Triple jump field at states loaded with area stars

From Mirror reports

SHIPPENSBURG — The girls triple jump was a fiercely contested event recently at the District 6 Class 2A Track and Field Championships, and it appears the action will continue over to the state meet.

Seven girls reached the qualifying standard in that event last Tuesday, and those seven are all ranked in the top 12 in the 2A field for the PIAA Championships this Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.

District 6 holds the top four seeds with Ligonier Valley’s Rachel Horrel at the top, followed by Bishop Carroll junior Maddie Murphy, Penn Cambria senior Lauren Michina and Forest Hills’ Zoe Roush. In addition, Penn Cambria sophomore Lyric Janosik is seeded eighth with United’s Emma Arblaster ninth and Saltsburg’s Jenna Beitel 12th. Seedings are based solely on district championship results.

Murphy earned a seventh-place state medal as a freshman and a fifth-place medal last year in the triple jump. Michina finished sixth in the state last year. The 2A girls triple jump will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Athletes from the Mirror coverage area did not garner any top seeds, but several have decent shots at earning gold medals based on the seedings. The top eight finishers in each event receive medals.

In Class 3A, the Altoona boys four-by-100-meter relay team of Mitch Lawhead, Isaiah Barnes, Kurt VonColln and Connor Adams is seeded second behind the team it lost to in the district meet, State College. Also, Altoona senior pole vaulter Tyler Delozier, who earned a seventh-place medal last year, is in a group of three who are tied for second place at 14 feet, 9 inches. Payton Morris of East Pennsboro is the clear-cut leader at 16-3.

In Class 2A boys, Chesnut Ridge sophomore Duane Knisely holds the No. 2 spot in the discus at 159-10. Dante Manetta of Trinity is first at 161-7, but Knisely has thrown 162-4 this season.

Bellwood-Antis senior Clay Engle, fourth-place medalist at states last year in the triple jump, is seeded fourth at 44-3 this year. However, the top seed has a distance of 44-10, and Engle has jumped 45-0 this season.

Also in the mix for a high medal in 2A boys is Central Cambria senior Kayden Kutchman in the 400 dash. He is seeded fourth after finishing 10th in the state last year.

Chestnut Ridge’s Logan Pfister, Philipsburg-Osceola’s Dane Soltys and Tyrone’s Jacob Meredith are among a group of nine who cleared 6-2 in the high jump at districts. That group of nine sits behind a group of five that cleared 6-4, so medals are up for grabs in that event.

Also, Northern Cambria’s John Paronish, Tussey Mountain’s Cole Weist and Penn Cambria’s Tyler Weigand are seeded 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively, in the javelin. If they can break the 180-foot mark at states, they will be in medal contention. Paronish earned a fifth-place medal last year.

In addition to the triple jump, the area could also see medal winners in other events in Class 2A girls. Central Cambria junior Paige Wess could factor in three of those.

Wess is seeded third in the 800 run and is less than 3 seconds off the leader’s pace. She also anchors the Central Cambria four-by-800 and four-by-400 relays that are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. She has already won gold twice in the 3200 relay and two seventh-place medals in the 1600 relay.

Everett sophomore Kaitlyn Maxwell would appear to be in the running for two medals. She is seeded fourth in the 400 dash and seventh in the 800 run.

Bishop Carroll senior Alyssa Martinazzi will also attempt to win multiple medals. She is seeded seventh in the 100 dash, eighth in the 200 dash and 16th in the long jump. Janosik is seeded sixth in the long jump.

Bellwood-Antis senior Lexi Gerwert, who earned a silver medal in the pole vault last year, is seeded seventh in the event this year at 11-0. Richland’s Morgan Gossard, the District 6 champ, holds the top seed at 13-0.

3A BOYS

200 dash: 20, Mitch Lawhead, Altoona, 22.49. 400 run: 23, Dan Molliver, Hollidaysburg, 50.92.

400 relay: 2, Altoona, 42.33. Long jump: 18, Connor Adams, Altoona, 22-5.5. Discus: 23, Ben Tofano, Altoona, 135-11. Javelin: 17, Mike Folcarelli, Altoona, 176-9. Pole vault: 4, Tyler Delozier, Altoona, 14-9.

