Trojan boys run away with Mid Penn track & field team title

Lex Cyrus of Susquehanna Twp. (in red) won the 100 dash Saturday at the Mid Penn Conference championships at Trojan Stadium. He was chased by, from left, Seth Stouffer of Greencastle-Antrim (3rd), and Chambersburg’s Antonio Harrison II (4th) and Kason Besecker (2nd).


CHAMBERSBURG — The rainy weather Saturday did not prevent area track & field athletes from producing some fine performances at Trojan Stadium.

At the Mid Penn Conference championships, local athletes earned six individual first-place finishes, plus a relay team hit the finish line first.

In addition, the Chambersburg boys team continued a dominating season by compiling a massive amount of points (103), nearly doubling up the second-place team (CCentral Dauphin with 60) to win the team crown.

“We probably haven’t won this meet since around 2010,” Trojan coach Bob Walker said. “I really liked our balance today — we scored points in the sprints, hurdles, distance races, jumps and throws. That’s the kind of thing track coaches dream of. And it was nice to get that many points on prom night.”

As usual, J.J. Kelly had a lot to do with the the Trojans’ point total, despite having been out sick most of the week. The sophomore phenom took first place in the triple jump in the morning, with his 46-7 effort winning by 7 inches.

J.J. Kelly of Chambersburg won the triple jump Saturday at the Mid Penn championships.

In the afternoon, he ran the second leg on Chambersburg’s victorious 4 x 100 team, then won the high jump with a 6-5 leap, and finished with a second-place finish in the long jump at 21-5.5, less than 2 inches behind the winner.

The 4 x 100 team included Kason Besecker as leadoff, then Kelly, then Blake Mallast. When Antonio Harrison II got the baton for the anchor leg, he trailed the Central Dauphin runner by at least a couple of yards, but ran him down on the backstretch. The team posted a time of 42.61.

The shot put event was very kind to the Trojans — they scored 17 points in that event. Sedrick Vessah took first place with his throw of 51-8.75, Peter Mertz took third (50-0.50) and Ethan Faytol was eighth (46-10, his PR).

Chambersburg’s boys ended up with nine place-winners within the top 3.

Runners-up included Besecker in the 100 (10.93) and Jermere Jones in the 110 hurdles (14.72), while Owen Shrader placed third in the 800 in 1:57.12.

Walker said, “Jermere may have run his best race today, but it was not quite clean. He hit one hurdle that might have made the difference. Shrader keeps bringing his time down. And our young sprinters are making some noise.”

For the Trojan girls, Camryn Kiser had the spotlight. In the 1600, she dueled with local rival Claire Paci of Greencastle-Antrim. Paci set a quick pace and led for the first two laps. But Kiser turned it on and by the third lap she was in charge and finished with an excellent time of 4:56.13.

Trojan coach Chris Monheim said, “Camy ran the second-fastest 1600 in program history, and she ran a very smart tactical race.”

Chambersburg also gained a pair of seconds with Kate Etter going 5-1 in the high jump and losing on number of misses to Lydia Stoner of Palmyra, and Natalia Holmes in the 100 with a time of 12.39.

The Trojans’ 4 x 800 team of Lexi Boyd, Samantha Faust, Mady Koons and Kiser ran a time of 9:59.16 to finish second.

“Etter had been stuck on 5-0, and by getting that 5-1 she might qualify for districts,” Monheim said. “The 4 x 8 and 4 x 1 relays did well and I hope they get in the fast heats next week.

“I thought we had a chance to win this meet this year, but when I saw it was the same day as our prom, that changed things. We did pretty well today up until around 1 o’clock, then a bunch of girls had to leave to get ready for the prom.”

Chambersburg ended up in fifth place with 51 points; Hershey edged Cumberland Valley 70-69 to win.

For the Greencastle boys, Hayden Parks picked up a gold medal, winning the 3200 in 9:30.87, nearly 3 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

Also for the Blue Devils, Seth Stouffer picked up a second place in the 200 in 22.43 and a third in the 100 (10.95).

G-A coach Devin McCauley said, “Hayden ran a nice race and Seth competed well in the sprint races. We had some nice PRs from Iyeshone Coleman in the 400 (8th in 51.29), Kyle Baker in the 1600 (6th in 4:24.88), Bill Harper in the 300 hurdles (8th in 42.36) and Caden Hudson in the 800 (8th in 1:58.71).”

For the G-A girls, Paci earned a third in the 800 (2:19.16) as well as the second in the 1600 (5:01.07). The Blue Devils also had a runner-up in the pole vault. Piper Linn and Kylie Eismann of Lower Dauphin tied at 11-0, but Eismann won on fewer misses.

“Our pole vaulters did a nice job despite the wet weather to both have medal-winning performances,” McCauley said.

Shippensburg’s defending state champion Jillian Sydnor took first in the 400 with a time of 55.36, and placed third in the 200 in 25.10.

