It has not been a very good week for the Chambersburg girls track & field team.
On Monday, Natalie Holder was declared out for this weekend's District 3 Championships at Shippensburg University's Grove Stadium because of a stress fracture in her foot. Holder was seeded No. 2 in the 800.
Then, Trojan coach Chris Monheim found out Wednesday that Courtney Group is also out. Group landed on her head when she was knocked around at the start of the 4 x 800 relay at the Mid Penn meet last Saturday and has been suffering from concussion symptoms.
"It was bad enough to lose Holder, but to lose both Holder and Group hurts," Monheim said. "Prior to this, we thought we had a shot at challenging for the team title. To do that, you need some wins and to do well in the relays, and we had that chance."
The 4 x 800 team, now without both girls, will not compete.
For the Trojans, Marshay Ryan has the top seed in the long jump and triple jump - by a large margin in both. Her 18-7.5 is 9 inches better than the second seed and her 40-5 in the triple is over 2.5 feet more than the No. 2 seed.
Jess Whitmore is seeded fourth in the 100 and the 4 x 100 relay team (Ryan, Miana Harrison, McKensi Washabaugh and Whitmore) has earned the No. 4 seed.
Monheim said, "Jess has gotten better as the season's gone on and she's not running the 200 so she can focus and be fresh for the 100 and relay. That relay is not that far from the school record and could make states.
Waynesboro sprinter Maddie Sellers should be fresh, too. She did not run at the Mid Penns, but is seeded fifth in the 400 and sixth in the 200.
Maidens coach Darwin Seiler said, "Maddie had a 102 fever last week, so it was not worth it to run her. She's looked good this week."
The other high seed among area girls is Nakita Gearhart of Greencastle-Antrim in the discus; she is seeded fourth.
Chambersburg's Kellen Williams is the only area boy who has earned a top seed - Williams has run the 300 hurdles in 38.70, two tenths of a second faster than Robert Cardina of Conestoga Valley.
Two area athletes have No. 2 seeds - Liam Corcoran of James Buchanan in the 3200 and Jonny Adgers of Waynesboro in the long jump.
JB coach Jason Cotton said, "I think Liam has a really good chance Friday (in the 3200); I like his chances better in the two-mile than in the mile, because the district has some really good 1600 times. He's had some strong performances in the two-mile, maybe better than we expected this year."
Corcoran's best time is 9:29.77, while top seed Connor Strynkowski of Palmyra has run 9:28.81.
Cotton said, "Liam wasn't feeling that good for Mid Penns, but he's had a good week."
Adgers has jumped 22-4.5 in the long jump, second only to Reading's Imani Brown (23-3).
Seiler said, "He hit that jump in a dual meet against West Perry and he had one over 23 feet that day that he fouled on. If he can hit his marks, I think he has a chance."
Adgers is also seeded fifth in the high jump and teammate Andrew Paterno is fifth in the shot put.
For Chambersburg, the 4 x 800 relay will renew its rivalry with Cumberland Valley. The Trojans had the best time in the district until CV stole it last week at the Mid Penns. The Eagles went 7:49.61 and Chambersburg (Nick Rotz, Adam Harriger, Aaron Powell, Ryun Holder) had a school record 7:50.05.
Holder is second in the 800 behind CV's Alec Kunzweiler, with a difference of just over a tenth of a second. Rotz is also seeded fourth in the 1600, just one spot above Corcoran.
Chambersburg's 4 x 400 team of Williams, Powell, Rotz and Holder is seeded No. 3.
