Meadville Tribune


May 14, 2014

MASH junior wins title; weather interrupts meet

HARBORCREEK — Few things can motivate a person better then seeing their closest competition out of the corner of their eye.

That’s the factor that sparked Meadville High junior Jordan Lynn to a District 10 gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles and a spot in the state championship.

In the event’s final at Harbor Creek High School’s Paul J. Weitz Stadium on Wednesday, the top-seeded Lynn got off to a terrific start. Yet as she made her way over the hurdles, she caught sight of McDowell’s Sydney Sokol coming on strong in the next lane.

“I could see her foot going up beside me,” said Lynn. “And I was like, ‘I’ve got to go faster.’ So I just gave it all I had.”

Her all turned out to be strong enough for gold, as Lynn finished in a personal-best time of 15.63. Sokol was second in 15:83.

“The qualifying time for states is (15:65),” said Lynn. “I tried to make the time instead of getting first. So I did it both ways, which is good.”

It will be Lynn’s first trip to states.

“So excited,” she said.

Lynn didn’t have an opportunity for a follow-up performance in the 300 hurdles as the championship meet was cut short due wet and rumbling skies on Wednesday.

After a 30 minute delay earlier in the day, the meet was finally postponed for the night at around 7:45 p.m. A few events were still being contested when the call was made, like the girls pole vault, the boys 400-meter dash, the girls’ long jump and the boys’ triple jump.

The meet will resume on Saturday following the D-10 Class AA championship meet — approximately 3 p.m. — back at Harbor Creek.

Lynn wasn’t the only member of the Bulldogs team to reach the podium during yesterday’s curtailed meet. In fact, the girls team had numerous place-winners while situating itself in second place in the team standings with 51 points, trailing Hickory, which leads with 85.5 points.

In the girls triple jump, Kendell Dickson grabbed second place with a jump of 33 feet, 7 inches. Franklin’s Abby Jones was first at 24-4.

Led by Dickson, Meadville had three place-winners in the triple, with Ellen Mook taking sixth with a jump of 32-4 while Kellie Vincent followed in seventh place with her leap of 31-5.

In the javelin, Marcadi McCoy took home a third-place medal thanks to a throw of 107-2.

“That was wonderful,” said Meadville head coach Carl Roznowski. “Cadi has been coming on. She’s been a good worker this year.”

Fellow Meadville athlete Kaitlyn Newman followed just behind McCoy in fourth place with a toss of 106-7.

Freshman Paige Yoder also grabbed a third-place finish. In the 1,600-meter run, she held off Grove City’s Catie Jaskowak, beating her to the finish line in a blink of an eye. Yoder’s time was 5:36.35. Jaskowak finished in 5:36.54.

“Paige was actually fourth in the race and was fighting with (Jaskowak),” said Roznowski. And she just poured it on the last 100 and fought her out for third.”

Bronze also went to the girls’ 3,200-meter relay team of Paige Whitney, Yoder, Libby Volna and Abbey Peters. Their time of 10:05.79 was four seconds lower than their qualifying time, which was tremendous. But they still trailed the blistering paces of event-winner Mercyhurst Prep (9:43.26) and second-place Grove City (9:53.81). Mercyhurst knocked off around 19 seconds from their qualifying time, Grove City about 16.

“Grove City and Mercyhurst Prep, oh my goodness,” said Roznowski. “That, we weren’t expecting. They really knocked the time off of their incoming times. We always expect teams go down. But 9:43 and 9:53? They were booking.”

And finally for the girls, Fiona Mosley had an outstanding performance in the discus, twirling a personal-high distance of 101-5 to grab fourth place.

“Fiona Mosley, that’s her personal best,” said Roznowski. “We knew that Hickory would have 1-2-3, and we were trying to fill those slots as high as possible. Fiona had a nice pop able to pick up that fourth.”

Hickory indeed took 1-2-3. The Hornets’ Tori McKinley won the event with a new District 10 record of 132-10.

Some bad news for the Bulldog girls, however. Defending 100-meter dash champion Heather Sternby appeared to have re-aggravated a hamstring injury during the event final. She missed out on placing and didn’t take part in the 400 yesterday. Her status for Saturday’s 200-meter final is unknown.

“We’re going to leave it open and see how its going to be,” said Roznowski. “We’ll get her a couple day’s rest and we’ll check in then.”

The Meadville boys team, meanwhile, grabbed three district medals.

Freshman Journey Brown impressed in the 100-meter dash. He entered the event seeded 13th with a time of 11.58. No one had their best time in the event thanks to the water-logged track. But Brown came darn close in the event final, running a 11.60 to finish fifth overall.

By comparison, event-winner Bryce Boyd of Cathedral Prep was .12 seconds slower than his qualifying time. And second place Devin Stokes of Central Tech was .38 seconds slower than his seed time.

“Journey Brown had a nice run,” said Roznowski. “As a freshman, he’s learning. And as the season went along he’s been getting more aggressive in wanting to do more things out there on the track.”

In the pole vault, Daniel Gawne took seventh place, clearing 11-9.

And in the 3,200-meter relay, the Bulldogs team of Nathan Lindeman, Louis McUmber, Matt Svetz and Matt Neubert took seventh with a time of 9:05.29, nearly 19 seconds under their qualifying time.

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