Four YAIAA athletes to compete at Penn Relays
Here are some of the top girls' track athletes returning to the YAIAA in the spring of 2017.
Four track and field athletes from the YAIAA have been accepted to compete at the 123rd Penn Relays at Philadelphia's Franklin Field from April 27-29.
One of the most prestigious track and field events in the country, the Penn Relays began in 1895 and features college, high school and youth competitions. Here are the local athletes who will be competing.
Madi Smith, New Oxford: The Colonials senior and Penn State commit has qualified in the javelin for the second straight season. Smith took 16th at the Penn Relays last season with a mark of 113 feet, 3 inches, but set a YAIAA record later in the season with a distance of 147 feet. She's also the reigning District 3 Class 3A javelin gold medalist. Her top throw so far this season is 131 feet, four inches.
Luke Hoffman, West York: The Bulldogs senior has qualified in the discuss. Hoffman won the YAIAA discuss title last season with a throw of 164 feet, nine inches and eventually qualified for the state championships. His top throw this season is 172 feet, five inches.
Brady Glatfelter, Eastern York: The Golden Knights senior has qualified in the pole vault. Gladfleter took second in the event at the YAIAA championships last season and has a top mark of 13 feet, six inches this season.
Madisen Kling, Red Lion: The Lions junior has qualified in the discuss. After winning the YAIAA title and reaching the state championships in the event last season, Kling has already set her personal record this spring with a mark of 144 feet, 10 inches.
In addition to those four, Northern York freshman Marlee Starliper will be competing in the mile. Starliper finished second in the Class 2A state championships in cross country this past fall.