The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 18, 2013

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


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.

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