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The Fort LeBoeuf girls finish first at the District 10 track and field meet

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SLIPPERY ROCK ― Alena Urbanowicz’s victory couldn’t have been closer.

The sprinter from Fort LeBoeuf defeated Farrell’s Janiya Daniels by 0.01 seconds for first place in the Class 2A girls 100-meter final of Saturday’s District 10 track and field meet.

Emily Samluk’s gold medal performance was significantly greater in comparison.

The Bison javelin thrower won that event by more than 10 feet on a field across the street from Slippery Rock University’s Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

Regardless of the margins, however, they all still accounted for 10 points in LeBoeuf’s team score.

A team ranks high enough to defend as the top small-school girls program in the district.

The Bison repeated as district titlists with 86 1/2 points. Seneca followed with 56 and Grove City with 55.

“We gave the girls an offseason training plan,” LeBoeuf coach Erick Friedman said. “The plan is for them to peak at districts, and that’s what we did. We had a couple (personal records) and school records (Saturday), so the plan is working as intended.”

Compliments to the Corritores

Urbanowicz defeated Daniels with a photo finish time of 12.36 seconds. Her victory was so close that Wilmington’s Maya Jeckavitch, who was seeded first, still finished third despite her 12.39 in the title race.

“I thought to myself, ‘If I’m going to win this), persevere,’” Urbanowicz said. “I stayed calm and that helped me through the race.”

Samluk’s best javelin attempt stalled at 123-6. That exceeded her top-placed distance by exactly two feet.

Samluk praised Friedman, as she has done before, for helping her improve her throwing. Friedman is a former titlist of world masters in that discipline.

“The coach is so great,” Samluk said. “I only started throwing last year, so it’s so great to see (the work) paying off in this league.”

Although LeBoeuf seniors Ella and Hailey Corritore were not gold medalists in their final district appearances, they complemented Urbanowicz and Samluk with multiple top-eight medals. The sisters, who have still qualified for next weekend’s PIAA meet with at-large berths, will resume their athletic careers when they enroll at the United States Coast Guard Academy this fall.

“It’s fun to work with them,” Friedman said, “but they’re very hard workers and that’s important. They’re always in the weight room and always the last to leave practice.”

Other County 2A Champions

Seneca finished second in the team standings even though it won more events than LeBoeuf.

Morgan Wilhelm and Mackenzie Nelson edged teammates Olivia Paris and Madison Morvay when they won the 400 relay (4:07.21).

Wilhelm was the individual winner in the 300 hurdles (45.51) and Nelson in the 400 (59.75).

“This feels so good,” Nelson said. “I’ve worked so hard since my freshman year, this doesn’t even feel real.”

Corry came through as the favorite for the 3,200 relay. Sisters Jordan and Camryn Fox joined fellow Beavers’ Haley Mumau and Haeleigh Bayle atop The Rock’s podium thanks to a combined time of 9:47.86.

Abby Malesiewski was a district champion at the end of her first meet. The freshman from the Northeast had the upper hand over Ella Corritore and Wilhelm at 14.83 in the final of the 100 hurdles.

Prepare for second place despite firsts

The Hickory Hornets, highlighted by sprinter Josslyn Hancock’s victory in the 100 and 200 finals, were the Class 3A victors in the meet with 151 1/2 points.

The Cathedral Prep Ramblers came in second with 128 1/2. They finished second despite dominating the 1,600 and 3,200 individual and relay races on Saturday.

Lauren Raimy’s first-place performance of 5:03.41 in the 1,600 doubled as that event’s new record. The Prep senior and Fordham University recruit erased the previous mark of 5:05.24, held by Mercyhurst Prep graduate Lindsey Havko since 2002.

The answer to the question of how Raimy achieved her record time was not unique.

“A lot more training and a lot more miles under my belt,” she said. “And with every race you learn more and experience more. Those are valuable lessons.”

Anne-Catherine Brown, daughter of Ramblers’ coach Therese Brown, won the 3,200 in 11:24. She also started on Prep’s victorious 3,200 relay (9:56.26), as did Raimy’s first-place 1,600 relay (4:11.82).

More: View results for District 10 Track Championships, Boys Tennis and more: May 13-18

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Erie High and McDowell, two other 3A teams from the county, also had winners.

Teyaja Carr will represent the Royals in the state 300 hurdles. She cleared them at The Rock for a low time of 48.99.

McDowell’s Josslyn Schnell won the long jump and triple jump titles with respective distances of 17-2 and 34-6 1/2. Trojans teammate Caroline Lewis also topped the javelin field at 113-6.

Erie Times-News staff writer Jeff Uveino contributed to this report.

Mike has worked for the Erie Times-News editorial team since 1997 and in the sports department full-time since 2004. From 1991 to 1993, he was sports editor for the former Titusville Herald.