Track Athletes Shine at Postseason Meets
May 24, 2022
The track team performed very well on Friday, May 13, at the YAIAA meet, winning 24 medals in total for the high school.
The girls team won the gold medal in the 4×100 meter event and broke the school record with a time of 49.82 seconds. The runners in this event were freshman Madi Bartlett, senior Sabrina Fahringer, senior Shelby Derkosh and junior Ryleigh Marks.
The record had been held since 2012. Bartlett was thrilled the team’s hard work paid off.
“After hearing our team [placed first] and realizing we broke the school record, I was honestly just so relieved to know that all of our hard work had paid off from all season,” Bartlett said.
This is a big deal for Bartlett because she is a freshman and in her first year on varsity, she is already breaking records for the team.
Derkosh was proud of the team for beating the record for her final high school season.
“We have been working so hard all year for a record and knew we were really close, so hopes were high going into the race,” Derkosh said.
The team is in better standing for districts after breaking the record, according to Bartlett.
“We knew in order to get in a good heat at districts, we would likely have to break the record, so after hearing that we broke it, I was elated and honestly in disbelief,” Bartlett said.
The girls 4×400 relay team also claimed the gold medal at the Y.A.I.A.A. championships.
Marks also finished in first place in the 100-meter hurdles and finished with a silver medal in the long jump.
On the boys side, junior Matt O’Brien finished in first place in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter races.
The boys 4×800 meter relay team, consisting of senior Nathaniel Coggins, sophomore Andrew Hetzer, junior Michael Snyder and O’Brien, finished in second place, as did junior Grant Hartman in the 400-meter race.
Junior Kaden Snedegar won a bronze medal in the shot put.
The boys 4×400 meter relay team also finished in third place. Coggins, junior Nick Johns, Hetzer and Hartman comprised that squad.
Nine of those athletes mentioned above also qualified for the PIAA District III meet that took place on May 20 and 21.
Several of them medaled.
The boys 4×800 meter relay team, consisting of Coggins, Hetzer, Snyder and O’Brien placed 7th.
Derkosh came in 8th place in her 400-meter race.
O’Brien finished with a silver medal in the 3200-meter and 6th place in the 1600-meter race.
O’Brien also qualified for the PIAA State Championships in both the 1600 and the 3200 to be held on May 27th and 28th at Shippensburg University.