Fort LeBoeuf girls finish first as team at Harbor Creek Invitational

Throwing the javelin remains a work in progress for Emily Samluk.

Fortunately, the Fort LeBoeuf senior has had Erick Friedman at her side throughout her varsity career.

The javelin is Friedman’s specialty as LeBoeuf’s track and field head coach. When the former world masters champion isn’t helping the Bison hone their techniques, he’s often done the same as an assistant for Edinboro University.

Audrey Friedman, Erick Friedman’s daughter, was the Class 2A girls gold medalist for the PIAA’s 2022 meet. The Penn State University recruit won that discipline in her second and third meet appearances for the Nittany Lions.

All of which is why Samluk, the girls javelin champion for Saturday’s Harbor Creek Invitational, wisely heeds whatever advice Erick Friedman offers her.

Emily Samluk, Fort LeBoeuf, April 20, 2024
Emily Samluk, Fort LeBoeuf, April 20, 2024

“Every time I throw, he always says something good and something that needs work,” Samluk said. “Everything about the javelin to him is a Picasso.”

Samluk admitted her winning throw at the Huskies’ meet was no masterpiece. When the spear stuck the soft ground outside Paul J. Weitz Stadium at 117 feet, 1 inch, it was more than three feet shy of her personal best.

Still, Samluk’s first-place toss easily surpassed the even 113 distance of Bradford silver medalist Kalie Dixon.

Even better, it also contributed 10 team points to LeBoeuf’s collective cause.

The Bison girls, with 152½ overall, finished first in the competition’s team standings. The Seneca Bobcats were second with 118½.

Samluk was one of LeBoeuf’s four individual victors.

Ella Corritore was the meet’s fastest for the 100 hurdles (15.25 seconds) and farthest for the long jump (17-½). Hailey Corritore, her sister, also finished first in the triple jump at an even 35 feet.

Samluk matched Ella Corritore as a winner in track and field. She started the third leg of LeBoeuf’s 400 relay that had a low time of 51.89.

Mackenzie Marsh and Ella McGowan started ahead of Samluk, who passed the baton to anchor Alena Urbanowicz.

“I think we all hold each other to a certain standard here,” Samluk said. “It’s great to see all my teammates getting (personal records). That helps push me.”

Bradford was Saturday’s boys team titlist. The District 9 Owls totaled 125 points to LeBoeuf’s 118½.

Record highs

North East’s Noah Crozier and Seneca’s Reed Yost overcame persistent wind to set meet records Saturday.

Crozier cleared 6-5 in the boys high jump. That was a full inch higher than the former standard Sharon graduate Jonathan Jacoway had held since the 2012 Harbor Creek meet.

Noah Crozier, North East
Noah Crozier, North East
Reed Yost, Seneca
Reed Yost, Seneca

Crozier won less than 24 hours after he cleared 6-9 at the Butler Invitational. Despite that measurement, the senior still finished second to Hayden Smith (6-11) of Union-Allegheny Clarion Valley.

Yost cleared 14-4 on his best attempt in the boys pole vault. The former PIAA qualifier easily surpassed the 2011 record of 14 feet established by LeBoeuf’s Justin Lathrop.

Yost won the boys pole vault at Harbor Creek a week after he did the same at LeBoeuf’s meet.

More: District 10 spring sports results, April 15-20

Satisfying sprint wins

Harbor Creek’s TyShawn Jones and Union City’s Ava Reagle were no different than any other non-competitor Saturday. Each bundled in warm clothing when they weren’t active on Harbor Creek’s track.

However, the duo was thankful for the wind when it was time to run in the 100. It was at their back for track’s glamour race.

Jones advanced out of the preliminary heats and then won the boys final at 11.20, a personal best. The junior edged fellow Huskie Tyler Storicks by .14.

Harbor Creek sprinter TyShawn Jones was the boys 100-meter champion for Saturday's invitational the Huskies hosted at Paul J. Weitz Stadium.
Harbor Creek sprinter TyShawn Jones was the boys 100-meter champion for Saturday's invitational the Huskies hosted at Paul J. Weitz Stadium.

“I’d been running 11.6s through last week,” Jones said. “I’ve been really frustrated, so this (time drop) is big for me. I want to work on new things and try to break (11 seconds) by the end of this season.”

Reagle defeated a familiar rival, and a new one, in the girls 100 final. The junior for the Bears was timed at 13.01.

Fort LeBoeuf sophomore Alena Urbanowicz followed at 13.10 and Northwestern freshman Savannah Zietz at 13.13.

“I admire them very much because they’re very fast,” Reagle said. “I know Alena as a great runner and a great person. I’m happy not only to run with her beat her one time.”

Ava Reagle, Union City
Ava Reagle, Union City

Reagle’s day wasn’t done with her 100 win. She returned to Harbor Creek’s track late in the meet for a dramatic victory in the 200 final.

Reagle used a head bob at the finish and defeated Zietz 27.05 to 27.07.

More: Who had notable varsity performances among Erie County athletes for April 15-20?

Other action

Harbor Creek hosted one of Saturday’s two major meets held at District 10 locales. Most of the Erie County programs that weren’t at Weitz were at the Hermitage Invitational.

Fairview’s Isabel Owens won the girls 800 final at Hickory’s Hornet Stadium. She completed her two laps in 2:22.38.

Mercyhurst Prep sprinter Camden Bryant was the boys 100 victor at 11.09. He also anchored the Lakers’ first-place 400 relay to a time of 44.22.

Corry’s Blake Cook also swept the boys 110 and 300 hurdles. His respective times were 15.79 and 41.52.

Many of the Erie County teams who competed at Hermitage and Harbor Creek are scheduled to appear in Joe Sanford’s McDowell Invitational on Friday. The field events will start at 2 p.m., followed by the first track race at 3.

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