F-F H.S. Highlights: Lady Trojans fair well at invite
Although they brought home just one gold medal, there were plenty more than one smile for the Chambersburg's girls following the Stan Morgan Track & Field Invitational on Saturday.
The Lady Trojans finished with five silver medals, a third-place finish in the 4x100 relay and 52 total points, good enough for fourth in the team standings.
"We had a really good day, and finally got some really nice weather," Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. "It wasn't too hot or too cold, and it wasn't windy, so performances, especially in the distance races, were some of our best this season. That was great for us."
Chambersburg was extremely successful in the distance races. In the 3,200, the Trojans had the top two spots, and in the 1,600, Abby Yourkavitch finally achieved her goal of running under 5:00 and took second place in 4:57.42.
In the 3,200, Yourkavitch reigned supreme with a time of 10:54.83, while teammate Kaylee Mowery followed her across the finish line in 11:21.41. Mowery was more than six seconds ahead of the next finisher.
"(Yourkavitch) is just the third girl in our program to break 5:00, and the school record is right around 4:56, so she's right there," Monheim said. "She's been wanting to do that for awhile. Abby was the clear favorite in the two-mile, and her style is go out hard, so she basically went by herself for eight laps, and Kaylee did the same thing in second place. Our girls got to run their own races."
Chambersburg's boys team didn't go home empty-handed, either. Kelton Chastulik got the job done in both the shot put and the discus, winning each event in dominating fashion.
Chastulik achieved his personal best in the discus with a hurl of 161-05, and was nearly 14 feet farther than the rest of the competition. He also earned a gold medal in the shot put. Although he didn't achieve his goal of breaking the meet record, he hit a mark of 55-2.25, besting the runner up by more than four feet.
Fellow Trojan Myles Braxton claimed third in the shot put, surpassing 50-feet for the first time in his career with a mark of 50-1.
"That's the first time in coach (Roger) Coleman's illustrious career that he's ever had two guys throwing 50-feet in the same year," Chambersburg boys coach Bob Walker said. "That's quite an achievement."
On the girls side, Reagan Winebrenner also had a fine day in the throws. She placed second in the shot put with a throw of 37-4, and also threw the discus 103-5 to take fourth.
On the track, Cirsten Kelly and Sydnie Gilbert joined Winebrenner with silver medals. Kelly was second in the 400 with a time of 58.90, and Gilbert took second in the 300 freshmen hurdles race.
Other standouts for the boys were Kameron Green, who was fourth in the triple jump (41-7), and freshman Quintan Barbour, who placed fifth in the 400 in a personal best 52.25.
"Kameron had a nice consistent series." Walker said. "I challenged (Quintan); he tends to be hesitant to run the first curve like he should, and he did run a little better first curve and still had a strong finish."
Chambersburg wasn't the only one with a spot on the medal stand Saturday. Waynesboro's Austin Kassman launched the javelin 161-0 to take third place.
James Buchanan's top performer was Clayton Bendell, who placed fifth in the high jump by clearing 6-0.
Mifflin County 5, Chambersburg 1: Only managing two hits was a recipe for disaster for Chambersburg in a Mid Penn Commonwealth Division loss to Mifflin County. The Huskies were led by Peyton Reesman, who allowed just two hits. Chance McClure had a double for the Trojans (6-10, 4-8 MPC), while Austin Suders had the only other hit.
"We played OK defensively, and Cam threw pretty good," Chambersburg coach Scott Folmar said. "But we walked seven guys, and in the end, that came back to hurt us a little bit. Reesman was fantastic on the mound. We struck out 12 times today, so he shut us down offensively."
Mercersburg 6, Spring Mills 0: Tommy Voce fired a two-hitter, leading Mercersburg to a non-league victory over Spring Mills. Beau Lowery, Eli Riley and Will Oakley all had two hits apiece for the Blue Storm (16-4).