Jason sets new meet record in triple jump

SUNBURY — Keith Jason didn’t even take a second to soak in his best triple jump of the season. His mind was already on to his next jump.

Forty-five feet, eight inches was great. But the Williamsport jumper could smell 46 feet, and it’s where his mind was trained as he walked back up the runway.

He didn’t quite hit that mark Saturday at the PHAC Track and Field Championships, but he did improve on that initial 45-foot jump to win the event. His winning mark of 45-9 1/2 set a meet record and was his best jump this year.

Jason was one of five local athletes to capture seven first-place finishes Saturday. Milton’s Tyler Leeser won the 400 and 1,600 and was voted the boys Athlete of the Meet by the PHAC coaches. Williamsport freshman hurdler Allen Taylor won both hurdles events and Sam Penman added a javelin title to help the Millionaires win the team title.

Jersey Shore’s Kevin Titus won the high jump and Milton’s Tanner Walter took the 3,200. Warrior Run won the 3,200 relay, and Lewisburg ran the area’s first sub-44 second time to win the 400 relay.

Jason’s production in the jumps has gone up as the weather has steadily improved this spring. Although Saturday was by no means picture perfect, it was warm enough that Jason didn’t have to be bundled up the way he had for other meets this year.

He jumped relaxed and looked loose as he bested Montoursville’s Anthony Washington by more than two feet.

“Getting this close to the state meet, it’s getting into crunch mode,” Jason said. “This is when I want to punch in those jumps and solidify my spot (at states).”

Jason really took off two weeks ago at the Lock Haven High School Classic when he had maybe the best day of his career. He won both the long and the triple jumps by posting his season-best jump, to that point, in each event.

He had a 22-2 1/2 in the long jump, and a 44-6 in the triple jump. It still remains his best long jump of the season, but he’s since passed that mark in the triple jump twice, including Saturday.

After popping the 45-8 1/4 on his second preliminary-round jump, he set his sights on 46 feet. And even though he didn’t get there yesterday, he still has time to reach that mark.

“I got 45-8 and I tripped,” Jason said. “I thought if I get everything right, maybe I can get this 46. I’m close. I still got next week and the following week, hopefully.”

Jason knew Washington’s presence would mean he would have to be on top of his game. About the only thing Jason was willing to concede to Washington was a better hairstyle. Jason said even his bleached tips couldn’t best Washington’s blue-tipped dreadlocks.

But the two put on quite a show as jumpers as well. Washington finished second at 43-6 1/2, which was just shy of his season best. But it was enough to force Jason to take his game to another level.

“I feel like if I have someone to compete with, I’ll try harder than usual,” Jason said. “Going into smaller meets where there isn’t someone to push me, I won’t jump as far, which is fine. But I want to get to that next level.”

Leeser looked as relaxed as could be as he ate up some of the league’s better runners in both the 400 and 1,600. He wasn’t quite sure how he would respond in the 1,600 facing tough competition in Southern Columbia’s Ethan Knoebel. Leeser had run the event just two previous times this season prior to Saturday and he wasn’t sure how good of shape he was in.

A 2-minute, 14-second opening half-mile opened the door for Leeser to put in a solid kick over the final two laps. Leeser ended up opening a gap on the rest of the field, finishing in 4:22.79, five seconds ahead of Knoebel and easily the best mark in the area this year.

“Honestly, I was fine with the pace. I was feeling kind of tight, so it took me a little bit to try and loosen up,” Leeser said. “I just figured I would go with the pack in the first half and see how it went and then close out the final 800.”

ATHLETE OF THE MEET: Tyler Leeser, Milton

Team standings: 1, Williamsport, 85; 2, Shikellamy, 73; 3, Lewisburg, 56; 4, Mifflinburg, 52.5; 5, Selinsgrove, 51.5; 6, Montoursville, 48; 7, Milton, 44; 8, Jersey Shore, 43; 9, Central Columbia, 42.5; 10, Mount Carmel, 39.5; 11, Danville, 38.5; 12, Southern Columbia, 29; 13, Loyalsock, 28; 14, Warrior Run, 24; 15, Shamokin, 14; 16, Hughesville, 10; 17, South Williamsport, 8.5; 18, Midd-West, 7; 19, Bloomsburg, 6; 20, Central Mountain, 2.

