Another exciting and competitive regular season has come to a close and the following teams won section titles:
Section 1 – Warwick
Section 2 – Ephrata
Section 3 – ELCO
This Friday kicks off the 2-day LL League Championship Meet at Hempfield. 100m, 100mH, and 200m dash prelims will kick things off. Then, at 5:30p, the 3200m finals will crown the first league champion on the track. In the field, the girls discus, pole vault, and triple jump will name champions on Friday. All other event finals will be on Saturday. Saturday’s session begins at 10a with the 4x800m relays.
Whereas the top 4 boys team may only be separated by 10-15 points, expect a wider margin of victory in the girls team race. Warwick’s strength on the track should carry them to the team championship title this weekend. Conestoga Valley and Cedar Crest appear most ready to challenge the Warriors.
In a simulated meet using the current performance list rankings, the Warwick girls come out on top by a wide margin. That said, Leah Graybill, who is the league’s top sprinter, can’t compete in all of the events in which she is ranked and ultimately scored in the simulation below.
Simulated team scores based on the current performance lists detailed below:
Individual Event Preview
The LL League admits one athlete per team, per event, into the championship meet. The league then establishes a 2nd individual qualifying standard for additional athletes from the same team to qualify for the event. Those 2nd qualifying standards are highlighted in green below. For the sprint events (100m, 200m, 100mH, 300mH, 4×100)only FAT marks are included. For all other events in which HTs were used, I added 0.24s to roughly convert those times to FAT.
2018 League Champion – Leah Graybill, Warwick – 12.26s
Meet Record – Brooke Gilliford, Manheim Township – 11.8HT (12.04 FAT conversion) – 1997
The strength of Warwick’s program is highlighted in the 100m dash. If all three athletes compete in the event, they could very likely sweep the top 3 spots, earning their team 24 points. Keep an eye on Donegal senior Taylor Nissly who has been posting fast times from 100-400m all season. Warwick’s Graybill is currently ranked PA#4 in the 100m while teammates Meghan Quinn and Lily Palacio-Lewis are ranked PA#5 and PA#11 respectively.
2018 League Champion – Leah Graybill, Warwick – 24.72s
Meet Record – Leah Graybill, Warwick – 24.72s – 2018
Leah Graybill has been on fire this season and will look to lower the meet record time she set in 2018. Her time of 24.42 ranks her PA#2. Quinn is PA#10 and Nissly is PA#12. Warwick’s Palacio-Lewis is not listed here because she doesn’t have an official FAT mark, but this doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a qualifying HT. CV’s Jordyn Hock, Cedar Crest’s Shayla Bonzelet, and Ephrata’s Ania Johnson have all run sub-26s this season and will be looking to improve upon their District seedings this weekend. Bonzelet is also highly ranked at the 400 and 800 so it will be interesting to see which events she competes in.
2018 League Champion – Shayla Bonzelet, Cedar Crest – 57.20s
Meet Record – Sarah Helgeson, Hempfield – 56.34s
21 athletes have met the leagues 2nd qualifier time of 1:03.04 this season, so expect a very competitive 400m dash on Saturday. Last season’s league champion Ahayla Bonzelet is back and has run a quick 200m and a school record 800m. She could be set-up for a breakthrough at 400m. Donegal’s Nissly and Warwick’s Graybill could both be eyeing the meet record time of 56.34. 10 girls have already broken 60s this season. Look for a few more to break that barrier this weekend.
2018 League Champion – Katie Locker, Elizabethtown – 2:18.59
Meet Record – Meredith Newman, Manheim Township – 2:14.00
22 athletes have met the league’s 2nd qualifying standard for the 800m run. This should be a fun race to watch. The Elizabethtown girls haven’t competed individually at an invitational since the Black Knight Invite back on April 13th. Their 4x800m relay team qualified for the Championship of America finals at the Penn Relays two weekends ago. Look for Katie Locker and Madeline Quinn to drop season best times this Saturday with Locker looking to repeat as 800m champion. The Cedar Crest duo of Bonzelet and Gwyneth Young have taken turns breaking their school record at 800m this season, with the record currently with Bonzelet. Young may already have run the 3200/4×800/1600 by the time the 800 comes around. McCaskey’s Rachelle Tejeda is coming off her best time of the season this past Monday at Manheim Township. Ephrata’s Mary Campbell has been carrying a heavy load during dual meets and is coming off victories in the 4x800m, 800m, 1600m, and 4x400m this past Monday. She could also be in for a breakout performance Saturday.
