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 BY JEFF FALK

 LANDISVILLE – There is something to be said for assertiveness and immediacy, and immediate assertiveness.

 Hannah Woelfling knew what she wanted, she knew how to get it and she simply went out and took it.

 Besides, it’s so much better playing with the lead.

 On a moist Friday evening at Hempfield High School, Woelfling’s gold-medal performance in the girls’ discus highlighted the Lebanon County effort during the opening day of the annual Lancaster-Lebanon League Track and Field Championships. Woelfling fired a 134-10 on her initial throw in the preliminaries to easily win her signature event.

 While the Cedar Crest senior’s medal was the shiniest earned by a Lebanon County competitor at the league meet yesterday, it wasn’t the only one. Woelfling was joined on the medal stand by an Annville-Cleona senior and an Elco senior, just to name two.

 The Lancaster-Lebanon League Track and Field Championships will resume and conclude on Saturday, back at Hempfield High School.

  “The adrenaline was really there,” said Woelfling. “I was thinking about throwing throughout the day. I warmed up really well. I was excited to throw.

 “My first throw is usually my best,” added Woelfling. “I probably do it backwards. Everybody tries to build up to it.”

  Woelfling wasted precious little time establishing her superiority.

 The 134-10 she popped on her first attempt ended up being 15-2 farther than runner-up Kristen Herr of Lampeter-Strasburg and the rest of the competition. Woelfling’s current personal best stands at 135-9.

 Woelfling was the defending champion in the discus, but entered the competition seeded second behind Herr.

 “That’s a really good feeling,” said Woelfling of being referred to as both the defending champion and the reigning champion. “I was seeded second coming in, so I was a little nervous. But after my first throw, I felt better.

 “I was just trying to stay consistent,” Woelfling continued. “That (first throw) set the bar. I wanted to stay in the 130s. But on the first throw, I wasn’t thinking as much.”

  Woelfling will compete in the shot put and the high jump during Saturday’s resumption of the league meet. She may also compete in those events at next weekend’s District Three Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University, but ultimately she will turn her attention to the discus.

 “At this meet, I usually try to do as many events as possible,” said Woelfing, who will throw competitively in college at Millersville University. “Obviously, the throws are my better events. In the shot, I’ve been struggling a little bit. I haven’t qualified for districts in the high jump yet, so that’s a goal.”

 “All my events are pretty technical,” Woelfling added. “You have to be focused on six different techniques at one time. At this point, if you’re just missing one or two points, it’s going to affect your performance. You try to build yourself up.”

 Lebanon’s Olivia Sforza placed eighth in the discus.

 Meanwhile, in the girls’ pole vault, Kayla Long, a 12th-grader from Annville-Cleona, captured a silver medal, after finishing a distant second to Manheim Township junior Sydney Horn. Long entered the competition focused more on her self and her personal best than her competition.

 Annville-Cleona’s Mary Tshudy finished fourth in the event, while Cedar Crest’s Molly Heintzelman was sixth and Lebanon’s Sidney Wike seventh.

 “I came in just knowing that I didn’t care if I got eighth or fifth,” said Long, who cleared 10-6. “I wanted to beat my personal record (11-8). I was also hoping to get to 12 to break the school record. But I still have districts for that.

 “I still got a medal,” continued Long. “I think I can definitely build on it. Today, I used a new pole, so I just need to practice with it more.”

 Elco senior Brendan Nauman validated his triumph in the javelin two weeks ago at the Lebanon County Track and Field Championships by finishing third in the same event at the league meet. Seeded second, Nauman unleashed a 167-9 on his third throw of the preliminary round to finish about five feet short of winner Cael Rapp of Donegal.

  “It came out a little high, but it felt pretty smooth,” said Nauman. “When it’s a good throw you can tell. You’re faster than usual and the javelin just falls out of your hand.

 “My goal was to get 170, but I missed it,” added Nauman. “Hopefully I can do it again.”

  Nauman’s Raider teammate, Ben Horst, was fourth in the javelin.

  In the boys’ 3200-meter run, Cedar Crest freshman Luke Hinegarden finished fifth and teammate Jake Barrett ran seventh. Another Falcon, sophomore Nick Achey, tied for sixth in the high jump.

 Michael Moran of Annville-Cleona took home a seventh-place finish in the boys’ long jump. Brianna Seip of Northern Lebanon was eighth in the girls’ triple jump.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                Lancaster- Lebanon League Track and Field Meet Records *FAT
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 GS 15’0″ 2006
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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