Division I-FCS Bucknell for football. "In the 400, you have to be able to keep your speed up the whole way. The 400 is great for football-training purposes."

Rumburg-Goodlin said setting a meet record is special, even though his time was a little slower than his personal-best and school-record time of 50.5.

"It's awesome," he said. "It's a great feeling. I never looked to be an invitational record-holder. Everything went as planned."

Other local gold medalists were Knoch's Garrett Shaw (pole vault) and Samantha Logan (400), as well as Riverview's Terrell Craighead (javelin) and Katie Flowers (pole vault). Springdale's Emily Lelis took second in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

Craighead won the javelin with a career-best throw of 169-11.

"My first throw wasn't good," Craighead said. "It was about 135. My next one was good. I hit all my right steps (on the approach) and reached my best distance. On my next throws, I was trying for 170 or better but couldn't get there."

Last season, Craighead qualified for the WPIAL Class AA championships but wasn't able to attend for personal reasons. After graduating, he plans to attend and play football at a junior college in New York and hopefully transfer to a Division II or III school.

Thirty-five teams participated in the annual Pine-Richland event, which draws many of the top athletes from around the WPIAL.

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