If the race is close at the end the advantage may go to Bonzelet who has run 25.71 for 200m.
2018 League Champion – Katie Locker, Elizabethtown – 5:00.97
Meet Record – Kayleigh Perry, ELCO – 5:00.93 – 2008
Kayleigh Perry’s meet record barely held up last year, I think it goes down this year. Cedar Crest sophomore Gwyneth Young has been on fire the past 2 weekends. She ran a 9:39.85 3k at the Penn Relays, finishing 5th overall. At the Stan Morgan Invite this past weekend she dropped a PA#6 1600m running a PB 4:54.67. She also ran a PB 2:19.07 800m. She’s the favorite, but you can’t count out Warwick’s Kate Dickow and E’town’s Locker. Dickow was the indoor state champion at 3k and finished 7th at the Penn Relays 3k in a 9:41.91. This past weekend she ran her PB 1600m in 4:57.62 (PA#9) at the HokaOne Henderson Invite. Locker hasn’t competed in an individual 1600m invite run since April 13th and has a PB 1600m time of 4:56.70. Those 3 could all break the meet record on Saturday.
2018 League Champion – Jamie Zamrin, Cocalico – 10:51.76
Meet Record – Jamie Zamrin, Cocalico – 10:51.76
The ink is barely dry on Jamie Zamrin’s meet record time from last year and it may already need to be re-written. Weather may be a negative factor as the current forecast calls for storms and moderate winds. If Dickow and Young want to push the pace then both would likely break the record. They both ran fantastic Penn Relay’s 3ks as described above (see 1600m summary). E’town’s Madeline Quinn and Cat Shontz could both press the 11-min barrier as well. While only 6 athletes have met the league’s 2nd qualifying time, don’t let that fool you, the top 4 are all within the state’s top 30 rankings. 4 of those who hit the time standard are just sophomores.
2018 League Champion – Jane Livingston, Conestoga Valley – 14.50s
Meet Record – Megan Ryan, Hempfield – 14.2HT (14.44 FAT Conversion) – 2003
Jane Livingston should win another league title and break the meet record in the process. She has had a stellar senior season. She won the 60mH indoor state title this past winter and is currently ranked PA#1 and US#8 for the 100mH. Cedar Crest senior De’Asia Holloman won the Lebanon County title in a meet record time of 15.07 and should be looking to break the 15s barrier during Saturday’s finals. She is currently ranked PA#16. Hempfield junior Cahsia Page is the only other competitor who’s run under 16s, having run 15.44 at the Black Knight Invite.
2018 League Champion – Leah Sassaman, Manheim Township – 44.74s
Meet Record – Mary Witmer, Ephrata – 42.30s – 2013
Jane Livingston has been dominating the 300mH this season the same way she has the 100mH. She set her PB time of 43.53 this past weekend at the HokaOne Henderson Invite and is ranked PA#1. The real race here will be for 2nd where 6 competitors are within 1 second of each other.
2018 League Champion – Brooke Gilbert, Penn Manor – 5-2
Meet Record – Angie Messner, Garden Spot – 5-10 – 2009
Conestoga Valley’s Alisan Dodd is coming of a big PB high jump this past Monday when she cleared 5-5. If she does that again this weekend she will likely walk away as league champion. The High Jump competition is a tough one to call as 7 athletes have cleared 5-2 or higher this season. Anyone of the girls listed above could break into the top 8 this weekend.
