Lancers win 6 total events at Jim Taylor Invitational

SELINSGROVE — The smile on her face was familiar. So were Maddie Fox’s results in the high jump. Without asking the Loyalsock senior, it’d be darn nearly impossible to tell she’s coming off a torn ACL.

She doesn’t wear the bulky brace which is supposed to stabilize her surgically repaired right knee. It took only one competition for her to ditch that. There’s no hobble in her step as she approaches the high jump pit.

Everything Fox did to win the girls high jump at the Jim Taylor Invitational on Saturday at Susquehanna University looked just as it did when she medaled in the event at the state meet in 2017. Even the illuminating smile of hers is familiar as the same one she sported even while missing all of last track season.

“I love the atmosphere and I love the competition,” Fox said after clearing 5-feet, 2-inches to top the high jump field. “It feels so good to be out here, especially when you’ve been gone for a year. You appreciate it more.”

Fox was the first of the Loyalsock dominoes to fall on a special day which saw PR after PR for the Lancers. There were no team scores kept, but Loyalsock won six of the 18 events at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field. Fox won the high jump. Isabell Sagar recorded the best time in the state this year in the 1,600 and followed it with another dominating performance to win the 3,200. Hailey Zurich ran a career-best 12.66 seconds to win the 100, and hit the third-best mark in the state this year in the long jump (17-10) to take second. And Zurich was denied gold in the long jump only because Sophia Gardner hit a career best 18-3 1/4, which is the second-best jump in the state this year.

And just for good measure, the Lancers’ 3,200-relay team closed a 30-meter gap over the final two laps to win in 9:59.63, which is the third-best time in the state this year.

Milton’s Leah Bergey also came away with a gold, winning the 300 hurdles. Black Panthers teammate Brant Long, was the area’s lone boys winner, clearing 14 feet in the pole vault to win.

“I feel the energy in the team, especially in our senior class,” said Sagar, who anchored the 3,200 relay team. “These girls have been doing this since they were freshmen and we all kind of stayed together. I think because of that companionship, it helps a lot.”

Saturday’s results were similar to those this group of girls has produced in the past, both this year and last. But the missing piece from last year was Fox.

As a junior, she tore the ACL in her right knee during basketball season and was forced to be a spectator all spring. But she always found her way to the high jump pit where she would cheer on her teammates while dealing with the nagging itch to want to be jumping herself.

Her mark of 5-2 yesterday matched the best she’s already cleared in the early part of the season, and it matched the mark she cleared to finish eighth in the state as a sophomore two years ago. She missed on three attempts at 5-4, but was happy with the effort she gave it, just clipping the bar with her leg on her final attempt.

She was perfect through 5-2, missing only on her attempts at 5-4. She and Bergey were the only ones to clear 5-2 after eight jumpers cleared 5 feet. It was a satisfying day for Fox, who knows there is still time to get back to where she was prior to the injury.

“I feel like I’m almost there,” Fox said. “I’m not back to where I was just yet, but I feel like it’s coming. I’m still getting the feel and getting back into the routine. But I’m getting there.”

“It’s honestly amazing,” Zurich said. “You see a lot of ACL injuries and it’s hard for people to get back on their feet and it’s harder mentally and physically. But for someone to take all the mental stress of it all and channel it to make themselves better, it’s amazing.”

It’s usually difficult to top the things Zurich can accomplish in the pole vault, her signature event in which she’s placed at the state meet three consecutive years. But the result of that event was kind of put on the back burner. She cleared 11 feet and finished second, but that result paled in comparison to her other results.

She hadn’t put any focus on he long jump until this year and hit a personal-best jump by more than a foot. She ran a 12.81 in the 100 on Wednesday, which was a personal best until she ran 12.79 in the prelims yesterday, which was then bested with her 12.66 in the finals.

As she pulled ahead of Selinsgrove’s Megan Hoffman, a mainstay of excellence in the event, Loyalsock coach Matt Hill couldn’t contain his excitement as he jumped up and down and screamed standing near the finish line.

