ECC track and field teams participate at West Central Coaches Invitational

ALTOONA - The ECC track and field teams participated in the West Central Coaches Meet that was held on Friday, May 4 at Mansion Park in Altoona. The meet is one of central Pennsylvania’s largest track and field invitationals, with over 50 AA and AAA schools taking part.ECC athletes turned in four first-place performances at the meet. Kennedy Weisner earned two of those top finishes in the 1600m event, then later in the 800m run. In the 1600, Weisner finished with a time of 4:53.87. In the 800m, Weisner finished with a season-best time of 2:13. For her performances, Weisner was named the outstanding performer in the girls' AA meet.Freshman Nicole Florio was also a first-place winner for ECC. Florio captured the high jump event, clearing 5’ 0”.For the boys, senior distance runner Caleb Lecker was the winner in the 3200m event. Lecker ran a season-best time of 9:58.65 to win the event.ECC athletes collected a number of other top-eight finishes at the meet. On the track, Abbi Petrosky placed second in the 300m hurdles, running the event in a time of 48.24. In the 100m hurdles, Petrosky placed third in the event, with a time of 16.94.Junior mid-distance runner Ryan Detsch placed fifth in the 800m, finishing the event with a time of 2:05.30.Two ECC runners placed in the 3200m. Maggie Sorg placed third, finishing with a time of 11:55.04. Teammate Victoria Dippold placed fourth in the event, finishing with a time of 11:57.72.Five of ECC’s relay teams placed in the top eight at the meet. The girls' 4x400m relay placed second, running the event in 4:15.72. Running for ECC were Nicole Florio, Sydnie Stauffer, Emma Daghir and Kirstie Wehler. The boys' 4x400 placed third at the meet. The team of Ryan Detsch, Joe Georgino, Caleb Lecker and Michael Jacob finished with a time of 3:36.36.Both of ECC’s 4x800m relays also placed. The boys' team of Ryan Detsch, Joe Hoffman, Drew Bille and Caleb Lecker placed fourth with a time of 8:32.41. The girls' team also placed fourth. The team of Cassie Thompson, Victoria Dippold, Morgan Onink and Danielle Healy ran a time of 10:27.72.Finally, the boys' 4x100m placed eighth with a time of 46.79, with Joe Georgino, Jake Herbstritt, Michael Jacob and Sam Mosebarger running for ECC.In the field, ECC was also able to pick up a number of top-eight finishes. Jake Herbstritt placed second in the high jump, clearing 6’ 4”, while Emma Daghir placed eighth in the girls' high jump event, placing eighth by clearing 4’ 8”.In the throwing events, Elizabeth Nicklas placed in the shot and discus. In the discus, Nicklas was second, throwing 110’0”, while in the shot put, Nicklas was fifth, throwing 32’ 7”.In the long jump, freshman Kirstie Wehler placed third, jumping 15’ 8.5”.In the team scoring, the ECC girls scored 86.5 points and were second behind Forest Hills, who had 98 in the AA meet. For the boys' team, ECC was seventh among the 30 AA boys' teams competing.“It was our last big invitational,” noted ECC coach John Schneider. “It was our last opportunity to compete in a big meet setting before districts, and overall things went very well. We had a number of personal- and season-best performances. Hopefully this meet will set the tone for the rest of May, as we need to continue to build on the improvement we saw at the West Central Meet at Thursday’s Elk County Meet and next Friday’s District IX meet.”ECC competes against Johnsonburg and Kane on Tuesday in Johnsonburg.