BY JEFF FALK
LANDISVILLE – A hurdler with something to prove.
A thrower who generates power from his legs.
A multi-talented multi-sport athlete.
A quartet carrying on a program tradition.
So what do Alex Miller, Dylan Lambrecht, Ryelle Shuey and the foursome of Ryan Scicchitano, William Sheffield, Jake Barrett and Nate Shutter have in common? They’re all Lancaster-Lebanon League champions.
On a sunny Saturday at Hempfield High School, Lebanon County was well represented during the annuual contesting of the L-L League meet, on the track and in the field, but especially in the throwing events. Lambrecht, a sophomore out of Northern Lebanon, struck gold in the discus, Shuey, a senior soccer and basektball stand-out from Elco, took home top honors in the shot put, Miller, a Cedar Crest junior, lived up to his number-one seeding in the 110 hurdles and the Falcon firm of Scicchitano-Sheffield-Barrett-Shutter combined their talents to take top honors in the 3200-meter relay.
Gold medals in four events certainly gave Lebanon County student-athletes a lot to talk about. But it wasn’t the only thing going on for local competitors.
The Cedar Crest girls finished a rewarding fourth in the team standings, while their male counterparts finished fifth among boys’ teams.
After placing third in the morning’s shot put competition, Lambrecht uncorked a 161-10 in the finals of the discus to win the event by nearly nine feet. Lambrecht credited his foot work, mental approach and technique, more than his physical prowess, for the performance.
The Cedar Crest duo of T.J. Moore and Eric Wawrzyniak came in third and fourth, respectively, in the event.
“I’ve been working on my speed,” said Lambrecht. “I look at the strength that some of the other guys have, and I’m more of a speed guy. I have better technique, and when you put speed with it, you can get in position to really push out at the end. I’ve always liked the discus more than the shot, because the shot requires strength I don’t have.