We’re at the mid-way point of the regular season and Central PA athletes have been on fire. Here are some highlights and observations for the season to date.
Central PA athletes are killing it on the track and in the field so far in 2022. As of today, Central PA holds PA#1 rankings in 14 events, with Spring Grove’s Laila Campbell and Wyomissing’s J’ven Williams each owning two #1 rankings. Here is the complete list of our PA#1 athletes per PA Milesplit and the CPAR Honor Roll:
Laila Campbell, so Spring Grove – 100m (11.75) and 200m (23.97)
Demaris Waters, sr Harrisburg – 110mH (13.82)
Travis Wilk, sr Manheim Township – 300mH (38.10)
Weber Long, sr Greencastle-Antrim – 3200m (9:09.37)
Dakota Arana, sr Shippensburg – High Jump (6-10)
Jake Adams, sr Altoona – Long Jump (23-8.5)
Shannon Mullin, sr State College – Long Jump (18-11.75)
Justin Rogers, sr Hershey – Pole Vault (16-7)
J’ven Williams, jr Wyomissing – Shot Put (61-6) and Discus (171-8)
Ella Lucas, jr Warwick – Discus (145-10)
JP McCaskey girls – 4x400m Relay (3:57.13)
State College boys – 4x800m Relay (7:55.58)
Note – Demaris Waters time of 13.82 is a Central PA all-time #1 performance!
4 of the state’s top 5 and 9 of the state’s top 15 girls 3200m runners come from Central PA.
PA#2 – 10:44.64 – Claire Paci, so Greencastle-Antrim (AAA)
PA#3 – 10:47.38 – Olivia Walter, sr Mechanicsburg (AAA)
PA#4 – 10:53.78 – Vanessa Alder, jr Carlisle (AAA)
PA#6 – 11:03.93 – Kylee Cubbison, sr Mifflin County (D6AAA)
PA#8 – 11:07.29 – Brooke Preputnick, jr Hershey (AAA)
PA#10 – 11:09.42 – Hope McKenney, sr Mechanicsburg (AAA)
PA#11 – 11:09.76 – Camy Kiser, jr Chambersburg (AAA)
PA#14 – 11:15.47 – Marissa Pritchett, sr Northeastern (AAA)
PA#15 – 11:17.24* – Kaitlyn Highduch, so Governor Mifflin (AAA)
The PIAA District 3 class AAA (D3AAA) 3200m final is going to be fantastic as a total of 10 girls have gone under 11:30 so far this season!
The Hershey vs Mechanicsburg meet this week should feature some key distance match-ups!
Using FAT only, 8 of the state’s top 15 boys 110m hurdlers come from Central PA, with 7 competing in D3AAA.
PA#1 – 13.87 – Demaris Waters, sr Harrisburg (AAA)
PA#5 – 14.83 – Travis Wilk, sr Manheim Township (AAA)
PA#6 – 14.84 – Matthew Crow, sr Twin Valley (AAA)
PA#7 – 14.94 – Enrico Faccio, sr Ephrata (AAA)
PA#8 – 15.01 – Mile Alicea, sr Northeastern (AAA)
PA#10 – 15.07 – Ethan Conrad, sr Bishop McDevitt (AAA)
PA#11 – 15.11 – Bernard Bell, jr South Western (AAA)
PA#12 – 15.22 – Jon Wess, jr Central Cambria (D6AA)
Additionally, Jermere Jones (so, Chambersburg) and Landon McGallicher (jr, Manheim Central) have run 14.6 and 14.7 hand-times, respectively. By the way, they are also D3AAA.
Can anyone catch the Eagles? Both squads are now ranked #1 in our CPAR team rankings.
The Cumberland Valley boys are led by Wade Shomper (sr) and Luke Noss (sr). If not for Wyomissing’s J’ven Williams (jr), Shomper would be ranked #1 in the state in the shot put. He is also ranked 3rd in the state in the discus. He is ranked #1 in both the shot (61-4.5) and discus (162-6) in D3AAA. In fact, he has a 10-foot lead in the shot in D3AAA. As for Noss, he’s ranked #1 in the 400m (48.89), anchors the #1 ranked 4x400m relay, is 2nd in the 300mH (39.48), and ranks 5th in the 200m (22.14) in D3AAA. The 400m, 300mH, and 4x400m seems like a doable triple come districts. Additionally, Cumberland Valley will look to score points in the pole vault with Jack Reilly (so, 13-6, 3rd in D3AAA), the discus with Ridge Crispino (jr, 152-4, 4th in D3AAA), and in the 800m with Samuel De La Riva (sr, 1:58.74, 8th in D3AAA).
