GOLD FOR DELONE

OUT FRONT AND PULLING AWAY — Delone Catholic’s Maddie Clabaugh (48) begins the final leg of the 4x100 relay after taking the baton from teammate Danielle Malesky during the Class 2A race at the District 3 Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Shippensburg University. The Squirettes won the race and repeated as team champions by edging Greenwood.

Dusty Lehr spent nearly every day of the last three weeks trying to convince his Delone Catholic girls’ track and field team that it could, in fact, be beaten. On Saturday, the Squirettes rebutted — not with their words, but with their actions.

Leading by a single point heading into the second day of competition, the Squirettes held or improved their seed in nearly every event to pull off a second straight District 3 Class 2A Track and Field Championship team title with a 110-96 advantage over Greenwood.

“I was very concerned sitting down eating supper (Friday) night that it was going to be hard to convince these girls they can be beaten,” Lehr said. “I fumbled through some words and tried to be as genuine as I could to let them know that Greenwood could beat us, and at the very least, not to let us beat ourselves. It was a go-down-on-your-shield speech. I didn’t expect this.”

Without the overhead view of their coach, the Squirettes continued to focus on their events and assumed things would play out the way he hoped.

“Not necessarily individually, but as a team we are something really special,” senior Julianna Malesky said. “I really enjoy being on this team. The encouragement and love we have for each other is something else.”

Said senior Lauren Trummer: “It’s a perfect gift for coach Dusty, who wanted it so bad. We wanted it for him and we wanted it ourselves.”

The senior-laden dream team they’d assembled in the field followed through after a disappointing first day. Malesky topped her season best in the triple jump (35-0.5) by a yard and career best by two feet to take an unexpected second place, her twin sister Danielle Malesky held her own with a second in the pole vault (10-6), and Becca Dolce responded from a shutout in the discus to claim third with a career-best throw in the shot put (35-7.25). The all-around point scorer Trummer grabbed her second and third mid-tier medals of the weekend with a fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.23) and triple jump (34-0.5).

Of course, the Squirettes would have been swamped without a pair of superhuman juniors. Maddie Clabaugh could have walked across the line to win the 800 (2:21.83). In the 100, Brooke Lawyer surged for a second place in a 12.65-second race, followed closely by Clabaugh’s 12.76 for fourth. Lawyer also coasted in for fifth in the 200 (26.58).

“She sat in the blocks a little because I told her as long as she didn’t false start, we had it in the bag,” Lehr said. “She did her job.”

Both runners teamed up with the Malesky twins to break the Delone 4x100 record they’d set a year ago while also notching Adams County’s best time ever in the event, clocking in a 49.26 seconds. They finished off the afternoon with a fifth in the 4x400, teaming with Maggie Wells and Abby Jacoby to shave six seconds off their PR for a 4:12.24.

“I was fully expecting us to run 4:20,” Lehr said. “Abby Jacoby hadn’t run all day and Maggie hadn’t run in six hours so I knew they’d be alright. Maddie and Brooke could have laid down, but they didn’t.”

The biggest surprise of the day came from Julianna Malesky, who’d been a top point scorer for the Squirettes in her first three seasons, but had been no higher than seventh in any Times Area leaders event except the high jump. Even in her marquee event, she’d been beaten consistently by her teammate, Bailey Wagaman.

So when Malesky started the weekend with a second in the high jump and also qualified for states in the triple and as the lead leg of the 4x100 relay, no one was more surprised than her.

“It was all adrenaline,” she said. “I literally jumped off the medal stand from the 4x100 and went down and got it. When they said 35, I was like, ‘alright, this is it. I’m officially retiring right now.’”

She also had a lifetime PR in the pole vault (9-6) to take fifth.

“When the pressure ratchets up, that’s when it’s Julianna’s time to go,” Lehr said. “It’s almost like there’s less pressure for her.”

Returning from a PIAA medal-winning performance last year in the pole vault, Danielle Malesky said the biggest goal was to advance on Saturday. She did so while fighting through some difficult emotions, as her sisters Julianna and sophomore Emily took their last vaults. It’s the only event in which all three sisters qualified at districts.

