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Williamsport’s Anyae Grissom, Taniyah Martin win district titles in girls Class AAA competition

Taniyah Martin of Williamsport proudly holds her gold medal during the District 4 Track and Field Championships at Williamsport High School, May 21, 2022. DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

Williamsport’s Anyae Grissom got to celebrate her birthday on Thursday by setting a personal record in the qualifying race of the Class AAA 100 hurdles race to make it to Saturday’s finals with a time of 15.87. On Saturday, she received perhaps an even nicer belated birthday present in the form of a gold medal.

Grissom ran a 16.10 to win the District 4 championship in the girls 100 hurdles race to qualify for the state meet.

Overall, it’s been a solid birthday week for Grissom.

“It feels good. I’m very excited (to go to states),” Grissom said. “I’m glad to have the opportunity and push myself harder.”

Grissom is a sophomore, but is already a two-time state qualifier after she went last spring. As for the state meet, Grissom is hoping to hit a PR. The Millionaire sophomore just edged Selinsgrove sophomore Abby Parise in the race by 0.09 seconds. Grissom felt Parise near her the entire race and knew it would be close.

“I saw Abby in my peripheral in the last two hurdles and I was like ‘oh no, I got to get it,’ so I think towards the last little section I really just dove for her and I finished my race well,” Grissom said.

The top five finishers in the race were within less than a second of one another. Mifflinburg’s Makayla Weber took third in 16.87, Shikellamy’s Cameron Hoover was fourth in 16.95 and Shamokin’s Gina Carapellucci was fifth in 16.98.

“It was nice because I see them all at invitationals, so I’ve been racing against Abby and Gina all year,” Grissom said. “They really push me.”

Grissom was one of two district champions for Williamsport on Saturday. The Millionaires’ Taniyah Martin started the discus event strong, clearing 100 feet on her first throw en route to winning the event with a throw of 105 feet, 10 inches. Her throw was 11 feet, 8 inches better than the next-best thrower who took second.

“I had to get focused. It was getting me ready and as soon as I hit 100, that just pumped me up too keep going.”

It only took Martin two throws to hit the eventual winning distance of 105-10, something Martin was more than excited about.

“I was stoked because after I hit a good distance, I can test out other things, so I got to make my coach proud,” Martin said.

Martin knew she was in good standing after her first throw landed at 100-7. She was not only the only thrower to hit 100 on the day, but the only thrower who threw further than 85 feet on her first throw. Only three other throwers reached at least 90 feet in second-place finisher Meghan Bussey (94-2), Athens’s Olivia Bartlow (93-10) and Williamsport’s Olivia Holmes (93-8).

“Seeing all these teams its like ‘dang, I really made it up here,'” Martin said. “You got to keep going and keep doing what you got to do and you’ll make it higher and higher.”

Martin’s PR is 106-0 and she knows coming into the state meet, she’s going to be competing against the best of the best in the state in Class AAA. So is she nervous?

“Oh yeah,” Martin said with a laugh. “I’m expecting girls to throw 148 or something way higher than I throw, but I’m still excited about the experience.”

Countess Lingard came close to winning district gold in the long jump competition. The senior cleared 16-7 1/2 to finish in second, just behind Selinsgrove sophomore Abby Parise, who won with a leap of 17-2 3/4.

Williamsport’s Keyana Springman was a fourth-place finisher in the 100 race in 13.13. Jersey Shore’s Abigail Corson took fifth in 13.24. The Millionaires’ Emily Hale was also a fourth-place finisher as she finished the 1,600 race with a time of 5:25.84 and she took third in the 800 in 2:26.72.

In the discus, Williamsport’s Olivia Holmes took fourth with a throw of 93-8. Ellie Fisher took sixth for Williamsport in the 400 with a time of 1:02.77.

Grissom also took eighth in the 300 hurdles and teammate Adrianna Clemens finished seventh. Williamsport’s 1,600 relay team of Adrianna Clemens, Fisher, Grissom and Anna Harstead ran a 4:15.40 for third place and Jersey Shore’s Anna Sick, Alexa Greevy, Peyton Dincher and Abigail Corson took fourth in 4:17.33.

As a team, Williamsport finished third with 99.33 points, behind Shikellamy (141) and Selinsgrove (133.66).

TEAM SCORES: 1. Shikellamy 141; 2. Selinsgrove 133.66; 3. Williamsport 99.33; 4. Mifflinbug 68; 5. Athens 48; 6. Shamokin 39.5; 7. Jersey Shore 27.5.

100: 1. Carly Aument, Selinsgrove, 12.52; 2. Maryrose Molina-Shuman, Selingsrove, 12.95; 3. Emma Koontz, Shikellamy, 12.97; 4. Keyana Springman, Williamsport, 13.13; 5. Abigail Corson, Jersey Shore, 13.24; 6. Natalia Mills, Williamsport, 13.31; 7. Ally Shaffer, Mifflinburg, 13.43; 8. Paige Fausey, Shikellamy, 13.44.

