PIAA District 11 Championships
- Meet Date: Tuesday 5/15 - Wednesday, 5/16
- District 11 Leaderboard Links: AA Girls | AAA Girls | AA Boys | AAA Boys
Who To Watch For: Lydia Bottelier (Palisades)
Why?: Bottelier leads District 11 AAA in four individual events and is also apart of Palisades' D11-AA-leading 4x100-meter relay. Bottelier has run 12.48 in the 100 meters, 24.87 in the 200 meters, and 1:00.64 in the 400 meters to lead the district. But her best event in the high jump, an event where she is the returning AA state champion. The junior Bottelier also won the indoor state title this past winter and comes into the district meet jumping the best of her career.
What to expect: At the Colonial League Championships last week, Bottelier cleared 5-10 to take the win. That's a two inch improvement on her personal best, a PA#1, and US#10. She's a consistent performer in the event and could be chasing even higher heights in the final few weeks of the season. She'll be looking to repeat on her D11-AA high jump, 200 meter, and 400 meter titles this season.
Others to watch for: Ayanna Burrell (AAA - Jumps); Tina Capparell (AA - Distance); Abigail Dalton (AAA - Distance); Christina Difalco (AA - Distance); Talitha Diggs (AAA - Sprints); Jasmine Douglas-Grant (AAA - Sprints); Shelby Staib (AAA - Throws); Greta Stuckey (AAA - Mid-Distance); Juanita Wiggins (AAA - Jumps); Kate Willshaw (AAA - High Jump)
Who To Watch For: Jahan Dotson (Nazareth Area)
Why?: Dotson is one of the country's top football recruits, but before he takes up shop in Happy Valley at Penn State in the fall, he's got some unfinished business on the track and field. Dotson was the AAA state jump in the long jump as a sophomore in 2016, but he transferred to the Peddie School in New Jersey for his junior season. But he's back in PA and Nazareth Area for his senior season. His PIAA title leap of 24-04.5 has not been topped since his winning effort nearly two years ago.
What to expect: Dotson is also the top-ranked sprinter in District 11-AAA. He ran 10.99 in the 100 and 22.28 in the 200 to win EPC titles last week and he'll return looking to grab district crowns this week. If the weather is nice, look for some more big jumps out of Dotson, who will look to close out his historic high school career with more gold.
Others to watch: Collin Ebling (AAA - Mid-Distance); Ryan Fox (AAA - Pole Vault); Chris Fredericks (AA - Javelin); Anthony Jones (AAA - High Jump); Jacob Martinez (AA - Distance); Sam Morgan (AAA - Distance); Thomas Kitchell (AA - Throws); Zachary Liggitt (AAA - Throws); Powell Posten (AAA - Hurdles); John Reichenbach (AA - Jumps); Tahmir Spencer (AA - Sprints)