Annville-Cleona’s Sidni Peiffer, shown in an earlier meet against Lancaster catholic, was one of three Little Dutchmen girls to win a gold medal
Annville-Cleona's Sidni Peiffer, shown in an earlier meet against Lancaster catholic, was one of three Little Dutchmen girls to win a gold medal during the first day of the District Three Championships on Friday. Peiffer won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 3 inches. (File — Lebanon Daily News)

SHIPPENSBURG >> Annville-Cleona finally got a chance to pick on someone its own size Friday. The Little Dutchmen didn't take it easy on their Class AA counterparts, either.

The A-C girls' track and field team dominated the first day of the 2014 District Three Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

Shot putter Avree Wright, high jumper Sidni Peiffer and long jumper Reagan Hess all won gold medals, putting the Dutchmen in position to win the program's first team title since 1986. The meet resumes at 9 a.m. today and concludes with the 1600 relays at 3:30 p.m.

Friday's portion included time trials on the track, in addition to a mix of field Class AA and AAA events.

Wright, a senior, defended her shot crown with a throw of 39-4 3/4. She outdistanced Greenwood's Emily Fisher (37-11) to secure a trip to the PIAA Championships next weekend.

"There's definitely more left," said Wright. "It's awesome having a great team, and having them backing you up all the time. We have a great positive energy throughout the whole team — everyone is motivating. There's no negative energy."

Peiffer provided an early jump in the meet's first event — delayed two hours due to rain. Seeded seventh, the sophomore skied 5-3 on her second attempt to surprise the field.

"I did not expect it all," Peiffer said, smiling about her personal record. "I just kind of went for it hoping it would turn out this good – and it did."


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Hess, a freshman, continued her breakout spring by leaping 18-3/4 on her second chance in the long jump.

"I will pray — literally — when I'm running down the runway," Hess said, explaining how she dealt with pre-event jitters. "It just helps me to talk to God; it just calms everything down because I know He will help me."

Abby Martin of Boiling Springs placed second at 17-7 3/4. A-C's Peiffer (fifth) and Tori Malloy (eighth) joined Hess on the podium.

"I'm happy I got in the 18's because my steps were kind of off at the beginning," added Hess. "They got a really nice pit, and they have a board for jumping. Some schools have a line and you can't hear it."

The Lebanon County Meet MVP also made noise by qualifying first for today's 100-meter dash finals (12.49) and second in the 200 (25.99). Hess cruised to victory in both the 100 dash and long jump at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships last Saturday in Landisville.

"Actually, the leagues didn't even sink in yet — so this is going to take a while," added Hess, who ran four trials Friday. "I don't feel as bad as I thought I would. I thought I'd be drained since there's so much competition here. But I feel pretty good."

Annville-Cleona’s Avree Wright fired the shot put 39 feet, 4   inches to win the event at districts by nearly a foot and a half on Friday.
Annville-Cleona's Avree Wright fired the shot put 39 feet, 4 inches to win the event at districts by nearly a foot and a half on Friday. (File — Lebanon Daily News)

Pole vaulter Sam Becker nearly captured gold but settled for silver due to a technicality. Becker cleared 12-0 to win the event, but the bar stuck on top of the post (rather than the peg) — resulting in a missed attempt.

"Just my luck," laughed Becker. "It actually stayed on, and then, of course, I don't have good luck. That would have won."

Schuylkill Valley's Beth Manzolillo got the victory by scaling 11-6 on her first try. Becker notched 11-6 on her second chance.

"I've been working so hard for that 12 feet and I got it — ughh," Becker said, smiling. "I'm going to go out to states next weekend and go for above 12."

Senior Alyssa Patches added a fifth-place medal in the javelin at 115-3, adding four points to the team total. The Dutchmen rolled to a perfect record in the regular season, ending Elco's eight-year run in Section Three. A-C finished second to Class AAA Hempfield at the league meet.

"We have a really strong team," said Hess. "If they do their best, I'm sure we can pull it off. That's our main goal as a team and as an individual. Everybody's pitching forth with all their effort."

In other action Friday, Palmyra's Miranda Salvo went from a No. 10 seed to a silver medalist in the girls' AAA 3200 run. The district's cross country champion turned in a time of 11:10.26, nearly seven seconds off winner Mady Clahane of Cumberland Valley. Salvo will run in the Cougars' PIAA gold medal 3200 relay to start this morning's slate.

In boys' action, Northern Lebanon's Derek DiAngelis bounced back from a lackluster league meet to take second in the AAA pole vault. The two-time county champ and state silver medalist was one of five athletes to register a state-qualifying 14-3. Hershey's Stephen Minto won, while Cedar Crest's Dan Neiswender placed third.

Pat Donley and Chris Kelly set the stage for the Crest boys by medaling in the discus. Donley (143-03) and Kelly (142-04) took sixth and seventh, respectively. The Section One champion Falcons — fresh off last week's league title — have their sights set on their first district team title since 2008.

