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June 25, 2014

Girls Track Athlete of Year: Lewisburg's Farmer continues Green Dragons' running tradition

LEWISBURG — When one thinks of the Lewisburg girls track team, two things jump to mind — their long winning streak and their lineage of distance runners.

From Jill Snyder to Ashleigh Wetzel to Kalyn Fisher, the Green Dragons always seem to have one of the top runners in the state in the middle of their lineup.

2014 was a chance to add another name to the list.

Lewisburg junior Jenna Farmer earned PIAA medals in the 1600 and 3200 relay, along with a District 4 gold medal in the 800 this season.

For her performance this year, Farmer is the Daily Item Girls Track Athlete of the Year.

Farmer won her first state medal last year as a sophomore as a member of the Lewisburg 3200 relay team, but burst onto the scene as an individual competitor this season.

Farmer finished the season holding the area best in the 400, 800 and 1600, though she didn’t compete in the 400 in any of the postseason meets.

Farmer saved her best for her final race of the season, the girls PIAA Class AA 1600 final.

She didn’t set any medal goals for the 1600, but she certainly had a time in mind when she left the start/finish line at the beginning of the race.

“All I wanted was to break five minutes, that was my goal,” Farmer said. “The medal was just a perk.”

Farmer finished fourth in the race, but not only broke five minutes in the race, she ran a 4:56.49 and now has her sights set on the school record in the event, held by her coach Ashleigh Wetzel. Wetzel ran a 4:45.02 to win the Class AA gold medal in the 1600 in 2003.

In the 3200 relay, the Green Dragons won a medal in the event for the 11th time since 2001. Farmer and her teammates Blake Baylor, Maddie Scarr and Kathryn Edwards earned a bronze in 9:27.22, more than three seconds faster than their seed time of 9:30.43. Farmer ran the anchor leg in both medal-winning years at Lewisburg.

Farmer also won the gold medal in the 800 at the District 4 Class AA meet by almost two seconds over her teammate Baylor, but opted not to compete in the 800 in Shippensburg. Farmer ran the fastest 800 time in the area, turning in a 2:15.9 to win the Heartland Athletic Conference meet race.

Farmer also turned in the fastest time in the 400 this season in a matchup with Shikellamy senior Kurstyn Pfleegor in the regular-season dual meet. Farmer won with a 59.42.

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