Weekend invitational action, beginning on Friday with the Sterling Hoffman Invitational and the Hershey Meet of Champions, and then continuing on Saturday with big meets in both District 3 as well as District 6, led to a slew of new CPAR #1 performances.
Taking over top spots or improving upon their already #1 position, were:
This weekend also brought us our first CPAR Team Rankings of the season.
You can see the entire rankings here.
Noah Sanders was the story early in the week when he dropped a 10.5s hand-timed 100m dash at Dover. He followed that up with a CPAR #2(tie) 200m of 22.10. On Saturday, he clocked a 49.14 400m to finish 2nd at the Coatesville Invitational. The 400m has become one of the most competitive events in Central PA. David Williams (sr, Cumberland Valley) set the new standard for 400m when he ran 48.59 at home on Tuesday. He then won the Coatesville Invitational on Saturday, running 48.60. York Suburban’s Logan Zeiders (sr) also went under 49-seconds, running 48.4 (HT) at New Oxford. It’s very possible we will see a sub-48s performance sooner than later.
Kamyah Wright (so, JP McCaskey) had a breakout week, clocking FATs of 12.70 (100m) and 25.87 (200m, CPAR #1). She then helped the JP McCaskey girls secure the new top spot in the 4x100m relay when they clocked 49.68. McCaskey closed the weekend with a CPAR #2 performance in the 4×400 (4:05.80) when they finished 2nd to CPAR#1 ranked Cumberland Valley. Mia Boardman (jr, Cumberland Valley) dropped her 200m PR into the 25s, going 25.99 at home on April 6th. I’m interested to see what she can do in an open 400m. The top 100m performance of the week belonged to Aliyah Serrano (sr, Conrad Weiser) who sprinted a blazing 12.50s at home on the 6th.
Xander Topos (sr, Palmyra) and Travis Wilk (jr, Manheim Township) continued their strong performances in the 110mH this week. Both clocked sub-15s HTs en route to dual meet victories. They are CPAR #1 and CPAR #2, respectively. We are still waiting for our first 300mH Honor Roll performance (40.50 FAT; 40.2 HT) for the boys.
The “Hurdler of the Week” award belongs to Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy’s Clare Marsh (sr) who ran CPAR #1 and PA #3 110mH and 300mH times at the United Invitational on Saturday. She finished with times of 15.53 and 45.86! The 100mH talent is deep in Central PA. Haley Stickle (sr, Somerset) won the Bedford Giant Eagle Invite with a 15.57 and Olivia Kay (jr , York Suburban) took home the Hershey Meet of Champions title in 15.61. Cora Heilman (jr, Cumberland Valley) improved upon her 300mH time running 46.72 at the Coatesville Invitational.
The race of the week goes to Graham Thomas (sr, Penn Manor) and Stephen Schousen (sr, JP McCaskey) as they battled to the finish line in a dual meet, finishing in 4:21.57 and 4:21.61 for 1600m, respectively. Thanks to John Breuninger for these cool pictures of the race:
Weber Long (jr, Greencastle-Antrim) broke his school’s record in the 800m running 1:56.9 at James Buchanan on 4/6. Luke Seymour (jr, Schuylkill Valley) was a double winner again this weekend, taking home 1600m and 800m victories at the Sterling Hoffman Invitational. He was not challenged. The top 3200m runs this week belonged to Schousen and Exeter Township’s Alex Holbrook (jr) who finished 2nd and 3rd to Jenkintown’s Luke Miller (sr) at Coatesville. Schousen ran 9:32.77 (outdoor PR) while Holbrook PR’d in 9:33.06. Cole Adams (jr, York Suburban) took home the Hershey Meet of Champions 3200m win in a new PR time of 9:41.05.
Another week, another Ashley Pines (so, Cumberland Valley) Invite win. She’s now 3-3 on the season (Tim Cook-Bruce Dallas-Coatesville Invite). She improved upon her personal best Saturday when she ran 2:18.68. Katie Dallas (jr, Wilson) went sub-2:20 for the first time at Coatesville, crossing in 2:19.92. The girl’s 800m is shaping up to be a tightly contested event, with 9 girls already at 2:21 or faster. Arielle Breuninger (sr, JP McCaskey) set a big 1600m PR en route to winning the Coatesville Invitational. She had the fastest 1600m of the week, running 5:04.04.
Dustin Hyde (sr, Somerset) had a nice week. He won the shot put at the Bedford Giant Eagle Invitational with a 57-06 toss. He then placed 2nd in the discus with a throw of 156-00. Earlier in the week he committed to Saint Francis University. Winning the discus at Bedford was Homer Center’s Teagan Sharp (sr) who threw 156-07. That’s just shy of his 161-00 effort at the Altoona Igloo Invite. Jon Barrett (Northern) continued his fantastic senior season, winning the Arctic Blast Invite with a toss of 160-00. He has a personal best of 175-09 from earlier this season. The Javelin field took a hit this week as we learned state championship contender Evan Niedrowski (sr, Wyomissing) will miss the season with injury (story here). Donegal’s Zach Nissley (sr) entered the javelin discussion this week when he threw 169-08 at ELCO.
Ashlyn Giles (sr, Schuylkill Valley) continued her hot streak throwing 52-feet (!!) in the shot at a throwing-only competition this weekend (still waiting on final results). That moves her up to US #2 on the outdoor season! She also threw the discus a PA #2 149-00 at Oley Valley. United’s Maizee Fry had a big weekend, winning all three throwing events at the United Invitational (SP – 41-02.75; Discus – 131-11 ; Javelin – 114-04). Mikaela Wolf (sr, Cumberland Valley), Abby Reasoner (sr, Kutztown), and Sidney Trimbur (sr, Oley Valley), all threw the Javelin over 122 feet. Wolf led the way with her 123-08 win at the Coatesville Invitational.
Conrad Moore (sr, State College) improved upon his season best when he cleared 6-8 at Coatesville. He’s cleared at least 6-6 in all of his meets this season. James Buchanan’s Grant Ellis (sr) set a new PR of 6-7 at home on 4/6. Muhlenberg’s TJ White (sr) cleared 6-4 at Daniel Boone. JP McCaskey’s Troy Johnson (jr) is the first to jump 22-feet in the LJ this season. He jumped 22-00 at McCaskey’s home dual meet on the 6th. Jake Adams (jr, Altoona) came close to 22-feet, jumping 21-09.75 at Cumberland Valley. Kyle Murr (sr, Penn Manor) triple jumped to a 46-02 mark which is a LL League all-time top 20 mark.
Joining Madeline Lehker (jr, South Western) as area athletes with 5-3 HJ clearances are Chambersburg’s Josey Reineman (sr) and Manheim Central’s Maddie Knier (so). Shannon Mullin (jr, State College) blasted an 18-00.5 LJ at Altoona on Saturday. At the same meet, Brooke Long (jr, Altoona) hit a big TJ mark of 37-07. The girl’s jumps are heating up!
– Maddie Knier (Manheim Central) had herself a monstrous day at home against Lebanon on 4/6. The sophomore won 4 events, notching CPAR honor roll performances in all 4. Her performances: LJ – 16-11; TJ – 34-08.5; HJ – 5-03; Javelin – 119-08.
– Berks Catholic freshman Brady Mider improved upon his SP PR, getting a CPAR Honor throw of 49-09. When these results post, he will be ranked PA #1 and US #4 amongst freshman!