High school track & field

District Three championships

Boys

Class AAA

Pole Vault: 1. Stephen Minto, Her, 14-3. 2. Derek DiAngelis, NLeb, 14-3. 3. Daniel Neiswender, CCr, 14-3. 4. Levi Varner, Mid, 14-3. 5. Diego Cruz, LC, 14-3. 6. Nathan Sharrah, Get, 13-9. 7. Keith Steele, Nor, 13-3. 8t. Hunter Johnson, Sol, and Dustin Peck, Hemp, 13-3. 11. Brent Chrismer, Lt, 12-9.

High jump: 1. Kenny Worthington, DB, 6-6. 2. Troy Berry, Sol, 6-5. 3t. Adam Karl, Hemp, and Shayquan Weedon, CD, 6-4. 5. Nick McKnight, MT, 6-4. 6. Tyree Ballenger, McC, 6-2. 7t. Travis Majors, McC, and Alex McCord, War, 6-2. 9. Lucas Reynolds, Lt, 6-0.

Shot put: 1. Morgan Shigo, Fleet, 57-8 1/2. 2. Tyler Hoag, MC, 5-8 1/2. 3. Bryce Sadler, Don, 48-6 1/2. 4. Alex Wilson, GS, 48-6 1/2. 5. Adam Myers, DB, 48-1 1/4. 6. Cain Resch, McC, 48-0 1/4. 7. Abdul Saad, Coc, 48-0. 8. Erik Ramirez, CY, 47-11. 17. Brian Lehman, Do, 42-6 1/2. 18. Raquan Mitchell, RL, 42-4 1/2.

Long jump: 1. Justus Norman, CoV, 23-0. 2. Kenny Worthington, DC, 21-9 3/4. 3. Steve Young, MC, 21-9 1/4. 4. Isa Paschall, Car, 21-8 1/2. 5. Wade Beamesderfer, MC, 21-7 1/2. 6. Jailen Harmon, Her, 21-5 3/4. 7. Tyree Ballenger, McC, 21-4. 8. Tre Brown, MH, 21-3 3/4. 14. Isaiah Ritter, WP, 20-5 1/4.

Discus: 1. David Lucas, War, 163-10. 2. Morgan Shigo, Fleet, 157-7. 3. Austin Hart, MC, 146-6. 4. Cain Resch, McC, 145-1. 5. Cody Miller, Ham, 144-10. 6. Patrick Donley, CCr, 143-3. 7. Chris Kelly, CCr, 142-4. 8. Ben Ross, LD, 142-1. 9. Brian Lehman, Do, 138-11. 15. Connor Rhodes, NO, 125-3. 16. Eric Henshaw, RL, 122-3.

3,200: 1. Jeff Groh, LD, 9:13.91. 2. Aaron Gebhart, NO, 9:16.15. 3. Patrick Reilly, Dt, 9:18.90. 4. Zach Brehm, Car, 9:23.06. 5. Cole Nissley, LD, 9:25.0. 6. Zach Seiger, RLa, 9:31.08. 7. Aaron Lauer, RLa, 9:37.36. 8. Jd Groff, CY, 9:42.25. 10. Benjamin Linne, Ne, 9:46.53. 19. Zach Dutton, RL, 10:17.74.

Team scores: 1. Daniel Boone, 22.

Class AA

Discus: 1. Joey Mundell, SV, 144-9. 2. Tyler Hewitt, F, 135-10. 3. Pietro Gaspari, BC, 135-5. 4. Jewan Dawkins, LM, 130-1. 5. Jacob Good, OV, 129-2. 6. Vanyel Leytham-Peterson, Col, 128-8. 7. Andres Munoz, Col, 126-1. 8. Will Alford, Tr, 125-2.

Triple jump: 1. Brandon Stanbeck, McD, 45-4 1/2. 2. Edward Moore, Col, 45-2. 3. Marquel Wansley, Col, 43-1 1/2. 4. Tyler Fegley, Gr, 42-5. 5. Nate Monroe, McD, 42-0 1/2. 6. Cooper Kutz, BC, 41-0. 7. Howard Ambe, CH, 40-8 1/2. 8. Derek Bosworth, AC, 40-7 1/2. 11. Colin Cronk, F, 39-2 1/2.

3,200: 1. Brady Wilt, Big, 9:43.95. 2. Kyle Shinn, Wyo, 9:47.13. 3. Cooper Leslie, CH, 9:55.90. 4. Blake Behney, CH, 10:04.95. 5. David Moretz, CH, 10:05.05. 6. Chase Drawbaugh, Tr, 10:10.71. 7. Jake McGranaghan, BC, 10:11.64. 8. Jesse Schatz, LM, 10:17.63.

Team scores: 1. Columbia, 19.

