PIAA DIstrict III AAA T&F Championships – Sprint and Hurdle Preview

The 100m, 200m, 100mH/110mH prelims and semifinals will take place on Friday at Shippensburg University. Much like the distance events, both D3 AAA boys and girls are very well represented at the state level in the sprint events.

Lets take a look at each of the events below, starting with the girls competition.

Girls

State Qualifying: Top 2 + any additional athlete bettering 12.50

Warwick –> PIAA D3 AAA 100m ranks – #1, #2, and #3. Leah Graybill (PA#4), Meghan Quinn (PA#7), and Lily Palacio-Lewis (PA#8) of Warwick are all ranked inside the top 10 in the state. The top 5 in this event were the top 5 at the LL League meet last weekend. Don’t be surprised if this is the way they finish this weekend at Shippensburg. Cahsia Page of Hempfield, Ania Johnson of Ephrata, and Imani Naylor of William Penn have all run the state qualifying time of 12.50. Graybill has committed to run for Shippensburg University. She is very familiar with this track and will be looking to collect a total of 4 gold medals this weekend. Warwick is the favorite to win the team competition.

Here’s a video of the LL League 100m final:

https://twitter.com/centralparunner/status/1127225265401339905

State Qualifying: Top 5 + any additional athlete bettering 15.40

Conestoga Valley’s Jane Livingston (Villanova Commit) and Perkiomen Valley’s Christina Warren (Arizona State Commit) are the best hurdlers in the state and two of the best in the US. Livingston is currently PA#2 and US#9 at 100mH. She won the state indoor title in the 60mH and hasn’t lost a 100mH or 300mH race this spring. At the MU Cy Fritz Invite she clipped a hurdle hard and still won (race video here: https://twitter.com/centralparunner/status/1121903989065383937

While Livingston is the clear favorite, 3 other girls have run under 15-seconds and 8 total have bettered the state qualifying time of 15.40. Jackie Richards (Exeter; 14.80) and DeAsia Holloman (Cedar Crest; 14.91) both set PRs at their respective conference/league meets last weekend and look to be peaking at the right time. Palmyra’s Maliyah Stough ran her PR of 14.84 at the Pan Ram Invite in mid-April.

State Qualifying: Top 5 + any additional team bettering 49.75

The girls 4x100m relay should be an exciting race. Warwick and Conestoga Valley battled to a 1-2 finish at the LL League Championship meet. Warwick’s season best time of 47.25 is PA#1 and Conestoga Valley’s time of 47.85 is PA#3. Carlisle sits at PA#9 and Hempfield at PA#11. 6 teams have already run 49.75 or faster with another 2 within 0.25s.

Here is the race video from LL League’s that saw both Warwick and Conestoga Valley break the 48-second barrier:

https://twitter.com/centralparunner/status/1127244897050865664

State Qualifying: Top 5 + any additional athlete bettering 58.80

Donegal’s Taylor Nissly (IUP commit) has made nice improvements each season since her freshman year. This year she head’s into districts as the #1 seed at 400m. Her time of 56.30 ranks her PA#9 in the event (she’s PA#6 at 200m). At her league meet she didn’t have her best day and finished 4th to Warwick’s Leah Graybill and Meghan Quinn and to Conestoga Valley’s Jordyn Hock. Hock is the 3rd seed this weekend as neither Graybill nor Quinn elected to race the 400m. Central Dauphin’s Raechel Bonner comes into the meet as the Mid-Penn Conference champion. She placed 11th at the indoor state meet 400m. Cedar Crest’s Shayla Bonzelet is coming off a PR performance at her league meet running 58.01. As mentioned in our distance preview (found here), Bonzelet will be running the 400/800/200 triple this weekend. Sarah Castronova (Conestoga Valley) is the 5th seed and is coming off her PR at leagues of 58.25. She will run for Bloomsburg next year. This is a very competitive event. It will be interesting to see how many girls hit the 58.80 standard.

State Qualifying: Top 5 + any additional athlete bettering 46.25

Jane Livingston is coming off of a big PR at the LL League championships at 300mH (race video here). Her time of 42.40 is a PA#1 and US#24 performance. The Villanova pledge will be difficult to beat in this race. Cumberland Valley’s Taylor Jede (PSU commit; PA#3) and Wilson sophomore Madi Herb (PA#8) appear most likely to challenge Livingston for the top spot on the podium. Jackie Richards, a D1 soccer recruit (Xavier) out of Exeter is seeded 4th with a 45.11 and Hempfield’s Cahsia Page is seeded 5th at 45.18. The top 8 all have realistic chances of bettering the state qualifying standard of 46.25.

State Qualifying: Top 5 + any additional athlete bettering 25.91

Many familiar names sit atop of the 200m performance list. Future PSAC foes, Leah Graybill (Shippensburg Univ) and Taylor Nissly (IUP) sit 1-2, both running sub 25-seconds on the year. Graybill’s 24.42 currently ranks her PA#5. Nissly’s 24.72 ranks her PA#6. Warwick junior Meghan Quinn and Conestoga Valley junior Jordyn Hock will both be looking for sub-25 on Saturday. Bonzelet (Cedar Crest), Bonner (Central Dauphin), Page (Hempfield), and Johnson (Ephrata) have also already bettered the state qualifying time of 25.91 and if they run those times again on Saturday they will all be heading to the state championship meet. Bonner (Mid-Penn) is the only non-LL League runner in the top 8.

