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May 8, 2014

Weagraff sets another new standard for Meadville

MEADVILLE — Before she even hit the landing pad, the still-airborne Abby Weagraff let out a high-pitched yelp of delight after clearning the crossbar that was hovering 9 feet above the pole vault platform

That vault was not only a personal best for Weagraff, but it also set a new program record for the Meadville girls track and field team, breaking the previous mark of 8-foot-6 that she had set earlier this season.

“I was really excited,” Weagraff said shortly after landing.

And with the District 10 Class AAA meet less than a week away, Weagraff is setting her sights even higher, quite literally.

“9-6,” said the Cochranton junior, who has really taken to the pole vault in just her second year of competing.

“I love it,” she said. “It’s so much fun.”

Weagraff’s record-breaking effort in the vault was just one of the program’s highlights as the MASH boys and girls teams swept Central Tech during their final home meet of the season, Thursday at the Barco-Duratz Complex.

 The boys picked up their second straight meet victory, 82-68 over the Falcons. The girls team finished the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record in dual meets after downing CT 120-25.

For the girls, it was another dominating performance in the sprints by senior Heather Sternby. She claimed first in the 100-meter dash in 12.85, the 200-meter dash in 26.27 and the 400 in 1:01.

Kendell Dickson also towered over the competition in the jumping events. She won the high jump with a leap of 4-7, won the long jump with a distance of 15-6, and was also first in the triple jump in 33-7.

Fiona Mosley added a pair of individual wins, claiming the discus with a toss of 99-5, and the shot put with a heave of 31-11.

Other winners for the girls were Ellen Mook in the 100 hurdles (19.00); Paige Yoder in the 1,600 (6:23); Jordan Lynn in the 300 hurdles (52.43); Meredith Prather in the 3,200 (13:25) and Kaitlyn Newman in the javelin (116-2).

The girls 3,200-meter relay team also grabbed a victory. Lucy Volna, Paige Yoder, Prather and Abbey Peters finished the race in 12:43.

The meet also served as a last opportunity for runners to qualify for Wednesday’s District 10 meet at Harbor Creek High School. One of the runners who took advantage of that opportunity was Lucy Volna thanks to her third-place finish in the 800.

The boys also had a few athletes that posted district-qualifying performances yesterday. Alex Parker, for example, qualified in the 200, finishing third yesterday. Austin Cottrell qualified in the triple jump, finishing second yesterday with a personal-best leap of 40-71/2. And Taylor Bridge claimed third in the triple jump, posting a distance of 38-7, which qualified him for a districts berth with one inch to spare.

The winner of the triple jump yesterday was Matt Pendolino. He won it with a distance of 40-10.

Pendolino was a two-time winner yesterday, posting another first in the long jump with a distance of 17-101/2.

Other individual winners for the Bulldog boys were Jacob Cramer in the 300 hurdles (43.92); Nate Lindeman in the 800 (2:11); Aarick Myers in the pole vault (12-0); Jacob Bean in the discus (91-5); Austin Cronin in the shot put (36-3) and Jacob Jageman in the javelin (123-5).

The 3,200-meter relay team of Louis McUmber, Matt Svetz, Matt Neubert and Nate Lindeman claimed that event in 11:58.

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