AIM FOR THE SUN

AIM FOR THE SUN — Delone Catholic’s Maddie Sieg won the Class 2A javelin on Friday in the District 3 Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Her coach’s rebel yell after the javelin landed wasn’t enough to convince Maddie Sieg that she’d accomplished her mission. She had to hear the announcement for herself.

When the distance her javelin sailed — 123 feet, 8 inches — was finally announced, Sieg allowed herself to smile. Though it wasn’t a personal record, it topped the best throw by Oley Valley’s Danielle Trimbur by a couple of feet.

“Judging from coach Dusty’s reaction, I knew I was really close,” she said. “I was still in second going into my last throw, so my coach said ‘let it rip.’ It feels really great. I knew going into it that I’d have tough competition, so I knew I had to throw my best. It paid off.”

Lehr’s elated shout was as much for Sieg, who he admires, as it was for the Squirettes’ chances of defending their District 3 Class 2A crown. They will have their hands full after top threat Greenwood took home a couple of golds at Friday’s District 3 Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

“It sets us up for tomorrow,” Lehr said before reflecting on an otherwise ho-hum afternoon. “Average doesn’t win district titles, but Maddie came up huge with an upset win and that gives us some hope.”

With wind blowing in the faces of the throwers, Sieg felt comfortable after her first throw traveled 117 feet. But her frustration began to mount as she opened her body too soon and her next few attempts fell flat.

“She didn’t panic,” Lehr said. “I could tell she went from being upset to being focused and ready to compete,” he said. “Her last one was focused, not an angered throw.”

Several Squirettes came in lower than seeded during the first day of competition. Some they counted on came up scoreless in critical events. Lehr said the focus throughout the week was on the team competition, more than anything else.

“Pretty much everything you’re doing, you’re doing for yourself, but there’s team points attached,” Lehr said, reiterating the message. “Remember how proud you were of each other last year. We need that effort or more to do the same thing this year.”

BRING A FRIEND

South Western’s Zaiyah Marshall’s been jumping well enough that she knew if she performed at her best that she’d be headed to states in the triple jump. Getting senior Kayla Brooks to come along for the ride was what was most important to her on Friday.

Marshall fulfilled her part of the plan, taking third with a 37-10.25 in the 3A event. Brooks didn’t crack the top five to automatically qualify, but pumped out a 36-8.75 jump to narrowly skip past the qualifying standard while placing seventh. She was ¾ of an inch from her personal best.

“I’ll be so much more comfortable jumping with somebody I know,” said the sophomore Marshall.

Brooks made the PIAA meet in the 4x100 in her freshman year. She focused on gymnastics as a sophomore, but returned to the state meet as a junior in the high jump. Making it in the triple jump made her a perfect 3-for-3.

Marshall’s consistency makes her a medal threat at states. She said the second phase will be the key to extending her feat.

“I can not hold it. It’s so hard,” she said. “When you’re running down, you don’t even remember the phases.”

BACK TO STATES

After a one-year absence, Julia Malesky is headed back to the PIAA Championships in the high jump.

The Delone Catholic senior entered as the No. 2 seed behind teammate Bailey Wagaman and tied with last year’s champ, Bermudian Springs’ Rachel Spangler. She cruised through her jumps, all the way past 5-0 before running into rocky territory. Her backside barely nipped the bar on two of three 5-2 attempts.

“It’s really exciting. I wasn’t really expecting it, I’m going to be honest,” said Malesky, who tied for second. “I know 5-2 was the height I had coming in, but I haven’t been jumping consistently.”

The Squirettes hope to be locked in a head-to-head battle with Greenwood for the D3-2A team title this weekend. That didn’t affect Malesky’s feelings toward the performance of Greenwood’s Emma Roltson, who came out of the No. 7 seed to win with a 5-2.

“I was really proud of her. She was really excited. I’m not sure she’d ever jumped that before,” Malesky said. “I’m so glad for her. I can’t be mad about that at all.”

NEW HEIGHTS

FOR SIMPSON

South Western’s Anna Simpson needed a new personal record to make it to the medal stand. A whole lot of work went into getting her the extra six inches.

The Mustang junior was nothing but grateful after landing a 10-6 leap that pushed her to eighth on the Class 3A medal stand on Friday.

“I only hit 10 feet once this season and I did it once last year at counties,” she said. “To get 10-6 today was pretty nice. This was my first time medaling in districts. I think that’s pretty awesome.”

South Western pole vault coach Bob Glover got creative this week in practice, taking Simpson to the school’s natatorium for some work in the swimming pool.

“Coach laid on the diving board and held the pole in the dive tank,” she said. “I swam down to the bottom, then would swing down and push off. It gives you the feeling of being upside down without all the dangers.”

Glover searched far and wide for the last ingredient.

A pole vault set is a bit like a golf bag — not every team or competitor has every club. Glover felt grateful to have a friend in Dallastown coach Mike Gillis, who allowed them to borrow the one they needed to get through the week. It was on that pole that Simpson popped her PR.

Simpson has been a jack of all trades for the Mustangs, but she said she’d like to work up to a 12-foot vault by the end of next season.

