Zurich’s vault breaks Katie Jones’ mark at Bald Eagle Invite

LOCK HAVEN — After finishing up her final attempts in the pole vault, Hailey Zurich quickly gave a hug to her mom and went right for her phone. She couldn’t wait to tell her friend Katie Jones she had just hit a personal best in the event.

The Loyalsock senior also couldn’t wait to tell Jones, now a sophomore at Penn State, she had broken Jones’ meet record in the process. Zurich’s best vault of 12 feet, 3 inches Monday established a personal best and broke the Bald Eagle Invitational record Jones set in 2016.

The pole vault win was one of three individual wins for Zurich on Monday, as she also won the long jump and 100. Zurich was one of five Loyalsock athletes to win an individual event. And she also was on the winning 400 relay team. The six wins for Loyalsock led the Lancers to the team title with 182 points. Warrior Run was second with 143 points.

On a day where the field was limited to just nine teams after the event was postponed from Friday, Loyalsock’s Megan Kendall (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Isabell Sagar (1,600), Maddie Fox (high jump) and Charlotte Neylon (200) all won individual events. Sagar’s time of 4 minutes, 55.49 seconds in the 1,600 was both a meet record and the best time in the state in Class AA this year.

Other local winners in the girls competition were South Williamsport’s Elizabeth Manning (400), Warrior Run’s Sydney Hoffman (discus), Warrior Run’s Emma Miller (3,200) and the Warrior Run 1,600 relay team.

But from the start of the day, Loyalsock was in control of the entire meet. The Lancers took the top three spots in the long jump with Zurich (17-2 1/2), besting Sophia Gardner (17-2) and Neylon (16-3 3/4). Then Kendall cruised to the high hurdles title as Zurich won the pole vault.

Zurich, who entered the pole vault at 11 feet with only Warrior Run’s Rylie Mong still remaining in the field, was using poles brought to the meet by Warrior Run to set the best mark in the state this season. When she cleared 12-3 – topping the 12 feet she cleared earlier this season – a mile-wide smile crossed her face as she hopped off the landing pit. But quickly her mindset went from pure joy to back to business, asking the workers to move the crossbar to 12-6.

Jones played a critical role in Zurich’s development as pole vaulter, as the two became fast friends during Zurich’s freshman and sophomore seasons when Jones won her two state championships for South Williamsport. They remain friends and, next year, will become teammates at Penn State University.

“Just a couple days ago her and her mom came over. I was having a really tough time with my jumps because they haven’t been what I want them to be,” Zurich said. “I was happy with this and I think she was even more happy to see it happen because of all the time and thought her family has put into me. This was real special to me.”

Zurich’s season has been a bit up and down. Not in terms of results, where she’s finished first in five of the six pole vault events in which she’s competed. But her heights have ranged from 10 feet in the opening dual of the season, to the 12-3 she earned yesterday.

Much as it was last year, it’s been a battle with the poles. She’s been trying to find the right fit depending on the conditions and temperatures in which she’s jumping. Monday, she got the assist from Mong and Warrior Run’s vault coach Jeremy Betz who shared their poles and helped her analyze the video of each of her jumps.

“The pole vault community is so tight-knit,” Zurich said. “For someone to be able to come up and help me as much as they can, I just appreciate that so much. You really don’t know what the pole is going to do on your first jump, or what the weather is going to do from hour to hour, especially in PA.”

Manning usually prefers to be the chaser and not the chased when she runs the 400. But in the limited field Monday, she was the one in Lane 4 — where the top seed goes — and she ran like it.

The South Williamsport junior ran like the event’s top seed, winning in a season-best 1:03.56.

“I didn’t have someone who was really going to pass me or anything like that,” Manning said. “So I tried to catch up to the person in the outside lane each curve.”

She did just that, steady throughout the race before kicking it into overdrive in the final 100 meters. She overcame the stagger over the course of the two turns, methodically working her way to the front of the field to earn her first win at an invitational. Manning later finished third in the 200.