“It’s sad it’s the last one with all my sisters,” she said, holding back tears. “It’s so motivational. It’s a competition at home and on the field. When Emily got out she teared up. She said, ‘I know this is my last time with you guys. Do your best. Have fun. I’m proud of you. It was fun to compete with you.’”

Danielle said she could not wait to come back and see Emily continue her career.

Maddie Sieg saved the Squirettes from a complete flop on Friday when she won the javelin. Delone only won one other individual gold medal, that coming from Clabaugh in the 800.

It was clear who the victor was going to be when she finished her first lap nearly 100 yards ahead of the competition, crossing the line in 1:04. She got tight on her second lap, she said.

“Maddie never thinks about pace,” Lehr said. “I was more worried about what it would look like at the end of the race. If someone had made a run on her and she had to sprint to win, she might have run another second faster, but it would’ve gotten ugly a half an hour later.”

Lehr had warned Dolce that the chances to return to states were very slim. Greenwood’s Mallory Kauffman was a monster, claiming the shot (46-3.75) and discus (160-3) and Schuylkill Valley’s Ashlyn Giles was no joke either.

The coach was concerned about how it would affect her mood, but also wanted her to have realistic expectations for the weekend. After she failed to medal in the discus one week after a PR, he feared he’d miscalculated his presentation.

Dolce came back and threw the best shot of her life to walk away with her head held high.

“It was really important to me and the team to end the season on a high note, to build back all the confidence I lost during my slump,” she said. “I was seeded fifth, but to get third helped us even more.”

The senior said she was inspired by teammate Molly Raville, who returned after a month away from a shoulder injury to take sixth in the discus the day before. Raville gave it her best in the javelin, but it was apparent that the effort had caused more damage in her throwing shoulder.

“I was so proud,” Dolce said. “All she’s been able to do is work on technique without throwing, so the fact that she was able to get out there and medal… I felt like a mom, almost. That reassured her that no matter what she can always come back and be a good thrower.”

Lehr said Trummer would be missed as well.

“We count on her every year to get us 12 to 15 points,” he said. “She’s not flashy, never made it to states, but those are the type of people you need.”

The Squirettes were no sure thing to win this year. Not after losing top sprinter Julia Whiteleather, top distance runner Leanne Sneeringer and a jack of all trades, Sophie Gilbart. But there was still a path to a title, Lehr said.

This year they will lose all medal winners in the field, except Sieg.

“I told the coaches we were all in,” he said. “2020 will be a complete rebuild in the field. We go from three district qualifiers in the high jump to having no one who clears opening height. There’s no doubt this is the end of a cycle. Somebody’s going to pick up where we left off, but it might take a year or two to build back and teach these young kids.”

See Tuesday’s Gettysburg Times for more from the District 3 Track & Field Championships.

Adam Michael can be reached at amichael@gburgtimes.com. Follow on Twitter at @GoodOldTwoNames

District 3 Track & Field Championships

Saturday — Shippensburg University

GIRLS

Class 3A

Team: 1. Warwick (War) 75, 2. Conestoga Valley (ConV) 66, 3. Wilson (Wil) 47.5, 4. Cedar Crest (CCr) 38, 5. Central Dauphin (CD) 36, 6. Carlisle (Car) 33, 7. Northern (Nor) 30, T8. South Western (SW), Elizabethtown (Eli) & Greencastle-Antrim (GA) 21, 11. West York (WY) 20.33, T12. Cumberland Valley (CumV) & Berks Catholic (BC) 20, 14. Twin Valley (TV) 19.33, 15. Hempfield (Hemp) 19, 16. Donegal (Don) 18, 17. Chambersburg (Cham) 17, 18. Lampeter-Strasburg (LS) 14, T19. Exeter Twp. (Exe) & McCaskey (McC) 13, 21. Central Dauphin East (CDE) 12, 22. Manheim Twp. (MT) 10, T24. Kutztown (Kutz), Central York (CY), Eastern Lebanon County (ELCO), Palmyra (Pal), Daniel Boone (DB) & Cedar Cliff (CCl) 8; 31. Ephrata (Eph) 7; T32. Susquehanna Twp. (ST), Hershey (Her) & Governor Mifflin (GM) 6; T36. Milton Hershey (MH), Harrisburg (Har), Red Lion (RLi) & Penn Manor (PM) 5; 41. Spring Grove (SG) 4.33; 42. Mechanicsburg (Mech) 4; T44. Muhlenberg (Muhl) & Cocalico (Coc) 3; 47. Lancaster Catholic (LC) 2.5, T48. Lower Dauphin (LD), Gettysburg (Get) & Northeastern (NE) 2; T52. Big Spring (BiSp) & Dallastown (Dal) 1

