Busy week ends with title for Krezmer
LOCK HAVEN – Montoursville to Philadelphia. Philadelphia to Montoursville. Montoursville to Lock Haven.
The past three days sure have been a whirlwind for Montoursville’s Matt Krezmer. The senior competed in a tri-meet at his home track on Thursday afternoon against Loyalsock and South Williamsport before leaving by 7 p.m. to travel to Philadelphia for the Penn Relays. After a full day Friday that included competing and traveling, Krezmer awoke at 6 a.m. Saturday morning to compete for a third consecutive day at the Lock Haven High School Classic.
A little road weary and physically fatigued, Krezmer continued to put up consistent numbers in the javelin yesterday afternoon that included a best throw of 193 feet, 9 inches on his way to a second consecutive title in the event.
“It’s been tough,” Krezmer said. “I wanted to save my arm Thursday and I tried to throw hard (Friday). I had a good one in warm-ups (at the Penn Relays) and then threw 185, so I was happy with that but I wanted to come down here today and throw a big one and that is what happened.”
Krezmer, who will compete at Bucknell University next year, won the Lock Haven Classic in 2012 with a throw of 187-0.
District 4 throwers swept the top three places and four of the top six. Krezmer was followed by Lewisburg’s Brandon Smith and Milton’s Josh Brown. Milton’s JT Fogelman was sixth.
Krezmer (194-0), Smith (190-3) and Brown (192-7) all have thrown over 190 feet this season. Smith hit 185-4 yesterday and Brown 180-1.
“I saw they both have been over 190 this year so that had me scared, but I knew I could pull one out and win,” said Krezmer, the school’s record holder in the javelin.
There hasn’t been much consistency with the Williamsport 400-meter relay team lineup in the past week, but the Millionaires continue to shed time. The Millionaires used a different lineup for the second time in the past five days and Caleb Belle, Greg Ousley, Devin Miller and Wes Cuozzo delivered a meet record, finishing in 43.40 seconds. Williamsport set the record last year at 43.67. Cuozzo had a healthy lead when he received the baton last and he cruised to the finish ahead of Milton, which also broke the previous meet record.
“We wanted to see what we could do and get a faster time,” Miller said, “and we ended up breaking the meet record here.
“I’m proud of my teammates for breaking the record, but we have to keep practicing harder and trying to get a better time.”
Before running the relay, Miller won the long jump with a leap of 21-1 .
Herb Stelly added another meet record in the 800-meter run, breaking a mark that stood since 2004. He was the lone runner to break 2-minutes and finished in 1:57.57. The previous record was 1:58.37.
The Millionaires, who easily won the team title with 87 points, added a meet record under the lights in the 1,600-meter relay. Miller, Cuozzo, Stelly and Brandon Fedoriw finished in 3:24.34.
The South Williamsport boys surprised Ted Deljanovan in the 3,200-meter relay. The third-year head coach stood just past the finish line taking several glances at his Timex as Colt Young grew closer and closer into view. Once Young crossed the line and Deljanovan stopped his watch, the coach couldn’t believe what he saw. The Mounties ran a season-best 8:11.77. Deljanovan expected the relay to drop anywhere from 15-20 seconds because off the surface at Lock Haven University and the depth of expected competition, but 30 seconds left him flabbergasted.
Young was preceded by Ryan Foran, Andrew Gipe and Dakota Rosenberg. The quartet beat Southern Columbia by under 3 seconds.
Hughesville’s Devante Oliver won the shot put with a best throw of 49-7 , Milton’s Norman Whaley the triple jump (44-1 ), South Williamsport’s Griffin Molino the 3,200 (9:46.28) and North Penn’s Reece Correll the high jump (6-1).
Milton’s Joselyn Pascual set a new meet record in the girls high jump, clearing 5-7.
Other local girls winners included Montoursville’s Kirsten O’Malley (400 and triple jump) and Kaylee Caruso (long jump), Williamsport’s Jaid Harsch (100 and 300 hurdles) and Lewisburg, 3,200-meter relay team.
The chase for the girls team title came down to the final race – the 1,600-meter relay. Montoursville trailed Selinsgrove by a point entering the event and the two teams swapped second and third place on a couple of occasions over the 1,600 meters before O’Malley closed hard over the final 150 meters and overtook the Selinsgrove runner and gave the Warriors the team title by a single point (84-83). It was the second consecutive team title for the Warriors after Lewisburg won the previous seven.
“Our coach let us know (we were a point behind Selinsgrove), so we were really gunning for them (Selinsgrove),” said O’Malley. “It helped my finish tremendously knowing that it was Selinsgrove right there in front of me.”