RECAP: District 3 Championship Day 1

The first day of the District 3 Championship did not disappoint. From Lilyana Carlson's 2A Girls Pole Vault district record to the epic showdowns in the 3A 3200s and countless other impressive efforts, here is a look at the various standout performances from Friday. 

On the Track:

Claire Paci (Greencastle-Antrim) made a pivotal move with two laps to go, gapping the likes of Ella Wolfe (Hempfield) and Kaitlyn Highduch (Governor Mifflin) to win the 3A 3200m.

Paci won Friday's final in a new personal best and PA No.2 time of 10:30.70. The most impressive part of the win was the closing speed she demonstrated over the final 800m of the race. Paci split a 1:16.84, followed by a 1:12.04 final lap, after averaging 1:20 second laps in the earlier portions of the race. 

Wolfe ran 10:41.13 for second place, while Highduch clocked a new personal best of 10:42.65 for third. Gabriell Thiry (JP McCaskey) was fourth in 10:45.10, followed by freshman teammate Ruby Garner-Valle in 10:46.27. 

Above: Watch Claire Paci drop the field to win the District 3 Title.


Addie Cohen (Wyomissing Area) defended her 2A Girls 3200m title. Cohen ran a strong 11:24.90, breaking away from the field about halfway through the race. 

Annville-Cleona teammates Mackenzie Stellmach and Emily Maag finished second and third. Stellmach ran 11:39.46 and Maag ran 11:57.72.

On the boy's side, Colin Whitaker (Lampeter Strasburg), Adam Kingston (Manheim Township) and Vinay Raman (Hershey) put on a show in the 3A 3200m. 

Whitaker moved early in a valiant solo effort, running with about a 50-meter gap for most of the race. This didn't deter Kingston and Raman from closing the final 500 meters hard. 

Whitaker held both boys off, winning the race in an impressive 9:04.72. However, Kingston and Raman got the crowd into it as they split 60-second final laps, crossing the line just behind Whitaker. 

Kingston was second in 9:05.03, and Raman finished third, clocking 9:05.96. 

Above: Watch Whitaker, Kingston and Raman battle for the District 3 Title.


In the 2A Boys 3200m, David Giles (Wyomissing Area) won the race line to line, soloing his way to a solid 9:34.00. 

Ryan Gourley (Oley Valley) and Landon Hostetter (Annville-Cleona) rounded out the top three, both running sub 9:40. Gourely ran 9:37.96, and Hostetter ran 9:39.61.

The 3200m was the only track final on the first day of competition. However, there were still some standout performances in the preliminary rounds of the sprints and hurdles on day one. 

Tyler Burgess (Palmyra) dominated the 3A 110m and 300m hurdles. Burgess ran a 14.01 in the 110m hurdles, which was good enough for a new personal best and PA No.2 effort. He then clocked 37.23 in the 300m hurdles, which happened to be another personal best and PA No.2 performance. 

Kaddel Howard (Cedar Crest) demonstrated why she's one of PA's best. She jogged her way to a 54.78 big Q in the 3A 400m and followed it up with the fastest 3A 200m qualifier in 24.51. 

Laila Campbell (Spring Grove) ran the fastest 3A 100m qualifier in 11.89. This effort is a season-best for Campbell, moving her into the PA No.3 rank. 

Campbell's teammate, Ella Bahn, crushed her competition in the 3A 110m and 300m hurdle prelims. She ran 14.42 in the 110m hurdles, followed by 44.45 in the 300m hurdles.

In the Field: 

Maria Clark (Mechanicsburg Area) upset Genesis Castro (JP McCaskey), the state leader, in the 3A Girls Discus. Clark threw 135-0 on her third attempt and secured the win. Castro made a strong effort on her fifth attempt but came up shy of Clark, throwing 130-9. 

Lilyana Carlson (Bermudian Springs) entertained the crowd, setting a new 2A Girls Pole Vault District 3 record at 13-0. After securing the win, she chose to attempt at 13-8. Carlson made three close efforts, barely knocking the bar off on her last attempt. 

While also dominating the hurdles, Ella Bahn got the job done in the 3A Girls High jump as the only competition to clear 5-6. Addison Nudy (Twin Valley) was second after clearing 5-5, and Molly Kimmel (Boiling Springs) was third after clearing 5-4. 

Eliana Schneider (Cedar Crest) dominated her way to the 3A Girls Javelin title. Schneider threw 149-11 on her final attempt, beating second place by one inch shy of 30 feet. 

Olianna Oravitz (Solanco) took the 3A Girls Long jump win by almost a foot. Oravitz jumped 19-0.5 on her sixth attempt, beating Jaylynn Dorsey (Susquehanna Township), who jumped 18-1. 

Oravitz's effort is a new personal best that moves her to the PA No.8 rank. 

Xavier Beatty (Reading) made for an exciting 3A Boys Long Jump competition, winning in his final attempt. He covered 23-9 for a new personal best to beat Mark Bridgeford (Milton Hershey). Bridgeford, who led most of the competition, also made a considerable effort, jumping 23-4.5 on his final attempt. 

Brady Mider (Berks Catholic), PA's top shot putter, flexed his versatility today, throwing a big personal best to win the 3A Boys Discus. Mider entered as the No.2 seed with a previous best mark of 170-5 behind Josiah Newman-Kegerise (Exeter Township). 

On his final attempt, Mider made an incredible throw of 176-5 to take home the gold. Newman-Kegerise was second with a best attempt of 171-2. 

Kyle Archie (Muhlenberg) launched himself to a 3A Boys High Jump title, joining the current four-way tie for PA No.3 at 6-8. 

He beat top-ranked high jumpers like Ty'Shawn Ewings (Harrisburg) and Aryan Sandhu (Milton Hershey). Ewings was second, clearing 6-5, and Sandhu was third, clearing 6-2. 

Jeremiah Hargrove (Trinity) won the 2A Boys Triple Jump on his sixth attempt, covering 45-0.75. However, it should be noted that his first attempt of 43-9 would have still been good enough for the win.

Luke Martinez (Schuylkill Valley) was second, jumping 43-5.