“It’s a very good confidence booster to know we’re going in the right direction and my training is paying off, not just in the pole vault, but in everything else,” Zurich said. “I haven’t really seen growth in anything except pole vault in the past three years. It’s great to see it’s paying off in the other areas, too.”

When Sagar took the baton for the final two laps of the 3,200 relay, she didn’t have thoughts of running down the leaders to get the win. She’s had those thoughts before with the Lancers trailing in the race, but for some reason Saturday she was focused purely on getting to her pace.

Of all the races the returning state silver medalist in the 3,200 runs, the 800 meters is probably her weakest, especially at this time of the year when she’s still finding her speed in the event. But when she came through the first lap of her leg with an easier fast time than she expected, her pace was clearly good enough.

Her strong final kick gave Loyalsock just the third sub-10 minute time in the race in the state this year. And while her focus is primarily on the 3,200 (which she won by nearly 66 seconds), and the 1,600, helping the relay team of Emma Tredinnick, Anna Burdett and Mackenzie Rodarmel come from behind to win was just as exciting.

“I get more nervous for that race because I’m not as confident,” Sagar said. “On that first lap, I came through faster than it felt, so it gave me the confidence to finish out that second lap.”

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Boys results

2,000 steeplechase: 1, Josh Woodley, Bloomsburg, 7:42.59; 2, Eric Dubartell, Bloomsburg, 7:47.13; 3, Connor Yost, Bloomsburg, 7:55.30; Brandon Shearer, Loyalsock, 8:10.57.

3,200 relay: 1, New Oxford, 8:07.00; 2, Central Columbia, 8:13.97; 3, Shamokin, 8:36.15; 4, Milton (Tanner Walter, Colton Loreman, Nate Barnett, Brody Bender), 8:47.37; 5, Midd-West, 8:52.51; 6, Bloomsburg, 9:33.88.

110 hurdles: 1, Marshall Buggy, Shamokin, 15.59; 2, Brandon Zimmerman, Danville, 15.66; 3, Nathan Snyder, Central Columbia, 16.73; 4, Jack Schechterly, Central Columbia, 16.92; 5, Cole Catherman, Selisngrove, 17.02; 6, Simeon Krizan, Loyalsock, 17.18.

100: 1, Eric Zimmerman, Mifflinburg, 11.02; 2, Zach Stopper, Loyalsock, 11.13; 3, Payton Persing, Danville, 11.28; 4, Evan DeMuzzio, Wyoming Valley West, 11.49; 5, Tanner Karycki, Mount Carmel, 11.50; 6, Owen Keister, Milton, 11.61; 7, Marshall Buggy, Shamokin, 11.76.

1,600: 1, Ethan Knoebel, Southern Columbia, 4:29.18; 2, Damein Moser, Warrior Run, 4:32.43; 3, Josh Broadt, Central Columbia, 4:40.01; 4, Caden Dufrene, Warrior Run, 4:42.83; 5, Nick Gershey, Scranton Prep, 4:44.23; 6, Andrew Loy, Greenwood, 4:44.51; 7, Tanner Walter, Milton, 4:45.62; 8, Stephen Postupak, Scranton Prep, 4:46.40.

400: 1, Zander Bradley, Central Columbia, 51.00; 2, Eric Zimmerman, Mifflinburg, 51.01; 3, Andrew Rooney, Mount Carmel, 51.69; 4, Evan Gaugler, Selinsgrove, 52.72; 5, Noah Strausbaugh, New Oxford, 53.04; 6, Dylan Devlin, Central Columbia, 53.56; 7, Antony Aguilar, New Oxford, 53.63; 8, Brady Dowell, Loyalsock, 53.73.

400 relay: 1, Central Columbia, 44.34; 2, Mount Carmel, 44.87; 3, New Oxford, 45.11; 4, Milton (Qamar Yasin-Bradley, Owen Keister, Antonio Pearson, Chris Aviles), 45.45; 5, Bloomsburg, 46.31.

