Maxwell, Wess in line for multiple medals
Area track roundup
SHIPPENSBURG — Everett Area High School sophomore Kaitlyn Maxwell’s quest for two state medals appears to be right on track.
Maxwell already assured herself of one medal and will compete for another today after her preliminary performances during the PIAA Track and Field Championships on Friday at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.
Maxwell was one of three individuals from the Mirror coverage area to keep her hopes alive for medals on the track. Others included Central Cambria junior Paige Wess and Bishop Carroll senior Alyssa Martinazzi.
In addition, the Central Cambria girls four-by-800-meter relay team also put itself in medal contention, and the CC girls four-by-400 relay team already assured itself of a medal.
The top eight in each event receive medals.
Maxwell has already earned a medal in the 400-meter dash by turning in the fourth fastest time in the Class 2A girls field on Friday. Because only the top eight advance to today’s finals, she only has to finish the race to earn a medal.
Maxwell ran a time of 58.10 seconds, which was close to her District 5 championship time of 57.94. She finished second in her heat to her District 5 rival, Shade junior Lorna Speigle, who ran 58.08. Neumann Goretti senior Mykala Perry led the field with a 56.61, and Penns Valley junior Isabella Culver was second with a 56.92.
Maxwell also has a good chance at medaling in the 2A girls 800 run after running a 2:18.63. She was fourth in her heat and sixth overall with the top 12 advancing to today’s final.
Finishing ahead of Maxwell in her heat was Central Cambria junior Paige Wess, the District 6 2A champ, who ran a time of 2:18.28. Wess was a half-second off her district time but enters the final with the fourth overall best time.
Freeport sophomore Sidney Shemanski had the top time in the 2A girls 800 with a 2:16.92, but Wess appears to be on the verge of collecting three state medals.
The Central Cambria girls 3200 relay began the day by finishing sixth overall in the prelims with a time of 9:49.65. The team of Wess, Carly Kaschalk, McKenna Hayward and Ella Vrabel are one of 12 teams competing today for eight medals. The Lady Devils have won the last two state gold medals in the event.
The Central Cambria girls 1600 relay team capped off the day with a time of 4:02.82 to put it fifth among the eight teams that will run in the finals today. The team is comprised of the same four runners in the 3200 relay. Neumann Goretti was more than 5 seconds faster than the Lady Devils.
Kaschalk also just missed advancing with Wess and Maxwell to the 800 run finals. She ran a 2:23.20, which put her 13th overall, with the top 12 advancing.
Martinazzi stayed alive for two medals but will have some ground to make up in today’s semifinal races. She was one of 16 runners in Class 2A to advance to the 100 dash semifinals, and she also qualified as one of 16 in the 200 dash.
Martinazzi ran a 12.95 in the 100, which put her in a tie for 15th place. The top eight in the semifinals assure themselves of a medal and race in the finals later in the day. The same goes for the 200, where Martinazzi was 13th with a time of 26.55.
Martinazzi just missed out on a medal by finishing ninth in the girls long jump. She finished with a distance of 16-10.
She also ran the 1600 relay with Megan Kwisnek, Maddie Murphy and Jade Snedden, but finished 16th with a time of 4:10.57 and didn’t advance to today’s finals.
Others from the Mirror coverage area who didn’t advance in running events were:
n Altoona junior Mitchell Lawhead, 21st in the 3A boys 200 dash, 23.24.
n Lawhead was also part of the Altoona boys 400 relay team with Connor Adams, Isaiah Barnes and Kurt VonColln that finished with the 12th best time in 42.44.
n Hollidaysburg sophomore Allison Barton, 24th in the 3A girls 400 dash, 1:03.76.
n Hollidaysburg junior Darcie Frazier, 29th in the 3A girls 200 dash, 27.31.
n Barton and Frazier were also part of the Hollidaysburg girls 1600 relay with Alexandra Snyder and Riley Tryninewski that finished 28th with a 4:13.63.
n Hollidaysburg senior Dan Molliver, 21st in the 3A boys 400 dash, 51.56.
n Tussey Mountain junior Evan Germaux, 20th in the 2A boys 100 dash, 11.62; and 22nd in the 2A boys 200 dash, 23.56.
n Germaux was also part of the Tussey boys 400 relay team with Tyler Rhodes, Zach Sumner and Jarred Sipes that finished in a tie for 15th place with a 44.23.
n Bellwood-Antis senior Tanner Worthing, 17th in the 2A boys 400 dash, 52.66.
n Bellwood-Antis junior Shawn Wolfe, 24th in the 2A boys 200 dash, 23.83.
n Worthing and Wolfe were also part of the Bellwood-Antis boys 1600 relay with Max DeArmitt and Dylan Wilson that finished 23rd with a 3:41.01.
n Tyrone senior Joe Kohler, 15th in the 2A boys 800 run, 2:04.39.
n Everett junior Nathanial Maxwell, 14th in the 2A boys 400 dash, 51.85.
n Central Cambria senior Kayden Kutchman, 22nd in the 2A boys 400 dash, 53.56.
n Central Cambria senior Zachary Shoff, 24th in the 2A boys 300 hurdles, 44.27.
n Northern Bedford freshman Ian Zimmerman, 21st in the 2A boys 1600 run, 4:41.33.
n Cambria Heights junior Zach Farabaugh, 22nd in the 2A boys 110 hurdles, 17.04.
n Bedford senior Jaden Fuller, 21st in the 2A girls 200 dash, 26.73.
n The Bishop Carroll girls 1600 relay team, 16th, 4:10.57.