Corry’s middle school track and field was busy last week competing at the Franklin Invitational on Wednesday and the North East Invitational on Friday.
At Franklin, both the boys and girls teams placed second out of the 14 schools. At the North East Invitational, there was no team scoring but Corry still brought home over 50 medals and seven championships.
At both invitationals, Elaina Wilkinson had a total of four firsts, giving her a total of six championships for the season — a new middle school girls record with one more invitational still to go. She won the open 400 dash at North East and was on three winning relay teams, as the relays have been strong all season right through the invitationals.
The 1600 relay is still undefeated in competition winning at both invitationals. Wilkinson, Alexa Turben, Kassidy Peru and Hannah Smrcka led the winning relay. The girls 3200 relay won for the first time this season on Friday with Kaitlyn Webb, Maya Wetherbee, Mallory Jaquith and Wilkinson.
Grace Dorman won the discus at both invitationals receiving her first championships. Anna Long won the triple jump at North East with her first individual title.
“There are so many more strong performances I have yet to mention from the girls team,” said coach Chad Wiler. “For example, a lot of second places and a few of the girls would have already qualified for high school districts. Some of those strong performances came from Webb in the mile (5:45) and two mile (12:51), Jaquith in the mile (5:51), Smrcka in the 800 (2:37) and Hannah Tuszynski in the 200 (29.56).”
On the boys end, Micah Knapp, Nick Lapinski and Collin Bonner are just a few names who have been strong at all the invitationals, according to Wiler. Knapp is now a four-time champ winning the boys triple jump twice and being the anchor for the boys winning 400 relay. The 400 relay team members were Bonner, Mason Reynolds, Lapinski and Knapp. Lapinski also won the boys 300 hurdles again on Wednesday keeping him undefeated in this event.
“I can't say enough how this boys team keeps proving how good they are,” said Wiler. “Every single member keeps improving.”
The middle school teams have one more big race at the Oil City Invitational on Thursday.
“I'm excited for both boys and girls teams for Thursday,” claimed Wiler. “They have been giving it their all this season, and it will be fun to watch them one more time at Oil City.”