JOHNSONBURG — The 2016 Elk County Track Meet saw some outstanding individual performances as well some hard work by secondary athletes, as all three county schools took home at least one piece of main hardware by night’s end.
On the girls side, Johnsonburg’s Caitlin Viglione captured three victories, setting new meet records in two, on her way to being named the Girls Track MVP.
Viglione set a new record in the 100 dash, crossing the line in 12.3 break the old mark of 12.5 held by jointly by Arianna Kleppinger (St. Marys), Tessa Babik (St. Marys) and Jenna Condina (Johnsonburg), who set their times in different years. Kleppinger tied her old mark of 12.5 on Thursday to place second.
Viglione, who also won the 200 dash (26.4), teamed up with Madeline Cowan, Cassidy King and Amanda Williams to set a new meet record in the 4x100 with a 50.2. That time was .20 seconds faster than the previous mark, which Viglione was a part of in 2014 along with Emily Dubler, Alanna Schiafone and Kayli Metheny.
Elk County Catholic meanwhile got big days from Hannah Wittman and McKayla Wilson among others. The duo combined for five victories in leading the Lady Crusaders to the team crown with 84 points. St. Marys (54) and Johnsonburg (52) were a distance second and third.
Wittman won both the long (16-5 1/2) and triple (34-1) jumps on her way to capturing the Girls Field MVP award, while Wilson was a triple winner.
As for the boys meet, St. Marys grabbed the big headlines with the duo of Tom Bojalad and Parker combining to win six events and take home the Boys Field and Boys Track MVP awards, respectively.
Bojalad broke meet records in winning both the discus and shot put. He opened his day with a heave of 177 feet, 11 inches to shatter a 34-year old meet record in the event. St. Marys grad Mark Sitler had held the mark of 156-04 since 1982.
In the shot put, Bojalad powered a throw of 54-8 to break the old mark of 52-10 set by ECC’s Kurt Gausman in 2005.
Smith dominated the day on the track. He captured individual wins in the 200 (23.2) and 400 (53.1) dashes also was part of the Flying Dutchmen’s victorious 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
In the 4x100, he teamed up with Matt Marconi, Richie Williamson and Austin Goodrow to take first in 45.4. Travis Huff replaced Goodrow in the 4x400 as the quartet ran a 3:43.7.
Despite St. Marys and ECC both finishing with seven wins in the boys event, it host Johnsonburg that came away with its first team crown in well over a decade. The Rams won just four events but used their depth to edge ECC, 73-70, in the team standings. St. Marys was third with 45 points.
Johnsonburg’s Josh Bundy won both the 110 (16.2) and 300 (44.0) hurdle events to claim half of the Rams wins. Aaron Pura (100, 11.7) and Ryan Kilhoffer (javelin, 139-3) captured the other two wins.
However, the fact the Rams placed two or more athletes in nine of 15 individual events — and had three score in the Top 4 in three — made all the difference. Johnsonburg also collected the second-place points in the two of the three relays.
Bojalad and Smith had a hand in all but one St. Marys victory, with the seventh coming courtesy of Williamson in the long jump (17-11 1/2). That win was Williamson’s third of the day as he also was part of the Dutch’s two winning relay squads. He added a fourth in the pole vault.
The ECC boys were led by Logan Hoffman, who recorded three wins in the day. Hoffman took home both the 800 (2:09.6) and 1,600 (4:42.0) runs. He also teamed up with Jacob Carnovale, Zach Wortman and Matthew Dippold to win the 4x800 in 9:18.5.
Dippold added a second win in the 3,200 (10:41.5), while teammate Ben Koss won both the pole vault (no height available) and high jump (5-9). Elk County’s final win came in the triple jump from Erick Mader (37-0 1/2).
Outside of MVPs Viglione and Wittman, ECC’s Wilson was one of the main stars of the girls meet along with St. Marys’ Michelle Bauer, who also came away with three victories.
Wilson captured both hurdle events, edging teammate Reilly Herzing at the line in the 100 hurdles (17.4-17.7) while winning the 300 event (51.3) by more than a second over teammate Catherine Cerroni.
She also teamed up with Kara Detsch, Maddie Kear and Lauryn Wortman to win the meet-ending 4x400 relay (4:21.5). Wortman added a second win in the 800 (2:26.6).
The Lady Crusaders throwers also enjoyed a big day in helping their team win the overall title. ECC had the top three finishers in both the shot put and discus and second through fourth place in the javelin.
Cassidy Cunningham won the shot (37-3) to go along with second-place finishes in the discus and javelin. Samantha Fedus took home the discus (110-0).
Bauer came away with two individual wins for the Lady Dutch, outsprinting ECC’s Hannah Lenze to the line in the 1,600 (5:23.8) and cruising to victory in the 3,200 (12:01.9). She also teamed up with Jenna Cherry, Kaitlyn Barackman and Amanda Foster to claim the 4x800 in 10:02.3.
St. Marys’ only other win came in the pole vault, where Rachel Glass bested teammate Rachel Bauer on scratches as both cleared 7-3.
The Ramettes finished with six victories on the day, with Viglione playing a part in three.
Williams collected a second win on the day in the 400 dash (1:02.8), while Skylar Sherry added a victory in the javelin (111-1) and Kierston Hinton another in the high jump (4-8).
A full listing of the Top 4 finishers in each event can found on the Scoreboard on Page B4.