4x800 relay: 1. Elizabethtown 9:21.07, 2. Carlisle 9:21.79, 3. Governor Mifflin 9:25.02, 4. Wilson 9:29.54, 5. Hershey 9:32.62, 6. McCaskey 9:35.67, 7. Northeastern 9:38.96, 8. Warwick 9:41.92

100 hurdles: 1. Livingston (ConV) 13.66#, 2. Bechtel (CCl) 14.68, 3. Holloman (CCr) 14.84, 4. Clopper (Cham) 14.95, 5. Richards (Exe) 14.99, 6. Stough (Pal) 15.25, 7. Tony (Wil) 15.29, 8. Gilbert (Cham) 15.60. # New District 3 record, breaking previous mark of 13.87 set by Hyleas Fountain of CD East in 2000

100: 1. Palacio-Lewis (War) 12.02, 2. Graybill (War) 12.03, 3. Quinn (War) 12.14, 4. Page (Hemp) 12.38, 5. Johnson (Eph) 12.46, 6. Magalotti (Wil) 12.60, 7. Miller (PM) 12.77, 8. Million (BiSp) 12.89

1600: 1. Starliper (Nor) 4:38.70#, 2. Parks (GA) 4:52.69, 3. Young (CCr) 4:53.45, 4. R. Underwood (Wil) 4:58.46, 5. Toti (Car) 4:58.69, 6. Locker (Eli) 4:59.69, 7. Dickow (War) 5:00.20, 8. B. Underwood (Wil) 5:01.25. # New District 3 record, breaking her previous time of 4:46.86 set in 2018

4x100 relay: 1. Warwick 47.44#, 2. Conestoga Valley 48.10, 3. Carlisle 48.52, 4. Hempfield 48.93, 5. Chambersburg 49.28, 6. Exeter Twp. 49.66, 7. Wilson 49.84, 8. South Western 49.87. # New District 3 record, breaking previous mark of 47.58 set by CD East in 2012

400: 1. Nissly (Don) 55.63, 2. Bonner (CD) 56.39, 3. Bonzelet (CCr) 57.20, 4. Hock (ConV) 57.43, 5. Castronova (ConV) 57.80, 6. Grube (Hemp) 58.35, 7. Goebel (TV) 58.44, 8. Martz (Coc) 58.55

300 hurdles: 1. Livingston (ConV) 42.58, 2. Jede (CumV0 44.64, 3. Herb (Wil) 45.57, 4. Clopper (Cham) 46.09, 5. Kline (SG) 46.51, 6. Page (Hemp) 46.55, 7. McClellan (TV) 46.57, 8. Bixler (Pal) 46.70

800: 1. Parks (GA) 2:09.56#, 2. Krebs (CDE) 2:12.95, 3. Locker (Eli) 2:15.28, 4. Gibson (MH) 2:17.07, 5. Line (CDE) 2:17.14, 6. Posh (TV) 2:17.25, 7. Kelty Oaster (Get) 2:18.11, 8. Wilson (Her) 2:18.18. # New District 3 record, breaking previous mark of 2:12.48 set by Meredith Newman of Manheim Twp. in 2014

200: 1. Graybill (War) 24.74, 2. Nissly (Don) 25.22, 3. Hock (ConV) 25.45, 4. Quinn (War) 25.48, 5. Bonner (CD) 25.98, 6. Castronova (ConV) 25.99, 7. Bonzelet (CCr) 26.16, 8. Page (Hemp) 26.38

