JOHNSONBURG — Elk County Catholic swept both team titles Thursday at the Elk County Track Meet, but it was a pair of St. Marys athletes — Tom Bojalad and Amanda Foster — who headlined the event with strong individual performances.
Bojalad, a senior, shattered his own meet records in winning both the discus and shot put on his way to being the Boys Field MVP in the 55th running of the boys meet. As for Foster, she was the lone competitor — male or female — to capture four victories on the day as she earned Girls Track MVP honors in the 40th edition of the girls meet.
Elk County Catholic’s Matthew Dippold took home the Boys Track MVP award after collecting three wins, while Lady Crusader throwers Cassidy Cunningham and Samantha Fedus shared Girls Field MVP honors.
Bojalad ripped off a personal-best and school record throw of 185-10 1/2 to win the discus by more than 44 feet over runner-up Ryan Kilhoffer of Johnsonburg. The throw bested the Dutchman’s old meet record of 177-11 set last year.
Bojalad, the Dutchmen’s lone winner on the day, also posted a dominant win in the shot put. His heave of 58-11 1/2 beat second-place Max Cowan of Johnsonburg by nearly 15 feet. Bojalad had the old meet mark of 54-8 set a year ago.
Foster, a junior, notched a pair of individual wins on the day in the 800 and 1,600 and also anchored the Lady Dutch 4x800 and 4x400 relays to victory.
Foster crossed the line in 2:23.1 to win the 800 by just over three seconds over ECC’s Lauryn Wortman, while in the 1,600 her time of 5:21.0 was just over 13 seconds faster than Lady Crusader Hannah Lenze.
In the 4x800, Foster teamed up with Michelle Bauer, Tessa Grotzinger and Megan Quesenberry to take top honors (9:58.5) by four seconds over ECC. Arianna Kleppinger replaced Bauer in the 4x400 event as the Lady Dutch (4:13.7) bested ECC by 1.40 seconds.
Kleppinger was a triple winner on the day, as she sprinted to victory in both the 100 (12.8) and 200 (26.9) dashes, while Bauer added a second win in the 3,200 (11:38.8).
The only other multiple-event winner on the girls’ side was St. Marys’ Summer Herring, who won both hurdle races. Herring outran ECC’s Reilly Herzing to the line in the 100 hurdles (17.0-17.3) and took home the 300 hurdles (49/4) by nearly two seconds over Lady Crusader Catherine Cerroni.
The Lady Dutch won nine of the 18 events, but it was the Lady Crusaders who came away with the team crown,77-56, thanks in large part to its depth and ability to pick up multiple places in events.
That’s not to say the ECC girls didn’t have their share of victories on the day, as they came away with five first-place finishes.
Cunningham and Fedus led that charge in sharing the Girls Field MVP award. Cunningham, a senior, won the shot put (37-7) and was second in the discus (103-8). Fedus reversed those finishes, capturing top honors in the discus (109-5) and second place in the shot put (34-2).
Taylor Newton added a first place in the high jump (4-9), while Emily Miller and Bethany Feldbauer won the pole vault (7-9) and triple jump (32-1), respectively.
The Lady Crusaders also got runner-up performances from Maddie Kear (long jump), Alicia Fritz (javelin) and Shannon Clancy (pole vault).
The host Rammettes finished with four victories on their way to scoring 49 points.
Skylar Sherry claimed top honors in the javelin (124-9), with Erica DeLullo capturing the long jump with a leap of 15-2. Lindsey Steis crossed the line first in the 400 dash (1:03.4), besting teammate Amanda Williams by .80 seconds.
Williams and DeLullo both notched two wins on the day, as they teamed up with Maddie Cowan and Cassidy King to win the 4x100 relay in 52.3 seconds.
The Ramettes also got second-places from Cowan (100 and 200), Katie Jo Dybowski (high jump) and Lacie Cherry (triple jump).
On the boys’ side, ECC won 11 of 18 events to top the host Rams for the team title by 17 points, 88-71, while St. Marys finished with 27 points.
Dippold was one of three Crusaders, along with Ben Koss and Jacob Koss, to post three victories on the day.
Dippold won the 800 (2:04.2) and 1,600 (4:38.1), beating teammate Logan Hoffman by a handful of seconds in both events. He also teamed up with Hoffman, John Wittman and Jacob Koss to win the meet-ending 4x400 relay in a time of 3:41.8.
Jacob Koss added victories in the 200 (23.7) and 400 (53.4) dashes. He edged Johnsonburg’s Aaron Hinton by .20 seconds in the 400.
Ben Koss collected three wins in the field. He won the long (18-8) and high (5-11) jumps along with the pole vault (12-9). Johnsonburg’s Alec McManus equalled Koss in clearing 5-11 in the high jump, but the Crusader won on scratches.
Wittman added a first-place finish in the 300 hurdles, while Zach Wortman won the Lee Foster Memorial 3,200 run in a time of 9:53.8.
Elk County also got runner-up performances from Erick Mader (long jump), Ben Hoffman (3,200) and its 4x100 relay squad.
Johnsonburg was led by double-winner Aaron Pura. He sprinted to victory in the 100 dash (11.5) and teamed up with McManus, Hinton and Andy Breier to take top honors in the 4x100 relay (45.5).
The Rams other wins came from the Dauber twins (Brady and Brenden) and Jake Zimmerman.
Brady Dauber edged brother Brenden in the 110 hurdles (16.3-16.5), while Brenden Dauber won the triple jump (39-5) by three inches over teammate Cole Salberg.
Zimmerman captured the javelin (151-0) by nearly 20 feet over St. Marys’ Devin McGrath.
Other Rams to come away with second-place finishes were Jake Anderson (100), Pura (200) and Ethan Kemmer (300 hurdles).
McGrath was joined as a runner-up for the Dutch by Nathan McAnany, as well as their 4x800 and 4x400 relay squads.
All three schools are off until the District 9 Championships next week.
The Lady Dutch will compete in the Class AAA Championships Wednesday at Brookville, while the other teams all will compete in the Class AA Championships Friday at Kane.