Worthing & others shine at Igloo Invitational


B-A senior Lydia Worthing took first place in the pole vault at the Igloo Invitational on Saturday. (Jim Gerwert)

Tighe Eaken Jr., Staff Writer

This past Saturday, Bellwood-Antis showed out at the Igloo Invitational meet in Altoona, where the track and field teams competed against 28 schools of all classifications.

Senior Lydia Worthing proved to everyone what B-A is about when she placed first in pole vault out of 20 total jumpers with a height of 10-00. Worthing also placed 14th out of 26 in the girls high jump with a height of 4-06. 

Lydia was able to almost PR despite the meet being ended short due to weather conditions. High winds made competing on the track difficult and nearly impossible in the field, where bars would not remain on the standards for the pole vault and high jump.

Lydia made her coach, Jimmy Gerwert, very proud.

“Lydia’s performance on Saturday was outstanding! Her opening height wasn’t until the high winds started and she was able to overcome that,” Jimmy said. “She was very close to having a new PR in these conditions, and I couldn’t be more proud of how she overcame the elements of Mother Nature!”

On the boys side, although senior pole vaulting star Dylan Andrews was not able to partake in the event, as he recovers from an injury junior Dalton Poorman stepped up and placed 4th out of 15 with a height of 11-00. The future is bright for B-A pole vaulting.

Senior Eli Pluebell placed 7th out of 47 total shot put throwers with a distance of 42-09.25, and junior Chance Schreier placed 5th out of 39 total javelin throwers with a best distance of 147-02.00.

Senior Canyon Neyman also placed 8th out of 27 discus throwers with a distance of 95-01.00.

On the track, B-A’s boys 400 relay team took 7th in 46.67, and the girls duplicated the finish in 53.79. The Lady Devils’ 3200 relay team placed 6th in 11:04:11.

Kole Dickinson placed 8th in the 300m hurdles with a time of 44.84.

Olivia Gregg placed 7th in the pole vault with a height of 7-6.