High jump: 1. Gillen (TV) 5-4, 2. Miller (Kutz) 5-3, 3. Madeline Lehker (SW) 5-1, 4. Levengood (CCr) 5-1, 5. Kayla Brooks (SW) 5-1, T6. Laffredo (TV), Jefferson (LC) & Barry (Wil) 4-11

Long jump: 1. Thomas (WY) 18-5.25, 2. Recce (CD) 18-0.25, 3. Engle (Nor) 17-11.75, 4. Saunders (ConV) 17-6, 5. McKenzie (Nor) 17-2, 6. Foster (Exe) 17-0.25, 7. Hostetler (Hemp) 16-11.5, 8. Sensenig (Coc) 16-10.75

Discus: 1. Suzenski (BC) 138-2, 2. Woelfling (CCr) 131-7, 3. Lopez (ST) 124-4, 4. Moyer (Wil) 123-8, 5. Herr (LS) 123-5, 6. Clow (PM) 121-11, 7. Adams (Cham) 115-7, 8. McIntire (RLi) 111-1; 17. Alyssa Steipler (SW) 95-3

Javelin: 1. Herr (LS) 150-5#, 2. Cassner (DB) 124-2, 3. Miller (CumV) 123-10, 4. Williams (Har) 123-2, 5. Martin (Pal) 122-3, 6. Liebl (Eph) 121-0, 7. Richards (Exe) 116-1, 8. Schwenk (Exe) 115-4; 12. Megan Wolf (SW) 107-4, 18. Lilly Anderson (NO) 85-5. # New District 3 record, breaking previous mark of 141-0 set by Madison Smith of New Oxford in 2016

Class 2A

Team: 1. Delone Catholic (DC) 110, 2. Greenwood (Green) 96, 3. Fairfield (FF) 66, 4. Trinity (Trin) 53, 5. Wyomissing (Wyo) 48, 6. Camp Hill (CH) 43, 7. Boiling Springs (BoS) 39, 8. Annville-Cleona (AC) 36, 9. Tulpehocken (Tulp) 31, 10. Schuylkill Valley (SV) 30.5, 11. Bermudian Springs (Berm) 26.5, 12. Oley Valley (OV) 22, 13. Hamburg (Ham) 20, 14. Biglerville (Big) 16, 15. High Point (HP) 14, 16. Upper Dauphin (UD) 13, 17. Susquenita (Sus) 10, 18. Millersburg (Mil) 9, 19. Middletown (Mid) 8, 20. Littlestown (Lit) 5, T21. Northern Lebanon (NL), Octorara (Oct) & Christian School of York (CSY) 2

4x800 relay: 1. Camp Hill 9:50.35, 2. Boiling Springs 9:51.28, 3. Wyomissing 10:03.40, 4. Greenwood 10 12.25, 5. Upper Dauphin 10:29.56, 6. Delone Catholic 10:37.55, 7. Trinity 10:51.39, 8. Oley Valley 11:01.95

100 hurdles: 1. Kayla Pyles (Berm) 15.32, 2. Zoe Logue (FF) 15.69, 3. Ferraro (Trin) 16.10, 4. Lauren Trummer (DC) 16.23, 5. Ponton (Wyo) 16.40, 6. Wirth (Green) 16.53, 7. Davis (Oct) 16.99, 8. Allen (Wyo) 17.34

100: 1. Milly Heinbaugh (FF) 12.46, 2. Brooke Lawyer (DC) 12.65, 3. Faith Redding (Big) 12.73, Maddie Clabaugh (DC) 12.76, 5. Shoemaker (Green) 13.02, 6. Cooper (AC) 13.08, 7. Koser (Mid) 13.24, 8. Mancuso (BoS) 13.26

