Dalton wins D-11 gold
Abby Dalton entered the District 11 Class 3A track and field championship meet as the top seed in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs, and she did not disappoint. Dalton won the 1600, running for a personal-best time of 5:03.45, and had a time of 11:00.83 in the 3200 for second place last Wednesday and Thursday at Whitehall High School.
It is the first district championship for Dalton.
“I’ve been wanting to break the five-minute mark [in the 1600], but that didn’t happen today,” said Dalton. “But I was still able to cut five seconds off my personal best time. I’m really happy with how I have been running lately.”
The senior broke her previous best time that she recorded the week before at the league meet. She also helped anchor the 4x800 relay team, which finished third.
“I was bummed that we couldn’t get to states as a team, but we performed really well,” Dalton said. “In the 3200, I got passed right at the end, which I didn’t expect, but it was my first time qualifying for states as an individual, so it was still a successful run.”
While Dalton automatically qualified for the PIAA tournament at Shippensburg University this weekend by finishing in first place in the two events, the Green Hornets girls 4x100 relay team will join her in Shippensburg after earning a second place result.
The sophomore team of Alanna Smith, Breyanna Roper, Mackenzie Dries and Kayla Smith ran a time of 48.91 to place second and earn a trip to states for the first time in their careers.
“It feels awesome knowing we’re going to states,” said Kayla Smith. “I woke up today and had a good feeling about it. Then once I crossed the finish line and we stepped onto the podium, it was just an amazing feeling.”
“It’s been a great experience for us,” Roper said. “Last year we came in third place, and we added McKenzie (Dries) this year, and she did a great job helping us improve on our mark.”
Dries is happy to be a part of the team and make her mark.
“This is incredible,” said Dries. “I’m extremely psyched for our team and program. We couldn’t break 50 [seconds] for the longest time, but now we did it and you see the success that it brought us.”
Added Alanna Smith, “We’ve worked really hard in practice and league meets, so this means a lot. In the 100, I knew I was one spot away and just missed it, so I told myself that I needed to get there, so I’m bringing my relay team with me.”
Smith finished third in the 100-meter run, and Dries placed fifth in the 400. Lindsay Lumsden came in seventh in the triple jump for two team points. Edna Creelman earned an eighth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles. Also in the top 10 was Kera Reinhard (7th) in the 1600, Madison Brown (8th) in the 400 and Abby Heilenman (7th) in the 800.
On the boys side, Jakob Smolinsky (7th, 400), Lubens Myers (7th, 200), Keyon Carroll-Herring (8th, high jump) and all three relay teams finished inside the top-10 of their respective events.
The Hornet boys 4x400 relay team of Smolinsky, Mason Boyd, Paul Petre and Colby Kocon placed sixth with a time of 3:29.74.