The postseason for high school track and field officially began for Elizabethtown Area High School at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships, which took place at Hempfield High School on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. While the Bears walked away with just two first-place finishes, they came from the same athlete.
Sophomore Katie Locker dominated in the girls 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs, winning the former in 2:18.59 and the latter in 5:00.97. Both of her times narrowly fell short of the league meet records by fractions of a second.
Locker wasn’t alone in the 1,600-meter run. Junior Cat Shontz and freshman Madeline Quinn also posted top-10 times, with Shontz taking seventh (5:14.64) and Quinn taking ninth (5:19.59). Elizabethtown was the only team to have three runners in the top 10 for the event. Shontz and Quinn also did well in the girls 3,200-meter run; the former finished fourth (11:15.83), while the latter was 12th (11:46.11).
Elsewhere, senior Kara Bachert scored three top-10placements, taking third in the girls long jump (16 feet, 6.75 inches), tying for seventh in the high jump (4-10) and scoring 10th in the triple jump (33-6). Sophomore Megan Rider joined her in the long jump (eighth, 15-11.25) and triple jump (ninth, 33-9).
Rounding out the top-five finishes for the Elizabethtown girls were senior Josie Angeny, who was fifth in the pole vault (10-6), and sophomore Alicia Underkoffler, who finished in the same spot for the 300-meter hurdles (47.49). The latter also finished 14th in the 100-meter hurdles (16.97), while senior Audrey Schlosser was eight in the pole vault (9-6). Freshmen Carley Sedun and Olivia Anson took seventh in the discus (102-0) and eighth in the javelin (98-10), respectively, to round out the individual top-10 placements.
The 4×100-meter relay team, consisting of seniors Rachel Wood and Alexis Gontz, and sophomores Amber Bostdorf and Anna Wagner, finished ninth (52.61). Wagner joined Locker, Underkoffler and sophomore Malayna Van Winkle on the 4×400-meter relay team, who placed 10th (4:18.16).
Other individual competitors for the Lady Bears included Sedun (14th in the shot put), Wood (15th in the 200-meter dash, 16th in the 100-meter dash), Van Winkle (17th in the 400-meter dash), Wagner (19th in the 400-meter dash) and Bostdorf (22nd in the girls 100-meter dash).
The boys team did not fare as well, finishing with just three top-10 placements. Senior Chris Scharf was part of two of them, as he took seventh in the 3,200-meter run (10:02.99) and was apart of the 4×800-meter relay team that finished fourth (8:13.08) along with his brother Charles, senior Jason Trimble and sophomore Aiden Weaver. Senior David Falcon also placed 10th in the triple jump (41-0).
Senior Eddie Myers came close, finishing 11th in the long jump (20-0.5). Juniors Alex Diahn and Isaac Weidler both tied for 12th in the high jump (5-8). Senior Daniel Mueser took 13th in the pole vault (11-0), while sophomore Stevie Dixon was 15th in the discus (116-10).
The other two relay teams notched top-15 finishes as well. The 4×100-meter relay (Myers, Falcon, Diahn and junior Brandon Fotibu) was 14th, while the 4×400-meter relay (Myers, Mueser, senior Dylan Quinn and junior Aiden Hellein) was 15th.
The rest of the Elizabethtown boys competitors consisted of Charles Scharf (16th in the 1,600-meter run), Weaver (16th in the 800-meter run), Hellein (16th in the 400-meter dash), Fotibu (16th in the 200-meter dash, 21st in the 100-meter dash), freshman Ryan Anderson (20th in the 300-meter hurdles, 24th in the 110-meter hurdles), junior Frank Miele (21st in the shot put) and sophomore Jesse Myers (23rd in the javelin).
The girls team ultimately finished seventh in the team rankings, while the boys were 17th. The Warwick girls and Manheim Township boys teams took home the league titles.
The season isn’t quite over yet. There’s still the District 3 Track and Field Championships, which are scheduled to take place on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, at Shippensburg University. Seven individual athletes from Elizabethtown will participate; they are Locker (girls 800-meter run and 1,600-meter run), Shontz (girls 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run), Madeline Quinn (girls 3,200-meter run), Underkoffler (girls 300-meter hurdles), Angeny (girls pole vault), Schlosser (girls pole vault), and Chris Scharf (boys 3,200-meter run). The boys 4×800-meter relay team will also compete.