Groves wins bronze in the District shot DISTRICT THREE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS At Shippensburg University (AAA BOYS) (AAA GIRLS)

By on May 23, 2012

By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer



Photo by Preston Whitcraft
Warwick's Bailey Groves won the District bronze in the shot put for the second time in her career last Saturday with a throw of 37-7 3/4.

Even before last weekend’s District Three Triple-A Track and Field Championships got underway at Shippensburg University, Bailey Groves and Warwick throwers coach Alex Daecher were talking about their training plans for States.

If the idea was to give Groves a confidence boost in the girls shot put, it worked.

On her second attempt in the prelims, the Warwick senior popped a throw of 37 feet, 7 3/4 inches — her longest in two years. It was good enough to clinch the second District bronze medal of her career, and yes, to punch her ticket to the PIAA Championships, set for this Friday and Saturday back at Ship.

"(Bailey) stepped up to the plate and she did great," Daecher said.

Groves and Daecher both agreed at the end of the L-L League Meet — where she won silver with a throw of 35-2 — that there was more left in the tank. So under the watchful eye of Daecher, Groves, who had thrown a season best of 37-4 at Manheim Township, went to work on a couple of adjustments.

"I didn’t really have a block and I couldn’t get my foot underneath me," Groves said, "so (coach Daecher) figured out these two drills that he’s been making me do non-stop and it really helped."

"It was her best week of practice all year, I think," Daecher added. "We worked on a couple different things and she worked so hard at practice and I’m happy for her."

Truth is, Groves is back on track following a disappointing junior season. She had a breakout year as a sophomore, achieving a school-record performance of 38-6 1/4 while taking the L-L gold and then reaching 38-4 for the District bronze medal. But then in 2011, battling a shoulder injury and competing without a throwers coach, she took a step back. Her throw of 35-5 for a District eighth-place medal was her best of the post-season.

But having Daecher and head coach Katie Vann on board this spring has made a big difference for Groves.

"I felt confident," Groves said following her throw of 37-7 3/4 last Saturday. "I didn’t have the jitters anymore. Last year at Districts, I did have a little bit of jitters. I didn’t have a coach last year and I was by myself completely, but this year, coach Daecher made me feel better and coach Vann made me feel better."

In the prelims, she opened with a throw of 34-1, followed that with her season-best of 37-7 3/4 and then fired another solid attempt of 37-1, and she went into the finals seeded second behind only Elizabethtown’s Sarah Fairbanks, who eventually won the gold with a 41-8 1/2.

Groves remained second to Fairbanks until South Western’s Tess Weaver pulled into the silver-medal spot with throws of 38-1 1/4 and 38-9 3/4 on her final two attempts.

"It does put a little bit of pressure on you," Groves said, "but it just is kind of a push to try and do better, even more so."

Despite her efforts, she stayed in the bronze-medal spot following a final throw of 35-8 1/2. But knowing that she was going back to States to end her high school career was a big relief. Groves is seeded 19th in the shot put competition, which is slated to be held on Friday starting at 9 a.m.

"I wanted that one more week," Groves said. "It’s my senior year and one more week would be nice. I want to beat my PR for the whole four years. It’s in my reach. I’ve done it a few times at practice, but I just have to work on not fouling. Putting that much effort into that throw, sometimes I’ll foul at practice. That’s what I’ve been working on — getting that throw and not fouling, which is why I have my block back."

Vann, too, was very pleased to see Groves punch her ticket to States.

"Bailey was kinda disappointed with last year, but Alex (Daecher) has done a great job working her hard and it’s paying off," Vann said. "We’d like to see her go 38 next week and just get back to where she was as a sophomore."

Groves ended up being Warwick’s only State qualifier, although the Warriors appeared to be in excellent shape to have another athlete at the PIAA Championships this weekend, with Ben Mueller holding the fifth spot deep into the boys 3,200-meter run on Friday. But the Warwick junior fell ill with what doctors later diagnosed as heat exhaustion, and he ended up placing ninth in 9:45.27.