Team Standings: 1.Hershey 70; 2.Cumberland Valley 69; 3.Bishop McDevitt 61; 4.Harrisburg 59; 5.Chambersburg 51; 11.(tie) Greencastle 25; 14.Shippensburg 20; 25.Waynesboro 6; 29.James Buchanan 1.
 — 1.Soleil Morrison (Her) 12.23; 2.Natalia Holmes (Chbg) 12.39
200 — 1.Morrison (Her) 24.98; 3.Jillian Sydnor (Ship) 25.10
400 — 1.Sydnor (Ship) 55.36
800 — 1.Anna Lehman (Nor) 2:15.32; 3.Claire Paci (G-A) 2:19.16
1600 1.Camryn Kiser (Chbg) 4:56.13; 2.Paci (G-A) 5:01.07; 9.Lexi Boyd (Chbg) 5:19.34
3200 — 1.Brooke Preputnick (Her) 11:16.44; 9.Isabella Ruefle (Way) 12:13.76
100 hurdles — 1.Maddy Brooks (McDev) 15.44; 7.Yosmary Cabrera Reyes (Chbg) 17.09; 8.Marlee Jackson (Chbg) 19.93
300 hurdles — 1.Brooks (McDev) 44.81; 4.True Benchoff (Way) 44.66; 7.Cabrera Reyes (Chbg) 47.85
4 x 100 relay — 1.Bishop McDevitt, 44.86; 4.Chambersburg (Cabrera Reyes, Jahnaya Wimberley, Leshae Hang, Holmes) 49.74
4 x 400 relay — 1.Cumb. Valley, 4:02.09; 8.Shippensburg (Skylen Renshaw, Erica Buchheister, Ava Frontino, Sydnor) 4:14.30
4 x 800 relay — 1.Hershey 9:53.55; 2.Chambersburg (Boyd, Samantha Faust, Mady Koons, Kiser) 9:59.16
Long jump — 1.Jaylynn Dorsey (Susq.Twp) 18-3.50; 5.Wimberley (Chbg) 16-9; 10.Jaxin Frazer (Chbg) 15-11
Triple jump — 1.Shaniyah Weidler (Susq.Twp.) 37-6.75; 6.Wimberley (Chbg) 35-2.50
High jump — 1.Lydia Stoner (Pal) 5-1; 2.Kate Etter (Chbg) 5-1; 9.(tie) Sienna Scott (Chbg) and Jaeda Dockman (Way) 4-7
Pole vault — 1.Kylie Eismann (LD) 11-0; 2.Piper Linn (G-A) 11-0; 6.Buchheister (Ship) 10-6; 8.Jada Creager (Way) 10-0
Discus — 1.Erika Jackson (Harr) 145-4; 6.Bailey Hurley (G-A) 105-8
Shot put — 1.Jackson (Harr) 41-8.50; 8.Mackenzie Stoner (JB) 33-1
Javelin — 1.Jackson (Harr) 124-5; 10.(tie) Cameron Bender (Chbg) 95-10

Team standings (not official; does not include 4 x 400 relay points):
1.Chambersburg 103; 2.Central Dauphin 60; 3.Cumberland Valley 58; 4.Lower Dauphin 50.5; 5.Palmyra 45; 8.Greencastle-Antrim 37.5; 19.Waynesboro 10; 22.James Buchanan 7.5; 23.Shippensburg 6
100 — 1.Lex Cyrus (Susq. Twp.) 10.55; 2.Kason Besecker (Chbg) 10.93; 3.Seth Stouffer (G-A) 10.95; 4.Antonio Harrison II (Chbg) 10.97
200 — 1.Cyrus (Susq.Twp.) 21.76; 2.Stouffer (G-A) 22.43; 4.Harrison (Chbg) 22.52; 7.Blake Mallast (Chbg) 22.65
400 — 1.Alex Garcia (LD) 48.71; 5.Austin McCoy (JB) 50.91; 8.Iyeshone Coleman (G-A) 51.29
800 — 1.Timothy Roden (CD) 1:53.46; 3.Owen Shrader (Chbg) 1:57.12; 8.Caden Hudson (G-A) 1:58.71
1600 1.Roden (CD) 4:18.53; 6.Kyle Baker (G-A) 4:24.88; 7.Ari Snyder (Chbg) 4:24.91
3200 — 1.Hayden Parks (G-A) 9:30.87; 9.Joel Amstutz (G-A) 9:58.69; 10.Joseph Jacobs (Way) 9:58.99
110 hurdles — 1.Tyler Burgess (Pal) 14.59; 2.Jermere Jones (Chbg) 14.72; 5.Jaylon Bean (Way) 15.31
300 hurdles — 1.Burgess (Pal) 39.03; 8.Bill Harper (G-A) 42.36
4 x 100 relay — 1.Chambersburg (Besecker, J.J. Kelly, Mallast, Harrison) 42.61; 10.Waynesboro (Matta Bean. Petway, Preston Hammond) 44.59
4 x 400 relay — 1.Lower Dauphin 3:24.11
4 x 800 relay — 1.Cumb. Valley 7:54.83; 5.Chambersburg (Shrader, Kaden Rife, Aiden Alleman, Snyder) 8:10.94
Long jump — 1.Akeem Mustafa (Susq.Twp.) 23-4; 2.Kelly (Chbg) 21-5.50; 4.Rhaigeon Parker (Chbg) 20-6; 5.Trae Kater (Ship) 20-4.50
Triple jump — 1.Kelly (Chbg) 46-7; 3.Bean (Way) 45-2; 7.Kater (Ship) 43-6.75
High jump — 1.Kelly (Chbg) 6-5; 9.(tie) Graison Michajluk (Ship), 5-9
Pole vault — 1.Breckin Swope (E.Penn) 14-6; 5.Shane Eshleman (JB) 12-6; 6.(tie) Ashton Botzan (G-A) 12-6; 10.Daniel Pisle (Chbg), 12-0
Discus — 1.Josh Durika (Nor) 150-6; 6.Peter Mertz (Chbg) 138-7; 9.Josh Mertz (Chbg) 135-1
Shot put — 1.Sedrick Vessah (Chbg) 51-8.75; 3.P.Mertz (Chbg) 50-0.50; 8.Ethan Faytol (Chbg) 46-10
Javelin — 1.Ethan Dorrell (C.Cliff) 172-3; 4.Conner Wright (G-A) 160-2; 8.Blake Diller (G-A) 155-2