SHIPPENSBURG — A buzz began to spread through Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium bleachers Saturday afternoon as Conestoga Valley's Jane Livingston burst from the blocks in the District Three Class 3A 100-meter hurdles final. The buzz grew as she cleared each hurdle and separated herself from the rest of the finalists. It became a roar when she hit the finish line at a meet-record time of 13.66 seconds.
Livingston added another individual title in the Class 3A 300-meter hurdles to highlight Saturday's second-day events at the District Three Track and Field Championships on a record-setting day for the Lancaster-Lebanon League. Also in Class 3A, Warwick sprinters won the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay in meet-record fashion to complement a 1-2-3 finish in the 100-meter dash and a win in the 200-meter dash; Donegal's Taylor Nissly won the 400-meter dash; Lampeter-Strasburg's Kristen Herr won the javelin, and Elizabethtown's Cat Shontz, Madeline Quinn, Sierra Kapcsos and Katie Locker won the 4x800-meter relay. In Class 2A, Annville-Cleona's Kayla Long won the pole vault.
SHIPPENSBURG — When he leaned through the end of the curve at the north end of Seth Grove St…
Livingston leads in the hurdles
"It's really encouraging to hear people screaming your name," Livingston said of the crowd's reaction. "I have no idea who these people are, but it's cool you can impact people like that."
Livingston had broken the previous 100 hurdles record in Friday's semifinals and bested that effort in Saturday's final that saw Cedar Cliff's Ava Bechtel finish second (14.68) and Cedar Crest's DeAsia Holloman finish third (14.84) to break her own Falcons record.
"I've been having trouble with the last three hurdles," Livingston said. I've really been focusing on attacking those hurdles and bringing it through all the way to the finish."
Conestoga Valley's Jane Livingston takes down the District Three Class 3A meet record in the 100 hurdles for the second straight day and wins the title in 13.66. Cedar Crest's DeAsia Holloman takes second (14.85). pic.twitter.com/Vk6ZTXyK49— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) May 18, 2019
She also pulled away in the 300 hurdles for a win in 42.58, ahead of Cumberland Valley's Taylor Jede (44.64) and Wilson's Madi Herb (45.57). Hempfield's Cahsia Page finished sixth (46.55).
Warwick claims team title
After Livingston warmed the Shippensburg crowd, Warwick's Lily Palacio-Lewis, Leah Graybill and Meghan Quinn launched another set of cheers by finishing first (12.02), second (12.03) and third (12.14) in the 100 final.
"We've been pushing each other throughout the whole entire season," Palacio-Lewis said. "There's been a lot of competition between us, but we can also come back as teammates and be happy for everyone."
Palacio-Lewis pulled ahead of the field out of the blocks and held on for the win.
"I honestly thought Leah was going to catch me at the end," she said, "because I felt my form falling apart, and I know that she's strong throughout the entire race. I wasn't sure how it was going to finish."
The Warwick girls take the top 3 places in the District Three Class 3A 100. It's Lily Palacio-Lewis (12.02), Leah Graybill (12.03) and Meghan Quinn (12.14). Hempfield's Cahsia Page (12.38) and Ephrata's Ania Johnson (12.46) give the L-L League the top FIVE spots and state berths pic.twitter.com/uzYwVQ5zEo— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) May 18, 2019
Page finished fourth (12.38) and Ephrata's Ania Johnson claimed fifth (12.46), as the top five sprinters — all from the L-L League — advanced to the state-championship meet scheduled for May 24-25 at Shippensburg. Penn Manor's Jasmine Miller also advanced to the final, finishing seventh (12.77).
"After we swept the 100," Graybill said, "I was kind of like, 'All eyes on us for the 4x1.'"
Emily Williamson joined the trio in the 4x100 victory at 47.44, which set the meet record. Conestoga Valley's Sarah Castronova, Livingston, Dana Wentz and Jordyn Hock finished second (48.10).
