SHIPPENSBURG — When he leaned through the end of the curve at the north end of Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University Saturday afternoon, Lampeter-Strasburg's Ezra Mellinger knew he had it. The rest of the District Three Class 3A 200-meter dash field was churning and charging around him, but Mellinger had a half-step of a lead as the finalists hit the straightaway, and he carried it through to a 21.54-second finish and his second gold medal of the day.
"Being aware that you're coming out of that curve in front of everybody," he said, "or the majority, it makes it a lot easier. I can just sort of go into another gear and ride it down. I'm still running 100 percent, but it's nice to know that you're in that position."
Lampeter-Strasburg's Ezra Mellinger comes out of the turn in the District Three Class 3A 200 and takes the title in 21.54. CD East's Shawn Brown finishes second (22.02). pic.twitter.com/U29cEEEzFQ— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) May 18, 2019
Earlier in the day, Mellinger had won the Class 3A long jump. His two titles led a Lancaster-Lebanon League gold rush on the second day of the District Three Boys Track and Field Championships. Manheim Township's Evan Dorenkamp (Class 3A) and Lancaster Mennonite's Logan Horst (Class 2A) won the 1,600-meter run, Ephrata's Tyler Shue won the Class 3A 800-meter run, McCaskey's Dejon Manning won the Class 3A 300-meter intermediate hurdles, Warwick's Nate Good set a school record to win the Class 3A high jump, Cedar Crest's Will Sheffield, Ryan Scicchitano, Jake Barrett and Nate Shutter won the Class 3A 4x800-meter relay, and Lancaster Catholic's Malkam Lawrence, Austin Sauer, Michael Fedorshak and Calan Titus won the Class 2A 4x100-meter relay.
Before he pulled away from the 200 field that included CD East's Shawn Brown (second, 22.02), Manning (third, 22.12) and Warwick's Ryan Fegley (seventh, 22.41) in a race that advanced seven to the state meet — scheduled for May 24-25 at Shippensburg — Mellinger set the tone for the day by securing a win with his first long jump of the day, hitting 23 feet, 9 inches.
"That was real nice to get that out of the way," he said. "That way I could relax and more fun with the other jumps."
Manheim Central's Will Rivers took silver (21-9.25), and Conestoga Valley's Obed Bawmungwa hit 21-1. Mellinger, who battled the board a week earlier at the league meet, did not foul on any of his six attempts, leaving plenty of room each time he took off from the runway.
Lampeter-Strasburg's Ezra Mellinger opens with a District Three Class 3A long jump mark of 23-9. He's way out in front. pic.twitter.com/1gFEVYO0tH— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) May 18, 2019
"It was sort of the polar opposite today," he said. "I was a good bit behind the board vs. a good bit over, but I'd take being a good bit behind any day."
Dorenkamp, Horst master the mile
SHIPPENSBURG — A buzz began to spread through Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium bleachers Saturday afternoon as Conestoga Valley's …
Dorenkamp knew he couldn't sit behind the the pack in the Class 3A 1,600, so the senior shook his usual strategy and surged ahead before the bell lap.
"I just felt like I needed to," he said. "I don't know what came into me, but I just felt like I had to go and create some dispersion, or else it would get a little rocky going into the last four."
Caught in the jostling behind Dorenkamp, Shue emerged with a challenge as the race reached its final 230 meters.
"When he came up on me in that last 230, 210," Dorenkamp said, "I wanted to keep him in Lane 2, so I sped up with him on that curve to try to make him run extra."
Dorenkamp overtook Shue for the L-L League's 1,600 title a week earler. He surged toward the finish line to make sure the junior wouldn't flip the script, claiming the district crown at 4:17.65. Shue finished second (4:19.02) while Conestoga Valley's Nate Grucelski finished took third (4:19.79), Hempfield's Justin Rittenhouse took sixth (4:23.31) and Manheim Township's Ian Miller took seventh (4:23.98). They all advanced to states.
Shue earned a measure of revenge in the Class 3A 800, holding off a late charge from Dorenkamp to defend his title and win in 1:56.16.
Ephrata's Tyler Shue holds off Manheim Township's Evan Dorenkamp in the District Three Class 3A 800. Shue gets the gold at 1:56.16. pic.twitter.com/cYoBLOdjYt— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) May 18, 2019
"We're both so close in ability," Shue said of Dorenkamp, who finished second at 1:56.33. "He has more of the endurance side, and I have more of the speed side, so he normally bests me in the mile, but I can usually get him in the 800."
Warwick's Connor Shields finished fifth (1:57.65) to earn a state berth, Lebanon's Riley Klick finished seventh (1:58.22), and Scicchitano finished eighth (1:58.46).
Horst struck gold for the second time in less than 24 hours, wining the Class 2A race in a school-record time of 4:26.21 after winning Friday's Class 2A 3,200 race. He pulled ahead in the final 800 meters to build a four-second cushion over Trinity's Will Bucher, who finished second (4:30.20).
"I was not expecting that," Horst said. "It really came together."
