Chambersburg rules Commonwealth in track & field

CHAMBERSBURG — Chambersburg completed a perfect dual meet season in track & field — not once, but twice — on a raw Tuesday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.

The Trojan girls crushed Altoona 105-45 to finish 8-0 in the Mid Penn Commonwealth, and the boys did likewise, bullying the Mountain Lions, 114-36.

Kaden Rife

“I’m proud of the talent, preparation and effort put forth during the regular season by the girls and boys teams,” Chambersburg boys coach Bob Walker said. “Our balance and depth were on display today.”

Girls coach Chris Monheim said, “I’m really impressed with the entire team. We have a great combination of top-north kids as well as loads of depth.”

The boys won 15 of 18 events against Altoona, and spread the first-place finishes around. The only two double winners were freshman Kason Besecker in the 100 (10.9) and the 200 (22.4), and J.J. Kelly in the high jump (6-6) and long jump (22-2.5).

For the girls, Kate Etter captured all three jumping events — the high jump in 5-0, the long jump in 15-8.5 and the triple in 34-4.75. Double winners included Camryn Kiser (800 in 2:22.7, 1600 in 5:30.1), Yosmary Cabrera Reyes in the 100 (16.7) and 300 (49.8) hurdles, and Natalia Holmes in the 100 (12.8) and 200 (26.7).

“Holmes and Cabrera continue to get us wins just about every time they compete,” Monheim said. “Kiser had another solid day and I was impressed with her 800 time. And Etter picked up three wins, including a really nice triple jump today.”

On the track for the boys, winners included Jermere Jones in the 110 hurdles (15.5), Ari Snyder in the 1600 (4:39.5), Addison Bisbal in the 400 (53.3), Owen Shrader in the 800 (2:02.4) and Kaden Rife in the 3200 (10:13.3).

Yosmary Cabrera Reyes

The 4 x 800 relay team of Shrader, Rife, Aiden Alleman and Snyder won in 8:21.3, the 4 x 100 team of Besecker, Darion Baumgartner, Blake Mallast and Antonio Harrison II placed first in 42.5, and the 4 x 400 squad of Bisbal, Harrison, Tanner Meyers and Kelly hit the line in 3:33.0.

WInners in the field were Josh Mertz in the discus (142.4), Sedrick Vessah in the shot put (50-3.5) and Rhaigeon Parker in the triple jump (39-9.5).

Walker said, “Our first team goal was to earn an outright Mid Penn Commonwealth division title as well as an undefeated season. The postseason should be a lot of fun!”

The girls won a pair of relays — the 4 x 800 team of Lexi Boyd, Mady Koons, Samantha Faust and Kiser timed out in 11:35.5, and 4 x 100 crew of Cabrera, Jahnaya Wimberley, Lashae Hang and Holmes turned in a time of 50.6.

Also taking first place in their event were Naomi Scott in the discus, a throw of 102.11, and ALaina Morris in the pole vault, a vault of 9-0.

“I’m excited to see what this group can do in the postseason,” Monheim said. “We should have a large contingent moving on to districts and hopefully states.”

NOTES: The last outright Commonwealth title for the boys was 2012, and was 2011 for the girls, although both have been co-champions since then … Chambersburg hosts the Mid Penn Conference championships on May 13, and the District 3 and PIAA championships follow the next two weekends.