Hornet boys excel at district championship
What do you get when you put together basketball and track?
For Keyon Carrol-Herring, the answer is high jumping. The Emmaus senior finished in second place May 16 at the District 11 Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School. That earned him a to Shippensburg University to compete in the PIAA Championships on May 24 and 25.
Carrol-Herring has only been high jumping for two years, which is a lot less than his time on the hardwood playing basketball.
“What I did was basketball and track,” he said in an interview after his 6-foot, 1-inch jump in district competition. “I put it together. Sometimes people know how to transition into the next sport.”
The second place finish was an accomplishment, but Carrol-Herring wasn’t completely satisfied.
“I felt like I could have jumped higher,” he said. “My personal record is 6-feet, 5-inches.”
Qualifying for states is also something he enjoyed.
“I’m pretty excited,” Carrol-Herring said. “When I go there it has to be strictly business. I have to focus. I’m going for the school record (6-feet, 7-inches).”
As solid as his performance was during District 11 competition, it could have been better. Carroll-Herring nearly made a high jump at 6-feet, 3-inches.
“My last try I was over it, but my heel just clipped it at the end,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, but things happen.”
Plenty of other things happened for his teammates. Carrol-Herring is one of several Green Hornet boys who earned medals at leagues last week. The top four finishers in each event were awarded medals.
Junior Mason Boyd had a superlative district meet, competing in three individual events and four overall. Boyd earned third place in the 400-meter run, and fourth in the long jump and triple jump.
The 4x800 relay team of senior Jacob Brown, junior Mark Magee, sophomore Keshav Shankar and junior Paul Petre also qualified for states, thanks to a second place finish.
“For leadoff for me, it’s just about you got to get out fast and not get boxed in,” said Brown of his performance. “We won the conference last week so it’s that pressure. Everybody is just expecting you to do it and in your head, you’re expecting to do it.”
Another group who did it were the 4x100 relay team. Seniors Allen Doelue, Lubens Myers and Izaiah McPherson and sophomore Colin Byrne will also make the trip to Shippensburg thanks to second place finish in their race.
Geoffrey Kleinberg, Holden Brown, Gabe Trexler and Aidan Dougherty will make the trip to states as alternates in the relays.