3,200 relay: 1, Warrior Run (Cassidy Hoffman, Tyrese Hazzoum, Sam Crawford, Addison Magyar), 8:06.84; 2, Mount Carmel, 8:08.71; 3, Loyalsock (Quinn Serfass, Matt Nickolaus, Alex Reed, Alejandro Quintana), 8:22.19; 4, Lewisburg (Felix Hernandez, James Koconis, Logan Moore, Peter Lantz), 8:23.10; 5, Jersey Shore (Micah Worth, Tanner Allison, Hunter Mummert, Chase Carpenter), 8:25.83; 6, Central Columbia, 8:26.44; 7, Midd-West, 8:46.97; 8, Williamsport (Tyler Holcomb, Evan Barone, Ryley Holcomb, Oam Patel), 9:00.04.

110 hurdles: 1, Allen Taylor, Williamsport, 14.76; 2, Marshall Buggy, Shamokin, 15.17; 3, Caden Fisher, Williamsport, 15.35; 4, Kam Shreffler, Lewisburg, 15.54; 5, Zach Bedell, Lewisburg, 15.58; 6, Ethan Williams, Williamsport, 15.61; 7, Cameron Leib, Shikellamy, 15.74; 8, Travis Keyser, Bloomsburg, 15.88.

100: 1, Joe Folk, Shikellamy, 11.16; 2, Gavin Colescott, Shikellamy, 11.23; 3, Lucas Tilford, Shikellamy, 11.26; 4, Shawn Sheptock, Mount Carmel, 11.31; 5, Jacob Reeder, Montoursville, 11.35; 6, Zach Stopper, Loyalsock, 11.38; t-7, Jared Verse, Central Columbia, 11.41; t-7, Tanner Karycki, Mount Carmel, 11.41.

1,600: 1, Tyler Leeser, Milton, 4:22.79; 2, Ethan Knoebel, Southern Columbia, 4:27.80; 3, Logan Strouse, Shikellamy, 4:28.13; 4, Jacob Foster, Danville, 4:31.55; 5, Quenton Long, Mifflinburg, 4:34.44; 6, Ryan Sullivan, Loyalsock, 4:36.69; 7, Corbin Green, Central Mountain, 4:37.14; 8, Alejandro Quintana, Loyalsock, 4:37.79.

400 relay: 1, Lewisburg (Thomas Bhangdia, Dylan Farronato, Owen Foreman, Alex Sabo), 43.98; 2, Mount Carmel, 43.98; 3, Danville, 44.28; 4, Mifflinburg, 44.55; 5, Central Columbia, 44.65; 6, Williamsport (Treyson Potts, Caden Fisher, Keith Jason, Maxwell Goode), 45.14; 7, Montoursville (Jacob Reeder, Wyatt Nettling, William DeWald, Brian Shaffer), 45.30; 8, Loyalsock (Darius Williams, Jacob Waltz, Zach Stopper, Zach Alberti), 45.58.

400: 1, Tyler Leeser, Milton, 50.59; 2, Zander Bradley, Central Columbia, 50.78; 3, Jared Thompson, Williamsport, 51.17; 4, Chase Carpenter, Jersey Shore, 52.01; 5, Braden Cott, Montoursville, 52.26; 6, Chris Day, Mifflinburg, 52.54; 7, Colton Aikey, Milton, 52.57; 8, Jarrett Inch, Selinsgrove, 52.86.

300 hurdles: 1, Allen Taylor, Williamsport, 39.87; 2, Zach Bedell, Lewisburg, 40.94; 3, Gray Catherman, Selinsgrove, 41.45; 4, Shyler Kreitz, South Williamsport, 41.57; 5, Jakc Schechterly, Central Columbia, 41.57; 6, Keenan Dietz, Midd-West, 41.62; 7, Caleb Reimer, Mifflinburg, 41.67; 8, Justin Kline, Shikellamy, 42.64.

800: 1, Tyler Bailey, Mifflinburg, 1:55.63; 2, Jared Thompson, Williamsport, 1:56.84; 3, Kellan Guinn-Bailey, Milton, 1:59.56; 4, Ethan Knoebel, Southern Columbia, 1:59.78; 5, Logan Strouse, Shikellamy, 1:59.94; 6, Matt Nickolaus, Loyalsock, 2:01.31; 7, Raiden Williams, Danville, 2:02.03; 8, Trevor Teats, Midd-West, 2:03.97.

200: 1, Eric Zimmerman, Mifflinburg, 22.34; 2, Jared Verse, Central Columbia, 22.68; 3, Ethan Klees, Danville, 22.74; 4, Joe Folk, Shikellamy, 22.85; 5, Lucas Tilford, Shikellamy, 22.88; 6, Dylan Farronato, Lewisburg, 22.98; 7, Shawn Sheptock, Mount Carmel, 23.06; 8, Austyn Bilger, Shikellamy 23.08.

