Butler beats Raiders twice
By Sam Tallarico
Eagle Staff Writer
JACKSON TWP - When it comes to the dual meet season, it's not about style points, just points.
Butler boys track coach Rick Schontz will agree with that.
The Tornado boys captured first place in 10 of the 18 events, then followed up with 10 second-place finishes to hold off Seneca Valley 84-66 in a key section meet Tuesday.
"In most of the events, I thought we did as well as we could," said Schontz, referring to rainy and breezy conditions. "It's all about just beating the other guy."
In the girls meet, Butler outscored the Raiders 50-4 in the jumping and throwing events to capture a 91½-58½ victory.
The Butler boys (5-0) opened the track portion with a win in the 3,200-meter relay before the Raiders (5-2) won the next three events, including the 110 hurdles, in which Jon Boyd set a Seneca Valley record with a time of 14.66 seconds, edging Logan Renwick (14.83).
"A school record and knocking off Renwick is impressive," said Seneca Valley coach Ray Peaco. "(Renwick's) a great athlete."
T.J. Blinn (100, 11.03) and Cam Stauffer (1,600, 4:40.0) won the next two events before Butler erupted to capture the next five track events as it began to pull away.
Renwick keyed the Tornado victory with wins in three other events: the 300 hurdles (40.46), the long jump (21-11Z\x) and triple jump (45-11).
"Logan had a tremendous meet, and he had a (personal record) in the long jump," said Schontz.
"Seneca Valley is a tough team. We knew it would be tough. This is our backyard brawl and this is when it gets fun," he added.
"The boys meet was close," Peaco said. "I knew if we got enough points on the track it could offset the field, but we couldn't do it."
In the girls meet, the Raiders (4-3) fared well on the track, but the field events proved to be their undoing.
"We got hurt in the jumps (26½-6½) and 23-4 in the throws," said Peaco. "That's too much to overcome. We did have some bright spots. We had nice runs in the 400 (1:01.95) and 800 (2:27.0, both wins by Erin Lopresti)."
Lexis Frost continued her impressive freshman season for Butler (4-1) with wins in the 100 hurdles (15.79) and triple jump (33-11) to become the meet's only other double individual winner.
"I told the girls we had to win if we wanted a chance at the team playoffs," said Butler girls coach Rod Harris. "We had 10 first places. Our team usually has more second and third places."
Harris praised Danica Snyder, who won the 1,600 (5:44.33) then came back to grab a third place in the 800 behind Lopresti and teammate Katresa Savisky.
"That's the first time she's ever done something like that," said Harris. "Ashley Crawford was second in the 1,600 and second in the 3,200. She did a great job today.
"Paige Rittelman jumped 5-2 (in the long jump) again. It was windy and rainy and she's still been consistent. Amy Metrick won the disucus (94-8½) and Jess Clouse was second (90-4). That was very good for Jess," Harris added.
Both teams will take part in Friday's Butler Boys and Girls Track and Field Invitational. Also, on Friday, Seneca Valley will host an invitational for freshmen and sophomores
Butler 84, Seneca Valley 66
3,200-meter relay: Butler (Ben Porter, Evan Gomez, Lance Dugger, Nathan Neff) 8:35.82; 110-meter hurdles: John Boyd (SV) 14.66; 100-meter dash: T.J. Blinn (SV) 11.03; 1,600-meter run: Cam Stauffer (SV) 4:40.0; 400-meter dash: Eli Christy (B) 52.18; 400 meter relay: Butler (Darius Hightower, Mason McLaughlin, Nathan McCandless, Eli Christy) 45.41; 300-meter hurdles: Logan Renwick (B) 40.46; 800-meter run: Nathan Neff (B) 2:02.0; 200-meter dash: Darius Hightower (B) 23.06; 3,200-meter run: Andrew Raznauskas (SV) 10:23.0; 1,600-meter relay: Seneca Valley (Oliver Philogene, Matt Marchese, Cam Stauffer, Andy Skaggs) N/A
High jump: Zach Francis (SV) 5-8; Long jump: Logan Renwick (B) 21-11½; Triple jump: Logan Renwick (B) 45-11; Shot put: Rick Gladd (B) 44-11; Discus: Cory Kramer (SV) 123-3½; Javelin: Seneca Valley 145-2; Pole vault: Adam Marzullo (B) 13-0
Butler 91½, Seneca Valley 58½
3,200-meter relay: Butler (Trisha Brandt, Katresa Savisky, Emily Petrak, Danica Snyder) 10:30.55; 100-meter hurdles: Lexis Frost (B) 15.79; 100-meter dash: Sarah Stevens (SV) 13.14; 1,600-meter run: Danica Snyder (B) 5;44.33; 400-meter dash: Erin Lopresti (SV) 1:01.95; 400 meter relay: Seneca Valley (Mandy Cerminara, Grace Emmerling, Madison Kozlowski, Sarah Stevens) 52.61; 300-meter hurdles: Elexa Baron (SV) 49.08; 800-meter run: Erin Lopresti (SV) 2:27.0; 200-meter dash: Annie Philogene (SV) 27.09; 3,200-meter run: Ashton Dolan (B) 12:01.0; 1,600-meter relay: Seneca Valley (Annie Philogene, Grace Emmerling, Madison Kozlowski, Erin Lopresti) 4:27.60
High jump: Paige Rittelman (SB) 5-2 Long jump: Megan Studds (B) 16-2½; Triple jump: Lexis Frost (B) 33-11; Shot put: Bri Lumley (B) 34-8¼; Discus: Amy Metrick (B) 94-8½; Javelin: Marina Gracik (B) 107-5; Pole vault: Fenello (SV) 8-6