"We can only speculate what he did wrong, but he stayed out of the sun, he stayed in his room, he relaxed, he drank fluids," Warwick distance coach Ed Nixdorf said. "Ben did everything right and he was very psyched to go to the State Meet. It was a disappointment for him because he has the ability to be there."

Mueller was showing that ability through the first six-plus laps of the race, and according to Nixdorf, he was on pace to break his personal-best time (9:38.39) and meet the State-qualifying time of 9:31.71.

"We talked about strategy and we wanted to be on the same page and he wanted to run in the fifth position, which is going to be pretty aggressive," Nixdorf said. "He wanted to run in that position throughout the whole race and he was there. He was on a 9:32 pace for six and a quarter laps, and that’s when it hit him."

Without Mueller competing in Saturday’s 4×800 relay, that opened the door for a couple of alternates — freshman Will Howland and senior Bryson Long — to compete instead. Sophomore Michael Urban and senior Phil Headland rounded out the foursome, which placed 16th in 8:38.44. Howland and Long improved their 800 split times by two and three seconds, respectively.

"They ran well, they stepped in and they improved their times, and it was good for them, especially Will Howland as a ninth-grader," Nixdorf said. "I’m real happy for him."

Turning to the girls 4×800, senior Bethany Han, sophomore Rachel Mueller and freshmen Maddie Class and Amanda Graber shaved nearly three seconds off their personal best (10:00.58) while taking 12th in 9:58.04. Class’ time of 2:27 was a seven-second improvement.

"It’s good to have two ninth-graders and a sophomore on that team that made the District Championships," Nixdorf said. "We were real pleased with our results."

Vann added, "We had some tough stuff happen (Friday) with Ben, but at least we had Will run today, he’s a freshman and he got experience. (Friday), we had Mike Hoffman as a sophomore go in the hurdles and he’s going to be good in the next coming years. It was neat to bring this many kids with the relays and everything. Maddie Class and Amanda Graber both got to run and they’re both freshmen, so that was really nice." 3200: 1. Connor Strynkowski, Pal, 9:24.74; 2. Liam Corcoran, JB, 9:29.59; 3. Jeff Groh, LD, 9:30.08; 4. PD Gantert, CW, 9:32.23; 5. John Ausel, Sol, 9:32.25; 6. John Felts, Red La., 9:35.65; 7. Cole Nissley, LD, 9:36.07; 8. Jonathan Bitner, PM, 9:39.42.

High Jump: 1. Ibn Short, MH, 6-09; 2. Max Mahan, GS, 6-08; 3. Tracey Wright, DB, 6-06; 4. Robbie Cardina, ConV, 6-05; 5. Shayquan Weedon, CD, 6-05; 6. Jonny Adgers, Wayne, 6-04; 7. Joey DeCecco, CumbV, 6-02; 8. Tom Lamm, CCl, 6-02; 9. Taylor Kirkpatrick, G-A, 6-02.

Long Jump: 1. Imani Brown, Read, 23-04.00; 2. Josh Boyer, LD, 21-09.50; 3. Jonny Adgers,Wayne,21-07.00; 4. Nate Litschi, ELCO, 21-06.75; 5. Arthur Quaye, ET, 21-02.25; 6. Kenny Worthington, DB, 21-02.25; 7. Jesse Poore, WiL, 20-10.75; 8. Tracey Wright, DB, 20-09.00.

Shot Put: 1. Kyle Felpel, Coc, 60-07.00; 2. Kyle Long, Hemp, 57-05.50; 3. Blailin Baker, Muh, 56-08.25; 4. Madison Miller, Wil, 52-09.00; 5. Clayton Hoffmaster, MT, 51-08.00; 6. John Quinn, McC, 50-09.50; 7. Anderson Novalin, Y, 50-08.50; 8. Andrew Paterno, Wayne, 50-07.00.