“I just like the length of this race because you can always gain back anything you lost,” Manning said. “I felt good about the race. I was a little exhausted from the 100, but I got a good start and that was important.”

Girls results

(*-Denotes meet record)

Team standings: 1, Loyalsock, 182; 2, Warrior Run, 143; 3, Johnsonburg, 123; 4, Wyalusing, 67; 5, Canton, 39; 6, South Williamsport, 28; 7, Montgomery, 21; 8, Sullivan County, 6; 9, Millville, 1.

2,000 steeplechase: Not competed.

3,200 relay: Not competed.

100 hurdles: 1, Megan Kendall, Loyalsock, 15.76; 2, Chloe Trumbull, Johnsonburg, 17.19; 3, Jordan Bundy, Johnsonburg, 18.41; 4, Amber Axtman, Warrior Run, 18.70; 5, Abby Lapp, Warrior Run, 19.0.

100: 1, Hailey Zurich, Loyalsock, 13.0; 2, Charlotte Neylon, Loyalsock, 13.0; 3, Kassidy Beinlich, Sullivan County, 13.12; 4, Madeline Cowan, Johnsonburg, 13.29; 5, Elizabeth Manning, South Williamsport, 13.47; 6, Paige Bowman, Warrior Run, 13.77; 7, Megan Eagleberger, Canton, 13.97; 8, Gina Gerg, Johnsonburg, 14.00.

1,600: 1, Isabell Sagar, Loyalsock, 4:55.49*; 2, Lauren Trapani, Warrior Run, 5:20.12; 3, Alanna Ranck, Warrior Run, 5:39.81; 4, Emma Tredinnick, Loyalsock, 5:42.54; 5, Mikaela Majcher, Warrior Run, 5:46.63; 6, Madelyn Ross, Warrior Run, 5:54.50; 7, Adria Magnusson, Johnsonburg, 5:58.09; 8, Emma Rude, Loyalsock, 6:08.10.

400 relay: 1, Loyalsock, 50.72; 2, Johnsonburg, 51.78; 3, Wyalusing, 52.35.

400: 1, Elizabeth Manning, South Williamsport, 1:03.56; 2, Evelyn Cobaugh, Johnsonburg, 1:05.04; 3, Ellie Binford, Canton, 1:07.28; 4, Erin Machmer, Loyalsock, 1:07.94; 5, Nicole Keim, Warrior Run, 1:10.05; 6, Leika Bauer, Loyalsock, 1:10.72; 7, Samantha Wood, Wyalusing, 1:11.54; 8, Tess Kocjancic, Johnsonburg, 1:11.64.

300 hurdles: 1, Megan Kendall, Loyalsock, 49.08; 2, Chloe Trumbull, Johnsonburg, 50.92; 3, Abby Lapp, Warrior Run, 54.82; 4, Julie Brown, Loyalsock, 55.67.

800: 1, Amanda Williams, Johnsonburg, 2:22.89; 2, Lauren Trapani, Warrior Run, 2:22.93; 3, Kylee Brouse, Warrior Run, 2:28.68; 4, Mackenzie Rodarmel, Loyalsock, 2:29.34; 5, Anna Burdett, Loyalsock, 2:30.34; 6, Mya Shoemaker, Warrior Run, 2:33.26; 7, Hallie McClure, Montgomery, 2:35.76; 8, Elisa DiNicola, Loyalsock, 2:37.18.

200: 1, Charlotte Neylon, Loyalsock, 27.18; 2, Madelin Cowan, Johnsonburg, 27.62; 3, Elizabeth Manning, South Williamsport, 28.14; 4, Brieanna Twigg, Montgomery, 28.55; 5, Blessing, Laudermilch, 28.67; 6, Olivia Spencer, Wyalusing, 29.26; 7, Megan Eagleberger, Canton, 29.36; 8, Kylee Smith, Millville, 30.08.