NEW TO THE STAND

A Bermudian Springs senior, Jennifer Reyes-Garcia, and Fairfield freshman, Natalie Brown, each climbed the steps at Shippensburg for the first time in the discus.

Greenwood’s Mallory Kauffman broke a 27-year discus record with a toss of 160-3, but the rest of the field struggled to match their personal bests.

That left a perfect bubble for Brown to step up. She tossed a 101-5 to bring a bronze medal back to Fairfield after entering as the No. 8 seed.

Brown may be new to the district meet, but she’s familiar with Shippensburg. Her cousin, former Fairfield discus thrower Tyler Hewitt, was happy to invite her up to campus.

“They help me out a lot. I work hard and stay after practice to take that extra step,” she said. “Next year I’m going to work harder and try to step it up. I want at least a 120.”

Reyes-Garcia only started throwing for Bermudian Springs in her junior year. She battled through illness Friday to grab some hardwarewith a fifth-place effort. She never imagined she’d grab a district medal in her second campaign.

“I am really proud to have made it this far,” she said. “I’ve worked very hard just to get here. Friends encouraged me to come throw, and I’m happy I did.”

MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM

Fairfield’s Milly Heinbaugh has already qualified for states. It came in the long jump (16-7.75), the event in which she was least likely to get it. The junior hopes that it’s only the beginning.

“That’s better than expected,” Heinbaugh said. “Knowing I have a chance to go to states in all my events, I’m just so excited for tomorrow.”

Heinbaugh edged out teammate Zoe Logue (16-0.5), who also has PIAA ambitions in her other events. After two rounds of qualifying races, Heinbaugh is still the top seed in the 100 (12.61) and the 200 (25.93) today. Logue (15.69) was only .01 seconds off of Bermudian’s Kayla Pyles for the top spot in the 100 hurdles. They will both be in the team’s 4x400 with Rio and Honey Strosnider, ranked third upon entry.

Biglerville’s Faith Redding will be in the 100 and 200 finals, as will Delone’s Brooke Lawyer. Squirette teammate Maddie Clabaugh is also in the 100 finals and Lauren Trummer made the 100 hurdles finals.

District 3 Track & Field

Championships

Friday — Shippensburg University

GIRLS

Class 3A

Pole vault: 1. Horn (Manheim Twp.) 12-6, 2. Recce (Central Dauphin) 12-0, 3. Crane (Central York) 12-0, 4. Cardin (Carlisle) 11-6, 5. Hummel (Mechanicsburg) 11-0, T6. Anna Simpson (South Western), Light (Lower Dauphin), Thorne (Central York) 10-6

Triple jump: 1. Thomas (West York) 39-11, 2. Recce (Central Dauphin) 37-11.5, 3. Zaiyah Marshall (South Western) 37-10.25, 4. Delmotte (Warwick) 37-5, 5. Saunders (Conestoga Valley) 37-2.5, 6. Tony (Wilson) 37-0, 7. Kayla Brooks (South Western) 36-8.75, 8. Sensenig (Cocalico) 36-5

Shot put: 1. Suzenski (Berks Catholic) 43-6.75, 2. Shuey (ELCO) 40-11.25, 3. Moyer (Wilson) 38-3, 4. Parker (McCaskey) 36-9.5, 5. McIntire (Red Lion) 35-0.75, 6. Ellerbe (Conestoga Valley) 35-0.5, 7. Beavens (Muhlenberg) 34-10.5, 8. Fisher (Muhlenberg) 34-3.25; 9. Alyssa Steipler (South Western) 34-1.75, 12. Megan Wolf (South Western) 33-6.75

3200: 1. Starliper (Northern) 10:24.21, 2. Dickow (Warwick) 10:28.02, 3. Toti (Carlisle) 10 30.86, 4. Young (Cedar Crest) 10:35.11, 5. R. Underwood (Wilson) 10:40.66, 6. B. Underwood (Wilson) 10:48.41, 7. Shontz (Elizabethtown) 10:49.55, 8. Schuler (Dallastown) 10:54.96

100 semifinals (Top 3 each heat plus 2 next-fastest times qualify for finals)

Heat 1: 1. Graybill (Warwick) 12.22, 2. Quinn (Warwick) 12.24, 3. Magalotti (Wilson) 12.64, 4. Miller (Penn Manor) 12.77q

Heat 2: 1. Palacio-Lewis (Warwick) 12.18, 2. Page (Hempfield) 12.34, 3. Johnson (Ephrata) 12.55, 4. Million (Big Spring) 12.81q

100 hurdles (Top 3 each heat plus 2 next-fastest times qualify for finals)

Heat 1: 1. Bechtel (Cedar Cliff) 14.94, 2. Holloman (Cedar Crest) 15.07, 3. Richads (Exeter Twp.) 15.19, 4. Gilbert (Chambersburg) 15.32q

Heat 2: 1. Livingston (Conestoga Valley) 13.78#, 2. Clopper (Chambersburg) 14.86, 3. Stough (Palmyra) 15.08, 4. Tony (Wilson) 15.28q

