Golden Tornado scores big at 54th annual Butler Invitational
JUSTIN GUIDO/BUTLER EAGLE
The Butler girls took first place while the Butler boys snagged second in the 54th annual Butler Track and Field Invitational.
Among Friday's highlights:
The Butler girls earned victories in the 3,200- and 1,600-meter relays, the 300 hurdles and the discus to earn 70¼ points for the Golden Tornado's third straight team title. In her final Butler Invite, senior Jena Reinheimer earned her first gold medal here with a discus throw of 136-9.
Noah Beveridge broke one of the oldest records at Butler High School when he eclipsed Ed Hartman's 1978 record in the 1,600-meter run. Hartman ran it in 4 minutes, 16.9 seconds in 1978. On Friday, Beveridge finished with a time of 4 minutes, 12.58 seconds – currently the 9th-fastest time in the country.
Seneca Valley senior Zach Gehm placed in three events, winning the javelin with a throw of 180 feet, 10 inches, finishing second in the shot put and third in the discus.
Local Boys Team Results: Butler, second; Seneca Valley, third; Mars, 21st; Grove City, 24th; Freeport, 33rd; Karns City, 35th; Slippery Rock, 40th; Moniteau, tied for 41st.
Local Girls Team Results: Butler, first; Seneca Valley, 16th; Moniteau, 25th; Knoch, 28th; Grove City, 31st; Freeport, 35th; Slippery Rock, 39th; Mars and Karns City, tied for 42nd.