Who are the closest challengers to the CV boys in D3AAA?
– Look for Manheim Township to keep it close. The senior trio of Travis Wilk (110mH, 300mH, 4x400m), Darren Cammauf (200m, 400m, 4x400m), and Tyler Stevens (1600m, 3200m) should put up solid points for the Blue Streaks. Their 4x400m is currently ranked CPAR#2 behind Cumberland Valley. They will need to score all of their points on the track.
– Twin Valley’s Anthony Engle (800m, 1600m, 4x800m) and Matthew Crow (110mH, 300mH, long jump) keep moving up the honor roll rankings. The Raiders 4×800 is currently #1 in D3AAA.
– Shippensburg’s jump squad of Dakota Arana (high jump), Spencer Edey (long jump, triple jump), Traevon Kater (long jump), and Connor Landreth (high jump) is arguably the best in the state. Look for them to score a lot of points in these events.
The Cumberland Valley girls will look to score a lot of points in the relays where they are ranked #1 in the 4×100 and #2 in the 4x400m. Riley Ebersole (jr) and Mia Boardman (sr) are key members of those relays and will both look to score big points in individual events. Ebersole is ranked 1st in D3AAA in the 400m (57.24) and is 6th in the 200m (25.58). Boardman is ranked 2nd in the 400m (57.57), 5th in the 200m (25.53), and is ranked 7th in the 100m (12.54). Additionally, Ashley Pines (jr) is ranked first in the 800m (2:16.08) and 10th in the 1600m (5:15.04). Thrower Kyra Love (jr) is currently ranked 3rd in the shot put (37-5) and teammate Lauren Bellows (sr) is 5th in the discus (114-11). Other potential scorers include 300m hurdler Ashley Ross (jr, 47.72, 5th in D3AAA), long jumpers Maria Ratnasamy (sr, 16-10, 10th in D3AAA) and Alicia So (so, 16-8, 11th in D3AAA). So is also ranked 7th in the triple jump with her 35-6. Chloe Pyles (so) is currently tied for 6th in D3AAA in the pole vault with a 10-6 clearance.
Who could challenge the Eagle girls in D3AAA? Carlisle and JP McCaskey seem the most likely challengers.
– For Carlisle, Vanessa Alder could look to quadruple in the 3200/1600/800/4x800m at districts. No trials and running the 3200m on Friday night makes this possible. Rhyan Mitchell (100m, long jump, triple jump), Ally Richwine (high jump), and Eva Leatherman (300mH) could also score solid points for the Thundering Herd.
– McCaskey is coming off of some phenomenal performances form their dual meet against Warwick and should also challenge for the D3AAA team title. They will score significant points in all three relays. Kamyah Wright (100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m), Kamiah Wright (400m, 800m, 4x400m, 4x800m), Isabella Shertzer (800m, 4x400m, 4x800m), Milana Breuninger (800m, 1600m, 4x800m), and Amyrah Kellam (javelin) will all contribute to team title hopes.
Here are some new names Central PA track and field fans should know:
Abraham Sloboh (so, Milton Hershey) – The sprint phenom from Milton Hershey began to make a name for himself indoors when he placed 9th in the 200m and 14th in the 60m at the PTFCA Indoor State Championships. He’s continued his strong running outdoors with PRs of 10.90 (100m) and 22.05 (200m).
Jaylynn Dorsey (fr, Susquehanna Township) – Jaylynn took home the 200m victory at the Pan Ram Invitational in 26.00 and immediately jumped onto our radar as one to watch.
Madison Livingston (fr, CD East) – Livingston has posted the top freshman 100m time so far this season with her 12.74. She has the 2nd fastest 200m freshman time (26.72).
Lex Cyrus (fr, Susquehanna Township) – Cyrus has posted the top freshman sprint times in the area, posting 11.24 in the 100m and 22.63 in the 200m.