3,200: 1, Emma Miller, Warrior Run, 12:19.54; 2, Alyssa Hoffman, Warrior Run, 12:49.61; 3, Madison Blickley, Warrior Run, 13:16.02; 4, Adria Magnusson, Johnsonburg, 13:20.0; 5, Lauren Peck, South Williamsport, 13:39.99; 6, Emma Rude, Loyalsock, 13:52.54; 7, Maggie Ryder, Loyalsock, 14:36.09.

1,600 relay: 1, Warrior Run, 4:19.97; 2, Montgomery, 4:41.22; 3, Loyalsock, 4:46.96.

Shot put: 1, Kelsey Heindl, Johnsonburg, 30-11; 2, Reagan Kelly, Canton, 28-9 3/4; 3, Kathryn Meeh, Wyalusing, 26-11; 4, Cloey Hertwig, Loyalsock, 26-11; 5, Sienna Tompkins, Warrior Run, 26-9 1/4; 6, Jessica Vognetz, Warrior Run, 26-9 1/4; 7, Erica Brigham, Wyalusing, 24-9; 8, Breanna Free, Loyalsock, 23-11 3/4.

Discus: 1, Sydney Hoffman, Warrior Run, 83-11; 2, Kyia Brouse, Warrior Run, 78-9; 3, Breanna Free, Loyalsock, 75-7; 4, Haylee Cherry, Johnsonburg, 72-11; 5, Sienna Tompkins, 71-11; 6, Reagan Kelly, Canton, 60-2; 7, Cloey Hertwig, Loyalsock, 67-3; 8, Hannalyn Schwarzer, Loyalsock, 66-5.

Javelin: 1, Skylar Sherry, Johnsonburg, 128-3; 2, Haylee Cherry, Johnsonburg, 107-10; 3, Keyona Gardner, Johnsonburg, 104-4; 4, Alexis Keefer, Loyalsock, 95-11; 5, Rebecca Dgien, Montgomery, 95-8; 6, Erica Brigham, Wyalusing, 83-0; 7, Hanah Chamberlin, Wyalusing, 81-5; 8, Sydney Hoffman, Warrior Run, 80-5.

Long jump: 1, Hailey Zurich, Loyalsock, 17-2 1/4; 2, Sophia Gardner, Loyalsock, 17-2; 3, Charlotte Neylon, Loyalsock, 16-3 3/4; 4, Ellie Binford, Canton, 15-10 1/2; 5, Cassidy King, Johnsonburg, 15-9 3/4; 6, Blessing Laudermilch, Wyalusing, 15-9; 7, Brooke Rishel, Montgomery, 14-9 3/4; 8, Rchel Rentzel, Canton, 14-5 3/4.

Triple jump: 1, Blessing Laudermilch, Wyalusing, 36-2; 2, Cassidy King, Johnsonburg, 33-11 1/2; 3, Ellie Binford, Canton, 32-11; 4, Hannah Knecht, Loyalsock, 32-3 1/2; 5, Ashlee Newton, Wyalusing, 31-10 1/4; 6, Lylah Oswald, Wyalusing, 31-8 3/4; 7, Casey Woodford, Johnsonburg, 31-0 1/2; 8, Jamie McCormack, Warrior Run, 30-11 1/4.

High jump: 1, Maddie Fox, Loyalsock, 5-0; 2, Madison Armitage, Wyalusing, 4-10; 3, Tamara Hess, Canton, 4-8; 4, Sarah Waltz, Loyalsock, 4-6; 5, Lea Fessler, South Williamsport, 4-4; 6, Jordan Hartman, 4-2.

Pole vault: 1, Hailey Zurich, Loyalsock, 12-3*; 2, Rylie Mong, Warrior Run, 10-6; 3, Ashlee Newton, Wyalusing, 10-0; 4, Lylah Oswald, Wyalusing, 9-6; 5, Cadee Wood, Warrior Run, 9-0; 6, Jamie McCormack, Warrior Run, 9-0.

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