100 hurdles: 1. Anyae Grissom, Williamsport, 16.10; 2. Abby Parise, Selinsgrove, 16.19; 3. Makayla Weber, Mifflinbug, 16.87; 4. Cameron Hoover, Shikellamy, 16.95; 5. Gina Carapellucci, Shamokin, 16.98; 6. Hannah Walker, Athens, 17.06; 7. Alyssa Varias, Selinsgrove, 17.14; 8. Gabrielle Bradigan, Shikellamy, 17.29.

200: 1. Carly Aument, Selinsgrove, 25.71; 2. Emma Koontz, Shikellamy, 27.06; 3. Abigail Corson, Jersey Shore, 27.18; 4. Hannah Walker, Athens, 27.26; 5. Avery Metzger, Mifflinburg, 27.37; 6. Paige Fausey, Shikellamy, 27.51; 7. Lauryn Michaels, Shikellamy, 27.57; 8. Ally Shaffer, Mifflinburg, 28.09.

300 hurdles: 1. Makayla Weber, Mifflinburg, 46.55; 2. Hannah Walker, Athens, 48.32; 3. Abby Parise, Selinsgrove, 49.56; 4. Ava Blair, Selinsgrove, 50.83; 5. Emma Bronowiz, Shikellamy, 50.95;

400: 1. Elli Ronk, Shikellamy, 58.13; 2. Carly Aument, Selinsgrove, 58.63; 3. Maryrose Molina-Shumer, Selinsgrove, 1:00.38; 4. Avery Metzger, Mifflinburg, 1:01.78; 5. Alexis Bressi, Shamokin, 1:02.44; 6. Ellie Fisher, Williamsport, 1:02.77; 7. Lauryn Michaels, Shikellamy, 1:03.85; 8. Natalie Osborne, Mifflinburg, 1:05.00.

800: 1. Alyssa Keeley, Shikellamy, 2:21.27; 2. Emily Fry, Selinsgrove, 2:25.35; 3. Emily Hale, Williamsport, 2:26.72; 4. Kamryn Kramer, Shamokin, 2:27.34; 5. Emma Bronson, Athens, 2;30.70; 6. Anna Harstead, Williamsport, 2:32.57; 7. Bri Hennett, Shikellamy, 2:32.67; 8. Aliyah Schiavoni, Shamokin, 2:33.35.

1,600: 1. Alyssa Keeley, Shikellamy, 5:15.59; 2. Shaela Kruskie, Selinsgrove, 5:20.46; 3. Emma Bronson, Athens, 5:21.69; 4. Emily Hale, Williamsport, 5:25.84; 5. Bri Hennett, Shikellamy, 5:29.86; 6. Kamryn Kramer, Shamokin, 5:33.01; 7. Sara Bronson, Athens, 5:35.62; 8. Olivia Solomon, Shikellamy, 5:43.17.

3,200: 1. Shaela Kruskie, Selinsgrove, 11:21.58; 2. Sara Bronson, Athens, 11:29.32; 3. Bri Hennett, Shikellamy, 11:40.49; 4. Olivia Solomon, Shikellamy, 12:05.05; 5. Ade Leason, Selinsgrove, 12:20.94; 6. Breia Mayes, Selinsgrove, 12:38.62; 7. Birtukan Hartman, Jersey Shore, 12:50.80; 8. Olivia Miller, Jersey Shore, 13:15.53.

400 relay: 1. Shikellamy (Cameron Hoover, Emma Koontz, Paige Fausey, Elli Ronk), 50.37; 2. Mifflinburg, 51.40; 3. Selinsgrove, 53.19; 4. Shamokin, 54.73; 5. Athens, 55.21.

1,600 relay: 1. Shikellamy (Alyssa Keeley, Emma Koontz, Paige Fausey, Elli Ronk), 4:04.16; 2. Selingsrove, 4:04.22; 3. Williamsport, 4:15.40; 4. Jersey Shore, 4:17.33; 5. Mifflinburg, 4:18.38; 6. Athens, 4:23.78; 7. Shamokin, 4:29.27.

3,200 relay: 1. Shikellamy (names n/a), 9:43.03; 2. Shamokin, 9:59.17; 3. Williamsport, 10:00.22; 4. Athens, 10:10.79; 5. Selinsgrove, 10:13.09; 6. Jersey Shore, 10:28.71.

Discus: 1. Taniyah Martin, Williamsport, 105-10; 2. Meghan Bussey, Shikellamy, 94-2; 3. Olivia Bartlow, Athens, 93-10; 4. Olivia Holmes, Williamsport, 93-8; 5. Peyton Puttman, Shamokin, 87-9; 6. Luseane Ma’afu, Williamsport, 87-1; 7. Olivia Spotts, Jersey Shore, 87-1; 8. Alayna Davis, Selinsgrove, 86-0.

Long jump: 1. Abby Parise, Selinsgrove, 17-2 3/4; 2. Countess Lingard, Williamsport, 16-7 1/2; 3. Natalia Mills, Williamsport, 16-0 1/2; 4. Mya Thompson, Athens, 15-11 1/2; 5. Elizbeth Sheesley, Mifflinburg, 15-8; 6. Maryrose Molina-Shumer, Selinsgrove, 15-6 3/4; 7. Maddy Fertig, Selinsgrove, 15-5 1/2; 8. Prynn Sidleck, Williamsport, 15-4 3/4.

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