300 hurdles: 1, Brandon Zimmerman, Danville, 41.62; 2, Marshall Buggy, Shamokin, 42.20; 3, Jake Rose, Southern Columbia, 42.83; 4, Keenan Dietz, Midd-West, 43.45; 5, Jack Schechterly, Central Columbia, 43.93; 6, Ryan McAndrew, Scranton Prep, 44.33; 7, Cole Catherman, Selinsgrove, 44.41; 8, Simeon Krizan, Loyalsock, 45.04.

800: 1, Ethan Knoebel, Southern Columbia, 2:03.90; 2, Dawuan Golden, New Oxford, 2:04.53; 3, Tayshawn Golden, New Oxford, 2:05.35; 4, Derek Lawler, Mount Carmel, 2:05.67; 5, Andrew Loy, Greenwood, 2:06.30; 6, Tyrese Hazzoum, Warrior Run, 2:06.54; 7, Dylan Pupo, Mount Carmel, 2:07.82; 8, Andrew Adams, Warrior Run, 2:07.85.

200: 1, Ethan Klees, Danville, 22.54; 2, Jared Verse, Central Columbia, 22.74; 3, Hunter Coulter, Bloomsburg, 23.58; 4, Owen Keister, Milton, 23.64; 5, Josh Little, New Oxford, 23.75; 6, Evan DeMuzzio, Wyoming Valley West, 23.80; 7, Carter Odell, Scranton Prep, 23.83; 8, Kameron Kline, Midd-West, 23.88.

3,200: 1, Austin Plotica, New Oxford, 10:18.60; 2, Taviann McKenna, Wyoming Valley West, 10:23.91; 3, Nick Gershey, Scranton Prep, 10:36.79; 4, Brady Reese, Southern Columbia, 10:50.04; 5, Jacob Busch, Central Columbia, 10:51.61; 6, Tim Marvin, Milton, 10:53.49; 7, Brody Bender, Milton, 10:55.21; 8, Lukas Raullerson, New Oxford, 11:16.57.

1,600 relay: 1, Central Columbia, 3:27.10; 2, Mount Carmel, 3:34.63; 3, Shamokin, 3:37.28; 4, Midd-West, 3:42.15; 5, Selinsgrove, 3:43.43; 6, Bloomsburg, 3:45.70; 7, Warrior Run (Hoyt Bower, Alex Hazzoum, Tyrese Hazzoum, Michael Rafala), 3:46.48; 8, Loyalsock (Ben Robbins, Keanu Singh, Jacob Huber, Brady Dowell), 3:49.15.

Shot put: 1, Troy Donlan, Southern Columbia, 47-10; 2, Nevin Rauch, Milton, 47-3 1/2; 3, Brian Hornberger, Shamokin, 46-0; 4, Cameron Klingler, Midd-West, 45-9 1/2; 5, Matt Knowles, Shamokin, 42-1 1/2; 6, Josh Rodriguez, Midd-West, 41-4 1/2; 7, Garrett Benfer, Selinsgrove, 41-4; 8, Hayden Milhimes, New Oxford, 40-7 1/2.

Discus: 1, William McGinley, Bloomsburg, 142-5; 2, Michael Antonyuk, Mifflinburg, 129-6; 3, Troy Donlan, Southern Columbia, 125-11; 4, Mitchell Kauffman, Greenwood, 122-9; 5, Nate Grimes, Shamokin, 121-11; 6, Connor Steffan, Midd-West, 120-11; 7, Jack Watkins, Warrior Run, 118-9; 8, Ian Wimer, Loyalsock, 114-9.

Javelin: 1, Nate Crowl, Southern Columbia, 168-0; 2, Michael Antonyuk, Mifflinburg, 160-5; 3, Brennan Romanoff, New Oxford, 152-10; 4, Parker George, Selisngrove, 147-10; 5, Nathan Barnhart, Greenwood, 147-10; 6, Matt Knowles, Shamokin, 145-9; 7, Josh Rodriguez, Midd-West, 144-7; 8, Logan McWilliams, Central Columbia, 144-2.

