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Everett’s Maxwell excels with wins in 400 and 800

LOYSBURG — Everett’s Kaitlyn Maxwell has had a tremendous junior year.

She excelled in soccer during the fall and earned a spot on the Mirror’s first-team all-star squad. She followed that by leading the Lady Warriors basketball team to the PIAA Class 2A semifinals while earning all-state honors.

Now she’s hoping to build on her performance at last year’s PIAA track and field championships.

Maxwell finished fourth in the 400-meter dash and sixth in the 800-meter run in Shippensburg last year and began the quest to better those medals by winning both events at the District 5 championships Wednesday.

Maxwell nearly qualified in the long jump, an event she doesn’t often compete in, but she finished second, and her 1,600-meter relay team took third in the final event of the night.

“I was hoping to win the long jump, but I was glad to win the 400 and 800,” Kaitlyn Maxwell said. “I didn’t really feel strong in anything today. I am not sure what it is, but I hope I feel better next Friday.”

Maxwell will likely rise to the occasion as she often does on the biggest stages.

Part of her track success this season has come with the help of her older brother, Nathaniel, who has been working with Kaitlyn in practice. Nathaniel Maxwell captured the same races as his sister in the boys competition.

“It means a lot (to see him do well), because he’s always pushing me in practice,” Kaitlyn Maxwell said. “Now that he’s getting first in both of his events, it’s a really good thing for both of us.”

Nathaniel was the first one there to congratulate Kaitlyn after she won her second event.

“I’m sure there’s not too many brother-sister duos that have won as much as we have this year,” Nathaniel Maxwell said. “She wins a lot, and I pitch in every once in a while. We push each other in practice, physically and mentally. I really enjoy having her here.”

McKenzie Troutman of Northern Bedford highlighted the other area winners as she captured the pole vault title to earn a trip to states in her senior year. Bedford’s Ashley Ferguson also punched her ticket in the 300 hurdles when defending champion Kara McKenzie of Berlin Brothersvalley tripped and fell over the last hurdle.

Bedford also got a win in the 3,200-meter relay from the team of senior Leah Davidson and freshmen Riley Ruffley, Jessica Dibert and Natalie Lippincott.

“It is amazing that three of these girls are freshmen,” Davidson said. “Coming into it, everyone was a little iffy about everything. Now we’re here, and we’re all really excited. This has been my event since freshman year, and we’ve always got second after being seeded first.

“So, to finally win my senior year, after I told the girls how much I wanted this, I couldn’t ask for anything better. I’m so happy. It’s a great start to the day. I feel like we could go home now. This is what you live for in high school, this moment.”

Shade won the girls team title, 104-74, over runner-up Everett.

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TEAM RESULTS, KEY

1, Shade–S, 104; 2, Everett–E, 74; 3, McConnellsburg–M, 57; 4, Conemaugh Township–CT, 52.75; 5, Meyersdale–MD, 52; 6, Bedford–B, 50.5; 7, Berlin Brothersvalley–BB, 38.5; 8, Windber–W, 38; 9, Southern Fulton–SF, 37.5; 10, Northern Bedford–NB, 17.25; 11, Chestnut Ridge–CR, 15; 12, Tussey Mountain–TM, 14; 13, Rockwood–R, 6; 14, Fannett-Metal–FM, 1.5.

100 dash: 1, Hostetter, S, 12.7; 2, Maurer, S, 12.9; 3, McKenzie, BB, 12.91; 4, Speigle, M, 13.18; 5, Molosky, TM, 13.43; 6, Hartman, FM, 13.83. 200 dash: 1, Hostetter, S, 27.57; 2, Speigle, S, 28.02; 3, Molosky, TM, 28.5; 4, Yokum, E, 28.66; 5, Hiller, SF, 28.72; 6, Speigle, M, 29.20. 400 dash: 1, Maxwell, E, 58.63; 2, Speigle, S, 59.72 (SQS); 3, Hiller, SF, 1:02.75; 4, Emert, S, 1:04.84; 5, Risbon, SF, 1:05.81; 6, Seville, E, 1:06.5. 800 run: 1, Maxwell, E, 2:23.87; 2, Coddington, S, 2:27.48; 3, Weaver, W, 2:37.58; 4, Seville, E, 2:42.44; 5, Perry, M, 2:43.07; 6, Twigg, E, 2:47.01.

