DOYLESTOWN — Another week, another record-setting run for Jaylee Wingate.
The Norwayne junior was at it again Saturday, resetting her personal area-record time in the 1,600-meter run — one of three victories she was a part of on the day — as the Bobcats walked away with another team title at the Wayne County Athletic League Championships.
“I didn’t want to win, I wanted to set myself apart,” said Wingate, who won the 1,600 and 800 and anchored the 4×400-meter relay. “That kind of came with my goal times today and, with winning, I was able to get my goal times and getting my goal times I was able to win. It’s the correlation between the two.”
A week after shattering the previous area-best run in the mile with the first sub-5-minute performance in local history, Wingate bettered on that mark with a finish of 4 minutes, 54.65 seconds.
It was an impressive finish to a race that saw runner-up Pyper Gibson of Rittman also run a personal record in 5:07.23, along with the next two finishers in Kylee Gray (Waynedale, school-record 5:17.28) and Annabel Stanley (Norwayne, 5:19.10).
Both Wingate and Gibson surpassed the previous meet-record of 5:10.49, set by Rittman’s Tresa Hartzler in 2013.
“It was definitely the motivation and the mindset that I had going into the race,” Wingate said. “I was confident, but I wasn’t too confident, and I knew that I could do it and that my training would pay off.”
She wasn’t done, either, following that up with an impressive meet-record 2:14.91 in winning the 800 over Gibson (personal-record 2:20.05), before running the final leg on a 4×400 relay unit that crossed in 4:09.10 with Ellen Henslee, Elise Uhler and Lacy Hess.
It was more than enough to help Norwayne to its seventh straight WCAL crown, this one coming with 151 points to outlast Chippewa (97 points), Rittman (96) and Dalton (89).
Gibson would get a win of her own, later in the meet, as she took the 3,200 with a run of 11:24.54 — winning by over 25 seconds, despite blistering hot conditions that dominated the second half of the meet at Doylestown Memorial Stadium.
“It was hot,” Gibson said, with an ice bag on her head. “It felt good, but I kind of wish I had someone to push me in it. I get in my head a lot, like in the mile and the 800, but I ran the 3,200 hard and I’m ready for districts.”
The distance runners weren’t the only ones making noise on the track as Dalton sprinter Brianna Chenevey was a double-event champ, taking top honors in both the 100 (12.96) and 200 (26.10).
Once again, it was Chenevey and teammate Lauren Clos going 1-2 in the event, something that the junior quickly recalled in each of the finals.
“I was just trying to think of last year, me and Lauren did so well, and I just wanted to get it done again,” Chenevey said of the two races. “I like the heat and that helps a lot.
“It felt good, because the weather hasn’t been great in a lot of our meets, and this one I was able to do well because of the conditions and the people that I race with.”
Chenevey also ran on a winning 4×100 relay (50.20) with Clos, Courtney Weaver and Macy Seeman.
Norwayne’s Lacy Hess also was an individual winner in the 400, clocking a career-best 59.66, while Chippewa’s 4×200 relay of Naomi Hertz, Tristan Nash, Abby Henegar and Abby Blaz picked up a victory in 1:49.26 over Norwayne (1:49.51).
Hess, who was an anchor leg on that Bobcat 4×200 that came up just short, was more than motivated to get back on the track in the open 400.
“It felt really good,” the junior said. “I think this is my big race, so coming back and finishing like this feels really, really good. It was different to run against Chippewa, but it fueled me to get back for the 400.”
Along with their win in the 4×200, Wertz and Nash also locked-up first-place individual finishes. Each Chippewa athlete had a pair of dramatic finishes, too, as Wertz won after a wild finish in the 300 hurdles and Nash took the long jump on her final leap of the day.
Wertz found herself trailing Norwayne’s Elise Uhler heading into the final hurdle before Uhler stumbled into Wertz’s lane. The Chipp senior was able to recover, stepping over Uhler, and diving over the finish line in 50.09.
“I knew that she had me there at the end,” Wertz said. “[Uhler] then took a spill, came into my lane, and I just wanted to avoid her. I just wanted to get back up and finish the race.”
Nash, a junior who is in her first year in the long jump, was tied with Shelby Vaughn of Norwayne with one attempt left before unleashing a personal-record leap of 17-2¾.
“I was just hoping it would get me just right above that mark,” said Nash, who had an identical 16-5¾ mark with Vaughn, but had the edge in the second-best jump tie-breaker. “I really just gave it my all. I was almost like ‘throw yourself at this point’ … I did what I had to do.
“I don’t know, it’s my first year and it’s a learning process. I can only go up from here, I guess.”
Uhler won earlier in the day, using a burst of speed to win the 100-meter event in 17.12 over Wertz (17.26).
Fellow Bobcat Kendra Berger also was a winner as the freshman claimed the county title in the pole vault. Berger matched her career-best mark of 8-6 and didn’t have a miss on the day until attempting 9-feet with the title already wrapped up.
“It was nerve-racking, until the last couple of jumps because it was just me,” the rookie said. “I wanted to come out and get a PR today, but I’ll take winning.”