Long jump: 1, Joey Masser, Shamokin, 21-4; 2, Tanner Karycki, Mount Carmel, 21-1 1/2; 3, Matt Schiccatano, Shamokin, 20-6; 4, Thor Britton, Selinsgrove, 20-6; 5, Billy Delbaugh, Shamokin, 20-4; 6, Zach Stopper, Loyalsock, 20-2; 7, Sam Castillani, Scranton Prep, 19-8 1/2; 8, Ryan McAndrew, Scranton Prep, 19-7 1/2.

Triple jump: 1, Billy Delbaugh, Shamokin, 43-1 1/2; 2, Thor Britton, Selinsgrove, 42-6 1/2; 3, Abdul Janneh, New Oxford, 42-3 1/2; 4, Antonio Pearson, Milton, 41-3; 5, Osiris Hemphill, Bloomsburg, 40-11; 6, Cameron Werick, New Oxford, 39-1; 7, Blair Wilt, Milton, 39-0; 8, Qamar Yasin-Bradley, Milton, 38-8 1/2.

High jump: t-1, Jaron Clark, Selinsgrove, 6-0; t-1, Zackery Abdelquader, Wyoming Valley West, 6-0; t-1, Jared Verse, Central Columbia, 6-0; t-4, Bo Lynett, Scranton Prep, 5-10; t-4, Justis Brady, Warrior Run, 5-10; t-6, Brant Long, Milton, 5-8; t-6, Thor Britton, Selinsgrove, 5-8; t-6, Dante Colon, Mifflinburg, 5-8.

Pole vault: 1, Brant Long, Milton, 14-0; t-2, Hunter Valles, Central Columbia, 11-6; t-2, Levi Kennel, Warrior Run, 11-6; t-4, Tim Uhler, New Oxford, 11-0; t-4, Wolfgang Pearson, Shamokin, 11-0; t-4, Nathan Burke, Central Columbia, 11-0; t-4, Ben Moore, Bloomsburg, 11-0; t-4, Gabe Waltman, Central Columbia, 11-0.

Girls Results

2,000 steeplechase: 1, Rachel Peters, Greenwood, 8:54.79; 2, Haley Scopelliti, Southern Columbia, 9:05.66; 3, Jaime Ellis, Loyalsock, 10:38.41; 4, Danielle Hinkle, Shamokin, 11:07.08.

3,200 relay: 1, Loyalsock (Emma Tredinnick, Anna Burdett, Isabell Sagar, Mackenzie Rodarmel), 9:59.63; 2, Lewisburg (Maggie Daly, Selena Permyashkin, Chloe Michaels, Anna Batkowski), 10:02.97; 3, Mount Carmel, 10:04.09; 4, Warrior Run (Kylee Brouse, Alanna Ranck, Mya Shoemaker, Lauren Trapani), 10:04.63; 5, Greenwood, 10:12.06; 6, Milton (Riley Murray, Katelyn Zimmerman, Alexis Beaver, Leah Walter), 10:14.24; 7, Scranton Prep, 10:37.33; 8, Southern Columbia, 10:44.60.

100 hurdles: 1, Kari Cambria, Southern Columbia, 15.43; 2, Megan Kendall, Loyalsock, 15.56; 3, Leah Bergey, Milton, 15.61; 4, Claudia Morris, Mount Carmel, 16.66; 5, Madison Williard, Selinsgrove, 17.24; 6, Chloe Yoder, Shamokin, 17.31; 7, Allie Dowell, Loyalsock, 17.65; 8, Siena Brazier, Lewisburg, 17.87.

100: 1, Hailey Zurich, Loyalsock, 12.66; 2, Megan Hoffman, Selisngrove, 12.78; 3, Sophia Gardner, Loyalsock, 12.89; 4, Alexa Rine, Millville, 12.90; 5, Sophia Shoemaker, Greenwood, 13.12; 6, Lily Leh, Bloomsburg, 13.23; 7, Natalia Heard, Bloomsburg, 13.44; 8, Rilee McMahan, Central Columbia, 13.47.

