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Montoursville’s Lily Saul breaks district record in 800 as she wins two gold medals

Lily Saul of Montoursville celebrates her win in the 400 during the District 4 track and field championships at Williamsport on Saturday. DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

As she was seated near the finish line after the Class AA 800 race alongside Southern Columbia’s Kate Moncavage with a bag of ice on her neck, covered in sweat and a bottle of water in hand, a coach grabbed his phone and showed Saul the results of the race.

She may have been exhausted and tired after running the 400 and 800 races, but there was nothing stopping Saul’s excitement as she read what was on the screen

“I broke the district record!?” Saul screamed in disbelief.

Saul knew that the district record was within reach, after all she was just two seconds from the time after last week’s PHAC Championship meet in Danville. Saul ran 2:13.20 to not only win the event and qualify for states, but break Lewisburg’s Kalyn Fisher’s mark which was set in 2008 of 2:14.30.

“I kind of had my eye on it since I was a freshman. … It’s pretty cool to get the four eight double again,” Saul said with her gold medal draped around her neck.

Lily Saul of Montoursville leads the way in the 800m on her way to a win in the event during the District 4 track meeting at Williamsport High School, May 21, 2022. DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

She was in a tight race with Moncavage, who finished with a time of 2:13.68. The two were close after the first 400, with Moncavage not far behind Saul, but the Warrior kept her distance and lead throughout the remainder of the race to set history.

“She’s amazing. She’s only a sophomore but I knew she ran a really good split in her four-by-eight Thursday, so I was really excited to race her because I knew me and her could both run.”

Having Moncavage on the track with Saul is what allowed Saul and Moncavage to both break the existing record as the two top-ranked runners pushed each other to set outstanding times.

“We’re both No. 1 and No. 2 in the state right now by a lot and it’s amazing. It’s kind of a preview of states,” Saul said.

Saul ran an impressive 56.55 earlier in the day in the 400 to win by two seconds and secure her spot at the state meet next weekend in Shippensburg.

“I knew I had to get out hard and I know when I passed the girl going ahead of me right there (past the first bend), I know I’m going to win by a big amount, and I caught here where I’m going to catch her,” Saul said.

The Warrior kept a solid pace throughout the race, and once Saul got past Malone — who finished second to qualify for states in 58.56 — the Montoursville runner knew she was in a position to secure gold.

“I didn’t know what my time would be, so I knew I was going to win, but not by how much,” Saul said.

Having runners like Malone push Saul to hit the times she does.

“I love the competition. I don’t think I’d run as fast as I did without having Elena or other girls pushing me to do my best,” Saul said.

Lewisburg’s Siena Brazier was a two-time district champion on Saturday afternoon as well. The senior Green Dragon ran a 15.34 to win the 100 hurdles, just edging Milton senior Riley Murray, who ran a 15.40 in a close finish, before going on to win the 300 hurdles in 47.81, roughly half a second better than Bloomsburg’s Brynna Zentner.

Both Brazier and Murray qualified for the state meet in the 100 as a total of four runners in the event hit qualifying times. Bloomsburg’s Charly Schlauch and Brynna Zentner also qualified for states in 15.78 and 16.00, respectively.

“It’s exciting (to win). I’m just glad I got to race against good competition,” Brazier said. “I love having competition like that. Just having people in the hurdles is nice because it brings out the best of me and makes me compete.”

Brazier noted that she felt like her start was OK, joking that she usually stays in the blocks a little too long so she won’t false start.

“I think it was OK. Probably not my best, but it was a good start and I hung on,” Brazier said.

Murray, who came in with a seeded time just fasted than Brazier from the semifinals, was on Brazier’s tail the entire race.

“I could feel her the whole way,” Brazier said with a laugh.

In the 300, Brazier ran a 47.81, besting her seeded-time by 0.16 seconds. The top six finishers in the race were all within a second of one another as Zentner took second (48.11), Midd-West’s Camryn Pyle was third (48.31), Montoursville’s Emma Cline was fourth (48.76), Danville’s Sarah Sharp was fifth (48.84) and Milton’s Mackenzie Lopez was sixth (48.92).

Milton had a handful of state qualifiers on Saturday. Riley Murray won the pole vault and qualified as a second-place finisher in the 100 hurdles; Mo Reiner and Mackenzie Lopez finished 1-2 in the javelin, respectively; Janae Bergey took second to qualify for states in the 100; and Anita Shek qualified with a secod-place finish in the shot put (35-10 1/4). In addition, Milton also won its first team title in program history.

Hughesville’s Hailey Sherwood qualified for the state meet in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 2 inches, behind only Northeast Bradford’s Emma Neuber, who threw 31-4. Lewisburg’s Elena Malone won the 200 with a time of 25.99, just besting Central Columbia freshman Kendra Stout, who ran a 26.06. Lewisburg’s Caroline Blakeslee was third in 26.20 and all three qualified for the state meet. Malone also took second in the 400 in Class AA with a time of 58.57 to qualify for states.

