Local athletes participate in Altoona Igloo Invitational

As the veteran track boss at Tyrone, Tony Yaniello knows the value of facing top notch competition. In his 20 plus seasons mentoring track athletes at TAHS, he also knows the dangers of doing too much in the colder weather of the early season.
The Golden Eagle boys and girls thinclads got an early look at what some of the best track stars can do where they stack up with them in limited action on Saturday at the annual Igloo Track and Field Invitational at Mansion Park.
Senior burner Tommy Crowl, who missed all of last track season with an injury, returned in style. Crowl qualified for the finals in the 100, placed fifth in the long jump with a jump of 20 feet, 2 inches, and he finished second in the 400 meters with a time of 52:07. Sophomore standout Leonard Wilson finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet and 1/4 inch, in the only event he participated in.
On the girls side, coach Yaniello was pleased with the effort and performance from his young Lady Eagles. He pointed to two girls in particular that stood out.
“Emily Ingle won her heat in the 400 meters, and Emily Lloyd had personal bests in all four of her events; it\’s great to see the girls working that hard to improve!” praised Yaniello.
With the huge 32 team field from three states and over 1,900 athletes competing, there were some special rules for the meet. Each school could enter no more than two contestants in each event, which limited the duties of several of the athletes.
All things considered, coach Yaniello and his staff have to be excited about the duel meet season which starts Tuesday as Tyrone will host Bishop Guilfoyle. Meet time is set for 4 p.m.
Neighboring Bellwood-Antis had speedster Dan Houser place fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.49 and sixth in the 200 meter dash in 23.97 and Matt Plummer was seventh in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 43.38.
On the girls side, B-A sophomore Lauren Carter was the only local female placewinner with a seventh place time of 52.99 in the 300 intermediate hurdles.
Bellwood-Antis will host Chestnut Ridge and Philipsburg-Osceola on Tuesday, April, 6 beginning at 3:45 p.m.