1,600: 1, Isabell Sagar, Loyalsock, 5:00.99; 2, Adiya Golden, Scranton Prep, 5:21.32; 3, Mia Bellucci, Scranton Prep, 5:21.63; 4, Lauren Trapani, Warrior Run, 5:23.18; 5, Maggie Daly, Lewisburg, 5:43.46; 6, Camilla Rinaldi, Scranton Prep, 5:43.48; 7, Sarah Ayers, Lewisburg, 5:45.92; 8, Alanna Ranck, Warrior Run, 5:46.86.

400: 1, Sage Harmon, Bloomsburg, 58.87; 2, Elena Malone, Lewisburg, 59.62; 3, Shayla Heckman, Midd-West, 1:01.07; 4, Hanna Davis, Southern Columbia, 1:01.85; 5, Ava Buttner, Scranton Prep, 1:02.52; 6, Maryrose Molina-Shuman, Selinsgrove, 1:02.66; 7, Jenica Crider, New Oxford, 1:02.72; 8, Chloe Michaels, Lewisburg, 1:03.26.

400 relay: 1, Bloomsburg, 51.41; 2, Southern Columbia, 53.27; 3, Mifflinburg, 53.35; 4, Greenwood, 53.77; 5, Selinsgrove, 54.16; 6, Meadowbrook Christian, 54.65; 7, Shamokin, 55.03; 8, Milton (Jillian Hopple, Jaida Hoffer, Aaliyah Myers, Makahalee Forbes), 56.06.

300 hurdles: 1, Leah Bergey, Milton, 47.80; 2, Kari Cambria, Southern Columbia, 48.74; 3, Megan Kendall, Loyalsock, 49.43; 4, Makenna Dietz, Midd-West, 50.01; 5, Natalia Heard, Bloomsburg, 50.39; 6, Masy Devlin, Meadowbrook Christian, 51.22; 7, Claudia Morris, Mount Carmel, 51.35; 8, Amber Axtman, Warrior Run, 51.77.

800: 1, Hannah Grove, Selisngrove, 2:26.94; 2, Caroline Fletcher, Mount Carmel, 2:28.83; 3, Eden Beichler, New Oxford, 2:29.43; 4, Kylee Brouse, Warrior Run, 2:30.94; 5, Mackenzie Rodarmel, Loyalsock, 2:31.23; 6, Anna Burdett, Loyalsock, 2:33.05; 7, Molly Petrucci, Mount Carmel, 2:32.09; 8, Anna Batkowski, Lewisburg, 2:32.25

200: 1, Megan Hoffman, Selisngrove, 26.05; 2, Sage Harmon, Bloomsburg, 26.73; 3, Julia Laubach, Mifflinburg, 27.03; 4, Alexa Rine, Millville, 27.04; 5, Shayla Heckman, Midd-West, 27.20; 6, Ava Buttner, Scranton Prep, 27.63; 7, Lilian Poust, Selisngrove, 27.68; 8, Hailey Womer, Greenwood, 27.81.

3,200: 1, Isabell Sagar, Loyalsock, 10:42.85; 2, Leah Walter, Milton, 11:48.47; 3, Mia Bellucci, Scranton Prep, 11:57.50; 4, Amiyah Prieve, Greenwood, 12:23.68; 5, Alyssa Hoffman, Warrior Run, 12:31.44; 6, Olivia Beattie, Lewisburg, 12:43.39; 7, Alaina Post, Mifflinburg, 12:43.41; 8, Hannah Mirshahi, Lewisburg, 12:45.10.

1,600 relay: 1, Selinsgrove, 4:08.70; 2, Lewisburg (Anna Batkowski, Selena Permyashkin, Chloe Michaels, Elena Malone), 4:08.98; 3, Bloomsburg, 4:20.97; 4, Midd-West, 4:25.11; 5, Greenwood, 4:25.90; 6, Mount Carmel, 4:29.19; 7, Warrior Run (Paige Bowman, Kylee Brouse, Mya Shoemaker, Cadee Wood), 4:32.98; 8, Shamokin, 4:51.74.

