Shippensburg boys claim team title in District 3 track & field

In the girls 4 x 100 relay race at the District 3 Championships on Saturday, Chambersburg placed second with a time of 48.67. Above, leadoff runner Natalia Holmes hands the baton off to Aniyah Jones (photo by Ed Gotwals).


SHIPPENSBURG — The Shippensburg boys track & field team made themselves right at home Saturday in the District 3 Championships at Shippensburg University.

The Greyhounds led after Friday’s results, then received points from five events Saturday to score 52 points and wrap up the team title. Cumberland Valley was second, seven points behind.

Ship’s lone winner was Dakota Arana in the high jump, clearing 6-6 to edge James Buchanan’s Grant Ellis, whose height was 6-5.

Dakota Arana of Shippensburg clears the bar in the high jump Saturday in the District 3 Championships. Arana won the event with a clearance of 6-6 (photo by Ed Gotwals).

The other area champion on Saturday was Greencastle-Antrim’s Weber Long, who was the 3200 winner Friday. This time he captured the 1600 with a fine time of 4:14.32, nearly six seconds ahead of the runner-up.

“I don’t like to run in the hot weather — I’d rather have it in the 70s,” Long said, “but I drank a lot of water this week to get ready.”

Long was at the top of the pack for pretty much the entire race, then pulled away with a very fast last lap of 56.28.

Long said, “My plan was to see how the race went before I decided whether to go out front or not. It looked like nobody wanted to take the lead, so I did.”

In addition to Ellis, the other runner-up finish went to Chambersburg’s girls 4 x 100 relay team, which included Natalia Holmes, Aniyah Jones, Tayah Warren and Shanelle Burrowes. They notched a time of 48.67, behind only Bishop McDevitt’s 48.49.

“We could have gotten a better time, but we hit our goal and got a PR,” Jones said.

Warren said, “Next week (in states) we’re going after the gold. We want to hit 48.4, but we’ll have to get better on our handoffs.”

Claire Paci of Greencastle-Antrim (No. 6) and Camy Kiser of Chambersburg (No. 4) compete in the girls 1600 race at the District 3 Championships on Saturday. Paci placed sixth and Kiser 12th (photo by Ed Gotwals).

The Trojan girls will send a total of nine athletes to the PIAA State Championships next weekend back at Shippensburg. They finished seventh in the team race with 29.50 points.

“I am really excited about that,” Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. “It was nice to leave Ship with lots of medals and lots of happy kids.”

In addition to the sprint relay, Chambersburg placed third in the 4a x 800 race, getting a time of 9:31.48 from the team of Olivia Rieck, Keira Whitehead, Maddie Kinton and Camy Kiser.

The Trojan girls got a fifth from Warren in the 100 (12.74) and Holmes was seventh in 12.75. Warren qualified for states in that event. Burrowes leaped 17-2.5 in the long jump to place fifth and qualify for states, and Josey Reineman tied for eighth in the high jump at 4-11.

For the Greencastle boys, Nathan Kirkwood placed fourth in the long jump (21-8) and qualified for states. For the girls, Avery Parks took fifth in the 300 hurdles (47.01) and Claire Paci was sixth in the 1600 (5:04.80). Both will compete at states.

“I was very happy with how we competed across the board,” G-A coach Devin McCauley said. “Looking forward to next week, with five athletes qualified.”

Chambersburg’s boys picked up points in only two events. The 4 x 100 team of Darion Baumgartner, Kenan Korkutovic, Rhaigeon Parker and Jayden Jones picked up a third-place finish in 42.93 and qualified for states, and Brayden Boyd earned an eighth in the 1600 in a time of 4:27.43.

Jermere Jones finished sixth in the 110 hurdles, but was later disqualified.

Point scorers for Shippensburg’s boys were led by Isaiah Houser, who was fourth in the 200 (22.41), fifth in the 400, in which he ran 49.31 to break his own school record), and he anchored the 4 x 400 relay team to a time of 3:28.20.

Spencer Edey took third in the long jump (22-0) and ran on the relay team, Travis Bigham was on the relay team and took sixth in the 400 (50.41), and Trae Kater was on the relay team.

For the Greyhound girls, Jillian Sydnor picked up an eighth-place finish in the 100, in 13.03.

Chambersburg’s Darion Baumgartner hands off to Kenan Korkutovic (white jerseys) in the boys 4 x 100 relay race Saturday in the District 3 Championships. The Trojans placed third in 42.93 (photo by Ed Gotwals).