SHIPPENSBURG >> There wasn't too much local activity on the first day of the District 3 Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University, but those that did compete had some serious success.
The biggest triumph came for Waynesboro's Lilly Harnish on Friday. Seeded just sixth heading into the triple jump finals, Harnish didn't even need to meet that to qualify for the PIAA championships. In a very strong field, Harnish hit a mark of 36-9.5, which was good enough for seventh place. It also surpassed the state qualifying mark, giving her another chance to perform at Seth Grove Stadium next weekend.
Harnish will also compete in the high jump on Saturday — she is seeded second.
A duo of other locals had a nice day in the semifinals, earning them a spot in their respective finals and ultimately a place on the podium, as eight competitors earn medals in Class AAA.
In the boys 100 dash, Chambersburg's Jamal Pickett took second in his heat, clocking in at 11.32. It was the seventh best time overall. Greencastle-Antrim's Kiarra Jackson will also compete Saturday. She completed the 200 in 26.08, good enough for seventh overall.
The finals will take place at approximately 11:25 a.m. (boys 100) and 2:45 p.m. (girls 200).
The 100 girls hurdles had possibly the biggest surprise and the biggest disappointment of the day. Shippensburg's Leah Fleming was seeded 30th out of 32 competitors in the event, but she ran a strong preliminary race, finishing third in her heat to solidify a spot in the semifinals. Fleming then ran a season best 16.43 in the semifinal, but it wasn't quite enough to qualify.
Waynesboro's Hollister Rolls suffered quite the disappointment. She ran the 100 hurdles in 15.63, which edged the state qualifying standard by two-thousandths of a second, but Rolls placed ninth overall, meaning her season in that event is over. She will compete in the 300 hurdles on Saturday.
Three other competitors participated in finals Friday with the best finish coming from Chambersburg freshman Kelton Chastulik. He threw the shot put 46-11.5, a new season best that placed him 10th overall.
James Buchanan's Daniel Green took 11th in the 3,200 (9:47.30), while Greencastle's Caroline Schemel managed 13th her in two-mile (11:36.91).