We are back for year #2 of Senior Journals! Hear from some of our state’s best talent as they share their experiences (good and bad), key lessons they’ve learned along the way, and some of the things they are most passionate about. They will provide updates on their training as well as where things stand regarding their college search/recruitment. Follow along as the class of 2022 takes us through their senior year!
Here they are! (Introductions written following each athletes junior season)
Mia Boardman, Cumberland Valley (Sprints) – Mia is a sprinter with great range. She can burn you in a 100m just as well as she can hold you off in a 400m. The long sprints may be her best events. 2021 saw her break 57-seconds in the 400m and reach the State Championships. She ran a great relay leg for Cumberland Valley’s 4x400m team that placed 2nd in the state. She was the Mid-Penn Conference Champion in the 400m (56.94).
Mia is the #5 ranked 400m runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania.
Katie Dallas, Wilson (XC/Distance) – A converted sprinter, Katie is now one of the Northeast’s best middle-distance runners. She lowered her 800m PR throughout the 2021 outdoor season and finished as the state runner-up in the event with a 2:12.85 performance. She also ran 5:05.50 for 1600m and 10:53.71 for 3200m, solidifying herself as a distance triple-threat. During XC season, she finished 4th in Berks County and went on to place 19th at the PIAA District 3 (AAA) Championships. Look for her to challenge for a XC state medal this fall!
Katie is the #3 ranked 800m runner, #7 ranked 3200m runner, and the #8 ranked 1600m runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania.
Annika Ermold, Governor Mifflin (Throws) – Ermold has made steady improvements each year and she has become one of the state’s top shot put and discus throwers. She closed out her 2021 campaign with new PRs in the shot (41-11.75) and Discus (131-00). She earned state medals in both events, finishing 5th in the shot and 7th in the discus.
Annika is the #1 ranked discus thrower and #2 ranked shot putter in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania.
Alex Holbrook, Exeter Township (XC/Distance) – Alex has quite the story to tell. From suffering a catastrophic injury from being hit by a car as a rising sophomore to qualifying for the state track and field championships in both the 1600m and 3200m as a junior. He has great range from 800m-3200m and is coming off a breakthrough outdoor campaign in 2021, running 4:18.39 for 1600m and 9:22.76 for 3200m. He placed 4th in both the 1600m and 3200m at the PIAA District 3 (AAA) meet to earn his spot at states. He finished 3rd at the BCIAA XC champs last fall. Look for him to win his first state medal during the 2021 cross country season.
Alex is the #6 ranked 1600m and 3200m runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania.
Weber Long, Greencastle-Antrim (XC/Distance) – Weber is the #17 ranked class of 2022 3200m runner in the entire country. He ran an impressive 8:58.15 3200m time in finishing 2nd to Gary Martin at the PIAA State Championships (AAA). He won both the 3200m and 1600m (4:14.32 PR) runs at the PIAA District 3 Championship. During XC, he won both the Mid-Penn Conference and PIAA District 3 championships. He would go on to place 3rd at the state meet in class AA. Weber could find his way to the Footlocker National XC Championships this upcoming fall, he’s that good.
Weber is the #2 ranked 3200m runner and #3 ranked 1600m runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania. He is also the #3 ranked returner in class AA for cross country.
Hope McKenney, Mechanicsburg (XC/Distance) – Hope’s development as a distance runner continued throughout her junior season. During XC, she placed 7th at the Mid-Penn Conference Championships. The following weekend she finished 19th at the PIAA DIstrict 3 Championships (AAA). She set an outdoor 3200m PR of 10:52.85 at the Stan Morgan Invitational. She went on to place 5th in the District, earning her a trip to the outdoor state championships.
Hope is the #6 ranked 3200m runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania.
Braetan Peters, Annville-Cleona (XC/Distance) – Braetan is a multi-sport athlete for the Little Dutchmen. In the fall, she stars for both the XC and field hockey teams. She was the PIAA District 3 (class A) champion for cross country and went on to place 21st in the state. This past spring she lowered her 3200m PR to 11:37.74. She would place 4th in the 1600m and 3rd in the 3200m at the District 3 (class AA) Championships. She finished the year with a 13th place finish at states in the 3200m.
Braetan is the #7 ranked XC runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania (class A). She is the #30 ranked 3200m runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania.
Caryn Rippey, Wilson (XC/Distance) – Caryn enters her senior season as one of the favorites to challenge for state cross country gold. She was the runner-up this past fall at the PIAA class AAA XC Championships. She followed that up with PR-setting performances outdoors. At the Henderson Invitational, she ran a 10:42.09 3200m PR. At Districts, she showed incredible strength as she completed the distance quadruple, running the 3200m (3rd place), 4×800 (2nd place), 1600m (1st place), and 800m (7th place) to help Wilson win the district team title. She ran a 1600m PR of 4:58.89 to place 3rd at the PIAA State Championships (class AAA).
Caryn is the #2 ranked XC runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania. In track, she is ranked PA #4 in both the 1600m and 3200m runs.
Justin Rogers, Hershey (Pole Vault) – Rogers will likely be the state’s all-time best high school pole vaulter by the time he graduates. He broke the Mid-Penn Conference record with a 16-06.25 clearance. He took several attempts at 17-1, which would’ve been the best jump in PA history. He would go on to win both the PIAA District 3 and PIAA State Championship in class AAA.
Justin finished the year ranked PA #1 and he was ranked US#4 amongst class of 2022 pole vaulters!
Tyler Stevens, Manheim Township (XC/Distance) – Stevens has shown significant progress year over year, closing the gap between himself and the state’s best each season. He had a breakout junior year that saw him finish 20th at the PIAA State Championships in XC (class AAA), earning his first state medal. He lowered his 3200m and 1600m PRs this spring, running 9:23.14 in the 3200m at the Bruce Dallas Invitational and running 4:21.41 at the LL League Championships. He finished 3rd in the 3200m at the PIAA District 3 Championships (class AAA) to advance to states.
Tyler is the #7 ranked XC runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania (class AAA). He is also the #7 ranked 3200m runner and #9 ranked 1600m runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania.
Olivia Walter, Mechanicsburg (XC/Distance) – Olivia could be primed for her first state medal this fall. She finished 22nd at the 2020 PIAA DIstrict 3 class AAA XC Championships. In a normal year, that would have qualified her for states. Outdoors, she finished 4th at the PIAA District 3 Championships (class AAA) in the 1600m, just missing a sub-5 min performance (ran 5:00.97). She finished the year with a 10th place finish at the State Championships.
Olivia is the #5 ranked 1600m runner in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania.
Travis Wilk, Manheim Township (Hurdles) – Wilk became one of the state’s best hurdlers as a junior. Excelling in both the 110s and 300s, he lowered his PRs to 14.99 and 39.15. He rebounded nicely at districts and states after a fall cost him the LL League title in the 300mH’s. He would place 2nd at the PIAA District 3 Championships (AAA) before setting a PR of 39.15 in finishing 3rd at the state championships.
Travis is the #1 ranked 300mH and the #5 ranked 110mH in the class of 2022 for Pennsylvania.