BUTLER TWP — Ori Rinaman felt much better about his performance this time around.
The Mars junior finished the 110-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 14.66 seconds to capture first place at the 50th annual Butler Boys Track and Field Invitational at Art Bernardi Stadium Friday.
As a sophomore, he placed fourth with a time of 15.59.
“I medaled last year, but it wasn’t my best effort,” said Rinaman, who later on Friday finished second in the 300 hurdles. “It feels good to win.
“Last year, I was focused on other events,” he added. “This year, the focus is more on the hurdles.”
Mars’ record in the event is 14 seconds, set by Butler County Sports and Mars Athletic hall of famer Bill Crummy.
“To break that record would be awesome,” said Rinaman. “I’m just going to keep working hard and practicing my technique and see where it takes me.”
Seneca Valley senior Brett Foster’s best career time in the 800 run (1:57.07) landed him on top of the awards stand.
He placed fourth in the event here as a junior with a time of 2:00.71.
“I’d like to get my time below 1:55,” said Foster, who starred for the Raiders’ cross country team last fall. “And of course, every senior wants to win at WPIALs.”
Foster also teamed with Brad Banks, Joe DeAugustino and Mike Kolor to finish second in the 1,600 relay.
Following are results from the 2014 Butler Track and Field Invitational. Listed are the Seneca Valley and Mars athletes who medaled by placing in the top eight.
110 hurdles: 1-Ori Rinaman (Mars) 14.66; 1,600 run: 4-Mike Kolor (SV) 4:24.96; 400 run: 2-Brad Banks (SV) 50.87; 300 hurdles: 2-Ori Rinaman (Mars) 39.8; 6-Sonny Zangaro (Mars) 43.04; 800 run: 1-Brett Foster (SV) 1:57.07; 4-Mike Kolor (SV) 1:58.69; 7-Bryce Benjamin (SV) 2:04.3; 3,200 run: 6-Tanner Quiggle (SV) 9:36.0; 1,600 relay: 2-Seneca Valley (Brad Banks, Joe DeAugustino, Brett Foster, Mike Kolor) 3:29.82; 4-Mars (Nate Bayuk, Sonny Zangaro, Eric Kingsley, Ori Rinaman) 3:31.66; High jump: 2-Sonny Zangaro (Mars) 6-2; Long jump: 7-Sonny Zangaro (Mars) 20-8.75;
3,200 relay: 3-Seneca Valley (Isabelle Biase, Emily Cekella, Taryn Latsko, Becky Paine) 9:56.0; 100 hurdles: 7-Katie Gutmann (SV) 16.61; 100 dash: 6-Karli Paracca (Mars) 13.13; 1,600 run: 7-Becky Paine (SV) 5:18.54; 400 run: 2-Danielle Matz (SV) 1:01.27; 4-Karli Paracca (Mars) 1:01.31; 300 hurdles: 4-Katie Gutmann (SV) 47.94; 800 run: 7-Isabelle Biase (SV) 2:25.53; 8-Taryn Latsko (SV) 2:25.97; 3,200 run: 3-Angela Mignanelli (SV) 11:25.81; 4-Rachel Hensler (SV) 11:29.04; 8-Julia Kooser (SV) 11:36.68; 1,600 relay: 8-Mars (Lydia Dennis, Sabrina Edwards, Annabel Hnath, Kristina LaRocca) 4:18.4; Shot put: 8-Ali Goetz (Mars) 31-8; Long jump: 8-Lydia Dennis (Mars) 16-4; Triple jump: 6-Katelyn Stebbins (SV) 35-0.25