By Drew Karpen
May 16, 2013 7:00 a.m. HARBORCREEK —
It was sweet redemption for Meadville’s Heather Sternby during Wednesday’s Class AAA District 10 Track and Field meet at Harbor Creek High School’s Paul J. Weitz Stadium.
After falling in the 100-meter dash to Grove City’s Courtney Corbin in last year’s meet by .09 seconds, Sternby got her revenge by defeating Corbin by .10 seconds in this year’s event.
“I was really happy,” Sternby said. “I pulled my hamstring earlier this year and this is only like my third race back and I healed just in time. I am just really excited because I barely lost last year and I felt like I just had to have it.”
Sternby crossed the finish line at 12.71 seconds. Corbin trailed her at 12.81.
With the win, Sternby automatically qualified for states.
Sternby’s comeback wasn’t complete after her gold medal win. She was back in action and looking to defend her title from last year’s 200-meter dash. Sternby was unable to defend her title, finishing in second with a time of 26.07 seconds. Grove City’s Lauren Decker took the gold with a time of 26.65.
“She is still recovering,” Meadville coach Carl Roznowski said. “It was nice that we brought her back. I know she would like to do the 200 again and run a little harder. She switched it around this year. Maybe next year she can win them both. But we are glad she is going to states for winning the 100. She is a good athlete.”
By no means was Sternby the only Bulldogs to stand on the podium on Wednesday.
Jordan Lynn, who entered the 100-meter hurdles as the top seed, finished in second with a personal best time of 16.03.
“I am pretty excited, especially since I am only a sophomore and I still have two years,” Lynn said. “I’m happy with it. I cut my time down like a tenth of a second so I am really happy about that.”
Sabrina Anderson of Warren won the event, crossing the finish line at 15.61. Lynn also took fifth place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.69.
For the boys, Tyler Wickham led the pack with a second place finish in the discus. Wickham had a throw of 135 feet, 7 inches.
“It wasn’t my best throw at all,” Wickham said. “I knew I could of beat 140 but I just didn’t have the momentum or balance (Wednesday). It just wasn’t my day. I wish I could be down in states.”
Corry’s Josh Daniels took the gold with a throw of 140-5.
Wickham also had a nice showing in the shot put, placing sixth with a throw of 43-6.
One of the pleasant surprises for the Bulldogs was the performance of javelin thrower Kaitlyn Newman. In her first year in the event, Newman took fourth place with a throw of 106-5.
“Yeah it is pretty good for it being my first year,” Newman said. “It wasn’t my best throw but I am fine with it. Most people weren’t doing their best but that’s how it usually goes.”
Kendell Dickson took home three medals on the day, finishing in fifth in the long and triple jump and seventh in the high jump.
For the second time in as many meets, Dickson recorded a personal best in the long jump. After recording a mark of 15-11 in her last meet, she crushed that number with a jump of 16-3.
“That’s another personal best,” Dickson said. “It feels good coming out of districts with that. It was nice. In the triple and high I didn’t do my best, which is depressing. But I still placed, which is good.”
Unfortunately for her, the rest of the field was on their A game in the long jump. McDowell’s Anna Chodubski won the event with a jump of 17-3.
Dickson recorded a distance of 33-1.5 in the triple jump and a height of 4-7 in the high.
Other place winners
The girls 3,200-meter relay team of Paige Whitney, Franki Mullen, Libby Volna and Abbey Peters finished in sixth place with a time of 10:19.68.
Mullen also finished in seventh in the 400 dash with a time of 1:04.15.
The boys 3,200-meter relay team of Louis McUmber, Matt Svetz, Matt Pendolino and Nathan Lindeman finished in 9:09.65, good enough for seventh place.
The boys had two pole vaulters in Dan Gawne and Aarick Myers place sixth and eighth, respectively. Gawne recorded a height of 10-9 while Myers hit the mark of 10-3.
“These two kids are good competitors,” Roznowski said. “They are constantly pushing each other. For both of them to place is great.”
Kellie Vincent placed eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 31-7.