Indoor athletics: event victories, top marks mark vacation schedule | Secondary school
The indoor athletics season picked up speed over the Christmas holidays. Here are a few pointers:
Tirko makes triple jump
Northern Senior Rebecca Tirko won the red league triple jump at the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival on December 27th in Staten Island, New York. Tirko’s personal top grade of 34 feet, 7 inches, with Olivia Shalley (34-2.5) and Noreen Hussain (33-6), made her a top rider at Hunterdon Central High School, New Jersey. In the long jump of the red class, Tirko was also fifth (15: 2). Tirko finished ninth in the long jump and tenth in the triple jump at the Mid-Penn Championships last spring.
Pole vault skills
Breckin Swope from East Pennsboro won the pole vault event at the Franklin & Marshall High School Holiday Invitational on December 28th. Swope cleared 13 feet, 7 inches, overtaking Governor Mifflins Jacob Engle (12-6) and Cory Engle (12-0). In the girls’ category, Trinity’s Adeline Woodward cleared 11-0 and came second behind Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper (11-6). Red Land’s Marlayna Concannon (fourth, 10-6) and East Pennsboro’s Delaney Beigh (sixth, 9-6) were also among the top vaulters.
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At the VaultWorX meeting on Friday, Swope cleared 14-0 and finished second behind Hershey’s Justin Rogers (16-1) in the boys’ competition, while Beigh and Woodward led the field 11-3.
Ella Letersky from East Pennsboro also came fourth in the triple jump (31-4) at the F&M Invitational. Her teammate Amya Sopp was sixth (32-6.5) in the shot put. In the boys’ shot put Josh Angelo was fifth (41-9.75) for East Pennsboro, and Elijah McKell of the Panthers was sixth in the 800-meter run (2: 12.91).
Still at the top
Carlisle’s Ally Richwine’s high jump freedom of 5 feet, 4 inches is still the top bar in Pennsylvania for the indoor season according to MileSplit’s girls’ rankings. Cumberland Valley’s Wade Shomper, who broke an indoor shot put record of 54-4.75 at the State College meeting on December 15, has the state’s top grade of the season.
Tim Gross is the Sports Editor at The Sentinel and cumberlink.com. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at: @ByTimGross