Graybill also won the 200 (24.74) — in a final that included Nissly (second, 25.22), Hock (Third, 25.45), Quinn (fourth, 25.26), Castronova (sixth, 25.99), Cedar Crest's Shayla Bonzelet (seventh, 26.16) and Page (eighth, 26.38) — before joining Jessica Williamson, Quinn, Emily Williamson and to finish the day with a win in the 4x400 relay in a meet-record time (3:52.39). The efforts helped Warwick win its second straight Class 3A team title with 75 points.
"It's just exciting," Graybill said, "to see the progress that we've made."
Nissly's second-place finish int he 200 complemented her personal-best run in the 400, where she built momentum through the middle portion of the race and pulled in at 55.63.
Donegal's Taylor Nissly breaks out of the blocks and powers through the District Three Class 3A 400 to win the title in 55.63. pic.twitter.com/Uqt6CQtJDT— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) May 18, 2019
"I love to win," Nissly said. "That really pushed me."
After Central Dauphin's Rachel Bonner finished second (56.39), Bonzelet (57.20), Hock (57.43), Castronova (57.80) and Hempfield's Megan Grube (58.35) took the next four spots. Cocalico's Kaia Martz also earned a spot on the medal stand with an eighth-place finish (58.71).
Bears break through
In the first track event of the day, Shontz, Quinn, Kapcsos and Locker rallied to win the 4x800 relay in 9:21.07, the Elizabethtown foursome's best time together by more than two seconds. Locker chased down the Carlisle anchor in the final lap to claim the title while the Thundering Herd finished second (9:21.79).
"She pushed me to go faster," said Locker, who also finished third in the 800 (2:15.28) and sixth in the 1,600 (4:59.69), "which was kind of what I wanted."
Elizabethtown's Katie Locker gives the Bears a lead in the final turn if the 4x800. Locker, Cat Shontz, Madeline Quinn and Sierra Kapcsos strike District Three Class 3A gold at 9:21.07. pic.twitter.com/y1heZg85uk— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) May 18, 2019
Herr missed last year's District Three javelin championships with an injury. The senior wanted to make up for the lost time and make the most of her final trip to districts. She hit 140 feet on her first throw and kept going from there, hitting 150-5, a meet record, on her final throw.
"You just get so excited after you do something really big," Herr said, "and I wanted to keep it going, so I put everything behind that throw."
Ephrata's Kandice Liebl joined Herr on the medal stand with a sixth-place finish (121-0).
In Class 2A, Long cleared 11-0 to win her second district title. She also won as a freshman in 2017.
Horn's gold-mining performance in the pole vault led the Lancaster-Lebanon League's contingent in Friday's events.
1,600-meter run — Gwyneth Young, Cedar Crest (third, 4:53.45); Kate Dickow, Warwick (seventh, 5:00.20)
4x100-meter relay — Hempfield's Ava Hostetler, Megan Grube, Alexa Pitts and Cahsia Page (fourth, 48.93)
4x400-meter relay — Conestoga Valley's Dana Wentz, Jane Livingston, Jordyn Hock and Sarah Castronova (second, 3:53.45); McCaskey's Nicte Machado Aco, Zoey Stennett, Kiamorey Clark and Stenid Manning (fourth, 3:59.71)
High jump — Amber Levengood, Cedar Crest (fourth, 5-3); Kiki Jefferson, Lancaster Catholic (t-sixth, 5-1)
Long jump — Aviona Saunders, Conestoga Valley (fourth, 17-6); Ava Hostetler, Hempfield (seventh, 16-11.5); Olivia Sensenig, Cocalico (eighth, 16-10.75)
Discus — Hannah Woelfling, Cedar Crest (second, 131-7); Kristen Herr, Lampeter-Strasburg (fifth, 123-5); Jalyn Clow, Penn Manor (sixth, 121-11)
100-meter dash — Allison Cooper, Annville-Cleona (sixth, 13.08)
1,600-meter run — Braetan Peters, Annville-Cleona (third, 5:24.51)
100-meter hurdles — Leah Davis, Octorara (seventh, 16.99)
Pole vault — Mary Tshudy, Annville-Cleona (fourth, 10-0)