Discus: 1. Kyle Long, Hemp, 199-01; 2. Kyle Felpel, Coc, 181-03; 3. Alec McKee, EY, 152-07; 4. Matt Miller, GS, 152-05; 5. JD Aument, Hemp, 151-01; 6. Caleb Bartlett, G-A, 146-10; 7. John Quinn, McC, 143-08; 8. Cody Miller, Hamb, 143-05.

100: 1. T.J. Elliott, CDE, 10.75; 2. Andrew Adighibe, MH, 10.96; 3. Ricky Bruno, Ex, 11.04; 4. Joseph Bruno, Wil, 11.09; 5. Siele Johnson, CDE, 11.18; 6. Austin Torres, YS, 11.25; 7. Alex Cooley, EY, 11.27; 8. Ryan Knisely, RLi, 11.30.

200: 1. T.J. Elliott, CDE, 21.66; 2. Almamy

Bangura, MH, 21.78; 3. Andrew Adighibe, MH, 21.82; 4. Bobby Smutsky, Nor, 21.87; 5. Ricky Bruno, Ex, 22.27; 6. Joseph Bruno, Wil, 22.41; 7. Ryan Knisely, RLi, 22.59.

400: 1. Lindell Swinson, MH, 48.21; 2. Terrance Taylor, CoV, 48.60; 3. Jimmy Brooks, Wil, 48.70; 4. Almamy Bangura, MH, 49.02; 5. David Bricker, SusT, 49.19; 6. Joe Vedilago, NL, 49.37; 7. Andrew Latchford,

Pal, 49.91; 8. Jesse Poore, Wil, 50.35.

800: 1. Ryun Holder, Cham, 1:53.56; 2. Alec Kunzweiler, CuV, 1:54.21; 3. Drew Gerberich, Elco, 1:55.70; 4. Josh Rinker, Muhl, 1:55.84; 5. Zach Brehm, Car, 1:55.91; 6. Abdallah Soliman, CuV, 1:56.63; 7. Shaun Ditzler, CCr, 1:57.92; 8. Jake Brodeur, Her, 1:58.00.

1600: 1. Drew Gerberich, Elco, 4:16.54; 2. Vinny Todaro, BiS, 4:16.82; 3. Nick Rotz, Cham, 4:19.92; 4. Harrison Schetler, PM, 4:20.47; 5. Connor Strynkowski, Pal, 4:22.02; 6. John Ausel, Sol, 4:22.12; 7. Liam Corcoran,

JB, 4:22.64; 8. Alex Coburn, CuV, 4:22.80.

110 Hurdles: 1. Jay Stone, CY, 14.76; 2. Johnathan Dadeboe, Dal, 14.88; 3. Nate Litschi, Elco, 14.99; 4. Devon Santos, Hemp, 15.07; 5. Greg Boyer, Gre, 15.14; 6. Robert Cardina, CoV, 15.20; 7. Ibn Short, MH, 15.25; 8. Zach Altland, RLa, 15.68.

300 Hurdles: 1. Jay Stone, CY, 38.55; 2. Devon Santos, Hemp, 38.93; 3. Robert Cardina,

CoV, 39.20; 4. Zac Patton, CD, 39.74; 5. Kellen Williams, Cham, 39.89; 6. Justin Maloney,

Wil, 39.95; 7. Greg Boyer, Gre, 40.10; 8. Zach Altland, RLa, 40.14.

400 Relay: 1. CD East, 42.40; 2. Milton Hershey, 42.50; 3. Wilson, 42.80; 4. Conestoga

Valley, 43.15; 5. Donegal, 43.19; 6. Central

York, 43.25; 7. J.P. McCaskey, 43.40; 8. Hempfield, 43.51.

1600 Relay: 1. Wilson, 3:17.18; 2. Conestoga

Valley, 3:20.18; 3. Milton Hershey, 3:20.60; 4. Chambersburg, 3:21.54; 5. Cumberland

Valley, 3:22.09; 6. Hempfield, 3:23.37; 7. Palmyra, 3:23.53; 8. Central Dauphin,

3:23.69.

