ADAMS TWP — The Mars Athletic Complex proved very kind to two of its own last week.
Competing on their home track for the second time in three days, Zach Leachman and McKenna Bowes, a junior and sophomore respectively, both won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs Friday at the Mars Track and Field Invitational.
On Wednesday, Leachman won both events while breaking the school record in the 1,600 (4:25.33) while competing in the Midwestern Athletic Conference Championship meet. Bowes was runner-up in both distance races and broke the school record in the 1,600 (5:16.58).
Leachman's effort helped Mars' boys grab the team title Friday with 59 points, edging out North Hills (54), Clearfield and Hampton (both with 52). He has now won the 3,200 at his school's invite three straight years.
“I see myself more of a two-mile guy, but my 1,600 has definitely improved,” Leachman said after accepting his first-place medal in the latter Friday.”
Leachman won the 3,200 in 9:46.66 and was 36 seconds faster than North Hills' Joey Buehner. Leachman was also part of Mars' 4x400 relay quartet that placed second to clinch the team title. He teamed with Blake Edwards, Evan Thompson and Sam Bean to post a time of 3:37.88.
Bowes' performance tied her with Pine-Richland's Danielle Bryant for the invite's Track MVP, with both girls finishing with 20 points. The former's first win came in the 1,600 with a time of 5:18.21 and came in wet and windy conditions.
“On Wednesday, it was warm and sunny,” said Bowes, “and I was more focused on time. I knew what the weather was going to be like here today and focused more on place.
“Today gave me a good feeling. It's nice to win.”
Mars Invitational Results
Following are results from the Mars Track and Field Invitational, held Friday. The top six finishers in each event earned a medal.
3,200 relay: 1-Avonworth/Northgate 10:01.33, 6-Knoch 10:48.07; 100 hurdles: 1-Danielle Bryant (Pine-Richland) 14.97, 4-Avarie Smithco (Seneca Valley) 16.53; 100 dash: 1-Lilly Ballard (Woodland Hills) 12.81, 2-Tai Johnson (Mars) 13.19, 6-Grace Billman (North Catholic) 13.99; 1,600 run: 1-McKenna Bowes (Mars) 5:18.21, 6-Alaina Hicks (North Catholic) 5:31.8; 400 run: 1-Valerie Fischer (Hampton) 59.1, 2-Tai Johnson (Mars) 1:01.83, 6-Hannah Knoll (Karns City) 1:04.3; 400 relay: 1-Hampton 52.19; 300 hurdles: 1-Danielle Bryant (Pine-Richland) 46.96, 5-Shavon McCanna (Karns City) 50.34; 800 run: 1-Sidney Shemanski (Freeport) 2:22.49; 200 dash: 1-Nella Tsudis (Sewickley Academy) 27.5, 3-Grace Billman (North Catholic) 28.83, 4-Rachel Scherer (Mars) 28.84; 3,200 run: 1-McKenna Bowes (Mars) 11:41.16, 2-Sammy Jo Barnes (Knoch) 11:59.18, 4-Lauren Breski (Seneca Valley) 12:09.68, 5-Camille Bromley (Mars) 12:20.9, 6-Ella Snyder (Seneca Valley) 12:26.96; 1,600 relay: Pine-Richland 4:08.21, 5-Mars 4:29.6
Shot put: 1-Carly Fattman (Greenville) 35-10, 3-Sara Knox (Karns City) 32-1; Discus: 1-Carly Fattman (Greenville) 109-7, 2-Sara Knox (Karns City) 102-0, 5-Kate Hanlon (Seneca Valley) 91-3; Javelin: 1-Madison Hawthorne (Greenville) 110-0, 5-Savannah Adomaitis (Seneca Valley) 88-4, 6-Ashley Fox (Karns City) 87-0; High jump: 1-Laken Lewis (Clarion) 5-0, 3-Madelin Staavi (Karns City) 4-7; Long jump: 1-Morgan Allman (DuBois Area) 16-7, 5(tie)-Ashley Felitsky (Seneca Valley) and Carsyn Hetzler (Mars) 15-10; Triple jump: 1-Caroline Krause (Fairview) 33-8, 2-Carsyn Hetzler (Mars) 33-6, 5-Grace Billman (North Catholic) 31-7¾; Pole vault: 1-Laken Lewis (Clarion) 10-9, 2-Katelyn Caccamo (Seneca Valley) 9-9
3,200 relay: 1-Avonworth/Northgate 8:41.72, 5-Seneca Valley 8:53.99, 6-Knoch 8:59.06; 110 hurdles: 1-Brody Coleman (Keystone) 15.66, 3-Blake Edwards (Mars) 16.31, 5-Anthony Kamenski (Karns City) 17.38; 100 dash: 1-Tom McDonough (North Hills) 11.33, 5-Joey Wojciechowski (Knoch) 11.88; 1,600 run: 1-Zach Leachman (Mars) 4:36.06, 2-Luke Simpson (Seneca Valley) 4:47.35; 400 run: 1-Gage Galuska (Hampton) 51.26, 2-Sam Mager (North Catholic) 52.45, 3-Kaden Scherer (Karns City) 52.92, 5-Sam Bean (Mars) 53.83; 400 relay: 1-North Hills 45.96, 3-Karns City 46.28, 4-Knoch 46.79; 300 hurdles: 1-Brody Coleman (Keystone) 40.71, 4-Blake Edwards (Mars) 42.71; 800 run: 1-CJ Thimons (Highlands) 2:01.53; 200 dash: 1-Tom McDonough (North Hills) 23.35, 5-John Sommers (North Catholic) 24.63; 3,200 run: 1-Zach Leachman (Mars) 9:46.66; 1,600 relay: 1-Hampton 3:35.76, 2-Mars 3:37.88
Shot put: 1-Eric Schulz (Fairview) 54-5, 4-Hunter Boyd (Mars) 43-10; Discus: 1-Eric Schulz (Fairview) 153-1, 4-Josh Rohland (Knoch) 127-3, 5-Shiloh Mayer (Mars) 119-8, 6-Hunter Boyd (Mars) 119-6; Javelin: 1-Noah Weese (Sharon) 150-5, 4-Nick Schzure (North Catholic) 126-1, 6-Jacob Mesnar (Mars) 119-1; High jump: 1-Gavin Brinkley (Clarion) 5-9, 2(tie)-Jacob Brake (Mars) 5-7; Long jump: 1-Alfonso Roberts (OLSH) 20-1, 4-Hunter Rowe (Karns City) 19-8¾; Triple jump: 1-Taye Lynch (Clearfield) 42-10¾, 4-Jathan Snavely (Mars) 38-11½; Pole vault: 1-Bryce Knauf (Greenville) 10-9