When Penns Valley’s Destiny Andrus finished her 100-meter dash preliminary run at the West Central Coaches Invitational, she was happy.
She successfully secured a spot in the finals and had a season-best time of 12.98 seconds. When she finished the finals, her time took her breath away.
Andrus finished in second place and broke the Penn Valley 100-meter dash record, previously held by Carolyn Darr, with a time of 12.66.
“I was completely shocked,” Andrus said. “I didn’t believe it at first and it almost made me stop breathing. I kept saying ‘Nope, that’s not my time, there’s no way that’s my time, I’ve never came close to that.’”
Andrus went on to win the 200 with a time of 26.49 and was part of the winning 400-meter relay team along with Valerie Kubalak, Valerie Hosterman, and Maci Ilgen. The relay team ran a season-best 51.94.
The Lady Rams finished in fourth place in Class AA at the meet with 43 points Friday night at Mansion Park. Forest Hills took first with 66 points. Kane Area won the Class AA boys’ title with 68 points.
Kubalak placed fourth in the high jump for Penns Valley, and distance runners Alyssa Limbaugh and Rebecca Birely placed fourth and seventh, respectively, in the 3,200. Kylie Orndorff finished seventh in the javelin with a throw of 104 feet 2 inches.
Saint Joseph’s Brian Hackman was the top seed in both the 1,600 and 800, but he came up short with second-place finishes in both events. Hackman finished the 1,600 in 4:35.17 and the 800 in 1:59.40.
“I was kind of hoping I could win both races,” he said. “But in the mile, my middle laps weren’t fast enough and I didn’t get off the line well.”
Hackman also contributed to a fourth-place finish in the boys’ 3,200 relay. The team of Eli Urban, Hackman, Chazz Ross and Michael Peters finished with a time of 8:29.63.
As Hackman finished his last West Central Coaches meet, Penns Valley’s Ben Alexander had just run his first.
At the start, the junior was impressed by just how massive the meet was.
“It’s a big meet, and I was kind of intimidated,” Alexander said. “But I got in my zone and when the gun goes off, I’m ready to run down the track.”
That mentality paid off. He finished the meet with a seventh-place finish in the 100 (11.72) and a fourth-place finish in the long jump after leaping 20-4.
Other top Ram finishers included Nick Fuller, who placed seventh in the 3,200 with a time of 10:24, and Collin Egelhoff, who had two top eight finishes. He threw the discus 123-3 for seventh and the shot put 43-10 for sixth.
Philipsburg-Osceola’s Payton Moore took fifth in the boys’ 300 hurdles with a time of 43.13. Nick Patrick pole vaulted 11-6 for ninth, and Logan Day was ninth in the shot put with a throw of 40-5. The boys’ 1,600-meter relay team finished in 3:42.67 for fifth place and the 400 relay team was 10th.
Jamie Watro led the Lady Mounties with a 10th-place finish in the discus with a throw of 91-10. Philipsburg-Osceola’s girls’ 1,600 relay team finished 10th.
Bald Eagle Area’s top finisher was girls’ javelin thrower Jordan Gile, who placed fifth with a throw of 107-9.
The St. Joseph’s girls’ 3,200 meter relay team of Jordan Wiser, Emma Cousins, Kate Ott, and Jordan Dawson finished seventh in 10:43. Cousins finished fifth in the 3,200 with a time of 12:18.57.
With a taste of what the District 6 meet will look like, these athletes are focused on the future.
“I’m just going to do everything I can to keep healthy, get in shape, stretch, and make sure my times just keep getting faster,” Andrus said.