The top athletes from Pennsylvania will conclude their 2018/2019 indoor track and field season with the PTFCA Indoor State Championships on the campus of Penn State University February 24th. Warwick will likely have the largest local contingent of entries competing in State College. The Warriors currently have 3 girls ranked inside the top 11 in the state for the 60m dash, led by Shippensburg University Commit Leah Graybill. Graybill is ranked in the state’s top 10 in three individual events: 60m (5th); 200m (8th); 400m (10th). Teammates Lily Palicio-Lewis and Meghan Quinn are ranked #7 and #11 in the state respectively for 60m. They team up with Cassidy Kline to form the #2 ranked 4x200m relay in the state. They will challenge Coatesville (and others) for the team relay title. Senior Kate Dickow (Univ. of Richmond recruit) will look to add team points by placing inside the top 8 at 3000m where she is currently ranked 8th in the state. Triple Jumper Juliette Delmotte is currently ranked #11 in the triple jump.
Northern junior Marlee Starliper will need to make the difficult decision to compete at PTFCA or US Indoor Nationals. Her time of 9:20 for 3000m has qualified her for the senior national championships to be held on the same day as PTFCAs. If she doesnt compete, look for Greencastle-Antrim junior Taryn Parks to win the mile run. She recently finished third to Starliper at the Millrose Mile in a 4:46 (Starliper set the state and Millrose Games record with her winning time of 4:41). Starliper and Parks are ranked #2 and #4 nationally in the mile.
Villanova commit and Conestoga Valley senior Jane Livingston will be heading into states as the #1 ranked hurdler. Her 60mH time of 8.41 ranks 4th nationally.
State College senior and Univ. of Mississippi recruit Lyndsey Reed will look to continue her state dominance in the Pole Vault. She currently has a Season and Personal Best jump of 13-1.5 and is ranked 7th nationally. Manheim Township junior Sydney Horn is coming off a Personal Best jump at the Millrose Games that saw her clear 12-9.5. She is currently ranked 3rd in the state and 13th nationally.
Berks Catholic/Reading High sr Keeley Suzensky (William and Mary signee) and Greenwood sr Mallory Kauffman (Penn State signee) are ranked #1 and #2 in the state and are #2 and #3 nationally in the Shot Put. Should be fun to see what they can do when pushing each other in state competition.
Also challenging for a top spot at the state meet will be West York’s Tesia Thomas who is currently ranked 2nd in the state with a Triple Jump of 40-5
Here are the areas top performers at each track event as well as the top newcomers in each event this winter:
*results through February 13, 2019