91st Jack Roddick Shippensburg Invitational: Meet Preview

Reagan Hess (Annville-Cleona) / Photo by Megan Zeller

Shippensburg Invitational - AA Girls' Preview

Annville-Cleona's Reagan Hess returns to the track in an invitational format for the first time since states last season. Last year, she had a monster meet at Ship, collecting wins in the long jump, 100 and 200. This year she's entered in all three and---what do you know---she's favored to win all three again.

The 400 meters will feature a good matchup between District 4-AA opponents, Morgan Bower of Millville and Leah Fogelsanger of Bloomsburg. They were 1-2 at districts last season and the pair will square off Saturday as the top top seeds.

Bower is also entered in the javelin, her best event. She currently sits at PA#3 and US#8, so watch to see what she can do on the states runway.

McConnellsburg's McKenzie Gelvin is also entered in the 400 meters, along with the 800 meters. She'll battle Tamaqua's Monika Shimko and Marian Catholic's Tina Capparell for the win there. Capparell, meanwhile, is entered in the 1600 meters earlier in the day along with Eastern York's Maddie McLain and Columbia's Jordan Haberstroh. Both McLain and Haberstroh will open their days with the 3200 meters.

Emily Johns (Lake Lehman) / Photo by Don Rich

In the throws, the one to watch is Lake Lehman's Emily Johns. The senior and her team shifted to AA this season and she'll be one of the state's best in both the shot put and discus. She comes into Saturday as the top seed in both of those events. Dock Mennonite's Sabrina Demetrius will look to challenge her in both.

Penn Cambria's Lauren Michina will be the one to beat in the triple jump. Fairfield's Cierra Phillips is the top seed in the pole vault, having cleared 11-0.

Fairfield's Moriah Logue will be the one to watch in the hurdles. She's the top seed in the 100 hurdles, but Trinity (3)'s Mia Kilroy will give her a good challenge in the 300 hurdles.

Lake Lehman, fresh after a PA-AA#3 4x800 at Jim Kelly, will go for the win at Ship this weekend.