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Williamsport, Lewisburg set records, win gold at District 4 Class AAA track and field championships

Cam Sims of Williamsport celebrates winning the 4x100 race during the District 4 track meeting at Williamsport High School, May 21, 2022. DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

Cameron Sims prays before every meet.

“With Him up there, I’m cool,” Sims said.

The Williamsport senior was nothing but, having taken the boys Class AAA 100-meter dash title at 10.85 seconds during the District 4 track and field championships on his own track Saturday.

Sims kept the pace from another first-place finish in the prelims Thursday at 11 seconds. By shaving .15 off his mark, he’s making upward trajectory in his final varsity postseason push ahead of the state meet in Shippensburg.

“I’ve just been staying in the same mentality I was on Thursday, just keeping calm, cool and collected. Humble and relaxed,” Sims said.

In the 200, Sims set a new District 4 record at 22.24 seconds. The record was previously held by Mifflinburg’s Brian Zimmerman, set in 2015.

Alongside teammates Nelson Macdonald, Jamaire Harden and Emmanuel Pombor, Sims also helped the Millionaires set a new District 4 record in the 400-meter relay at 42.55 seconds, besting a 42.61-second mark set by Williamsport in 2012.

“All I hope is for everybody to do their best in the race. I’m not here to beat anybody and be cocky,” Sims said. “I’m here to have fun and have everybody have fun at the same time.”

Harden also cleared the 300-meter hurdles in 39.99 seconds for a gold medal while Macdonald took first in the long jump at 21 feet, nine inches.

Williamsport wasn’t the only school that set multiple district records. Lewisburg found two of its own from brothers Jacob and Thomas Hess in the 1,600-meter and 800-meter runs, respectively.

“I’m happy to have the gold, although I did think Rory (Lieberman) would be a lot closer to me if he cut the hair,” Jacob said with a laugh. “I think it helped me out, so I’m happy with it.”

Lieberman defeated Jacob (9:23.86) in the 3,200-meter run at 9:16.96. In the 1,600-meter, Lieberman finished at 4:28.84 to take third behind Jacob’s first-place 4:19.20 mark. Jacob’s time knocked off Elkland’s Bob Weiner, who ran a 4:19.30 in 1981.

Topping a 41-year record wasn’t the only notable aspect of Jacob’s mile. The Liberty University signee had never won a district tournament event up until that point, and in his final go on Williamsport’s track, the senior went out with a bang.

“It is interesting that I get it in the mile, because the two-mile has always been my event,” Jacob said. “But, I’ll take it in the event I’m given.”

Thomas broke Williamsport alum’s Tristan Connor’s 1:55.89 record set in 2017 to win the 800-meter title at 1:55.07.

The Hess brothers are setting the tone ahead of their trip to Shippensburg as the Green Dragons eye state gold for multiple events.

“Especially because this is going to be my last mile until college theoretically,” Jacob said. “So it is good to get a record, a new time down. A little bit of momentum before I try to roll into a nice two-mile at states.”

Lewisburg had another first-place finish with Zachary Gose via a 51-foot, one and a half-inch heave in the shot put.

BOYS DISTRICT 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS

TEAM SCORES: 1. Lewisburg, 132; 2. Shikellamy, 113; 3. Williamsport, 112; 4. Selinsgrove, 104; 5. Shamokin, 91; 6. Danville, 64; 7. Jersey Shore, 50; 8. Mifflinburg, 32

100: 1. Cameron Sims, Williamsport, 10.85; 2. Chase Morgan, Shikellamy, 10.87; 3. Jackson Clarke, Danville, 11.01; 4. Cameron Michaels, Lewisburg, 11.03; 5. Logan Rodkey, Selinsgrove, 11.17; 6. Emmanuel Pombor, Williamsport, 11.31; 7. Jeremy Sanchez Rodriguez, Lewisburg, 11.51; 8. Isaac Schaffer-Nei., Shikellamy, 11.59

110 hurdles: 1. Carter Smink, Shamokin, 15.05; 2. Jamaire Harden, Williamsport, 15.33; 3. Dylan Wagner, Selinsgrove, 15.70; 4. Julien Mercado-Bon, Lewisburg, 16.02; 5. John Peifer, Shikellamy, 16.20; 6. Xavier Lopez, Selinsgrove, 16.25; 7. Calder Diakite, Williamsport, 16.34; 8. Tate Sechrist, Jersey Shore, 16.37

200: 1. Cameron Sims, Williamsport, 21.43; 2. Chase Morgan, Shikellamy, 22.03; 3. Cameron Michaels, Lewisburg, 22.24; 4. Colton Lynch, Shamokin, 22.33; 5. Damond Greene, Williamsport, 22.76; 6. Naji Mitchell, Shikellamy, 22.91; 7. Logan Rodkey, Selinsgrove, 22.92; 8. Emmanuel Pombor, Williamsport, 23.02

