ICC champs again!

Boys and girls track teams clinch conference titles

Noah+D%27Angelo+turns+on+the+afterburners+in+the+4X100+relay.+D%27Angelo%27s+finish+in+the+4X400+relay+helped+BA+win+the+meet+against+Southern+Huntingdon.

Ethan McGee

Noah D'Angelo turns on the afterburners in the 4X100 relay. D'Angelo's finish in the 4X400 relay helped BA win the meet against Southern Huntingdon.

Blair Poorman, Staff Writer

 

Wednesday the Bellwood-Antis boys and girls track teams got win over both Southern Huntingdon and Mount Union to clinch the ICC championships for both teams.

“Every time we start the season, our main goal is always to win the ICC championship, and whenever we reach that goal we always feel good about it,” said Track Coach Nick Lovrich.

The girls beat Southern Huntingdon 82-68 and Mount Union 97-53.

Marissa Panasiti once again dominated the competition with wins in the 400 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and a second place finish in the 100 meter dash. Panasiti was also part of the 4×400 Relay team that includes Riley D’Angelo, Sophie Damiano, and Raegan Plowman, which took first yesterday.

Raegan and Riley also took first and second respectively in the 800 meter run, Raegan also took first in the 1600 meter run.

B-A had some good performances in hurdles as Abby Luensmann took second in 110 hurdles and Kenna Kerns took first in the 300 hurdles.

Bellwood got a lot of help in jumping categories as well. Karson Swogger placed first in the triple jump, as well as placing second in long jump.

Kamrynn Mercer placed second in the high jump with Stephanie Mills following her grabbing third.

Noah D’Angelo has been the glue for our team.”

— Coach Lovrich

Alexis Gerwert continued her stellar season in pole vault placing first by going over 9-6.

The boys edged Southern Huntingdon, 80-75, and cruised past Mount Union, 114-36.

The meet came down to the 4×400 team of Braden Heisler, Shawn Wolfe, Tanner Worthing, Noah D’Angelo, as B-A needed a victory to secure the win and the ICC title. It all came down to last leg, and Noah D’Angelo won by five meters to secure the victory for Bellwood.

“Considering the amount of injuries we’ve dealt with this year, from Jake to Ethan, to Nathan for a while, Noah has been the glue for our team,” said Coach Lovrich.

“My teammates put me in a position to win, and I took it. It feels great to be ICC champs,” said Noah D’Angelo.

It was the B-A boys second straight ICC title, and their 14th in the last 15 seasons.

The Blue Devils needed big performances to get into that position and they got them.

Nathan Davis won the 200 and 400 meter dashes and placed second in the 100 meter dash.

The B-A jumpers continued their phenomenal season as Matt Glunt took first, followed by Clay Engle and Luke Hollingshead in the high jump. Glunt also won the long jump with a jump of 19-2.5 with Hollingshead placing second.

Clay Engle also took first in the triple jump with Tanner Worthing placing third.

The B-A pole-vaulters continued their dominance with a clean sweep. Lucas Tuggy took first, and Justin Gunsallus and Matt Perry placed second and third respectively.

Jarrett Taneyhill took first in javelin with a throw just over 150 feet.

With the wins the B-A girls improved to 13-2 and the boys improved to 12-3.