1600 run: 1, Coddington, S, 5:30.49; 2, Roman, CT, 5:57.11; 3, Twigg, E, 6:12.71; 4, Price, CR, 6:16.29; 5, Ruffley, B, 6:19.79; 6, Angiolieri, CR, 6:26.05. 3200 run: 1, Roman, CT, 12:47; 2, Hutzell, MD, 13:12.84; 3, Cornell, BB, 13:36.24; 4, Fischer, SF, 14:29.45; 5, Bucheit, SF, 14:36.56; 6, Sigel, B, 14:41.79. 100 hurdles: 1, McKenzie, BB, 16.34; 2, Ferguson, B, 16.84; 3, Harnish, M, 17.11; 4, Pavlosky, CT, 17.49; 5, Sleek, CT, 17.95; 6, Cominsky, W, 23.68. 300 hurdles: 1, Ferguson, B, 49.06; 2, Hillegass, CR, 49.98; 3, Tokarsky, W, 50.08; 4, Smiley, BB, 50.63; 5, Lippincott, B, 51.27; 6, Hersh, MD, 51.55.

400 relay: 1, Shade (Hostetter, Speigle, Maurer, Coddington), 50.25 (meet record); 2, McConnellsburg, 53.24; 3, Meyersdale, 53.87. 1600 relay: 1, Shade (Leiford, Emert, Coddington, Speigle), 4:12.95; 2, Southern Fulton, 4:19.57; 3, Everett (Seville, Yokum, Beegle, Maxwell), 4:22.49. 3200 relay: 1, Bedford (Davidson, Ruffley, Dibert, Lippincott), 10:43.09; 2, Everett (Seville, Twigg, Walters, Yokum), 10:56.25; 3, Shade, 11:02.58. High jump: 1, Faith, CT, 5-1 (scratched); 2, Maurer, S, 4-11; 3, Cominsky, W, 4-11; 4, Yokum, E, 4-9; 5, Blough, MD, 4-9; T-6, Wood, FM, 4-9; T-6, Durica, CT, 4-9. Long jump: 1, Pavlosky, CT, 16-7.25; 2, Maxwell, E, 16-1.5; 3, Harnish, M, 15-11.5; 4, Lippincott, B, 15-10.75; 5, Cominsky, W, 15-3.75; 6, Robertson, MD, 15-2.75.

Triple jump: 1, Swick, MD, 34-3; 2, Cominsky, W, 34-0; 3, Hollenhead, SF, 33-1; 4, Neri, W, 32-11; 5, Pavlosky, CT, 32-1; 6, Stahlman, B, 32-0.5. Shot put: 1, Dodson, M, 34-10; 2, Hoover, M, 32-5.5; 3, Hixson, R, 31-6; 4, Emerick, MD, 30-11; 5, Walason, CR, 30-9.75; 6, Faith, CT, 30-7.5. Discus: 1, Dodson, M, 95-3; 2, Hall, E, 86-2; 3, Emerick, MD, 84-1; 4, Kretchman, MD, 84-0; 5, Watkins, TM, 82-9; 6, Day, SF, 82-8. Javelin: 1, Yanosky, BB, 117-9; 2, Robertson, MD, 117-6; 3, Gordon, SF, 111-6; 4, Romus, S, 95-8; 5, Daley, E, 95-2; 6, Foor, BB, 94-7. Pole vault: 1, Troutman, NB, 8-6; 2, Hartman, B, 8-6; T-3, Durica, CT, 8-0; T-3, Pressel, NB, 8-0; 5, Johnson, E, 8-0; T-6, Snider, NB, 7-6; T-6, Bonus, BB, 7-6; T-6, Miller, BB, 7-6; T-6, Ciarimboli, CT, 7-6.

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