High School Sports

Andrus, Penns Valley enjoy record-breaking weekend at PIAA Championships


Destiny Andrus was downright thrilled with her day.

So were all of her Penns Valley teammates.

It had been several years since a Lady Ram had returned to Centre County with a medal, let alone three, from the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

The Lady Ram 400-meter relay team placed sixth, while Andrus was seventh in the 100-meter dash and eighth in the 200 to cap her career.

“It’s fantastic,” relay team member Valerie Hosterman said. “We were expecting it, but we weren’t.”

The team of Marissa Stecko, Maci Ilgen, Hosterman and Andrus was clocked in 49.55, slightly off its school-record 49.41 in Friday’s preliminaries.

“We knew we could do it,” Andrus said, “but we were skeptical of actually being able to.”

They celebrated in the infield after the race and savored the medal.

“Now that it’s around our neck,” Hosterman said, “it’s super official.”

“I think it’s been a great day for me and for the rest of the 4x1 team,” Andrus said. “We all ran stellar times and we should definitely be proud with how we finished our season.”

Andrus was rather tired after her long day, and weekend, in Shippensburg’s heat.

She posted a time of 12.63 seconds in the 100 final and 25.58 in the 200 final.

“I’m so tired,” Andrus said. “I used every ounce of energy to push through that last race. I knew it was my last one, so I just went hard and went for it.”

She seemed to be laboring over the final 50 meters of the 200, the eighth race of the weekend for her.

“It got hard,” Andrus said. “I had to start using my arms, pump really hard and pumping away to try to get me through.”

In the morning semifinals, the senior broke her school record with her time of 12.30 to earn her spot in the 100 finals.

She then turned in a time of 25.73 in the 200 semifinals.

“I felt great with my semi time,” Andrus said. “It was a huge (personal record). I was really excited about that. My time in the final wasn’t great, but it was enough to get me seventh place, and I’ll take that. It just feels like all the hard work finally paid off and came together.”

The 100 and 200 races were both won by Girard College freshman Thelma Davies, who broke the PIAA record in the 100 and tied the 200 mark. Both were set by future U.S. Olympian Lauryn Williams.

“She was flying,” Andrus said.

In the 3,200-meter relay races, the St. Joseph’s team of Sera Mazza, Lindsey Carmack, Kate Ott and Lucia Person barely missed a medal by taking ninth in 9:49.47.

The day began with the 3,200-meter run, with Person running 11:34.52 for 13th and Eli Urban running 11:16.54 for 18th for St. Joe’s.

Gordon Brunskill: 814-231-4608, @gordoncdt