SHIPPENSBURG — It has become somewhat of a tradition that Greencastle-Antrim performs well in the boys 1600 at the District 3 Track & field Championships.
That tradition was extended Saturday at the 2022 version of the event at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium.
Blue Devil senior Weber Long won the boys Class 3A 1600 for the second consecutive year, which was the ninth time G-A has produced a winner in that event … more than any other school in the district.
Long started in lane one and led the entire way, finishing in 4:13.37, although Central Dauphin’s Timothy Roden was not far off Long’s shoulder.
“I started to push about halfway and then I kicked in as hard as I could,” Long said.
He also did not let the first serious heat of the season bother him too much.
“I just tried to drink more water and stay in the shade as much as possible,” Long said. “My plan was to go out slower than normal and then close hard.”
In addition to Long winning last year, the other G-A winners include James Keefer (2002), Andrew Diffenderfer (1999, 2000, 2001), Matt McDonald (1986, 1988), and Kevin Kendle (1982).
In the girls 3A 1600, Greencastle’s Claire Paci placed third. She fell behind Olivia Walter of Mechanicsburg and Vanessa Alder of Carlisle early and could never quite catch up, finishing in 5:02.29.
Shippensburg had an excellent day in its hometown, taking home three boys gold medals and one girls.
For the boys, Dakota Arana captured the high jump in 6-6, Anthony Smith took the discus with a throw of 164-7 and Spencer Edey topped the field in the long jump at 21-10.75.
Jillian Sydnor won a tight 400 race, finishing in 55.67, and placed third in the 200 in 25.73.
For Greencastle, the most surprising results came in the boys javelin. Coming into Saturday Brady Diller was seeded 15th with a best throw of 159-7. But he placed third is the district competition after unleashing a toss of 172-5.
Nathan Kirkwood was third in the long jump (21-5.75) for the Blue Devils.
Chambersburg picked up one third-place finish when Natalia Holmes ran her personal-best 12.12 in the girls 100 dash.
The Trojan boys picked up seven team points in the 110 hurdles when Jermere Jones placed fifth, Darion Baumgartner took seventh and Michael Kelly was eighth.
Josh Mertz placed sixth in the discus for Chambersburg and the Trojan 4 x 100 team of Baumgartner, Michael Kelly, Tanner Myers and Antonio Harrison placed seventh.
Waynesboro’s top performance came in the girls 300 hurdles when True Benshoff went from seeded fifth to taking a runner-up finish with her time of 46.46.
NOTES: In the boys team standings, Shippensburg was third behind Cumberland Valley and Palmyra … Greencastle was sixth and Chambersburg took seventh … The Blue Devils tied with Shippensburg for 14th place in 3A girls … The PIAA Championships are Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg.
District 3 Track & Field Championships
4 x 800 relay — 12.Greencastle-Antrim (Caden Hudson, Hayden Parks, Kyle Baker, Dalton Noblit) 8:14.0; 13.Chambersburg (Zack Yourkavitch, Ari Snyder, Karter Reath, Ben Colli) 8:39.55
110 H — 5.Jermere Jones (Chbg) 14.88; 7.Darion Baumgartner (Chbg) 15.10; 8.Michael Kelly (Chbg) 15.11
1600 — 1.Weber Long (G-A) 4:13.37; 11.Colli (Chbg) 4:28.37; 17.Noblit (G-A) 4:35.64
4 x 100 relay — 7.Chambersburg (Baumgartner, M.Kelly, Tanner Myers, Antonio Harrison) 43.49; 12.Greencastle (Tavon Cooper, Nathan Kirkwood, Jonathan Redos, Seth Stouffer) 43.98
300 H — 10.Edis Korkutovic (Chbg) 40.73
800 — 17.Hudson (G-A) 2:09.69
Javelin — 3.Brady Diller (G-A) 172-5; 13.Carter Funk (Ship) 149-6; 14.Tanyon Shaull (Way) 149-0
Long jump — 1.Spencer Edey (Ship) 21-10.75; 3.Kirkwood (G-A) 21-5.75; 9.Traevon Kater (Ship) 21-1.5; 10.J.J. Kelly (Chbg) 20-2.5; 19.M.Kelly (Chbg) 19-2.5; 16.Tavon Cooper (G-A) 18-6.75; 17.Jaylon Bean (Way) 18-0.5
Discus — 1.Anthony Smith (Ship) 164-7; 6.Josh Mertz (Chbg) 143-0; 15.James Lilley (Chbg) 119-4; 16.Sheamus Toomey (G-A) 115-2
High jump — 1.Dakota Arana (Ship) 6-6; 4.Connor Landreth (Ship) 6-2; 7.J.J. Kelly (Chbg 6-2; 10.Kater (Ship) 6-0
4 x 800 relay — 10.Chambersburg (Olivia Rieck, Allie List, Samantha Faust, Lexi Boyd) 9:56.90
100 — 3.Natalia Holmes (Chbg) 12.12
1600 — 3.Claire Paci (G-A) 5:02.29; 16.Camryn Kiser (Chbg) 5:19.07
400 — 1.Jillian Sydnor (Ship) 55.67
300 H — 2.True Benshoff (Way) 46.46; 11.Avery Parks (G-A) 47.95; 12.Yosmary Cabrera (Chbg) 47.97; 18.Ella Fatyol (Chbg) 48.67; 22.Jill Cook (Chbg) 50.12
200 — 3.Sydnor (Ship) 25.73
High jump — 10.Alyssa Trn (Ship) 4-10
Long jump — 15.Benshoff (Way) 16-3.75; 16.Kate Etter (Chbg) 16-3