---- — By The Daily Item
For anyone that watched the Shikellamy 4x400 relay squad take home district gold, there is plenty to be excited about for the future.
The Braves will return all four girls from a group that held on to grab the win at the District 4 Class AAA championship, with Kurstyn Pfleegor and Cheyenne Tumolo heading into their senior seasons, along with Lexi Colescott, a rising junior and Treicy Cedeno, a rising sophomore.
Their district title helped earn the relay team Heartland-Division I first-team all-star nods.
Cedeno burst onto the scene as a freshman for the Braves, frequently right in the thick of the action in the distance races,
Also in Division 1, Selinsgrove's Courtney McCartney validated her selection to the Daily Item Preseason Team in the shot put, as the sophomore grabbed a first-team nod in the shot put and discus.
Danville's Shelby Freedman entered the district championships at the top seed in the javelin and showed that her season was no fluke, taking first-team honors in the event. Freedman added a second-team nod in the triple jump after she posted the area's top leap during the season.
For the boys, seeing Selinsgrove taking home first-team accolades in the 4x100 should come as little surprise, considering the speedsters who have called Selinsgrove home in recent years. Travis Lockcuff, Angelo Martin, Matt Apple and Juvon Batts comprised the 4x100 team for the Seals and Lockcuff added first-team honors in the triple jump. The 4x100 was the lone relay among Division I squads where the first-team honor went to a school other than Williamsport.
Although the first-team nods in Division 2 were largely dominated by Southern Columbia and Mount Carmel, Milton's Norman Whaley lived up to a Daily Item Preseason Team mention for the triple jump by nabbing first-team honors in that event.
Warrior Run's Noah Byerly made the hurdles look easy, with first-team nods in the 110 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles in Division 3. Four other defenders grabbed first-team honors in individual events, including Elias George in the 100, and adding a second-team accolade in the 400.
Montoursville dominated the first-team nominations for the girls in Division 2, grabbing eight first-team nods, with six girls taking individual honors. Kaylee Caruso ruling the triple jump and long jump, as well as the 4x800. Kristen O'Malley added second-team accolades in the 200 and triple jump for the Warriors.