LOYSBURG – The Bedford Area High School boys’ track and field team dominated the District 5, Class 2A championship competition on Wednesday at Northern Bedford High School.
Then the Bisons set their sights on the state championship in Shippensburg next weekend.
“We had a great day. I was really proud of the way we came out and played,” said Bedford coach Brian Creps.
Bedford won the tag team title with 146.5 points, more than double the total of second-placed Chestnut Ridge (70).
Northern Bedford (64), Windber (64), Tussey Mountain (63.5), Everett (51), Conemaugh Township (36), McConnellsburg (26), Shade (13), Meyersdale (10), Southern Fulton (6) , Fannett -Metal (4), Berlin Brothersvalley (3) and Rockwood (1) completed the peloton.
The individual champions who qualify for the state championship will meet on May 28 at the University of Shippensburg.
“On the boys side, it starts with some of our seniors,” Creps said. “Braden Ford ran really well in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He was the champion in both and led his public relations. I was really proud of the way he competed.
Ford finished in 15.95 in the 110 hurdle race, edging Windber’s Nick Vasas at 16.88. The same pair fought in the 300, with Ford running a 40.86 against 42.02 for Vasas.
“Another senior, August Cook, threw the javelin well and we look forward to the state competition and pursuit of that gold next Friday,” said Creps.
Cook placed first with a 177-0 javelin throw.
“It was my first throw. The trail was a bit soft so I was sliding, ”said Cook. “Considering the conditions, a pretty good performance.
Cook appreciated the opportunity to participate in the district event after seeing his junior season wiped out by a global pandemic.
“Definitely an improvement,” Cook said. “Losing the junior year was a bummer, but I was able to come out this year, still win it and move on to the States.”
Cook didn’t reach the medal bar in the javelin two years ago at Shippensburg, but wasn’t too far off the beat.
“I hope to win the state championship,” said Cook, who will go to the University of Pennsylvania and throw the javelin. “I wish I had a better seed today, but how you pitch that day matters.
“Two years ago I was 12th or 13th at the state meet,” Cook added. “Going to second year (in 2019) was the main objective, gaining experience and coming back the following year. It turned out to be my last year.
The Bisons won the 400 and 1600 meter relays.
The 400 team of Ethan Weber, Justin Arnold, Nate Wracher and Caleb Wigfield scored 44.07. The 1600 relay of Ford, Maxwell Washington, Wracher and Mark Zimmerman ran in 3: 35.54.
“Mark Zimmerman, a senior, was one of two relay teams that won and finished second in the long jump and jumped really well in the triple jump, best of the season by far to finish third,” said Creps. “This is the perfect time to stand out. These young seniors are truly the leaders of the team.
Van May des Bisons won the 3200 in 10: 31.32.
Ethan Black, a sophomore from Conemaugh Township, won the 100 and 200-meter events.
“It’s great to see all of this hard work finally paying off,” said Black after finishing the 100 in 11.14. “Towards the end, I finally walked away. Really a great competition.
Matt Whysong of Chestnut Ridge was second at 11.41.
“It showed me where I am and hopefully will put me in a very good position ahead of the United States,” said Black.
In the 200, Black ran a 23.04 to beat Wracher of Bedford (23.26) and Tristan Ohler of Meyersdale (23.97), who placed second and third, respectively.
“It’s great to see that I finally get to the United States,” Black said after the 200. “It’s a huge accomplishment to get there. Finally, all the hard work showed. All the competition in training pushed me.
“Me and the runner-up were so close the whole way,” Black added. “I just walked away at the end. A great competition pushed me to cross.
Logan Pfister, a senior from Chestnut Ridge, won the high jump to win his third trip to the state competition in the event.
“I was able to spend my first and second years in the United States so I think my experience level is low,” said Pfister, who cleared 6-1. “It hurts to skip a year (due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the 2020 season), but I think it will be fine. There will be a good competition so I’m excited.
Pfister faced some adversity and immediately froze his leg after the event.
“It was a really good day. I’m in a bit of pain. I pulled my hamstrings (earlier in the season),” said Pfister. “I’m glad I was able to compete and get the” dub. ”I ended up getting 6-1.
“It’s a bit painful. I was afraid to shoot again, but we made it and now I have to prepare for the States next week.
Pfister said he would adapt his workouts to prepare while trying to rest the leg.
“Just light work. Not too heavy on the jumps, ”said Pfister, who placed eighth in the state’s high jump in second year. “I mainly have to clean up form and technique issues and avoid hamstrings. “
Jonah Hillegass of Chestnut Ridge won the 400-meter race with a 51.31.