3200 Relay: 1. Chambersburg, 7:48.94; 2. Cumberland Valley, 7:49.67; 3. J.P. McCaskey,

7:58.84; 4. Cedar Crest, 7:58.92; 5. Central Dauphin, 8:01.44; 6. Conestoga Valley,

8:02.12; 7. Carlisle, 8:04.23; 8. Red Lion, 8:06.91.

Triple Jump: 1. Imani Brown, Rea, 48-8.75; 2. Shibry Tibasima, Don, 44-3.50; 3. Josh Boyer, LD, 44-2.25; 4. Jarred Posey, WPY, 43-7.25; 5. Nate Litschi, Elco, 43-6.75; 6. Kyrelle Quinn, CDE, 43-6; 7. Jason Milton, RLi, 43-4.50; 8. Joey DeCecco, CuV, 43-3.

Pole Vault: 1. Shawn Mayer, Pal, 15-0; 2. Jared Allison, Dal, 14-9; 3(t). Tim Moses, Pal; Dylan Moynihan, KD, 14-3; 5. Brian Boltz, NL, 13-9; 6. Christian Daniels, Way, 13-9; 7. Matthew Qualio, Fle, 13-9; 8. Tom Labb, CCl, 13-3.

Javelin: 1. Robert Doster, Mid, 200-0; 2. Cole Proffitt, MC, 191-0; 3. Bobby Smutsky, Nor, 189-10; 4. Kyle Felpel, Coc, 183-0; 5. Garrett Levengood, CCr, 182-3; 6. Spencer Moser, Coc, 180-0; 7. Jhett Janis, Coc, 179-4; 8. Madison Miller, Wil, 177-1. 3200: 1. Jenna Flickinger, LD, 11:05.75; 2. Kaylee Kubisiak, NO, 11:07. 33; 3. Sarah Brzostek, Ex, 11:18.47; 4. Addy Avdic, Car, 11:22.4; 5. DeeDee Shea, LD, 11:29.7; 6. Gabi Broschard, Her, 11:30.51; 7. Lily Corsaro, YS, 11:37.41; 8. Miranda Salvo, Pal, 11:38.60.

Pole Vault: 1. Casie Hain, GM, 11-6; 2. Kennedy Shank, North, 11-0; 3. Olivia Loy, CCl, 11-0; 4. Katlin Gould, CCl, 11-0; 5. Danielle Poletti, Hemp., 11-0; 6. Amanda Young, RLi, 11-0; 7. Kayla Garpstas, Hemp, 11-0; 8. Erin Winters, Leb, 11-0.

Triple Jump: 1. Marshay Ryan, Chamb, 39-08.5; 2. Ahmena Richardson, MH, 37-11.25; 3. Mary Witmer, Eph, 37-08.50; 4. Jamila Janneh, NO, 36-11; 5. Bridget Neslund, MT, 35-11.75; 6. Erin Dombach, L-S, 35-06.50; 7. Alexandra Santora, DB, 34-06.75; 8. Ally Ecker, Getty, 34-00.25.

Javelin: 1. Chrissy Rickert, Hemp., 128-04; 2. Tiffany Heisey, ET, 124-0; 3. Jackie Downey, EP, 123-03; 4. Crystal Hartman, Eph, 121-08; 5. Ameleah Moyer, Car, 119-05; 6. Amanda Myers, RLi, 118.03; 7. Samantha Bollinger, SG, 118.03; 8. Maddy George, GS, 117-05.

100: 1. Deme’shia Davis, CDE, 12.03; 2. Angelica Gonzalez, RLi, 12.05; 3. Jessica Whitmore, Cha, 12.07; 4. Courtney Mitchell, CDE, 12.18; 5. Morgan Mummau, MC, 12.21; 6. Alesha Herman, Ssqk, 12.54; 7. Kaila Baughman, Mech, 12.63; 8. Siani Hinton, MH, 12.73.