Brazier, Blakeslee and Malone also won gold in the 1,600 relay alongside Kyra Binney as the foursome finished in 4:03.25, besting their seeded time, and edging Central Columbia’s team by two seconds to head to states.

Milton’s Janae Bergey ran a solid 12.80 in the girls 100 to take second place, behind only Troy’s Anneliese Getola, who ran a 12.61. The finish secured Bergey a spot at the state meet. Warrior Run’s Aurora Cieslukowski was second and qualified for states in the pole vault after clearing 10 feet, 6 inches.

Lewisburg’s Jenna Binney took third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:27.96, eight seconds behind champion Maizy Aikey of Bloomsburg. Loyalsock’s Maddy Hall also was a third-place finisher, taking third in the high jump on jumps at 5 feet, 2 inches. Towanda’s Porschia Bennett won the event with a district-record height of 5-8.

Sage Dunkleberger of Warrior Run placed fourth in the 3,200 in 12:16.60. Loyalsock’s Katie Ryder was a fifth-place finisher in the 100 (13.11) and Hughesville’s Bryn Derrick took seventh (13.28).

The area had a number of top-8 finishers in the 100 hurdles race. Lewisburg’s Madeline Ikeler took fifth in 16.29, Milton’s Alexis Beaver was sixth in 16.76 and Lewisburg’s Madison Cardello took seventh in 16.83.

Milton’s Jacklyn Hopple just missed on qualifying for the state meet in the triple jump. She leapt 32-11 to take fourth, behind Bloomsburg’s Charly Schlauch (35-3 1/2), Charity Vellner of Mount Carmel (33-8 1/2) and Southern’s Cassidy Savitski (33-6).

TEAM SCORES: 1. Milton 89.33; 2. Lewisburg 84.66; 3. Bloomsburg 84.5; 4. Southern 61; 5. Central Columbia 60.5; 6. Montoursville 56.66; 7. Danville 46; t-8. Mount Carmel 36; t-8. Towanda 36; 10. Hughesville 26; 11. Wyalusing 20.33; 12. Warrior Run 18; 13. Loyalsock 17; 14. Midd-West 14; 15. Northwest 13.5; 16. Northeast Bradford 13; 17. Troy 11; 18. South Williamsport 10.5; 19. Montgomery 3; 20. Canton 1.

100: 1. Anneliese Getola, Troy, 12.61; 2. Janae Bergey, Milton, 12.80; 3. Liberty Gearinger, Central Columbia, 12.83; 4. Olivia Haley, Wyalusing, 12.99; 5. Katie Ryder, Loyalsock, 13.11; 6. Andi Gutshall, Bloomsburg, 13.23; 7. Bryn Derrick, Hughesville, 13.28; 8. Riley McMahan, Central Columbia, 13.39.

100 hurdles: 1. Siena Brazier, Lewisburg, 15.34; 2. Riley Murray, Milton, 15.40; 3. Charly Schlauch, Bloomsburg, 15.78; 4. Brynna Sentzer, Bloomsburg, 16.00; 5. Madeleine Ikeler, Lewisburg, 16.29; 6. Alexis Beaver, Milton, 16.76; 7. Madison Cardello, Lewisburg, 16.83; 8. Ava Rebuck, Central Columbia, 17.31.

200: 1. Elena Malone, Lewisburg, 25.99; 2. Kendra Stout, Central Columbia, 26.06; 3. Caroline Blakeslee, Lewisburg, 26.20; 4. Janae Bergey, Milton, 26.52; 5. Katie Ryder, Loyalock, 26.66; 6. Liberty Gearinger, Central Columbia, 26.68; 7. Olivia Haley, Wyalusing, 26.78; 8.Anneliese Getola, Troy, 27.02.

300 hurdles: 1. Siena Brazier, Lewisburg, 47.81; 2. Brynna Zentner, Bloomsburg, 48.11; 3. Camryn Pyle, Midd-West, 48.31; 4. Emma Cline, Montoursville, 48.76; 5. Sarah Sharp, Danville, 48.84; 6. Mackenzie Lopez, Milton, 48.92; 7. Madeline Ikeler, Lewisburg, 49.47; 8. Kelci Carle, Towanda, 49.75.

400: 1. Lily Saul, Montoursville, 56.55; 2. Elena Malone, Lewisburg, 58.56; 3. Olivia Haley, Wyalusing, 59.51; 4. Anna Dunn, Towanda, 59.69; 5. Kylie Bieber, Hughesville, 1:00.13; 6. Haley Bull, Central Columbia, 1:01.53; 7. Cassdy Savitski, Southern, 1:01.55; 8. Alyssa Hoover, Midd-West, 1:01.69.

800: 1. Lily Saul, Montoursville, 2:13.20; 2. Kate Moncavage, Southern, 2:13.68; 3. Charlotte Barckley, South Williamsport, 2:23.12; 4. Alyssa Hoover, Midd-West, 2:24.46; 5. Bella Johns, Danville, 2:24.91; 6. Hailey Poust, Hughesville, 2:26.17; 7. Raya Pauling, Montoursville, 2:27.94; 8. Sienna Dunkleberger, Warrior Run, 2:28.45.

