On a steaming Friday afternoon at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium, Hickory appeared to have generated an entirely different kind of first.
The Hornets' trio of discus throwers -- Lauren Lubarski, Taylor Woods, and Jennifer Neider -- finished in that exact order to sweep the Class AA girls event on the opening day of the PIAA Track and Field Championships.
It is believed to be the first time in the meet's history that a school has swept the top three spots in a single event, although research on site was unable to completely confirm it. But no one, including long-time PIAA officials, could recall a girls' team winning the top three medals in one event.
And the Hickory throwers weren't at all surprised at their historic feat.
"We've been thinking this the whole season," said Neider, who was seeded fourth behind Lubarski, who won with a throw of 142 feet, 6 inches and Woods, who finished second at 139-9. The third seed did not place, and Neider hit a 135-8 to finish third.
"We'd go to meets and face other throwers who could give us some competition," Wood said. "But all along, we were thing that this (state meet) was our competition."
Lubarski won her second PIAA gold medal, but her other title came in last year's Class AA high jump.
The Hickory girls, not satisfied to sweep the discus, said they might be able to do the same in Saturday's shot.
Neider is the top seed at 45-41/2 and Woods is second at 41-81/2, more than two feet farther than anyone else in the field. Sophomore Sophia Fustos of Hickory is seeded 11th at 37-7 1/4, her distance at the District 10 meet.
"But her best throw of the year is better than the third seed," Neider said. "If we throw well and Sophia can make that distance, we have a chance to do it in the shot. Sure I hope I didn't just jinx it."
Two meet records were established on Friday.
Kane senior Patrick Anderson won his second straight boys Class AA pole vault title with a leap of 15 feet, 11 inches, one inch higher than the 2005 record by Hickory's Eric Sparks. Anderson is the fifth Kane vaulter to win a state title in the last seven years, and the 8th overall from his McKean County school.
No school has won more PIAA pole vault championships than Kane.
Swenson Arts and Technology ran a 47.04 in its Class AA girls 400 meter relay preliminary, breaking the mark of 47.65 set last year by Philadelphia West Catholic. Swenson is no stranger to the 400 relay record; this Is the fourth time Swenson has either set or tied the mark since 2007.
Kyle Long, the PIAA record holder in the Class AAA discus, repeated as champion the event with a throw of 189 feet even, but that was well shy of his 2011 mark of 202-10.
Defending triple jump champion Imani Brown of Reading was unable to repeat in Class AAA, but it took a 50-foot, one-half inch jump by Strath Haven's Wellington Zaza to keep him from his second title. Brown jumped 49-51/2 to finish second.
Chambersburg's Marshay Ryan repeated in the Class AAA girls triple jump with a leap of 19-5 1/4. She spent her interviews thanking God and quoting scripture before saying, "I think my smile about ripped my cheeks apart" when she heard her winning distance.
Waynesburg Central senior Marissa Kalsey won the Class AA pole vault with a jump of 12-6. Just missing on three attempts to break the meet record of 12-7.
She had placed second as a sophomore and third as a junior, satisfied to win after she recalled her freshman year when "I jumped 9-6, my pole broke and I fell in the box."
The meet resumes Saturday morning with finals in all 11 running events and finals in 14 field events.