LL League Performance List and League Championship Preview – Boys

Monday wrapped up the regular season in track and field regular for the Lancaster Lebanon League.

Winning section titles were:

Section 1 – Manheim Township

Section 2 – Ephrata

Section 3 – Elco

This Friday kicks off the 2019 LL League Championships at Hempfield. Sprint prelims will be followed by the day’s only track final, the 3200m. In the field, the boys javelin, boys high jump, and boys long jump will all crown champions. All other events will name champions on Saturday.

Team Preview

It will likely be a 4-team battle for the LL League Championship Meet Title. Warwick, Manheim Township, Lampeter-Strasburg, and JP McCaskey should all compete for the title. In a simulated meet, using all athletes top times, Warwick comes out on top. The reality of the simulation is that not every athlete will compete in every event in which they are ranked top 8.

Here is a look at the simulated scores based on the current LL League Performance List:

Individual Event Preview

The LL League admits one athlete per team, per event, into the championship meet. The league then establishes a second individual qualifying time for additional athletes from the same team to qualify. Those marks are highlighted in green below. For the sprint events (100, 200, 110mH, 300mH, 4×100) only FAT marks are included for our performance lists. For all other track events where HTs were used, I added 0.24s to roughly convert those times to FAT.

100m

2018 League Champion – Ezra Mellinger, Lampeter-Strasburg – 11.43s

Meet Record – Jaren Hayes (Cedar Crest) – 10.3 HT (10.54 FAT conversion) – 2001

Lampeter-Strasburg senior Ezra Mellinger will likely be the meet’s high point scorer. Look for him to win the 100m in convincing fashion. He is currently ranked PA#4 in the event. The race here will be for 2nd. Look for any number of athletes currently in the top 6 to compete for the runner-up spot. This race could play critical in the team race with L-S, JP McCaskey, Warwick, and Manheim Township all having athletes closely ranked inside the top 6.

McCaskey’s DeJon Manning will need to be selective about his races. He is the top ranked 300mH and is 3rd in the league at both the 110mH and 200m dash. McCaskey also has the leagues top 4x100m relay team. Don’t be surprised if he opts out of the 100m or 200m to focus on his other events.

200m

2018 League Champion – Leonel Del Rosario, JP McCaskey – 22.17s

Meet Record – Jaren Hayes (Cedar Crest) – 21.4 HT (21.64 FAT conversion) – 2001

Look for Mellinger to sweep the short sprints and win both the 100m and 200m dashes. He is currently ranked PA#3 at 200m. This should again be a very close race for 2nd between the event’s currently ranked #2-6 performers.

Like the 100m, this will be a critical race in the overall team title race.

400m

2018 League Champion – Leonel Del Rosario, JP McCaskey – 49.73s

Meet Record – Eric Hiller (Elizabethtown) – 48.5 HT (48.74 FAT Conversion) – 1999

Mowbray has had a fantastic senior season and is currently the only LL League athletes to break the 50s barrier this season. Middle-distance specialists Evan Dorenkamp (Manheim Township) and Tyler Shue (Ephrata) will both likely double the 1600/800 which makes it very unlikely they run the 400m. Hempfield’s Tanner Hess will be one to watch this year and for years to come. Only a sophomore, Hess has put up nice 100, 200, and 400m performances this season.

800m

2018 League Champion – Tyler Shue, Ephrata – 1:54.87

Meet Record – Jared Weaver (Conestoga Valley) – 1:52.9 HT (1:53.14 FAT Conversion) – 2006

Tyler Shue was the indoor state champion at 800m and will be hard to beat here. That said, Nate Grucelski (Conestoga Valley) and Evan Dorenkamp have shown they have the strength and speed to compete. Add in Warwick’s Conner Shields who recently ran a new school record in the 1600m and this should be an exciting race. Nate Shutter is coming off his 1:56 performance this past weekend at Stan Morgan and could also factor into the race.

1600m

2018 League Champion – Nate Grucelski, Conestoga Valley – 4:22.34

Meet Record – Nathan Henderson (JP McCaskey) – 4:11.73 – 2017

The 1600m has the most athletes who have met the “2nd qualifier time.” The depth and high-end talent in the league’s distance events is impressive. Manheim Township and Warwick could each score big points in this event. Grucelski and Shields both had their breakout races this past Friday at the HokaOne Henderson Invite. They are currently ranked PA#3 and PA#4. The leagues top 7 performers are all raked inside the top 9 of PIAA District III AAA. Should be a great race!

3200m

2018 League Champion – Andrew Foster, Ephrata – 9:28.80

Meet Record – Nathan Henderson (JP McCaskey) – 9:03.10 – 2017

Miller has been the top 3200m runner all season and will look to add a league championship title to his resume. His 9:25.99 comes from early April and since then he has set a 1600 PB time of 4:26. Ephrata’s Andrew Foster, Warwick’s Noah Martin and Shields, CV’s Grucelski, and Cedar Crest’s Jake Barrett will look to challenge Miller for the title.

