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CORY ISENBERG | Spring sports finally in full swing

By: Cory Isenberg

Most of the spring sports finally got started this week.
In track and field, the first big-name meet, the 38th annual Igloo Invitational, was held Saturday at Altoona’s Mansion Park. A total of 32 schools in Class AA and AAA were in attendance, including five from the area. The meet does not feature team scoring.
Bedford, which will host the Giant Eagle Invitational Meet next Saturday, produced a pair of winners in the throws.
Senior Jacob Wirick tossed the discus 134 feet, 11 inches, just ahead of teammate Josiah Koontz, a junior (128-11). Junior Cody DeMoss turned in a 165-4 throw in the javelin to win the event while Northern Cambria senior Evan Ludwig was third (161-3).
Somerset junior Daniel Meyer was second in the 100 dash (11.55) while freshman William Kachman of Bedford was third in the 3200 (10:23.49).
Bedford pole vaulter Carrie Baker picked up where she left off last year at the PIAA Championships.
She had a jump to match her 10-6 effort of last year’s state meet, good enough for second on Saturday.
Unfortunately for Baker, Altoona junior Hannah Mulhern, who had never vaulted better than 10-6, had a record-breaking day to win the event. Mulhern cleared 11-3 to break an 11-year-old meet record.
Somerset senior Jayna Coyle also had to settle for second with a leap of 36-9 in the triple jump while Bedford freshman Emilee Fierro was second in the 3200 (12:32.35).
Forest Hills senior Brooke Smay was third in the long jump (16-3), but was short of her 17-3 1⁄2 jump for fifth last year at the state meet. Smay was also third behind Coyle in the triple jump.
Athletes will be looking for continued improvement as the season progresses.

Century mark: The Berlin Brothersvalley boys track and field program hit a milestone last week in its season opener.
Despite snow and nippy temperatures, the Mountaineers defeated Rockwood, 80-70, on April 1 to register the 100th win for the boys’ program.
Not bad for a program that began without even having a track to practice on.
Coach Corey Will is in his 12th year with Berlin.

Labor of love: Northern Bedford Athletic Director Jeff Batzel has helped put together the history of track and field in District 5.
The District 5 Track and Field Chairman has accumulated individual accomplishments from 1975 to the present, which is on the website, but he is now looking for a help in working back to 1960.
The PIAA individual placewinners prior to 1975 and back to 1928 are also listed on the website.

Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat

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