Lancaster Mennonite’s Logan Horst pulls off the double. He won the District Three Class 2A title last night and comes back to win the 1,600 in 4:26.21. pic.twitter.com/yAbKaD5ntC— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) May 18, 2019
Great day for Good
Good held his hands behind his head in disbelief. The Warwick sophomore had just cleared 6-8, his goal by the end of his senior year, after outlasting the field in the Class 3A high jump.
"I just wanted to get a 6-5 to go over my PR," he said. "To be able to jump 6-8, being a sophomore, I'm just amazed with myself."
Good missed on one attempt — his first at 6-4 — before clearing 6-5, 6-6 and 6-8 on his first attempts while Conestoga Valley's Joe Carina (second) and Reading's Juan Mato-Segura (third) bowed out after clearing 6-4 to claim state-meet berths.
"When I cleared it," Good said of his first 6-8 attempt, "and was over that bar, and I looked at the bar and it was still there, I was just so amazed."
Manning authored a high jump of his own when he cleared the first hurdle of his 300 race.
"I went up," he said, "and I thought I was coming down, but I was still in the air. I floated, and I had to fix it right away."
Manning recovered from his awkward first clearance to run to the title in 38.45 with Manheim Central's Zach Reed pulling in for second at 39.23. Conestoga Valley's Loago Snavely finished third (39.75) after winning the previous heat while Elizabethtown's Derek Heisey (sixth, 40.13) and Cocalico's Joe Zimmerman (eighth, 40.26 earned medals).
"I just stayed focused," Manning said, "repeated what I do at practice all the time and didn't let myself get discouraged."
The Crusaders felt a burst of encouragement at the start of the 4x100. A false start knocked out top-seeded Bermudian Springs, leaving the race open.
"I thought it was me," said Lawrence. "I thought we fouled."
But Lawrence, Sauer and Fedorshak gave Titus a lead going into the final leg. The junior held off Millersburg's anchor to claim the crown at 45.07.
Lancaster Catholic takes District Three gold in the Class 2A 4x100. (L-R) Calan Titus, Michael Fedorshak, Austin Sauer and Malkam Lawrence go 45.07 to the title. pic.twitter.com/tHAQyPpAgN— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) May 18, 2019
"There were a lot of people on the straightaway," Titus said, "so there was a lot of pressure. I didn't see him until the very end, so I thought we got first. It was close."
Earlier in the day, the Falcons led the charge in the Class 3A 4x800, winning in 7:51.77 after a late surge from Shields, who anchored Warwick's Jacob Smith, Jeremy Bell and Noah Martin to a second-place finish at 7:56.01.
100-meter dash — Da'Avionce Rodriguez, McCaskey (sixth, 11.05)
400-meter dash — Chad Mowbray, Penn Manor (seventh, 49.72)
110-meter hurdles — Alex Miller, Cedar Crest (sixth, 15.42)
4x100-meter relay — McCaskey's Basir Epps, Dejon Manning, Amere Dickinson and Da'Avionce Rodriguez (third, 42.47); Warwick's Sean Badessa, Ryan Fegley, Christian Hess and Gurby Marcellus (fourth, 43.01)
4x400-meter relay — Ephrata's Ben Kamide, Stefano Astudillo, Andrew Foster and Tyler Shue (fifth, 3:25.04); Cedar Crest's Nate Shutter, Ryan Scicchitano, Jepel Gibbs and DJ Laliberte (seventh, 3:27.55)
Discus — Josh Hoover, Cocalico (fifth, 152-0); Dylan Lambrecht, Northern Lebanon (sixth, 148-3); TJ Moore, Cedar Crest (147-6)
Javelin — Joshua Gibson, Penn Manor (third, 186-1); Brenden Nauman, Elco (fifth, 184-5); Juan Vazquez McPherson, McCaskey (seventh, 175-10); Alex Stoeffler, Lampeter-Strasburg (eighth, 173-4)
SHIPPENSBURG — At various times Friday afternoon during the first day of the District Three …
100-meter dash — Michael Moran, Annville-Cleona (second, 11.30); Malkam Lawrence, Lancaster Catholic (sixth, 11.58)
200-meter dash — Rogan Harter, Annville-Cleona (fourth, 23.62); Calan Titus, Lancaster Catholic (seventh, 23.94)
400-meter dash — Michael Moran, Annville-Cleona (second, 50.95); Calan Titus, Lancaster Catholic (fifth, 52.03)
1,600-meter run — Mason Moore, Lancaster Catholic (seventh, 4:42.56); Jack Tshudy, Annville-Cleona (eighth, 4:43.08)
110-meter hurdles — Cory Boyer, Annville-Cleona (seventh, 16-64)
4x400-meter relay — Lancaster Catholic's Mason Moore, Oliver Chairs, Benjamin Ryan and Devon Soto (eighth, 3:42.05)
4x800-meter relay — Lancaster Catholic's Mason Moore, Devon Soto, Daniel Myers and Gabe Knafelc (fifth, 8:31.07)
Pole vault — Neil Waldhausen, Annville-Cleona (second, 14-0)
Triple jump — Austin Sauer, Lancaster Catholic (fifth, 41-0.25); Dwayne Caine, Lancaster Catholic (sixth, 40-11.25)