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 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.

 “It really helped me that the kid behind me (Josh Hoover of Cocalico) came up and threw a 153,” continued Lambrecht. “He was getting closer, and I didn’t want him to close the gap. I hit it (the winning throw) really hard at the end. It felt great. I saw how far out there it was, and the feeling was really exciting.”

 Shuey just seems to keep getting better and better.

 She followed up her Lebanon County meet-record of 41-3 two weeks ago with a 40-6.75 to win the shot put going away. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that Shuey is in just her second year of varsity track and field competition and that she initially went out for the sport as a way of enhancing her skills in soccer and basketball.

 “It’s just important to be a multi-sport athlete,” said Shuey, who also copped fourth-place hardware in the javelin. “There can be over-usage if you play too much of one sport. Playing different sports, you use a lot of the muscle groups. It makes you a better athlete. It shows your versatility.

 “I’m just trying to be consistent,” Shuey continued. “I think some of it has come from being stonger, finishing high and following through. I’m just trying to continue to P.R. (personal record). I guess getting past that 41-3 would be the next goal.”

 Miller entered the weekend as the top overall seed in the 110 high hurdles, but didn’t put his best foot forward in Friday’s trials. He more than made up for that with his electrifying triumph in the finals, in a time of 15.31.

 “When I saw I was seeded number-one, I wanted to prove my seeding was legitimate,” said Miller. “I was eighth coming into the finals. I noticed my chest was too high in the preliminaries, and I couldn’t fix it. But I definitely felt better warming up today.

 “At the start of the race, we were all the same,” Miller added. “We all went over the first hurdle together. Then I started seeing the second hurdle and the third hurdle and the fourth hurdle. After the eighth hurdle, I just kicked up the speed.”

 Scicchitano, Sheffield, Barrett and Shutter carried on a Cedar Crest tradition of excellence in the 3200-meter relay. Their winning time of 8:03.48 provided the Falcons with a comfortable margin of victory, but their triumph was anything but easy.

 Scicchitano and Shutter were both part of a Falcon 1600-meter relay squad – along with D.J. Laliberte and Jepel Gibbs – that copped a bronze medal.

 “Our guys ran well,” said Cedar Crest distance coach Brandon Risser. “And some of the teams that were seeded with fast times moved individuals around to other events. We competed well and did what we needed to do.

 “We have had some success in this event at the league meet, but it’s been a few years since we won a four-by-eight here,” Risser added. “It’s good to get that going again. We have a couple of seniors on that team, and a couple of underclassmen.”

 Another Falcon, senior Hannah Woelfling, followed up her victory in the discus on Friday with a fourth-place showing in the high jump. Woefling’s teammate, Amber Levengood was the runner-up in the high jump.

 Cedar Crest distance runner Gwyneth Young also enjoyed a big day. Young was second in the 800-meter run, third in the 1600-meters and ran a leg of the Falcons’ third-place finishing 1600-meter relay team, a squad that also included Megan Heagy, Ally Freshley and Shayla Bonzelet.

 Cedar Crest senior DeAsia Holloman was graced with a silver medal in the 100 high hurdles.

 Riley Klick of Lebanon came in third in the 800-meter run, while Annville-Cleona’s Neil Waldhausen finished in a tie for third in the pole vault.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Lancaster-Lebanon League

 Track and Field Championship Records

 

EVENT GENDER STUDENT/ATHLETE SCHOOL TIME  DISTANCE YEAR
100 M Dash Girl Brooke Gillford MT 11.8 1997
  Boy Jaren Hayes CC 10.3 2001
200 M Dash Girl Leah Graybill War 24.72* 2018
  Boy Jaren Hayes CC 21.4 2001
400 M Dash Girl Sarah Helgeson Hemp 56.34* 2012
  Boy Eric Hiller ET 48.5 1999
800 M Run Girl Meredith Newman MT 02:14.0 2014*
  Boy Jared Weaver CV 01:52.9 2006
1600 M Run Girl Kayleigh Perry ELCO 5:00.93* 2008
  Boy Nathan Henderson JPM 4:11.73* 2017
3200 M Run Girl Jamie Zamrin COC 10:51.76 2018
  Boy Nathan Henderson JPM 09:03.10* 2017
100M HH Girl Megan Ryan HEMP 14.2 2003
110 M HH Boy Chance Post CV 14.02* 2014
300 M IH Girl Mary Witmer Ephrata 42.30* 2013
  Boy Chance Post CV 37.43* 2014
4 x100 Relay Girl Cherelle Simmons, Cierra Pagan, Melissa Miller, Emily Dresser JPM 48.47* 2007
  Boy Kelvin Reyes, Tobias Robinson, Michael Fox, Peter Habegger CC 42.2 2004
4 x 400 Relay Girl Lily Palacio-Lewis, Emily Williamson
Meghan Quiinn, Cassidy Kline
WAR 03:57.06* 2018
  Boy Jamel Henry, Dejon Manning
Anthony Deleon, Leonel Del Rosario 
JPM 03:21.17* 2018
4 x 800 Relay Girl Kaitlyn Oliver, Kristine Gutshall, Alli Mannion, Alyssa Grube WAR 9:29.09* 2009
  Boy Shafer, Wagner, Webb, Thiry COC 07:50.6 2000
Shot Put Girl Niecy Houston JPM 45′ 10″ 1981
  Boy Kyle Felpel Coc 60′ 1 1/2″ 2012
Discus Girl Eliese Mitchell GS 159′ 10″ 1999
  Boy Kyle Long Hemp. 193′ 9″ 2012
Javelin Girl Marilyn Senz HF 146′ 1″ 1980
  Girl Kristen Herr(IAAF) LS 142′ 1″ 2017
  Boy Troy Burkholder COC 220′ 11″ 1995
  Boy Thomas Jordan (IAAF) CC 213 ‘6″ 2003
Long Jump Girl Leslie Hummer AC 18′ 10″ 1987
  Boy Tom Rath SOL 23′ 10.25″ 1984
Triple Jump Girl Stephanie Laudien Hemp 38’7″ 2014
  Boy Sylvester Gray JPM 47′ 3.25″ 1996
High Jump Girl Angie Messner GS 5′ 10″ 2009
  Boy Dana Hollinger CC 7′ 0″ 1981
Pole Vault Girl Mackenzie Horn MT 13’0.0″ 2018
  Boy Jon Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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