Norwayne wins Wayne County Athletic League Women’s Athletics Championship
DOYLESTOWN — Another week, another record-breaking run for Jaylee Wingate.
The Norwayne junior was back on Saturday, resetting her zonal personal best in the 1,600-meter race – one of three victories she has participated in that day – as the Bobcats walked away with another team title at the Wayne County Athletic League Championships.
“I didn’t want to win, I wanted to stand out,” said Wingate, who won the 1,600 and 800 meters and anchored the 4×400 meters relay. “That kind of goal came with my goal times today and with the win I was able to get my goal times and by getting my goal times I was able to win. That’s the correlation between the two. “
A week after smashing the zone’s previous best run in the mile with the first performance under 5 minutes in local history, Wingate bettered that mark with a finish of 4 minutes, 54.65 seconds.
It was an impressive finish for a race that saw runner-up Pyper Gibson of Rittman also set a personal best in 5:07.23, along with the other two finishers in Kylee Gray (Waynedale, school record 5:17.28) and Annabel Stanley (Norwayne , 5:19.10).
Wingate and Gibson both surpassed the previous meet record of 5:10.49, set by Rittman’s Tresa Hartzler in 2013.
“That was definitely the motivation and the mindset I had before the race,” Wingate said. “I was confident, but I wasn’t overconfident, and I knew I could do it and my training would pay off.”
She didn’t finish either, after that with an impressive meet record of 2:14.91 winning the 800 against Gibson (personal best 2:20.05), before running the final stage on a unit of 4×400 relay that crossed in 4:09.10 with Ellen Henslee, Elise Uhler and Lacy Hess.
It was more than enough to help Norwayne to his seventh consecutive WCAL crown, this one with 151 points to surpass Chippewa (97 points), Rittman (96) and Dalton (89).
Gibson would get his own victory, later in the competition, winning the 3200 with a run of 11:24.54 – winning by over 25 seconds, despite scorching hot conditions that dominated the second half of the competition at Doylestown Memorial Stadium.
“It was hot,” said Gibson, with an ice pack over his head. “It was good, but I wish I had someone to push me in. I put myself in my head a lot, like in the mile and the 800, but I ran hard in the 3,200 and I’m ready for the districts.
The distance runners weren’t the only ones making noise on the track as Dalton sprinter Brianna Chenevey was a two-time champion, taking honors in the 100 (12.96) and 200 (26.10).
Again, it was Chenevey and teammate Lauren Clos who went 1-2 in the event, which the junior was quick to call back in each of the finals.
“I was just trying to think about last year Lauren and I did so well, and I just wanted to start again,” Chenevey said of the two races. “I like the heat and that helps a lot.
“It was good because the weather hasn’t been great in a lot of our meets, and this one I was able to do well because of the conditions and the people I’m racing with.”
Chenevey also ran a winning 4×100 relay (50.20) with Clos, Courtney Weaver and Macy Seeman.
Norwayne’s Lacy Hess was also the individual winner in the 400m, with a career-best 59.66, while Chippewa’s 4×200 relay of Naomi Hertz, Tristan Nash, Abby Henegar and Abby Blaz took a win in 1: 49.26 on Norwayne (1:49.51). .
Hess, who was an anchor leg on this Bobcat 4×200 that narrowly missed, was more than motivated to get back on track in the open 400.
“It was really good,” the junior said. “I think that’s my big race, so to come back and finish like that is really, really good. It was different to race against Chippewa, but it pushed me to come back for the 400.”
In addition to their win in the 4×200, Wertz and Nash also claimed the top individual spots. Each Chippewa athlete also had two spectacular finishes, as Wertz won after a crazy finish in the 300 hurdles and Nash took the long jump on his final jump of the day.
Wertz found herself trailing Norwayne’s Elise Uhler before the final hurdle before Uhler fell into Wertz’s lane. The senior Chipp was able to recover, stepping over Uhler and diving over the finish line in 50.09.
“I knew she had me there at the end,” Wertz said. “[Uhler] then took a spill, came in my lane, and I just wanted to avoid it. I just wanted to get up and finish the race.
Nash, a junior in her first year in the long jump, tied Norwayne’s Shelby Vaughn with one attempt to go before unleashing a personal best 17-2¾.
“I was just hoping it would take me just over that mark,” said Nash, who had an identical mark of 16-5¾ with Vaughn but had the advantage in the second-best tie jump. “I really gave it my all. I was almost like ‘go for it’…I did what I had to do.
“I don’t know, it’s my first year and it’s a learning process. I can only go up from here I guess.
Uhler won earlier in the day, using a burst of speed to win the 100m event in 17.12 over Wertz (17.26).
Fellow Bobcat Kendra Berger was also a winner as the freshman won the county pole vault title. Berger matched her career-best mark of 8-6 and didn’t miss the day until she attempted 9 feet with the title already wrapped up.
“It was nerve wracking, until the last two jumps because it was just me,” the rookie said. “I wanted to go out and get a PR today, but I’m going to win.”