1,600: 1. Maizy Aikey, Bloomsburg, 5:19.34; 2. Victoria Bartholomew, Danville, 5:24.99; 3. Jenna Binney, Lewisburg, 5:27.96; 4. Coyla Bartholomew, Danville, 5:29.44; 5. Alivia Shen, Danville, 5:23.81; 6. Leah Walter, Milton, 5:33.91; 7. Kayla Beebe, Wyalusing, 5:34.77; 8. Camille McRoberts, Canton, 5:36.97.

3,200: 1. Maizy Aikey, Bloomsburg, 11:15.31; 2. Gracelyn Laudermilch, NEB, 11:36.74; 3. Coyla Bartholomew, Danville, 11:40.04; 4. Sage Dunkleberger, Warrior Run, 11:57.49; 5. Hannah Bartholomew, Danville, 12:16.60; 6. Emma Parker, Danville, 12:34.54; 7. Alanna Jacob, Lewisburg, 12:24.76; 8. Haley Conner, Southern, 12:28.40.

400 relay: 1. Central Columbia (Rilee McMahan, Kendra Stout, Madelyn Blake, Liberty Gearinger), 49.87; 2. Bloomsburg, 50.15; 3. Milton, 50.47; 4. Southern, 51.04; 5. Hughesville, 51.10; 6. Lewisburg, 51.45; 7. Towanda, 51.49; 8. Loyalsock, 51.64.

1,600 relay: 1. Lewisburg (Siena Brazier, Kyra Binney, Caroline Blakeslee, Elena Malone), 4:03.25; 2. Central Columbia, 4:05.74; 3. Montoursville, 4:05.98; 4. Towanda, 4:08.40; 5. Hughesville, 4:12.97; 6. Southern Columbia, 4:13.28; 7. Milton, 4:15.48; 8. Bloomsburg, 4:16.15.

3,200 relay: 1. Southern (names n/a), 9:41.77; 2. Lewisburg 9:43.27; 3. Danville, 9:49.35; 4. Hughesville, 10:00.83; 5. Warrior Run, 10:05.81; 6. Milton, 10:22.41; 7. Central Columbia, 10:30.43; 8. Montoursville, 10:30.94.

High jump: 1. Porschia Bennett, Towanda, 5-8; 2. Jordan Bowman, Northwest, 5-2; 3. Maddy Hall, Loyalsock, 5-2; 4. Caitlyn Weatherill, Central Columbia, 5-0; 4. Brooklyn Lentz, South Williamsport, 5-0; 6. Loren Gehret, Southern, 5-0; 7.Brynna Zentner, Bloomsburg, 5-0; t-8. Riley Murray, Milton, 4-10; t-8. Hannah Ely, Wyalusing, 4-10; t-8. Jayden Phillips, Montoursville, 4-10.

Triple jump: 1. Charly Schlauch, Bloomsburg, 35-3 1/2; 2. Charity Vellner, Mount Carmel, 33-8 1/2; 3. Cassidy Savitski, Southern, 33-6; 4. Jaclyn Hopple, MIlton, 32-11; 5. Caitlyn Weaterill, Central Columbia, 32-8 3/4; 6. Sara Dewyer, Milton, 32-8; 7. Hailey Myers, Hughesville, 32-4 3/4; 8. Katie Hughes, Loyalsock, 32-4 1/4.

Javelin: 1. Mo Reiner, Milton, 127-2; 2. Mackenzie Lopez, Milton, 125-8; 3. Quinn Johnston, Southern, 119-6; 4. Valerie Badger, Montoursville, 116-7; 5. Maisie Neuber, Northeast Bradford, 115-7; 6. Lauren Anderson, Montgomery, 114-11; 7. Ellie Mauelen, Montoursville, 113-9; 8. Alexis Keefer, Loyalsock, 108-8.

Shot put: 1. Avery Dowkus, Mount Carmel, 39-4; 2. Anita Shek, Milton, 35-10 1/4; 3. Alli Griscavage, Southern, 35-3 3/4; 4. Sydney Hunsinger, Central Columbia, 33-11; 5. Brynn Evert, Mount Carmel, 33-4; 6. Anna Baylor, Mountoursville, 31-7 1/2; 7. Chloe Sauer, Midd-West, 31-7; 8. Emma Neuber, Northeast Bradford, 31-4.

Pole vault: 1. Riley Murray, Milton, 11-0; 2. Aurora Cieslukowski, Warrior Run, 10-6; t-3. Jade Drogan, Bloomsburg, 10-0; t-3. Morgan Hermanofski, Northwest, 10-0; 5. Ava Snyder, Central Columbia, 9-6; 6. Hazel Buonopane, Lewisburg, 9-6; 7. Kendall Simms, Montoursville, 9-6; t-8. Torrence Spicher, Lewisburg, 9-0; t-8. Ella Mirshahi, Lewisburg, 9-0; t-8. Josslyn Davis, Montoursville, 9-0.

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