Trojan boys looking to make noise at PIAA track & field

Fresh off a District 3 team championship, Chambersburg’s boys track & field team will enter this weekend’s PIAA Championships with plenty of confidence.

The Trojans — based on the performance sheets — have positioned themselves to have another strong meet.

If the nine athletes Chambersburg has qualified for states perform up to the seeds they have earned, they would score 43 points. That would be enough to at least challenge for the Class 3A team title, if not win it.

The seeds, of course, are just on paper.

J.J. Kelly will try to defend his triple jump title from last year when he jumped 48-1. He hit 49-2 last week to win districts, although it did not count for a meet record because it was wind-aided. The next-best qualifying jump for any other entrant is 46-11.25.

The Trojan sophomore is also seeded No. 1 in the high jump at 6-8, although Kelly’s best this year was 6-10. The next-best height from the rest of the field is 6-5.

In the long jump, Kelly is seeded third with his effort of 22-7.25. His best this year was 23-0, which is just off No. 1 seed Akeem Mustafa of Susquehanna Township (23-3).

Kelly will also run a leg on the 4 x 100 relay team, along with Kason Besecker, Blake Mallast and Antonio Harrison II. The Trojans were seeded first for districts, but even though they bettered their previous best time, they finished behind Susquehanna Twp. and Cedar Crest.

Those three teams are now seeded 1-2-3 at states, with times of 41.79, 41.92 and 41.96.

Three other Chambersburg athletes are seeded high: Besecker is No. 5 in the 100 (time of 10.73; top time is 10.45); Sedrick Vessah is No. 5 in the shot put (52-6.75; top throw is 59-2.25); and Jermere Jones is seeded No. 6 in the 110 hurdles (14.51, No. 1 time is 14.13).

Also, Ari Snyder holds the No. 14 seed in the 3200.

Among other area boys, Waynesboro’s Jaylon Bean is No. 11 in the triple jump, and Shippensburg Trae Kater (17) and Spencer Edey (22) are also in that event. For Greencastle-Antrim, Hayden Parks is seeded No. 13 in the 3200 and Seth Stouffer is No. 28 in the 200.

In the girls competition, Shippensburg’s Jillian Sydnor has the best seed, No. 2 in the 400, an event she won last year. She has run 55.06 and the No. 1 seed is at 54.68.

In the 3200, Chambersburg’s Camryn Kiser is No. 7 with her time of 10:44.50, while G-A’s Claire Paci is No. 13 (10:48.12) and the Trojans’ Lexi Boyd is 27th (11:09.32). In the 1600, Paci is No. 10 (4:57.46) and Kiser No. 12 (4:58.14).

The Trojans’ Natalia Holmes is No. 20 in the 100 and she anchors the 4 x 400 team of Lashae Hang, Yosmary Cabrera Reyes and Katy Weller that is seeded No. 19.