Hempfield continues to outpace its Lancaster-Lebanon League track-and-field peers, claiming the girls' team title Saturday at the Blue Streak Relays in Neffsville, and finishing second in the boys' race behind defending champion Palmrya.
The Black Knight girls won four of the day's eight relays: the 400, 3,200, 4x1,600 and sprint medley. In the field events, the Hempfield team of Kayla Garpstas and Danielle Poletti eclipsed the meet record in the pole vault (21-0, Penn Manor, 2008) with a combined jump of 21-6.
Also in record-breaking fashion, Erin Dombach led a Lampeter-Strasburg quartet to a blistering 3:59.8 in the 1,600 relay, resetting the meet mark (4:00.5, Milton Hershey, 2011) with the fastest time from an L-L League squad this season.
Garden Spot finished third in the girls' race, led by strong finishes in the field events, where the Spartans placed first in discus, second in pole vault and javelin, and third in shot put.
Palmyra finished second as a team, with Conestoga Valley, Ephrata and host Manheim Township placing fourth through sixth respectively.
On the boys' side, Palmyra also took four of the eight relays: the 800, 4x1600, shuttle hurdle and sprint medley.
Runner-up Hempfield managed to take the 400 relay (43.07) with a strong finish from Tory Long, but the Black Knights flexed their muscle in the field.
Hempfield's Kyle Long continued his friendly intraleague rivalry with Cocalico's Kyle Felpel in the throwing events. A strong throw from Long, an Arizona State recruit, helped Hempfield take the discus in record fashion (a combined 332-6, more than 15 feet better than Manheim Central's 2001 mark) ahead of Cocalico; while Felpel, who's headed to the University of Alabama, led the Eagles past Hempfield in the shot put.
Felpel also had a hand in Cocalico's first-place finish in the javelin, and the Eagles finished fifth overall, behind third-place Donegal and Manheim Township in fourth.
Among the day's other superior performances, Palmyra's pair of pole vault specialists, Shawn Mayer and Tim Moses, combined to raise the bar on their own pole vault record (27-6, 2011), topping out this year at an even 30 feet.