Girls

Class AAA

Javelin: 1. Steph Sievers, DB, 131-10. 2. Amanda Myers, RL, 129-7. 3. Jocelyn Ruth, Kutz, 129-0. 4. Crystal Hartman, Eph, 128-9. 5. Brett Whalen, CC, 124-4. 6. Mary Kate Duncan, BC, 122-0. 7. D'Shanna Edwards, YCT, 120-2. 8. Lillian Cook, Dt, 117-9. 16. Samantha Bollinger, SG, 102-3.

Triple jump: 1. Sierra Bradham-Lawrence, Har, 39-09. 2. Stephanie Laudien, Hemp, 38-10 3/4. 3. Katy Alberici, ST, 38-1 3/4. 4. Sarah Kosenske, CuV, 37-8 3/4. 5t. Morgan Fridey, LD, and Erin Harman, SW, 36-11 1/2. 7. Lilly Harnish, Way, 36-9 1/2. 8. Mya Christopher, Her, 36-6 1/4. 16. Nicole Hatchard, CY, 34-0.

3,200: 1. Mady Clahane, CuV, 11:03.01. 2. Miranda Salvo, Pal, 11:10.26. 3. Abigail Martin, Mech, 11:12.41. 4. Alison Willingmyre, Wil, 11:14.0. 5. Anne Den Otter, Wil, 11:14.33. 6. Marie Rulapaugh, CuV, 11:14.84. 7. Gabi Broschard, Her, 11:16.03. 8. Caitlyn Padgett, Car, 11:17.57. 11. Olivia Gettle, YS, 11:35.44. 12. Lydia Trout, Dt, 11:36.57. 14. Rachel Banchiere, Sus, 11:38.56.

Team scores: 1. Cumberland Valley, 18.

Class AA

High jump: 1. Sidni Peiffer, A-C, 5-3. 2. Shannon Donnelly, BoS, 5-2. 3t. Tesia Kempski, McD, and Caroline McMahon, Wyo, 5-0. 5. Tori Stembridge, Wyo, 5-0. 6. Taylor Hartman, Gr, 4-10. 7. Linnie Trimmer, CH, 4-10. 8. Kelsey Collingsworth, CH, 4-10.

Long jump: 1. Reagan Hess, A-C, 18-0 3/4. 2. Abby Martin, BoS, 17-7 3/4. 3. Erika Miller, SV, 17-2 1/2. 4. Trinity Ponton, Wyo, 16-10. 5. Sidni Peiffer, AC, 16-8 1/2. 6. Rachel Pitman, McD, 16-6. 7. Cambria Wierman, DC, 16-6. 8. Tori Malloy, AC, 15-11 3/4. 14. Madison Itterly, BeS, 14-4 1/2.

Javelin: 1. Anna Bailey, McD, 131-0. 2. Alexis Lipnicky, Tr, 125-6. 3. Mary Gingrow, DC, 116-3. 4. Katie Camara, Big, 116-0. 5. Alyssa Patches, AC, 115-3. 6. Caroline McMahon, Wyo, 113-01. 7. Sara Phelan, McD, 112-0. 8. Amanda Aulenbach, OV, 110-4. 9. Meagan Smith, Lt, 104-9. 11. Maddie Comly, DC, 95-3. 12. Gabrielle Emeigh, BeS, 92-10.

Pole Vault: 1. Bre Manzolillo, SV, 11-6. 2. Samantha Becker, AC, 11-6. 3. Tesia Kempski, McD, 11-6. 4. Grace Reidel, DC, 11-0. 5. Megan Silva, Tr, 11-0. 6. Kathy Herndnadez, DC, 10-0. 7. Anna Amsbaugh, BoS, 9-6. 8. Brittany Armstrong, BeS, 9-6. 11. Abigail Hoffman, BeS, 8-0.

Shot put: 1. Avree Wright, A-C, 39-4 3/4. 2. Emily Fisher, Gr, 37-11. 3. Taylor Weiss, BoS, 36-9 1/2. 4. Sierra Dixon, HC, 33-1 1/2. 5. Danielle Carabello, Wyo, 32-9 1/4. 6. Gabrielle Emeigh, BeS, 31-9 1/2. 7. Paige Becker, DC, 31-7 1/2. 8. Brooke Taylor, CH, 31-5. 10. Meagan Smith, Lt, 29-11. 11. Mary Gingrow, DC, 28-1 1/2. 12. Haley Kuhn, Big, 25-7 1/4.

3,200: 1. Zoe Matherne, CH, 11:14.23. 2. Emily Dethlefs, Tr, 11:31.07. 3. Paige Clancy, BoS, 11:43.73. 4. Cassidy Kuhn, Wyo, 11:49.68. 5. Meera Jagadesan, Wyo, 11:53.45. 6. Emily D'Amico, Tr, 11:56.57. 7. Samantha Snyder, OV, 12:25.97. 8. Marlee Mattern, UD, 12:27.47. 9. Baylee Robey, Big, 12:38.08. 11. Kaetlin Weinholt, Lt, 12:45.47.

Team scores: 1. Annville-Cleona, 47.