B-A track teams sweep Brawl with Tyrone


Jeff Miller

Zach Mallon won three jumping events to help lead B-A over Tyrone in the Backyard Brawl track meet.

The Bellwood-Antis boys track team put a nice bow on a championship season Thursday, topping rival Tyrone in the annual Backyard Brawl meet at Memorial Stadium 86-44.

It was took a balanced performance from the Devils’ runners, jumpers and throwers in a display characteristic of the team throughout the season, which B-A ended 14-2.

“I was very happy with our performance yesterday.  We had a lot of guys have personal bests for the year in their events,” said Coach Lovrich.

Just days before B-A had wrapped up another ICC championship, the team’s seventeenth in the last 18 seasons.

“Over 400 athletes have contributed to that run for us,” said Coach Nick Lovrich. “Our guys take a lot of pride in winning that conference.  They all work hard and have great attitudes, which has helped us achieve those goals.”

Shawn Wolfe was a double-winner for the Devils, taking first in both the 100 meters (11.5) and the 200 (23.3). He was also a member of B-A’s winning 400-meter relay team, along with Dylan Wilson, Owen Shaulis and Zach Mallon.

The Devils won two of the three relays, with Evan Frye, Shaulis, Wilson and Wolfe teaming to win the 1600-meter relay as well.

Frye also won the 400 in 54.7, while Wilson won both the 300 and 110 hurdles.

The Devils took second and third in the 3200 thanks to Kenny Robison and Dan Kustaborder.

“I thought our runners did a solid job scoring points for us in all of the areas,” said Lovrich.

Mallon won three individual events, leaping 19-11 in the long jump, 40-9.5 in the triple jump and 5-6 in the high jump.

In the field, Joe Wertz again dominated, winning the shot put (48-9) and the discus (127-9).

Hunter Gregg and Ty Noonan took second and third, respectively, in the pole vault.

“Our throwers had a good day, led by Joe Wertz who won the shot and the discus,” said Coach Lovrich. “Anytime we compete against Tyrone it is always nice to come out on top.  They have a really good team and lots of good athletes.”

The Bellwood-Antis girls track team also toppled Tyrone, downing the Lady Eagles 80-70 to end its season 12-4.

Jamyson Focht was B-A’s lone two-event winner, taking first in both the 100 hurdles (17.5) and the 300 hurdles (54.3). She was also a member of the winning 1600 relay team, along with Riley D’Angelo, Haley Campbell and Sicily Yingling.

Yingling was the winner in the 400-meter run (106.5), while D’Angelo took second.

Jenna Bartlett was the winner in the 3200, while the team of Campbell, Lauren Heisler, Kali Lonsinger and D’Angelo won the 3200 relay.

The Lady Devils took control of the meet by dominating in the field.

Kara Engle took first in the shot to lead a B-A sweep of the event and won the discuss in another sweep for the Lady Devils.

In the javelin, Cassidy Shawley’s throw of 75-4 was the best, but she was followed close behind by Hope Shook and Jaylee Shuke.

Thalia Lucio won the pole vault, and event in which B-A took two of three places.