2A BOYS

100 dash: 26, Evan Germaux, Tussey Mountain, 11.37. 200 dash: 18, Shawn Wolfe, Bellwood-Antis, 22.80; 24, Evan Germaux, Tussey Mountain, 23.23. 400 dash: 4, Kayden Kutchman, Central Cambria, 49.93; 21, Tanner Worthing, Bellwood-Antis, 51.55; 22, Nathaniel Maxwell, Everett, 51.85. 800 run: 20, Joe Kohler, Tyrone, 2:00.81. 1600 run: 12, Ian Zimmerman, Northern Bedford, 4:34.16. 110 hurdles: 23, Zach Farabaugh, Cambria Heights, 15.99. 300 hurdles: 23, Zachary Shoff, Central Cambria, 41.90.

400 relay: 16, Tussey Mountain, 44.34. 1600 relay: 23, Bellwood-Antis, 3:32.32. High jump: 8, Logan Pfister, Chestnut Ridge, 6-2; 10, Dane Soltys, Philipsburg-Osceola, 6-2; 11, Jacob Meredith, Tyrone, 6-2. Long jump: 22, Noah Dillow, Chestnut Ridge, 20-9; 23, Jacob Meredith, Tyrone, 20-7.75. Triple jump: 4, Clay Engle, Bellwood-Antis, 44-3; 12, Nick Vasbinder, Tyrone, 42-8.25; 20, Noah Dillow, Chestnut Ridge, 42-3.5. Shot put: 16, Duane Knisely, Chestnut Ridge, 46-5. Discus: 2, Duane Knisely, Chestnut Ridge, 159-10; 19, Evan Bobby, Cambria Heights, 143-9. Javelin: 10, John Paronish, Northern Cambria. 179-11; 11, Cole Weist, Tussey Mountain, 172-1; 12, Tyler Weigand, Penn Cambria, 171-10. Pole vault: 20, Scotty Miller, Chestnut Ridge, 12-0.

3A GIRLS

200 dash: 27, Darcie Frazier, Hollidaysburg, 26.22. 400 dash: 25, Allison Barton, Hollidaysburg, 1:01.35.

1600 relay: 29, Hollidaysburg, 4:13.07. Discus: 19, Lindsay Hallinan, Altoona, 112-2. Javelin: 18, Madison Benton, Altoona, 123-5.

2A GIRLS

100 dash: 7, Alyssa Martinazzi, Bishop Carroll, 12.46. 200 dash: 8, Alyssa Martinazzi, Bishop Carroll, 25.80; 16, Jaden Fuller, Bedford, 26.30. 400 dash: 4, Kaitlyn Maxwell, Everett, 57.94. 800 run: 3, Paige Wess, Central Cambria, 2:17.75; 7, Kaitlyn Maxwell, Everett, 2:19.70; 15, Kaschalk, Central Cambria, 2:21.76. 3200 run: 19, Quinn McElhenny, Cambria Heights, 12:04.32.

400 relay: 22, Bishop Carroll, 51.12. 1600 relay: 5, Central Cambria, 4:05.89; 21, Bishop Carroll, 4:13.41. 3200 relay: 4, Central Cambria, 9:39.27. High jump: 21, Lauren Michina, Penn Cambria, 5-2; 24, Stefanie Ketterman, Everett, 5-0. Long jump: 6, Lyric Janosik, Penn Cambria, 17-4; 16, Alyssa Martinazzi, Bishop Carroll, 16-10.25; 21, Stefanie Ketterman, Everett, 16-6.75. Triple jump: 2, Maddie Murphy, Bishop Carroll, 38-3.25; 3, Lauren Michina, Penn Cambria, 38-2; 8, Lyric Janosik, Penn Cambria, 36-8.75; 29, Stefanie Ketterman, Everett, 34-2. Discus: 26, Jenna Bobroski, Bishop Carroll, 109-4. Pole vault: 7, Lexi Gerwert, Bellwood-Antis, 11-0; 24, Morgan Troutman, Northern Bedford, 9-0.

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