The track and field season kept rolling for both teams at Elizabethtown Area High School with another meet, along with a couple of outside appearances at invitational events.The team traveled to Manheim Central on Monday, April 30, with the girls winning 93-58 to stay unbeaten on the year, and the boys losing 91-59. Elizabethtown’s girls got a huge boost with two wins from sophomore Katie Locker (2:23.9 in the 800-meter run, 5:27.6 in the 1,600-meter run) and senior Kara Bachert (34 feet, 1.5 inches in the triple jump, 4-10 in the high jump), along with victories from all three relay teams.
Other winners for the girls included senior Audrey Schlosser (9-6 in the pole vault), sophomore Malayna Van Winkle (65.6 in the 400-meter dash), freshman Madeline Quinn (12:17.1 in the 3,200-meter run) and freshman Carley Sedun (10710 in the shot put).
The boys struggled to make a major impact, though they did take four of the individual sprinting events. Senior twins Charles and Chris Scharf respectively won the 1,600-meter run (4.39.5) and the 3,200-meter run (10:14.1). Senior Dylan Quinn took first in the 400-meter dash (54.7), while sophomore Aiden Weaver won the 800-meter run (2:07.8).
The rest of the victors for Elizabethtown consisted of senior Eddie Myers (19-10.75 in the triple jump), sophomore Stevie Dixon (116-1 in the discus) and the 4×800-meter relay team (9:23.2).
Outside of league sanctioned meets, Elizabethtown also had competitors in invitational meets just a couple of days before. The biggest was Locker’s appearance at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 26. She competed in the high school girls mile run and finished 10th with a time of 5:06.30, the best placement for any individual Lancaster-Lebanon League runner at the event this year.
A day later, multiple members of both teams participated in the Dallastown Track and Field Invitational on Friday, April 27. Elizabethtown scored five first-place finishes across both the girls and boys events, finishing tied for third in the former and eighth in the latter.
Locker played a big role once again, getting the top time in the girls 800-meter run (2:14.07). Junior Cat Shontz won the girls 3,200-meter run (11:26.01), followed in second by Quinn (11:30.50). Chris Scharf took first in the boys 3,200-meter run as well (9:49.48), while Myers was first in the boys long jump (207.25). The latter also got seventh in the boys triple jump.The girls 4×400-meter relay team won in 4:16.72 as well.
Elizabethtown totalled 28 top-10 finishes across the whole meet. They included Bachert (second in the girls high jump, sixth in the girls triple jump), sophomore Alicia Underkoffler (second in the girls 300-meter hurdles, sixth in the girls 100-meter hurdles), Charles Scharf (third in the boys 1,600-meter run, ninth in the boys 800-meter run), junior Alex Diahn (fourth in the boys high jump), senior David Falcon (fourth in the boys triple jump), sophomore Megan Rider (fifth in the girls long jump, sixth in the girls high jump, seventh in the girls triple jump), senior Josie Angeny (seventh in the girls pole vault, 10th in the girls triple jump), sophomore Jesse Myers (seventh in the boys 1,600-meter run), junior Isaac Weidler (seventh in the boys high jump), Dixon (seventh in the boys discus), senior Rachel Wood (eighth in the girls 200-meter dash), Sedun (ninth in the girls shot put) and senior Alexis Gontz (10th in both the girls high jump and long jump). The girls 4x100meter relay team finished ninth, while both boys teams were seventh (4×100-meter relay) and ninth (4×400-meter relay).
Both teams will have their final meets of the season at home against Ephrata on Monday, May 7. The winner of the girls meet will win the Section Two title in the Lancaster- Lebanon League for this season.