By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
SHIPPENSBURG -- There isn't a school in Class AA girls track and field that may be more synonymous with the 3200 relay then the Lewisburg Green Dragons.
From 2001 to 2010, Lewisburg finished in the top five nine times, capped by three consecutive gold medals from 2008 through 2010.
So two years without even an appearance in the 3200 relay was a veritable drought for the Green Dragons.
Saturday afternoon at the PIAA Meet at Shippensburg University, the Lewisburg 3200 relay team found its way back to the medal podium.
The team of Emily Maxwell, Allison Graham, Maddie Scarr and Jenna Farmer finished fourth in 9:40.23.
"I'm proud that we placed," Maxwell said. "We didn't even make it here last year and to place this highly, we are so proud and excited."
Selinsgrove's Courtney McCartney was the only other medal winner from the area, claiming a fifth-place medal in the discus to go along with her gold from Friday in the shot put.
Maxwell ran the lead off leg for the Green Dragons and is the lone senior on the squad.
"This is actually the first time I've run at states because I've always been the alternate," Maxwell said. "It's so great for this to be the last race (of my career) and to medal."
The Danville and Selinsgrove teams had battled to be the top 3200 relay team in the area for most of the early part of the season, but the young Green Dragons (Graham is a freshman, while Scarr and Farmer are sophomores) came on at the end of the season, including an area-best 9:34.33 in winning the District 4 meet last weekend.
"We owe that to the coaches," Maxwell said. "We've been preparing for the end of the season and we peaked at the right time."