Shot put: 1, Mallory Kauffman, Greenwood, 46-0; 2, Kamryn Snyder, Milton, 39-0; 3, Kailey Swineford, Midd-West, 35-4; 4, Meghan Hallenbeck, Mifflinburg, 34-6 1/2; 5, Ashley Gaugler, Selinsgrove, 32-9 1/2; 6, Munnayah Meredith, Lewisburg, 32-8 1/2; 7, Lynzee Ruhl, Mifflinburg, 32-5 1/2; 8, Janel Lewis, Selinsgrove, 31-4.

Discus: 1, Mallory Kauffman, Greenwood, 147-6; 2, Kinsey Metzger, Selinsgrove, 114-0; 3, Ashley Gaugler, Selinsgrove, 108-5; 4, Kamryn Snyder, Milton, 107-8; 5, DaniRae Renno, Mount Carmel, 103-10; 6, Janel Lewis, Selinsgrove, 94-10; 7, Maddy Downs, Lewisburg, 94-4; 8, Emily Dobson, Bloomsburg, 87-11.

Javelin: 1, Renny Murphy, Berwick, 126-7; 2, Emma Kramer, Shamokin, 116-0; 3, Gracia Eckenrode, Central Columbia, 110-7; 4, Aly Bond, Bloomsburg, 108-1; 5, Payton Carl, Mount Carmel, 104-9; 6, Brynn Gaugler, Selinsgrove, 102-0; 7, Kamryn Snyder, Milton, 101-3; 8, Kayla Hauer, Southern Columbia, 98-9.

Long jump: Sophia Gardner, Loyalsock, 18-3 1/4; 2, Hailey Zurich, Loyalsock, 17-10; 3, Julia Laubach, Mifflinburg, 16-4 1/2; 4, Charlotte Neylon, Loyalsock, 16-2; 5, Megan Hoffman, Selinsgrove, 15-10 1/4; 6, Angelina Feliciano, Mifflinburg, 15-9; 7, Hannah Doll, Selinsgrove, 15-8 1/2; 8, Madison Stebila, Selinsgrove, 15-3 1/2.

Triple jump: 1, Madison Williard, Selinsgrove, 34-8; 2, Jessica Umpstead, Montgomery, 34-4 3/4; 3, Abigail Taylor, Greenwood, 34-0 3/4; 4, Jessica Shaver, Wyoming Valley West, 33-9; 5, Karaline Stelma, Wyoming Valley West, 33-5; 6, Hannah Knecht, Loyalsock, 32-7; 7, Angelina Feliciano, Mifflinburg, 32-6 3/4; 8, Madison Stebila, Selinsgrove, 32-6.

High jump: 1, Maddie Fox, Loyalsock, 5-2; 2, Leah Bergey, Milton, 5-2; t-3, Kinsey Metzger, Selisngrove, 5-0; t-3, Samantha Schreiber, Greenwood, 5-0; t-3, Avery McNulty, Scranton Prep, 5-0; t-3, Aly Bond, Bloomsburg, 5-0; t-3, Madison Stebila, Selinsgrove, 5-0; 8, Erin Hilkert, Lewisburg, 4-10.

Pole vault: 1, Victoria Atkinson, Scranton Prep, 12-2; 2, Hailey Zurich, Loyalsock, 11-0; 3, Annalise Bond, Selinsgrove, 10-6; 4, Rylie Mong, Warrior Run, 10-0; t-5, Cadee Wood, Warrior Run, 9-0; t-5, Karly Renn, Southern Columbia, 9-0; t-5, Bayley Hess, Greenwood, 9-0; t-8, Hailey Swaldi, Mount Carmel, 8-6; t-8, Sarah Bower, Bloomsburg, 8-6.

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