SELINSGROVE When the Williamsport boys 3,200-meter relay team came up just short of breaking the school record last Saturday at the PHAC Championships, Brandon Fedoriw confidently stated, "We'll get it next week."
The Millionaires added a little more.
Brandon Fedoriw, Greg Johnson, Chet Schwoyer and Herb Stelly shaved nearly 3 seconds off their personal best time and 2 seconds off the school record as they finished in a district-record 7:55.42 and easily won the Class AAA 3,200-meter relay championship on Saturday at the District 4 Class AA and AAA Championships at Susquehanna University.
Williamsport’s Greg Ousley sits on the infield with a medal Saturday at Susquehanna University during the District 4 track and field championships. View additional photos at cu.sungazette.com.
"We were destined to break that (school) record," Fedoriw said. "This past week we've had intense workouts since Monday, it's been all speed workouts. Our coach said we needed to get a good time so we could get a good seed time for states and those intense workouts just paid off."
Williamsport ran to the title and school and district records without a healthy push from anyone in the seven-team field. Shamokin placed second, but was 19 seconds behind.
The previous Williamsport school record was 7:57.3 set in 1995, while the district mark of 8:05.80 stood since 1992 and was held by Jersey Shore.
All winners from the Class AAA meet and those within the top eight who reached the state qualifying standard advanced to the PIAA Championships which will be held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Schwoyer wasn't done visiting the top step of the podium after the 3,200-meter relay as the junior won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. He finished the 1,600 in 4:36.25 and looked like he was out for an easy training run in the 3,200, easily defeating his nearest competitor by 13 seconds.
"I was hoping to get all three of them down and come home with three gold medals," Schwoyer said. "It turned out how I wanted it to."
"I told him before we got off the bus, that he needed to do some numbers today and that the mile was his," Fedoriw said. "I guess he took that and got a first place."
Stelly matched his teammates three gold medals. The senior captured the 800 in district record-setting time and capped his day with a victory in the 1,600-meter relay along with Devin Miller, Wes Cuozzo and Fedoriw. Stelly's new record of 1:56.97 in the 800 broke the mark set by Danville's Ben McConnell in 2004. The previous record was 1:57.22.
Miller also won the long jump.
Big days by Schwoyer and Stelly led to head coach Sam Belle standing with the team championship plaque and having several of his athletes snap pictures of the veteran coach.
The Millionaires, who just lost out on a HAC-I regular-season title to Selinsgrove and the PHAC Championship last week, finished with 148 points. Milton was second with 145 and the Seals third with 134.
Other boys winners included Jersey Shore's Mac Thompson (pole vault) and Justin Norman (shot put) and Milton's Norman Whaley (triple jump) and Josh Brown (javelin). The Black Panthers also won the 400-meter relay in a race that had a Williamsport false-start and a final exchange that never was for Shikellamy.
Jaid Harsch once again led the Williamsport girls, winning the 100 and 300 hurdles. The junior ran 15.42 in the 100 hurdles and a surprising 45.93 in the 300 hurdles that brought a feeling of shock to her face when the winning time was announced over the PA system.
"I heard my dad saying five-nine, five-nine, so I thought he was talking about my last two digits," Harsch said. "I thought I broke 46.6, so I was like good job Jaid and then I got on the podium and heard 45.93 and I was like, what? I was like there's my five-nine, I get it now.
"To break that number is great. I don't know how else to explain it. To run it now with states next, now I know how it feels so now I need take it and go with it."
The Millionaires also showed strength in the sprints. Heaven Maeshack won the 100-meter dash and then joined GeZoriea Adams, Ariel Williams and Natalie Griffin to sprint to the 400-meter relay title.
The young Millionaires finished in 49.91, hitting the state qualifying time as well. The relay consists of two sophomores (Adams and Griffin) and two freshmen (Williams and Maeshack).
"We train a lot and every time we are at practice we have to make sure it is perfect because if it is not you are going to mess it up at the meet," said Griffin, who was a member of the 400 relay that missed out on states last year.