OIL CITY — The Oil County Invitational changed things up a bit this year and ran all of the track events on Friday and the field events on Saturday.
"The weather conditions on Friday were really awful as temperatures hovered around 40 degrees and the wind gusts were consistently over 20 miles per hour," said Corry girls coach Ryan Kelly. "After winning the girls and boys 4x400-meter relays at approximately 11 p.m., the meet director surprised both our boys and girls teams by naming us team champions of the track events. I was really proud of how our athletes kept fighting and competing after eight straight hours in those conditions.
"Heading into the 4x400 relay, I didn't hear any of the athletes complain about how late it was or the weather," he claimed. "They went out there and ran a solid 4:30.44 while coming back from fourth place after a tough start to the race and won it."
Hannah Smrcka led the way for the Lady Beavers finishing third in the 400 meters with a time of 1:03.87, second in the 800 meters in 2:28.90 and was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team and the second place 4x800 relay team.
Abby Harrington won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.69. Haeleigh Bayle finished third in the 3200 meters with a personal best time of 12:37.02 and was a member of the second place 4x800 relay team.
On Saturday, Corry had four second places in the field events. Skylar Riedel finished second in both the long jump 15-11 1/2 and the triple jump 33-11 1/2.
"These were both season best jumps," noted coach Kelly. "Skylar continues to work hard and improve and she always thrives in situations with tough competition."
District 9's A-C Valley's Baylee Blauser won both events.
Rachel Brady finished second in the javelin with a throw of 108-4 and Hazel Greene finished second in the discus with a mark of 105-7. Kendra Maker was ninth (87-10). Mackenzie Campbell tied for eighth in the high jump (4-6).
"It was a long day to say the least," said boys coach Matt Cragg. "We left the school around 1:30 p.m. and didn’t return until 1 a.m. Many of the boys perservered through the weather conditions and pulled through.
"Our 4x800 relay team was able to pull out a third-place finish (8:49.90)," he noted. "Levi Tasker ended up in second pace in the 100 meters after prelims and finals (11.84) and a fourth place in the 200 (24.23.5). Bryce Maleski took second in the 800 run (2:05.73) after well-fought race. Landen Weis was able to take a home a first in the 200 (23.68) and a third in the 400 (52.86).
"We started the meet at 4 p.m. and ran the 4x400 relay at 11:15 p.m." Cragg noted. "It was inspiring to see the boys go out there and finish strong and finish the meet winning the 4x400 relay at the end. That was Brady Steele, Jake Blake, Maleski and Weis ( 3:42.71)."
In Saturday's field events, John Styborski was sixth in the shot put (41-3 1/4) and Xavier Reyda was seventh (39-11 1/2). Reyda was seventh in the discus (129-0) and Kyron Helmer 10th (114-1). Reyda added a 12th in the javelin (118-10).
"With only two more dual meets left, I am thrilled to see how these boys finish and go into districts with high expectations,” claimed coach Cragg.
The Beavers have a key region meet today at Meadville.