2018 League Champion – Aviona Saunders, Conestoga Valley – 18-06.75
Meet Record – Leslie Hummer, Annville-Cleona – 18-10 – 1987
Last year’s champion, Aviona Saunders of Conestoga Valley, will be the top seed entering the long jump championship this weekend. Ava Hostetler of Hempfield was last year’s runner-up and is also back. Faith Hershberger of Ephrata and Olivia Sensenig of Cocalico will also have title aspirations as they have jumped over 17-0 feet this season.
2018 League Champion – Juliette Delmotte, Warwick – 37-01.75
Meet Record – Stephanie Laudien, Hempfield – 38-07
Warwick’s Juliette Delmotte and CV’s Aviona Saunders had a close battle at last year’s championship with Delmotte narrowly edging out the victory by 0.5 inches. They are back to compete for the title again this season. Olivia Sensenig of Cocalico has made significant strides this season and the sophomore figures to factor into the championship discussion.
2018 League Champion – Mackenzie Horn, Manheim Township – 13-0
Meet Record – Mackenzie Horn, Manheim Township – 13-0 – 2018
Sydney Horn (Manheim Township) has picked up where her sister left off. She has cleared 13-feet several times this season already and if she does it again will break her sister’s meet record. Again, weather could factor into performances Friday with storms and moderate winds forecasted. Horn’s 13-6 clearance from this past Monday ranks her PA#1 and US#7! Annville-Cleona’s Kayla Long’s 11-8 leap ranks her PA#13.
2018 League Champion – Anna Cooney, Solanco – 41-09.25
Meet Record – Niecy Houston, JP McCaskey – 45-10 – 1981
The longest standing meet record for the girls is the 38 year run Niecy Houston has had in the shot put. Her record will be good for another year, but ELCO’s multi-sport star Ryelle Shuey could join her in having thrown over 40-feet at the league meet. The real battle here will be for 2nd between McCaskey’s Ahni-yah Parker and CV’s Destiny Ellerbe.
2018 League Champion – Hannah Woelfling, Cedar Crest – 127-01
Meet Record – Eliese Mitchell, Garden Spot – 159-10 – 1999
Last year’s champion Hannah Woelfling (Cedar Crest) should face a real battle with Penn Manor Sophomore Jalyn Clow. Clow has been getting better throughout the season and currently has the league’s top toss of 135-09 which ranks her PA#7. Lampeter Strasburg senior Kristen Herr could also challenge for the league title.
2018 League Champion – Mackenzie Hainley, Cocalico – 131-07
Meet Record – Kristen Herr, Lampeter-Strasburg – 142-01 – 2017
L-S’s Kristen Herr has dominated the LL League Javelin scene this season. Her personal best toss of 157-05 comes from her runner-up performance at the Penn Relays two weekends ago. She’s ranked PA#2 and US#4. Ephrata senior Kandice Liebl placed 2nd last year and will be looking to repeat that place finish this season. Kate Grohotolski (Manheim Township) will be looking to break the 120-ft barrier. A total of 8 girls have thrown over 110-feet this year.
2018 League Champion – Warwick – 48.56
Meet Record – JP McCaskey – 48.47 – 2007
Warwick and CV come into the championships ranked PA#1 and PA#3 and will both likely break the existing meet record time of 48.47. It should be a very close race for 3rd.
2018 League Champion – Warwick – 3:57.06
Meet Record – Warwick – 3:57.06 – 2018
Similar story here as in the 4x100m with Warwick and CV coming in as the clear favorites. They are ranked PA#4 and PA#6 so far this season. McCaskey could join them in breaking 4-minutes this Saturday.
2018 League Champion – JP McCaskey – 9:29.87
Meet Record – Warwick – 9:29.09 – 2009
The Elizabethtown girls who run on their 4x800m will have a very busy weekend. If they decide to go for the meet record they will likely break it. They qualified for the Championship of America finals at the Penn Relays when they ran their 9:23.76. They are ranked PA#3. A total of 4-5 teams could break the 10-minute barrier Saturday morning.