Wellsboro girls capture NTL T&F title
ATHENS - The Wellsboro Green Hornets knew their girls' track and field team was going to have a completely different look this year.
Gone were a lot of the seniors who had helped the team win the NTL large-school title a year ago, and in their place a lot of freshmen.
While the names may have changed, the results were the same. As the NTL combined to one league this year, Wellsboro proved they were still the team to beat on the girls side, winning with 165 points. Wyalusing had 119 for second, Athens was third at 98, followed by North Penn at 74 and Sayre was at 71.
Towanda was sixth at 52, Northeast Bradford had 36, Troy had 33, Williamson had 31 and Canton finished with with seven points.
"It is amazing, it is very exciting," Wellsboro's Mackenzie Marple said of winning the title.
Wellsboro knew that this year was going to be different, and they were excited that once again they could still come out on top.
"We lost a lot of seniors after last year, a lot of good seniors and it was a new group, so it's great we did this."
There were a number of freshmen, such as Jada Jackson, who won the triple jump, who played big roles in this year's victory.
"It feels fantastic," Jackson said.
Marple and Acorn knew that this year people were going to have to step up to replace all the points they lost after last season.
"I'm really proud of us, I don't think the coaches knew we would do this well at the beginning of the year," Marple said. "I think they thought we would do good, but I don't think they even realized we would do this well.
Jackson and Marple were the two individual winners for the Green Hornets, with Jackson winning the triple jump and Marple taking the javelin crown.
Athens' Laura Lockard won all three individual events she ran, winning the 100 (12.85), the 200 (26.85) and the 400 (1:00.26), getting PRs in all three events.
"This definitely gives me more confidence," Lockard said. "But, I know there is still room to improve."
In the 100 Lockard was first, followed by Wyalusing's Morgan Sutton (12.96), Wellsboro's Lauren Bleggi (13.30) and Sarah Kramer (13.37), Troy's Claudia Mack (13.45) and Wyalusing's Shelby Burgess (13.66) and Kaci Woznicki (13.76).
In the 200 Lockard won, followed by Jackson (27.25), Bleggi (27.33), Sutton (27.51), North Penn's Chelsea Repard (27.92), Towanda's Dani Zatkos (28.30), Burgess (28.45) and Wellsboro's Alexa Singer (28.57).
Jackson took second in the 400 in 1:00.81, followed by Sutton (1:01.76), Repard (1:03.23), North Penn's Andrea Neff (1:04.13), Zatkos (1:04.48), Sayre's Sydney Beeman (1:04.60) and Wellsboro's Becky Chambers (1:05.26).
Wyalusing's Erika Huffman and Sayre's Elyse Skerpon were double winners in individual events on Saturday.
Huffman won the 800 in 2:22.05 and the 1600 (5:14.45), while Skerpon won the 100 hurdles (15.62) and the 300 hurdles (47.06).
Northeast Bradford's Lydia Werner was second in the 800 (2:22.05), followed by Williamson's Ryan Hughes (2:29.58), North Penn's Erin Dempsey (2:34.52), Towanda's Katelin Purdy (2:35.40), Beeman (2:36.22) and Wellsboro's Randi Grim (2:41.88) and Annie Sweeney (2:43.34).
Troy's Casey Norton took second in the 1600 in 5:14.45, followed by Towanda's Destiny Foster (5:32.38), North Penn's Simone Lichty (5:37.84), Grim (5:39.12), Sayre's Grace McClelland (5:51.43), Wellsboro's Jordyn Coffee (5:53.77) and Sayre's Katie Hurley (5:55.15).
Werner took second in the 100 hurdles in 16.19, followed by Marple (17.02), Athens' Connie Kipp (17.97), Wyalusing's Morgan Doerner (18.20), Athens' Shaynia Burns (18.26) and Victoria McDonald (18.63) and Wellsboro's Haley Zuchowski (18.86).
In the 300 hurdles Marple was second in 49.67, followed by Jackson (50.06), North Penn's Britta Berguson (51.56), Sayre's Allison Hickey (52.59), Wellsboro's Kaelyn Keane (53.02), Athens' Maria Hudock (53.33) and Wyalusing's Roni Morrison (53.73).
