B-A warms up at Igloo

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Ali Wagner

Riley D'Angelo looks to make up some ground in the home stretch of the 800.

Blair Poorman, Staff Writer

On Saturday, the Bellwood-Antis track teams competed in The 41st Annual Igloo Invitational at Mansion Park in Altoona.

There were 26 teams from around the state that competed in the Igloo, which doesn’t divide schools into classes.

Bellwood-Antis had a few place-finishers, highlighted by four second-place finishers on the girls and boys side combined.

The boys’ team got a second place from Nathan Davis in the 400 meter dash and Matt Glunt added a second place in High Jump.

“I thought it was a pretty good day for us. Anytime when you can compete against all the big schools and have place winners, it is a successful day,” said boys’ track coach Nick Lovrich.

Kamryn Mercer also grabbed a second in high jump and defending District 6-AA champion Alexis Gerwert finished second in pole vault for the girls’.

“I’m satisfied. It’s still the beginning of the season, and I’ll get better,” said Gerwert. “The girl who beat me is from Altoona, so I won’t have to face her in Districts. And the girl in third was from Bedford, which is District 5.”

Bellwood-Antis also had three fifth place finishers on Saturday.  The following were the 5th place finishers Saturday: 3200 meter relay team of Zach Taylor, Hayden McClellan, Robert Vankirk, and Noah D’Angelo, Clay Engle in High Jump, and Ethan McGee in 300 meter hurdles.

Both teams had strong performances at their first invitational of the year and are looking to improve as the year goes on.

“We are improving a little bit as a team every meet so I am pretty happy with that. Hopefully we can get healthy throughout the year to be able to reach the goals we have set for ourselves,” added Coach Lovrich.