By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- On a day which was more suited to fans of the Frozen Four than those of high school track and field, the Selinsgrove girls 3,200-meter relay team decided it was time to go all out.
Coming into Saturday's annual Susquehanna University High School Classic at Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium, Danville had turned in the Valley's best time in the event, at 10 minutes, 17.45 seconds.
But Saturday morning, the Seals' unit of Serena Kantz, Kelsey Ulrich, Tori Doll and Brianna Carnathan shattered that mark, winning the race in 9:54.84.
Despite the cold, blustery conditions, it was an outstanding day for many of the Valley athletes, with many new season bests being set.
Shikellamy's freshman distance sensation, Treicy Cedeno won the 1,600 and 3,200 races in season-best times. She broke her own mark in the 3,200 with an 11:26.53, and knocked Carnathan, a junior, from the top of the leader board with a 5:10.54 in the 1,600.
Selinsgrove sophomore Courtney McCartney won both the discus (105 feet, 2 inches) and the shot put (41-8).
The other winners included Alexis Auman, Selinsgrove, 17-3 in the long jump; Vicki Soltys, Milton, 9-6 in the pole vault; Ali Varano, Mount Carmel, 1:01.43 in the 400; Joselyn Pascual, Milton, 5-4 (tying her own season best) in the high jump; Steph Shamburg, Warrior Run, a season-best 118-8 in the javelin; and Sarah Lemon, Mifflinburg, 8:25.04 in the 2,000 steeplechase.
Selinsgrove's Kayla Swartz in the 300 intermediate hurdles and Danville's Shelby Freedman in the triple jump set season bests while finishing second. Swartz ran a 49.15 and Freedman jumped 35-5.
In addition, Shikellamy set a season best with a 4:13.89 while finishing second in the 1,600 relay, breaking the previous best, by Selinsgrove, by just under 20 seconds.
Team scores were not tabulated.
Carnathan said she was counting on better weather. "It wasn't quite what I expected. On Monday I was hoping for 60s and sunny. Then we got here and we were putting on Under Armour and everything in the tent," she said.
"It probably affected us a little bit, probably the wind more than the cold," she said.
The girls have their sights set on the school record, about 9:47, but knew it would be a long shot on this day.
"We would all have to run 2:26 splits, she said, but noted that all four dropped their split times by two seconds, including Carnathan's anchor of 2:19.
The Seals did not run the event in the Selinsgrove Classic two weeks ago, rather concentrated on their individual events. In the dual meets, they ran to win, instead of focusing on a time. This was their first all-out assault on the clock this season.
"We all did our jobs … all the coaches, coach (Jeff) Kiss, coach (Jim) Taylor and coach (Ryan) McGuire were happy with how we did," Carnathan added.
McGuire is the boys coach, but coaches all of the distance runners.
"We were excited, we knew what we could do if we all had an on day and we did nave an on day," Carnathan said.