Norton won the 3200 in 11:27.77, followed by Huffman (12:01.90), Foster (12:18.94), Coffee (12:58.33), Hurley (13:06.27), Athens' Paige Bennett (13:27.03) and Wellsboro's Sammi Bailey (13:42.97) and Camryn Keane (13:43.63).
Wellsboro's team of Acorn, Bleggi, Kramer and Lindsay Graver won the 400 relay in 53.69 and North Penn's team of Berguson, Repard, Neff and Alysa Davey-Bostick won the 1600 relay in 4:24.84.
Towanda's team of Victoria Ackley, Foster, Zatkos and Purdy won the 3200 relay in 9:56.12.
In the high jump Williamson's Hayley Painter won at 5-feet, followed by Troy's Kelsey Bristol (4-feet, 10-inches), and Werner (4-feet, 10-inches) tied at second and Wyalusing's Savannah Schools (4-feet, 8-inches) and Towanda's Hailey Innocenzo (4-feet, 10-inches) tied at fourth.
Kaelyn Keane, Towanda's Julia Lambert and Athens' Taylor Conrad tied for sixth at 4-feet, 6-inches.
In the pole vault Wyalusing's Jessica Carr won at 9-feet, 6-inches, followed by Skerpon (9-feet) and Kramer (8-feet, 6-inches).
Sayre's Shelby Vaughn was fourth at 8-feet, followed by Kayla Brown of Towanda, Joey Taft of Wellsboro and Allie Vine of Athens, all tied for fifth at 7-feet. Tiffany Newton of Wyalusing was eighth at 6-feet, 6-inches.
Sayre's Sarah Ostroski won the long jump at 16-feet, 4-inches, followed by Acorn (16-feet, 1 3/4-inches). Bleggi and Hughes tied for third at 15-feet, 11-inches, followed by Mack (15-feet, 11-inches), Kramer (15-feet, 10-inches), Athens' Monica Dougherty (15-feet, 9 1/2-inches) and Towanda's Anastacia Andriyash (15-feet, 7-inches).
In the triple jump Jackson won with a leap of 35-feet, 3-inches. Schools was second at 35-feet. Werner was third at 33-feet, 5 1/2-inches, followed by Andriyash (33-feet, 1-inch), Hughes (32-feet, 10-inches), Marple (32-feet, 9-inches), Ostroski (32-feet, 7-inches) and Acorn (32-feet, 6-inches).
North Penn went 1-2 in the shot put with Meredith Kline winning at 30-feet, 7 1/2-inches, followed by Kirsten Berguson at 30-feet, 6- 1/2-inches. Renee Farman of Williamson was third at 30-feet, 4-inches, followed by Wellsboro's Alex Kurtz (29-feet, 9-inches), Athens' Christin Dunkling (29-feet, 3-inches) and Danielle Stopper (29-feet, 2-inches), Wyalusing's Delana Szemple (28-feet, 8-inches) and Wellsboro's Danielle Mihalik (28-feet, 5-inches).
In the discus Berguson won at 99-feet, 2-inches, followed by Northeast Bradford's Terumi Suzuki at 91-fee,t 2-inches. Stopper was third at 90-feet, 6-inches, followed by Wyalusing's Sarah LaFrance (89-feet, 4-inches) and Brittany Smith (87-feet).
Sayre's Anna King was sixth at 86-feet, 3-inches, followed by Wellsboro's Jessie Catherman (85-feet, 5-inches) and Dunkling (84-feet, 11-inches).
In the javelin Marple won with a throw of 111-feet, 5-inches. Entering the final throws Wyalusing's Cassie Nedley had the longest throw at 105-feet. The third to last thrower was Stopper, who surpassed Nedley with a toss of 107-feet, 3-inhces. Nedley's final throw didn't top that distance and Marple hit the winning distance on the last throw of the event.
Stopper was second with her throw and Nedley was third with hers. Kaelyn Keane of Wellsboro was fourth at 103-feet, 5-inches, followed by Wyalusing's Abby Borell (99-feet, 10-inches).
Dunkling took sixth at 96-feet, 10-inches, followed by Catherman (96-feet, 7-inches) and Sarye's Kaitlyn Henry (94-feet, 7-inches).
"We did a great job and I think we are spread out well with people helping us in almost every event."
The Green Hornets are now focused on next week and districts at Susquehanna University.
"I am excited for districts," Jackson said.
"I'm very excited for districts," Acorn said. "This was a great thing for the seniors to end like this."