Werner advances to 100H semis.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | May 28, 2016


SHIPPENSBURG — Northeast Bradford's Lydia Werner has had a memorable track and field career.

She has excelled in nearly everything she has tried, qualifying for states in four events this year.

However, there is one thing missing from her career, a state medal.

On Friday the senior put herself a step toward her first medal as she won her heat in the 100 hurdles in 15.19, to advance to today's semifinals.

"I was very happy that I was able to make it," Werner said.

The Panthers senior hopes this is the year she breaks through with a hurdles medal.

"I am really hoping, third time is a charm?" she asked.

Werner was in the first heat in the event, and finished ahead of District 4 rival Heather Merrifield of Hughesville (who made the semifinals with a second-place finish in the heat in 15.97).

The top seed in the finals is Summer Thorpe of Sewickley Academy at 14.24.

Werner is ninth after the prelims and the top eight times in the semifinals will advance to the final.

Werner also had a 15th place finish in the long jump at 17-feet, 3/4-inches.

"I was very happy with the 100 and the long jump," Werner said.

In the 300 hurdles Werner was seventh in her heat in 49.50. For Werner the 90 degree weather got to her by her final event.

"I have been outside all day, drinking water like crazy, staying in shape," Werner said. "But this heat, it got to me."

Werner knew before the race even started that the weather was having an impact.

"Before it started," she said. "I can feel my body is not up for any more right now, it's too hot."

Werner knows she will have to be ready for the heat again tomorrow.

"Maybe I can get some ice to carry around with me for the day," she said.

The Panthers senior is enjoying her last state experience.

"I love it, it's so much fun, I enjoy the atmosphere, you don't get this anywhere else."

And, Werner is ready for the 100 hurdle semis, and the triple jump today.

"I am super excited, I can't wait for the hurdles and the triple, I have been looking forward to those two," Werner said.

The long jump was full of NTL athletes with Athens' Breana Gambrell winning and Werner taking 15th. Towanda's Ally Tama was also in the event, finishing 17th in 16-feet, 11 1/4-inches.

"It was an awesome experience, I loved it, it was really cool," Tama said.

For Tama the long jump was a good way to get used to states before she competes in today's pole vault.

"It was good, I wasn't very nervous for the long jump," Tama said. "Just being there and seeing what it was like helps so I know how it's going to be tomorrow."

For Tama the whole experience was different, but she didn't let it impact her.

"The crowd is bigger, but I try not to look up at the stands too much," Tama said. "Other than that, the infield seemed just like districts."

Having some other NTL girls in the event made things easier for Tama.

"It was nice to see a familiar face, it was good," Tama said.

Now Tama is ready for the pole vault today.

"I am really excited, the pole vault is what I was really excited to come down for," Tama said. "I have been working all year for that one event."

North Penn-Mansfield's Alysa Davey-Bostic got her first taste of the state meet, tying for 10th at 5-feet.

"It was pretty great," Davey-Bostic said. "It was a good experience to see everyone. I can't wait for next year."

Next year Davey-Bostic will jump for Slippery Rock, a decision she made as she started finding success in the high jump.

"I just decided a little while ago," she said. "It was kind of spur of the moment."

For Davey-Bostic getting to states can only help her get ready for the next level.

"This helps a lot, it's good to learn what to do and how to do it," Davey-Bostic said.

Athens' Rachel Hutchison helped the Wildcats 4x100 relay make today's final, but the freshman also got her first taste of states in an individual event, finishing fifth in her heat of the 400 in 59.61.

"I definitely needed to come out stronger than I did at districts," Hutchison said. "I knew they would be right on me."

Hutchison didn't hit exactly what she wanted, but she knows she has more time in her career to get there.

"My goal was 58, I didn't get that, but I've always got next year," Hutchison said.

For Hutchison the atmosphere of states didn't bother her, but the competition can be nerve wracking.

"The crowd doesn't really bother me, it's very exciting," Hutchison said. "The race itself got me more nervous."

Williamson's Ryan Hughes finished 13th in her heat in the 1600 with a time of 5:34.46.

"It was still a good experience," Hughes said.

For Hughes the weather had an impact.

"It was very tough, I wanted to try and push myself, but it was tough," she said.

The atmosphere of states is something that Hughes hasn't seen before.

"It's really big and I'm not used to it," she said.


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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.