Victoria Rodriguez (fr, Dallastown) – Rodriguez was a breakout XC star for the Wildcats this fall as she won a state medal, finishing 22nd in class AAA. She placed 5th at Adidas Indoor Nationals in the freshman mile. This outdoor season she has run 2:25.84 (800), 5:18.24 (1600m), and 11:36.32 (3200m).
JJ Kelly (fr, Chambersburg) – Kelly has quickly become the top underclassman jumper in Central PA. His 46-0.5 triple jump ranks him #2 amongst freshman in our all-time CPAR Honor Roll. He has also long-jumped 21-7 and high-jumped 6-0 on the season. He is a standout on the basketball court for the Trojans as well.
Michael Scott (fr Dallastown) – Scott is another standout freshman in the horizontal jumps. He has already posted a 21-5.5 in the long jump. He is a standout WR for the Wildcats on the football field and was a recent visitor of the PSU football program.
Branson Adams (fr, Altoona) – Adams will be a contributor to an Altoona squad looking to challenge State College and Mifflin County for the District 6 title. He’s posted an impressive 43-4 leap in the triple jump.
Cole Stevens (fr, Manheim Township) – Was an individual state qualifier in XC for a Blue Streaks squad that also qualified as a team. Spent the winter swimming, winning 4 LL League medals before earning Honorable Mention all-state on Township’s 400 free relay team. Has posted a 2:01.71 800m run off of just 3 weeks of practice.
Madelyn Holbrook (fr, Exeter Township) – Holbrook was an individual state qualifier in XC and has now posted the top freshman 3200m time in Central PA. She won the Black Knight Invite 3200m run in 11:33.97.
Lilyana Carlson (fr, Bermudian Springs) and Anna Rank (fr, Elizabethtown) – Both have cleared 10-6 in the pole vault to start their high school careers.
Notes and Observations
– The Mifflin County boys defeated State College in a regular season meet for the first time ever, 76-74 this past week.
– The State College boys last lost the District 6 title in 2015. Look for another close District 6 meet this season as Altoona and Mifflin County both look to unseat the Little Lions.
– Other than the PA#1 ranked State College boys, the 4x800m relay event seems to be wide open at the moment. Twin Valley and Altoona are the only other teams who have run under 8:10 so far this season. Greencastle-Antrim (8:13) and Ephrata (8:14) are the only other teams under 8:15.
– The girls relays in District 3 should be fun to watch, especially if the meet comes down to the 4×400 between PA#1 ranked JP McCaskey and PA#2 ranked Cumberland Valley. The Eagles are also PA#5 in the 4×100 while McCaskey is PA#8. The Tornadoes are also PA#8 in the 4×800.
– Matthew O’Brien (jr, Susquehannock) is the #2 ranked junior in the state in the 3200m (9:15.18) and Colin Whitaker (so, Lampeter Strasburg) is the #1 ranked sophomore in the state in the 3200m (9:17.76). O’Brien is PA#3 and Whitaker PA#5 in the event season to date.
– Aidan Hodge (jr Hempfield) looked like an individual state title contender in class AAA XC this past fall. Unfortunately, an avulsion fracture in his hip derailed those plans (he still placed 20th in the state). He looks to be fully back following his 4:21.56 1600m win at the Black Knight Invitational.
– Berks County boys 800 – 4 of the current top 7 performers in Central PA compete in the BCIAA, including #1 ranked Luke Seymour (sr, Schuylkill Valley) and #2 ranked Anthony Engle (jr, Twin Valley). Nathaniel Diaz (sr, Wilson) and Alex Holbrook (sr, Exeter Township) are the other ranked BCIAA runners.
– Demaris Waters is one of the top unsigned seniors in the country. He recently visited the University of Pittsburgh. Someone is going to end up with a late class of 2022 recruitment steal!
– Harrisburg’s Ericka Jackson (jr) has dominating the throws so far this season. She’s first in Central PA in the shot put (40-2, PA#5), 2nd in the discus (140-1, PA#3), and 2nd in the javelin (129-5, PA#5).
– Laila Campbell is ranked #5 in the 200m and #10 in the 100m amongst sophomores in the United States.
– Justin Rogers is currently ranked #9 in the US in the Pole Vault.
Look for some big performances at one of the following meets next weekend:
4/22 – Twin Valley Invitational
4/23 – Shippensburg Invitational
4/23 – Leonard Stephan Invitational (Live Coverage)