The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 18, 2013

H.S. girls track: Shikellamy relay turns disappointment into triumph in district meet

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---- — By Todd Hummel

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- Sometimes disappointment can be a great motivating factor as half of the Shikellamy girls 1600 relay found out on Saturday afternoon at the District 4 Track and Field meet at Susquehanna University.

In the Class AAA meet, Shikellamy's freshman standout Treicy Cendeno couldn't overcome fellow freshman, Danville's Mackenzie Jones in the 3200 for the second consecutive week.

"I didn't do well (in the 3200) and I wanted to give it my all in the 1600 relay," Cedeno said.

With a gold medal in her pocket from the open 1600, Cedeno at least had already wrapped up a trip to next weekend's PIAA meet at Shippensburg University.

The Braves' junior anchor leg Kurstyn Pfleegor couldn't say the same after not getting out of the preliminaries in the 100 and finishing second in the open 400 without hitting the state qualifying time despite breaking a minute in the race for the first time this season.

"The same thing happened last year, except I did way worst in the 100 (this year); I stumbled out of the blocks. Second best, you're the first loser, I felt that way too many times," Pfleegor said. "I gathered the girls (before the race) because I knew this was my last chance for states, I got really sick of hearing 'you have next year, next year.' I didn't want to hear that one more time.

"I gathered the team around and said we've beaten the best teams in the area all year, and that doesn't matter if we don't win (today). You have to bring it here."

The Braves' 4x400 relay team did just that as the team of Cheyene Tumolo, Lexi Colescott, Cedeno and Pfleegor won the final race of the Class AAA meet in an area best 4:08.53.

Colescott made up an early deficit on her second leg, giving Cedeno the baton in the third position. The freshman was able to give Pfleegor the baton with the lead to start the anchor leg.

Williamsport sophomore Jaid Harsch made up the deficit quickly getting on Pfleegor's should on the back stretch.

"Yeah, up through there (Pfleegor pointed to the back stretch) I could hear her footsteps," Pfleegor said. "It just pushed me harder."

Selinsgrove thrower Courtney McCartney was one of three double winners in the Class AAA meet along with Harsch, who won both hurdles races and Danville's Shelby Freedman, who claimed the long jump and the javelin.

McCartney won the shot put with a throw of 44-10 ½ and the discus with a personal- and area-best throw of 126-6.

"I pretty much don't focus on nerves when it comes to meets like this," McCartney said. "My discus was really good. Hopefully, I set myself up well for states."

Freedman won the javelin with a throw of 130-10 and the long jump with a leap of 16-4 ¾.

Selinsgrove had three other champions on the day with Brianna Carnathan winning the 800, Alexis Auman winning the triple jump and Jessica Gill winning the pole vault.

Carnathan ran neck-and-neck for most of the two laps with Williamsport's Sarah Wirth, before outkicking the Millionaires' runner at the end to claim the title in 2:21.07

"I like to sit and kick, if I can wait on somebody's shoulder, I will. We were both hoping to hit the state qualifying time, but we didn't," Carnathan said. "She's a great person to race against and we're friends."

Auman's winning leap of 34-10 1/2, while Jessica Gill won the pole vault with a vault of 10-0.

Those championships were key as the Seals claimed the District 4 Class AAA title with 157 2/3 points with Williamsport finishing second.

Danville's Jones outdueled Cedeno for the second consecutive week in the 3200 to win gold in 11:15.69.

"Yep (I used the same strategy). It gets me what I need," Jones said.

Jones also ran the anchor leg on the winning 3200 relay team besting their area best with a winning time of 9:38.72. Hannah Maize, Erin Raup and Katelyn Maffei were the other members of the team. The Ironmen broke a 20-year old district record, besting Williamsport's time of 9:43.8 set in 1993.

Mifflinburg's Kira Hoy is also headed to the PIAA meet by virtue of her win in the AAA high jump with a leap of 5-1.

That area best in the 3200 didn't last long though as the Lewisburg team of Emily Maxwell, Kathryn Edwards, Madison Scarr and Jenna Farmer ran a sizzling 9:34.33 to win the Class AA title in the 3200 relay.

It was the beginning of an outstanding day for the Green Dragons, which were the top finisher in the Class AA team race on the local side. Lewisburg finished third with 57 points.

Farmer, who won the 800 in 2:19.8, was the lone individual champion for the Green Dragons, but Lewisburg hit the state qualifying time in the 1600 relay, while Leah Swartz in the discus and Cassidy Smith in the javelin hit the qualifying throws in their respective events.

Warrior Run's Steph Shamburg and Milton's Joseyln Pascual were the other local winners on the AA side.

Shamburg, the HAC champion in the javelin, won the javelin in the district meet as well. She beat her personal best by eight feet with her winning throw of 127-5, which came on just her second throw in the preliminaries.

"(The win last week) gave me a booster to know that I had already thrown against the best and won," Shamburg said. "I was ready to keep throwing and I'm so excited for next week. Everything just seemed right (on the winning throw), but I know there are still some things that I can work on. So I think I can throw it even farther."

Pascual won the high jump with leap of 5-6, just an inch off her area best of 5-7. Pascual will be joined by teammate Vicki Soltys, who finished second in the pole vault, but hit the qualifying vault.