1600: 1. Sakol (CH) 5:21.86, 2. Steich (HP) 5:22.21, 3. Peters (AC) 5:24.51, 4. Kuhn (Wyo) 5:26.25, 5. Fetterholf (Trin) 5:31.09, 6. Priebe (Green) 5:35.43, 7. Marone (Tulp) 5:38.25, 8. Shartle (CH) 5:38.27; 9. Honey Strosnider (FF) 5:38.32, 14. Morgan Dennison (FF) 5:57.11

4x100 relay: 1. Delone Catholic 49.26, 2. Trinity 50.40, 3. Boiling Springs 50.87, 4. Tulpehocken 51.36, 5. Wyomissing 51.53, 6. Hamburg 51.59, 7. Greenwood 51.77, 8. Susquenita 52.84; 11. Littlestown 54.08

400: 1. Ziska (SV) 59.41, 2. Carson (Wyo) 59.90, 3. Rio Strosnider (FF) 1:00.98, 4. Kilroy (Trin) 1:01.0, 5. Weger (Green) 1:01.02, 6. Ahner (Tulp) 1:01.11, 7. Forcey (CH) 1:01.59, 8. Hackenberg (UD) 1:02.10; 11. Lillian Peters (Berm) 1:02.99

300 hurdles: 1. Kilroy (Trin) 46.08, 2. Wirth (Green) 46.67, 3. Pyles (Berm) 48.54, 4. Brenny (Sus) 49.16, 5. Brackett (CH) 49.27, 6. Nester (Ham) 49.52, 7. Allen (Wyo) 49.71, 8. Harbold (Sus) 50.26; 12. Amber Segessenman (Lit) 51.52, 14. Lilly Labure (Berm) 51.80

800: 1. Maddie Clabaugh (DC) 2:21.83, 2. Fertich (BoS) 2:24.55, 3. Lahr (UD) 2:26.24, 4. R. Strosnider (FF) 2:27.65, 5. Sterner (Ham) 2:28.28, 6. Hoke (Wyo) 2:28.52, 7. Kruth (YC) 2:28.58, 8. Blyler (Sus) 2:29.21

200: 1. Heinbaugh (FF) 25.48, 2. Ahner (Tulp) 25.89, 3. Freed (Trin) 26.16, 4. Redding (Big) 26.34, 5. Lawyer (DC) 26.58, 6. Phillippe (Tulp) 27.15, 7. Klinger (UD) 27.60, 8. Koser (Mid) 28.04

4x400 relay: 1. Greenwood 4:07.92, 2. Tulpehocken 4:10.59, 3. Fairfield 4:11.07, 4. Camp Hill 4:11.75, 5. Delone Catholic 4:12.24, 6. Wyomissing 4:14.96, 7. Hamburg 4:15.49, 8. Trinity 4:19.03; 9. Bermudian Springs 4:19.92

Pole vault: 1. Long (AC) 11-0, 2. Danielle Malesky (DC) 10-6, 3. Bohn (Green) 10-0, 4. Tshudy (AC0 10-0, 5. Julianna Malesky (DC) 9-6, T6. Johanna Pitner (Berm) & Searfoss (SV) 9-0, 8. Brosius (CH) 9-0; 9. Aliyah Hillman (FF) 8-6, T11. Melaina Shoop (Berm) & Emily Malesky (DC) 8-0

Triple jump: 1. Taylor (Green) 35-6.25, 2. J. Malesky (DC) 35-0.5, 3. Hemler (BoS) 34-6.25, 4. Trummer (DC) 34-0.5, 5. Wolf (OV) 34-0, 6. Bogia (OV) 33-9.25, 7. Weger (Green) 33-5.25, 8. Logue (FF) 33-5; 10. D. Malesky (DC) 32-7.25

Shot put: 1. Kauffman (Green) 46-3.75, 2. Giles (SV) 36-0.75, 3. Becca Dolce (DC) 35-7.25, 4. Jessica Dunbar (Lit) 34-1.25, 5. Seubert (Trin) 33-5.75, 6. Paul (Mil) 32-11.75, 7. Heliodoro (Wyo) 32-6.75, 8. Shultz (OV) 32-5.25; 14. Maddie Heath (Han) 29-4

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

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