110mH

2018 League Champion – Taraje Whitfield, Penn Manor – 14.42s

Meet Record – Chance Post (Conestoga Valley) – 14.02 – 2014

Alex Miller won the Lebanon County Championships with his time of 15.02. Manheim Central’s Zach Reed and JP McCaskey’s Manning should both challenge Miller for the individual title. Josiah Zehr (L-S), Joe Cardina (CV), and Elijah Herb (ELCO) have all seen recent time drops and could be primed for big meets.

300mH

2018 League Champion – Taraje Whitfield, Penn Manor – 38.60s

Meet Record – Chance Post (Conestoga Valley) – 37.43 – 2014

Manning has been one of the most dominant 300mH in the area this season. He is consistently under 40 seconds and seems prepared to dip under 39s. Manning is ranked PA#5. The story from last weekend was Manheim Central’s Zach Reed who had a great performance at Battle for Bridge, running his personal best time of 39.52. This could be a close race, but look for Manning to win his first individual league title.

High Jump

2018 League Champion – Elie Basenga, Ephrata – 6-4

Meet Record – Dana Hollinger (Cedar Crest) – 7-0 – 1981

So, I think the meet record is safe for another year. Can we pause and reflect on that 7-0 leap by Dana Hollinger 38 years ago? Ok, now we can proceed. Joe Cardina has had multiple 6-4 clearances this season and currently has a 6-5 PR from the Shippensburg Jack Roddick Invite. His consistency this season earns him “favorite” status, but the HJ competition could go a number of ways with 7 athletes having cleared 6-2 this season. This is a big event for McCaskey and Warwick in their quest for the team title.

Long Jump

2018 League Champion – Ezra Mellinger, Lampeter-Strasburg – 23-01.5

Meet Record – Tom Rath (Solanco) – 23-10.25 – 1984

Whereas the long standing high jump record wont be challenged this year, the same can’t be said for the 35 year run Tom Rath has had holding the long jump record. Mellinger has gone over 24 feet several times this season and will be looking to add his name to the record books this Friday. He is currently ranked PA#1 and US#27. Manheim Central’s Will River’s will also be looking to challenge that record. He posted a PB jump of 23-07.5 earlier this season and is ranked PA#4.

This could be an important event for Manheim Township in their pursuit of a team title with Titan Cox and Wayne Robinson battling for team points.

Triple Jump

2018 League Champion – Avery Walker, Donegal – 45-00.5

Meet Record – Sylvester Gray (JP McCaskey) – 47-03.25 – 1996

Rivers hit his personal best jump of 48-03 at the Twin Valley Invitational. That leap ranks him PA#2 and in position to break a 23 year old meet record. The versatile Joe Cardina (CV) will be looking to push Rivers throughout the competition.

Pole Vault

2018 League Champion – Ryan Carter, Manheim Central – 14-6

Meet Record – Jon Andrews (Garden Spot) – 15-0 – 2006

Penn Manor’s Matt Julian sits atop the PA state rankings with his 15-3 clearance. He’s gone over 15 feet in 3 of the 4 invitationals he’s competed in this season and will look to break the meet record of 15-0. He was the state runner-up indoors with a 15-6 performance. Wayne Robinson of Manheim Township is a multi-event athlete who will look to score points in a variety of events this weekend. The PV may be his best.

Shot Put

2018 League Champion – Casey McCollum, Penn Manor – 51-09.5

Meet Record – Kyle Felpel (Cocalico) – 60-01.5 – 2012

Cocalico’s Brock Gingrich (PA#12) and Lampeter-Strasburg’s Gabe Frederick (PA#14) have been swapping places atop the league rankings throughout the season. Add in Warwick’s Nick Coomer and this could be a fun competition to watch. Here’s hoping they have a great series of throws and push each other to season bests!

Discus

2018 League Champion – Brooks Bear, Donegal – 138-10

Meet Record – Kyle Long (Hempfield) – 193-9 – 2012

Northern Lebanon sophomore Dylan Lambrecht and Cocalico senior Josh Hoover have been leading the league all season in the discus. Josh Hoover has arguably been more consistent throughout the season having thrown in the mid-140s to low-150s many times this season. Lambrecht won the Lebanon County Championships two weekend’s ago and has also thrown over 150-feet a couple of times this season.

In the team race, watch the battle between Jacob Long (L-S), Nick Coomer (Warwick), and Mike Steger (Manheim Twp).

Javelin

2018 League Champion – Alexander Scheivert, Penn Manor – 209-09

Meet Record – Thomas Jordan (Cedar Crest) – 213-06 – 2003

This should be another close throwing competition. Penn Manor’s Josh Gibson has the league’s best toss to date at 185-00. Close behind is Brenden Nauman from ELCO with a 184-01. 4 other competitors have thrown over 170-feet. Alex Stoeffler of Lampeter-Strasburg has the best throw from an invitational so far this season with his 174-10 from the Black Knight Invitational.

4x100m

2018 League Champion – JP McCaskey – 43.26

Meet Record – Cedar Crest – 42.2 HT (42.44 FAT Conversion) – 2004

4x400m

2018 League Champion – JP McCaskey – 3:21.17

Meet Record – JP McCaskey – 3:21.17

4x800m

2018 League Champion – Ephrata – 8:02.30

Meet Record – Cocalico – 7:50.6 HT (7:50.84 FAT Conversion) – 2000