5 titles for Union/ACV
BROOKVILLE — Evie Bliss came off the medals stand at last year’s District 9 Track and Field Championships after being recognized for placing second in the javelin.
“I said to myself, ‘Yeah, that’s not going to happen again.’”
Bliss wanted more and in her return trip, she got it. The Union/A-C Valley senior’s heave of 155 feet, nine inches Friday at Brookville High School earned her not only a district title, it broke the district record, previously 155-1 by Redbank Valley’s Brooke Hinderliter.
“My goal was to get a (personal record),” said Bliss, who was seeded at 151-3. “I had a feeling I broke the district record, but I wasn’t sure.”
Bliss credits the work she’s put in with her throwing coach.
“It’s helped me fine-tune things,” she said. “This is a stepping stone to states for me and I’m thinking big.”
Bliss was part of Union/A-C Valley’s rush to the medals stand, which included four other champions — Skyler Roxbury in the 110-meter hurdles, Landon Chalmers (shot put), Hayden Smith (high jump) and Daniella Farkas (girls 300 hurdles).
Smith also broke a district record, topping Mario Bernardi’s height of 6-8 in the high jump by going one-fourth inch higher.
It is Smith’s third straight district crown in the event.
“I’m 100 percent satisfied with how I did today,” said Smith. “It was raining today, but I tried to focus on staying as consistent as possible. I wanted the district record and I got it.”
Roxbury’s experience on the track prior to this season was limited to sprint events.
“In March, we were holding practice inside and I tried the hurdles out. Our hurdle coach (Stacey Fox) saw me and said I should start working at it.
“This really feels good. I first came out for track and field just to stay in shape for football. Then I realized I really liked it.”
Chalmers won the discus here last year and placed fifth in the shot put, but took major strides in the latter this season.
He came into Friday ranked first in the shot put at 53-10 and won with an effort of 52-6.
“Being seeded first here was new for me,” said Chalmers. “I felt like I had to come out and have a really good first throw and I thought I did with 49-3. I started hitting the low 50s once we got to finals.”
Farkas made an adjustment to her form just in time.
“My trail leg was dangling,” she said. “I just wasn’t able to snap it to get it down in time to get that next quick step. Stacey Fox has been working with me and it was only within the last week that I got it”
Farkas won the 300 hurdles in a personal-best time of 48.72.