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District 3 Championships
Top Seeds, Area qualifiers
4 x 800 relay-1.Cumberland Valley, 7:49.61; 2.Chambersburg (Nick Rotz, Adam Harriger, Aaron Powell, Ryun Holder), 7:50.05
110 HH-1.Robert Cardina (Conestoga Valley), 14.32; 17.Greg Boyer (Greencastle-Antrim), 15.53
100-1.T.J. Elliott (CD East), 10.74; 29.Jamal Pickett (Chambersburg), 11.24
1600-1.Vinny Todaro (Big Spring), 4:16.73; 4.Rotz (Chbg), 4:20.71; 5.Liam Corcoran (James Buchanan), 4:21.92
400-1.Lindell Swinson (Milton Hershey), 48.21
4 x 100 relay-1.CD East, 42.40
300 IH-1.Kellen Williams (Chbg), 38.70; 13.Boyer (G-A), 40.34
800-1.Alec Kunzweiler (Cumb. Valley), 1:54.86; 2.Holder (Chbg), 1:54.91
200-1.Bobby Smutzky (Northern), 21.86
3200-1.Connor Strynkowski (Palmyra), 9:28.81; 2.Corcoran (JB), 9:26.77
4 x 400 relay-1.Milton Hershey, 3:18.63; 3.Chambersburg (Williams, Powell, Rotz, Holder), 3:22.17
High jump-1.Ibn Short (M.Hershey), 6-9; 5.Jonny Adgers (Waynesboro), 6-7; 10.Dustin Eutzy (Shippensburg), 6-4; 12.Taylor Kirkpatrick (G-A), 6-4; 13.Powell (Chbg), 6-4
Long jump-1.Imani Brown (Reading), 23-3.75; 2.Adgers (Way), 22-4.5
Triple jump-1.Brown (Reading), 49-11.5; 10.Williams (Chbg), 43-5; 16.Coy Quivers (JB), 43-0; 18.Adgers (Way), 42-8.5
Shot put-1.Kyle Felpel (Cocalico), 63-3; 6.Andrew Paterno (Way), 51-8.5; 17.David Spinder (G-A), 48-4.5; 18.Garrett Vandebrake (Ship), 48-3.75
Discus-1.Kyle Long (Hempfield), 204-8; 8.Caleb Bartlett (G-A), 149-9; 11.Ryan Hickey (G-A), 148-0
Javelin-1.Cole Proffitt (Manheim Central), 200-7; 8.Taylor Carey (Ship), 175-11; 14.Logan Donley (Chbg), 168-00
Pole vault-1.Shawn Mayer (Palmyra), 15-7; 10.Zeb Yoder (Chbg), 14-0; 11.Christian Daniels (Way), 13-9
Top Seeds, Area qualifiers
4 x 800 relay-1.Palmyra, 9:31.78
100 HH-1.Kristen Bass (Conestoga Valley), 14.82; 21.Ashton Rockwell (G-A), 16.34
100-1.Courtney Mitchell (CD East), 12.04; 4.Jess Whitmore (Chbg), 12.23
1600-1.Alex Nally (Central Dauphin), 4:36.34; 14.Shelby Stouffer (G-A), 5:23.19; 18.Courtney Group (Chbg), 5:25.17
400-1.Sarah Helgeson (Hempfield), 55.68; 5.Maddie Sellers (Way), 58.93
4 x 100 relay-1.CD East, 47.20; 4.Chambersburg (Marshay Ryan, Miana Harrison, McKensi Washabaugh, Whitmore), 49.76
300 IH-1.Mary Witmer (Ephrata), 44.66
800-1.Greta Lindsley (Penn Manor), 2:14.60
200-1.Angelica Gonzalez (Red Lion), 24.79; 6.Sellers (Way), 25.24
3200-1.Jenna Flickinger (Lower Dauphin), 10:58.89
4 x 400 relay-1.CD East, 3:58.60; 15.Chambersburg (Ryan, Amanda Dubbs, Harrison, Bekah Elbel), 4:09.00
High jump-1.Ahmenah Richardson (M.Hershey), 5-7; 13.Nakita Gearhart (G-A), 5-3; 14.Lilly Harnish (Way), 5-3
Long jump-1.Marshay Ryan (Chbg), 18-7.5
Triple jump-1.Ryan (Chbg), 40-5
Shot put-1.Sarah Fairbanks (Elizabethtown), 39-8.5
Discus-1.Fairbanks (E-town), 134-2; 4.Gearhart (G-A), 115-9; 17.Shayna Jansen (Chbg), 107-0
Javelin-1.Alehandra Willequer (Cumb. Valley), 136-0; 8.Jansen (Chbg), 121-10
Pole vault-1.Danielle Poletti (Hempfield), 11-8
District 3 Track & Field
The District 3 Track & Field Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University's Grove Stadium. Here are some facts:
Friday: Session begins at noon with 5 field events; finishes around 6:15; 18 finals
Saturday: Session begins at 9 a.m.; finishes around 5 p.m.; finals in 54 events
Area top seeds: Marshay Ryan (Chambersburg) in girls AAA long jump and triple jump; Kellen Williams (Chambersburg) in boys 300 hurdles
State qualifiers: Top 5 finishers in AAA, plus 6-8 finishers who meet standard