Voyzey Sets New Meet Record at 41st Annual Igloo Invitational

Golden Eagle track squad performs well despite windy conditions

Fresh off jumping a new personal best of 5’11”, senior high jumper Erika Voyzey added yet another achievement to her ever-growing resume: record holder at the Igloo Invitational.

Voyzey was reflective after soaring to the height of 5’8″, a full ten inches higher than the second place finisher: “It was a really good experience; I just came in hoping to improve myself individually. I honestly wasn’t even aware of the record. But thinking about it now, that’s pretty exciting. Altogether, the meet turned out really well.”

The windy conditions at Mansion Park on Saturday hindered the over-all performances of all participating athletes; but the competition was fierce as ever.

On the boys side, sophomore Parker Mitchell had a day to remember. Mitchell placed in all four events in which he competed, including the 4×100 meter relay with Daniel Lay, Will Lash and Grayson Putt that took fourth (46.43). A fifth place in the 100 meter (11.38), seventh in the long jump (19’2.5″) and a third place finish in the 200 meter (24.00) rounded out Mitchell’s versatile performance.

“I was feeling good coming into the meet and I thought that really translated onto the track,” said Mitchell, “This was a great start to my season and something to build off of moving forward.”

Long distance runners Joe Kohler and Adam Zook rounded out the success for the boys team with places in the 1600 meter and 800 meter respectively. Kohler placed sixth with a time of 4:51.59 in the 1600 and Zook grabbed a third place in the 800 meter at 2:08.73. Both times are currently the fastest in the district at the double-A level.

“That head wind was killer,” said a rather winded Adam Zook immediately following his run, “I was just happy to finish. I just thought to myself, the quicker I run this- the faster it’ll be over.”

Not to be outdone, the girls team showed immense improvement from last years squad. It began with junior Makenzie Stauffer’s impressive time of 17.85 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles that earned her a fourth place finish.

She was joined by sophomore Tori Crabtree and senior Carly Crofcheck as female place winners for the Golden Eagles. Crabtree took fourth in the 400 meter with an impressive time of 1:06.59 and Crofcheck’s throw of 99 feet earned her a seventh place in the javelin.

“I was pretty excited that I took seventh out of 50 other girls,” remarked Crofcheck after the meet, “I placed second in our district too, so I’m super pumped for the rest of the season!”

The Golden Eagles track team has full slate this week with meets against Philipsburg and Bald Eagle on Tuesday and their annual grudge-match with rival Bellwood-Antis on Thursday. They will round out the week with the Bedford Invitational on Saturday as both the boys and girls look to leave their mark as the season heats up.