Video of the LL League 200m here

State Qualifying: Top 5 + any additional team bettering 4:01.50

Come the end of any championship level meet, the 4×400 is typically run on tired legs. Same as in the 4×100, Warwick (PA#4) and Conestoga Valley (PA#6) are at the top of the class in the girls 4×400. Leah Graybill and Meghan Quinn have both opted out of the 400m which means Warwick will be running their “A” squad on Saturday. I expect the same from all of the top competitors in this event. The race within the race will be the battle for 3rd between Cumberland Valley, Carlisle, JP McCaskey, and Twin Valley.

Boys

State Qualifying: Top 6 + any additional athlete bettering 11.10

Whereas the LL League dominated the girls sprint performance list, the Mid-Penn Conference dominates the boys sprint performance lists. A total of 22 boys have bettered the state qualifying time of 11.10 seconds so far this season. 22!! The headliners are Harrisburg’s Kamere Day and Central Dauphin’s Shawn Brown. Both have held the top spots in our CPAR Honor Roll all season. Day is currently ranked PA#3 and Brown is PA#4. Lampeter-Strasburg’s Ezra Mellinger has opted out of the 100m. Mellinger is PA#5. Chambersburg’s Tyeshawn Worrell (PA#7), Harrisburg’s Donte Kent (PA#8), and Mechanicsburg’s Joseph Bruno (#9) are all ranked in the top 10 of the state. The top 5 in this race are all juniors. In fact, there isn’t a senior ranked in the top 10. Should be a fun and fast race!

State Qualifying: Top 6 + any additional athlete bettering 15.10

Emmanuel Niang (CD East) comes into this meet ranked PA#1. He placed 3rd at indoor states in the 60mH and will look for his first individual district title on Saturday. Milton Hershey’s Jaidyn Parris (PA#8) and Eastern York’s Demonte Martin (PA#9; Robert Morris Football commit) are also ranked inside of the state’s top 10. Martin is coming off a lifetime best in winning the 110mH at the YAIAAs and will look to carry that momentum through this week and next. 9 athletes have run faster than 15.10 so far this year.

State Qualifying: Top 6 + any additional team bettering 43.25

This will be one of the most anticipated races of the weekend. The top 4 teams are all ranked within the top 10 in the state. CD East is PA#1; Harrisburg is PA#3; Chambersburg is PA#7; JP McCaskey is PA#10. Any fumble of the baton could result in a shake-up come Saturday. The top 8 seeds have all bettered the state qualifying time and will be looking to improve upon those performances.

State Qualifying: Top 6 + any additional athlete bettering 50.09

9 competitors, including 4 sophomores, have already run 50.00 or faster this season. CD East’s Stephon Brown is coming off of a monster performance at the Mid-Penn Championships that saw him run a PA#1 and lifetime best time of 47.47. Mechanicsburg’s Joseph Bruno is closest to Brown and will be looking to challenge the 48s barrier this weekend. He is currently ranked PA#4. Red Lion senior Jerome Jessup is PA#7 and Cumberland Valley sophomore James Jaisingh is PA#9. Cumberland Valley’s other sophomore star is David Williams who sits at PA#13. All athletes in the final/”fast” heat have run sub-50 on the season.

State Qualifying: Top 6 + any additional athlete bettering 39.80

JP McCaskey junior Dejon Manning has put together a breakout season that has seen him set lifetime bests at 100/200/110mH/300mH. He moved up to PA#3 after running 38.43 at 300mH last weekend (race video here). 5 other athletes have broken the 40s mark this season. The top challengers to Manning are Andrew Paskey (York Suburban) and Zach Reed (Manheim Central). Paskey and Reed have both run their PRs within the last 2 weekends and could be due for big races. Paskey will be running for Upper Iowa University next season while Reed will be playing soccer and running for Lebanon Valley College. Elizabethtown junior Derek Heisey has taken nearly 3 seconds off of his 300mH best from last season and is seeded 4th. You can see him finishing 2nd to Manning in the video link included above.

State Qualifying: Top 6 + any additional athlete bettering 22.50

Lampeter-Strasburg’s Ezra Mellinger (Duke University signee) is the top seed for this weekend’s 200m, but in a race with some of the states best 100m and 400m runners this event may be even closer than it looks on paper. His time of 21.48 is a PA#3 performance this season. Mellinger opted out of the 100m to focus on the 200m, LJ, and 4x100m. Titan Cox (Manheim Township) was injured during last weekends LL League Championships. With a week to recover he will be hopeful to return to top form. Cox will be running for Mount St. Mary’s next year. 15 athletes have run 22.50 or faster so making it into finals wont be easy. Each athlete will need to navigate prelims and semis carefully on Friday to advance to finals on Saturday. Those athletes also competing in the 100m or 110mH will have a very busy Friday afternoon.

State Qualifying: Top 6 + any additional team bettering 3:24.03

CD East is the only team currently ranked in the top 10 of the state, coming in at #9. Cumberland Valley should give CD East a challenge for the district title. The next 4 teams are only separated by 0.82s. Whoever is freshest coming into the 4×400 may come out on top. CD East ran their season best time last weekend at Mid-Penn’s so they seem to be able to manage the number of races well.