300 hurdles: 1. Jamaire Harden, Williamsport, 39.99; 2. Carter Smink, Shamokin, 40.07; 3. Dylan Wagner, Selinsgrove, 41.11; 4. Xavier Lopez, Selinsgrove, 41.31; 5. Julien Mercado-Bonanno, Lewisburg, 41.74; 6. Brady Divert, Selinsgrove, 42.10; 7. Tate Sechrist, Jersey Shore, 42.12; 8. Rashwan Martin, Shikellamy, 42.20

400: 1. Colton Lynch, Shamokin, 48.21; 2. Chase Morgan, Shikellamy, 50.28; 3. Tim Gale, Shikellamy, 50.31; 4. Angelo Casas, Williamsport, 51.09; 5. Donovan Goundie, Selinsgrove, 51.72; 6. Peyton Welshans, Jersey Shore, 52.51; 7. Nathan Horn, Jersey Shore, 53.10; 8. Ben Delbaugh, Shamokin, 53.21

800: 1. Thomas Hess, Lewisburg, 1:55.07; 2. Evan Klinger, Danville, 2:00.34; 3. Ryan Williams, Shikellamy, 2:01.11; 4. Tim Gale, Shikellamy, 2:01.11; 5. Logan Hall, Williamsport, 2:02.74; 6. Santino Carapelluc., Shamokin, 2:04.23; 7. Micah Zook, Lewisburg, 2:04.54; 8. Ethan Holcomb, Williamsport, 2:04.92

1,600: 1. Jacob Hess, Lewisburg, 4:19.20; 2. Evan Klinger, Danville, 4:21.74; 3. Rory Lieberman, Danville, 4:28.84; 4. Raidan Francis, Jersey Shore, 4:31.85; 5. Jonathan Hess, Lewisburg, 4:33.84; 6. Collin Dreese, Mifflinburg, 4:35.63; 7. Holden Furey, Williamsport, 4:37.62; 8. Bryce Ryder Lewisburg, 4:39.47

3,200: 1. Rory Lieberman, Danville, 9:16.96; 2. Jacob Hess, Lewisburg, 9:23.86; 3. Jonathan Hess, Lewisburg, 9:49.03; 4. Bryce Ryder, Lewisburg, 9:50.35; 5. Ethan Holcomb, Williamsport, 9:50.44; 6. Zachary Wentz, Selinsgrove, 10:20.17; 7. Sam Hennett, Shikellamy, 10:23.26; 8. Derick Blair, Selinsgrove, 10:30.89

400 relay: 1. Williamsport (Nelson Macdonald, Jamaire Harden, Emmanuel Pombor, Cameron Sims), 42.55; 2. Lewisburg, 43.73; 3. Selinsgrove, 43.74; 4. Mifflinburg, 44.34; 5. Shikellamy, 44.55; 6. Jersey Shore, 45.35; 7. Shamokin, 46.21

1,600 relay: 1. Jersey Shore, 3:25.52; 2. Shikellamy, 3:26.14; 3. Shamokin, 3:26.44; 4. Selinsgrove, 3:28.83; 5. Selinsgrove, 3:28.83; 6. Mifflinburg, 3:33.74

Javelin: 1. Bronson Krainak, Danville, 191-8; 2. Peter Bellomo, Jersey Shore, 183-0; 3. Brandon Hile, Selinsgrove, 181-6; 4. Dillon Zechman, Shikellamy, 168-8; 5. Josh Antonyuk, Mifflinburg, 163-9; 6. Nate Aument, Selinsgrove, 157-4; 7. Riley Macaluso, Shamokin, 150-11; 8. Garrett Laver, Williamsport, 147-5

Shot put: 1. Zachary Gose, Lewisburg, 51-1½; 2. Max Maurer, Selinsgrove, 49-4¾; 3. Josh Antonyuk, Mifflinburg, 49-1; 4. Alex Geiser, Shikellamy, 47-8½; 5. Logan Krick, Shikellamy, 45-6; 6. Colin Melhorn, Selinsgrove, 45-5½; 7. Eric Zalar, Shamokin, 45-5¾; 8. Charles Crews, Williamsport, 44-11

Long jump: 1. Nelson Macdonald, Williamsport, 21-9; 2. Brandon Hile, Selinsgrove, 21-6; 3. Nate Aument, Selinsgrove, 20-8¾; 4. Carter Breed, Mifflinburg, 20-3½; 5. Simon Stumbris, Lewisburg, 19-9¾; 6. Luke Snyder, Shikellamy, 19-7½; 7. Yazhir Slaughter, Williamsport, 19-6½; 8. Brogan Williams, Danville, 19-6

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