3,200: 1, Tanner Walter, Milton, 10:00.80; 2, Ryan Sullivan, Loyalsock, 10:03.56; 3, Quenton Long, Mifflinburg, 10:05.43; 4, Ryan Bahr, Hughesville, 10:07.98; 5, Doug Hallman, Shikellamy, 10:08.74; 6, J. Henry Lyon, Williamsport, 10:11.85; 7, Jonah Isaacson, Montoursville, 10:13.66; 8, Jacob Busch, Central Columbia, 10:19.56.

1,600 relay: 1, Mifflinburg, 3:25.43; 2, Central Columbia, 3:25.81; 3, Milton (Tyler Leeser, Nathan Young, Colton Aikey, Kellan Guinn-Bailey), 3:29.16; 4, Warrior Run (Cassidy Hoffman, Addison Magyar, Sam Crawford, Tyrese Hazzoum), 3:29.78; 5, Mount Carmel, 3:30.30; 6, Williamsport, 3:30.87; 7, Selinsgrove, 3:33.08; 8, Midd-West, 3:33.97.

Shot put: 1, Keith Dreese, Selinsgrove, 54-11 1/2*; 2, Darien Yeager, Danville, 50-7 1/4; 3, Josh Gose, Lewisburg, 50-5 1/4; 4, Brennen Wolf, Selinsgrove, 48-7; 5, Troy Donlan, Southern Columbia, 48-6; 6, Michael Tiffin, Lewisburg, 46-9 3/4; 7, Blake Zalar, Shamokin, 44-1 1/2; 8, Trey Baney, Selinsgrove, 43-7.

Discus: 1, Keith Dreese, Selinsgrove, 161-8; 2, Brennen Wolf, Selinsgrove, 158-7; 3, Darien Yeager, Danville, 144-8; 4, Ken Cooper, Danville, 140-7; 5, Charles Keer, Shikellamy, 137-10; 6, Josh Gose, Lewisburg, 133-5; 7, Troy Donlan, Southern Columbia, 131-1; 8, Elijah Shemory, Jersey Shore, 128-11.

Javelin: 1, Sam Penman, Williamsport, 187-1; 2, Josh Dinges, Montoursville, 182-0; 3, Aaron Keeler, Shikellamy, 176-1; 4, Josh Krieger, Shikellamy, 174-4; 5, Nathan Welch, Williamsport, 171-4; 6, Elijah Shemory, Jersey Shore, 167-2; 7, Cole Heintzelman, Central Columbia, 164-2; 8, Tate Krankoskie, Shikellamy, 160-10.

Long jump: 1, Tanner Karycki, Mount Carmel, 20-11; 2, Thomas Bhangdia, Lewisburg, 20-3; 3, Hunter Frantz, Jersey Shore, 20-2 1/4; 4, Keith Jason, Williamsport, 20-2; 5, Dominick Caputo, Montoursville, 20-0; 6, Jacob Waltz, Loyalsock, 19-9 1/2; 7, Joey Masser, Shamokin, 19-9; 8, Darren Baidoo, Lewisburg, 19-8 1/2.

Triple jump: 1, Keith Jason, Williamsport, 45-9 1/2*; 2, Anthony Washington, Montoursville, 43-6 1/2; 3, Hunter Frantz, Jersey Shore, 42-9; 4, Dominick Caputo, Montoursville, 42-5; 5, Thor Britton, Selinsgrove, 42-1 1/2; 6, Allen Taylor, Williamsport, 41-9; 7, Matt Schiccatano, Shamokin, 41-5 1/2; 8, Gray Catherman, Selinsgrove, 40-8 1/2.

High jump: 1, Kevin Titus, Jersey Shore, 6-4; 2, Hunter Frantz, Jersey Shore, 5-10; 3, Dominick Caputo, Montoursville, 5-10; 4, Devon Bushor, Hughesville, 5-10; 5, A.J. Flick, South Williamsport, 5-8; t-6, Dante Colon, Mifflinburg, 5-8; t-6, Andrew Fritz, Central Columbia, 5-8; t-8, Mavin James, Danville, 5-8; t-8, Thor Britton, Selinsgrove, 5-8.

Pole vault: 1, Brant Long, Southern Columbia, 13-0; 2, Mason Brubaker, Shikellamy, 12-6; 3, Keefer Goodspeed, Warrior Run, 12-6; 4, Isaiah Gingerich, Montoursville, 12-0; 5, Travis Keyser, Bloomsburg, 12-0; 6, Isaiah Showers, Selisngrove, 12-0; 7, Nick Troutman, Mount Carmel, 11-6; 8, Randy Hays, Warrior Run, 11-6.

*–Denotes meet record

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