# New District 3 record, breaking previous mark of 13.87 set by Hyleas Fountain of CD East set in 2000

200 semifinals (Top 3 each heat plus 2 next-fastest times qualify for finals)

Heat 1: 1. Nissly (Donegal) 25.44, 2. Hock (Conestoga Valley) 25.65, 3. Castronova (Conestoga Valley) 26.03

Heat 2: 1. Graybill (Warwick) 25.04, 2. Quinn (Warwick) 25.26, 3. Bonner (Central Dauphin) 25.67, 4. Page (Hempfield) 25.90q, 5. Bonzelet (Cedar Crest) 26.00q

Class 2A

High jump: 1. Rolston (Greenwood) 5-2, T2. Julianna Malesky (Delone) & Vize (Hamburg) 5-0, 4. Bailey Wagaman (Delone) 5-0, 5. Rachel Spangler (Bermudian) 5-0, 6. Ponton (Wyomissing) 4-10, 7. Kowalski (Wyomissing) 4-10, 8. Stroup (Greenwood) 4-10; T9. Jasmine Grams (Fairfield), No height: Emily Miller (Delone)

Long jump: 1. Ziska (Schuylkill Valley) 16-7.75, 2. Milly Heinbaugh (Fairfield) 16-7.75, 3. Zoe Logue (Fairfield) 16-0.5, 4. Mancuso (Boiling Springs) 15-11.25, 5. Lauren Trummer (Delone) 15-9.5, 6. Hemler (Boiling Springs) 15-7.75, 7. Seip (No. Lebanon) 15-3.75, 8. Ritchie (Hamburg) 14-11.75; 10. Delani Smith (Biglerville) 14-9.75, 12. Wagaman (Delone) 14-6.75, 13. Spangler (Bermudian) 14-4.75

Discus: 1. Kauffman (Greenwood) 160-3#, 2. Drane (Annville-Cleona) 109-8, 3. Natalie Brown (Fairfield) 101-5, 4. Reeves (Middletown) 101-0, 5. Jennifer Garcia-Reyes (Bermudian) 98-8, 6. Molly Raville (Delone) 98-8, 7. Hardick (Tulpehocken) 98-0, 8. Carothers (Boiling Springs) 97-10; 10. Becca Dolce (Delone) 93-8

#-New District 3 record, breaking previous mark of 158-6 set by Heather Colyer of East Juniata in 1998

Javelin: 1. Maddie Sieg (Delone) 123-8, 2. Trimbur (Oley Valley) 121-5, 3. Paul (Millersburg) 115-8, 4. Kenzie White (Biglerville) 114-10, 5. Seubert (Trinity) 111-5, 6. Trimbur (Oley Valley) 108-9, 7. Seigfried (Susquenita) 107-5, 8. Rothfus (Boiling Springs) 106-9; 10. Raville (Delone) 99-5

3200: 1. Sakol (Camp Hill) 11:36.37, 2. Priebe (Greenwood) 11:42.04, 3. Steich (High Point) 11:48.17, 4. Kuhn (Wyomissing) 12:05.14, 5. Peters (Annville-Cleona) 12:08.05, 6. Fetterhoff (Trinity) 12:17.13, 7. Lottig (Oley Valley) 12:20.51, 8. Julia O’Brien (Delone) 12:23.30; 10. Morgan Dennison (Fairfield) 12:32.45

100 semifinals (Top 3 each heat plus 2 next-fastest times qualify for finals)

Heat 1: 1. Faith Redding (Biglerville) 12.72, 2. Brooke Lawyer (Delone) 12.73, 3. Maddie Clabaugh (Delone) 12.90, 4. Koser (Middletown) 13.31q

Heat 2: 1. Heinbaugh (Fairfield) 12.61, 2. Shoemaker (Greenwood) 13.14, 3. Cooper (Annville-Cleona) 13.16, 4. Mancuso (Boiling Springs) 13.27q

100 hurdles (Top 3 each heat plus 2 next-fastest times qualify for finals)

Heat 1: 1. Kayla Pyles (Bermudian) 15.69, 2. Logue (Fairfield) 15.70, 3. Trummer (Delone) 16.23, 4. Davis (Octorara) 16.71q

Heat 2: 1. Ferraro (Trinity) 15.80, 2. Wirth (Greenwood), 3. Ponton (Wyomissing) 16.29, 4. Allen (Wyomissing) 16.89q

200 semifinals (Top 3 each heat plus 2 next-fastest times qualify for finals)

Heat 1: 1. Ahner (Tulpehocken) 26.62, 2. Redding (Biglerville) 26.91, 3. Koser (Middletown) 27.73

Heat 2: 1. Heinbaugh (Fairfield) 25.93, 2. Freed (Trinity) 26.72, 3. Lawyer (Delone) 26.98, 4. Phillippe (Tulpehocken) 27.50q, 5. Klinger (Upper Dauphin) 27.84q; 6. Davina Cunningham (Bermudian) 27.93, 8. Pyles (Bermudian) 28.49

Adam Michael can be reached at amichael@gburgtimes.com or follow him on Twitter:@GoodOleTwoNames

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