200: 1. Deme’shia Davis, CDE, 24.26 (new district record, breaks old record of 24.42, set in 2000 by Hyleas Fountain); 2. Angelica Gonzalez, RLi, 24.27; 3. Sarah Helgeson, Hemp, 24.60; 4. Megan Lundy, CY, 25.00; 5. Morgan Mummau, MC, 25.12; 6. Courtney Mitchell, CDE, 25.36; 7. Alesha Herman, Ssqk, 25.42; 8. Skylar Dantzler, Wil, 25.59.

400: 1. Megan Lundy, CY, 55.64; 2.arah Helgeson, Hemp, 55.71; 3. Kaitlin Gould, CCl, 57.15; 4. Libby Nolan, Her, 58.24; 5. Alyssa Aichele, LC, 59.20; 6. Maddie Sellers,

Way, 59.21; 7. Laura Kibathi, 59.64; 8. Karlee Farr, Don, 59.75.

800: 1. Greta Lindsley, PM, 2:15.78; 2. Alexa Gruschow, Mech, 2:16.80; 3. Olivia Esbenshade, Et, 2:18.25; 4. McCall Ledgett, Car, 2:18.67; 5. Laura Barnes, CuV, 2:19.45; 6. Tessa Mundell, GM, 2:20.24; 7. Katie Dembrowski, Pal, 2:20.53; 8. Meghan Maisano,

PM, 2:20.72.

1600: 1. Greta Lindsley, PM, 4:57.14; 2. Carol Strock, CuV, 4:58.63; 3. Tessa Mundell,

GM, 4:59.46; 4. Olivia Esbenshade, Et, 5:08.08; 5. Abigail Martin, Mech, 5:09.95; 6. Danae Peters, MC, 5:13.76; 7. Jenna Flickinger,

LD, 5:14.66; 8. Angel Barber, EP, 5:17.86.

100 Hurdles: 1. Kirsten Bass, CoV, 14.72; 2. Ericka Quenzer, CDE, 14.95; 3. Sally Trout, Dal, 15.03; 4. Mary Witmer, Eph, 15.17; 5. Sierra Brabham-Lawrence, Hbg, 15.20; 6. Elle Wallace, LD, 15.31; 7. Rachael DeCecco, CuV, 15.46; 8. Arianna Camel, Get, 15.49.

300 Hurdles: 1. Mary Witmer, Eph, 43.80; 2. Rachael DeCecco, CuV, 44.99; 3. Elle Wallace, LD, 45.46; 4. Cassidy Barshinger, RLi, 46.12; 5. Hannah Williams, GS, 46.29; 6. Ericka Quenzer, CDE, 46.76; 7. Britta Beleski, CD, 46.83; 8. Sally Trout, Dal, 46.89.

400 Relay: 1. CD East, 47.58 (new district

record, breaks old record of 47.81, set in 1998 by Harrisburg); 2. Milton Hershey, 48.71; 3. Carlisle, 49.44; 4. Chambersburg, 49.45; 5. Red Lion, 49.52; 6. William Penn (York), 49.65; 7. Susquehannock, 49.83; 8. Central York, 49.97.

1600 Relay: 1. CD East, 3:56.95; 2. Milton

Hershey, 3:58.18; 3. Ephrata, 4:00.71; 4. Cedar Cliff, 4:01.89; 5. Central Dauphin, 4:02.66; 6. Lampeter-Strasburg, 4:02.80; 7. Solanco, 4:02.99; 8. Lower Dauphin, 4:05.63.

3200 Relay: 1. Palmyra, 9:25.17; 2. Hempfield, 9:27.68; 3. Cumberland Valley,

9:32.33; 4. Exeter, 9:33.75; 5. Hershey, 9:40.12; 6. Wilson, 9:44.81; 7. Carlisle, 9:46.67; 8. Ephrata, 9:47.85.

Long Jump: 1. Marshay Ryan, Cham, 18-9.50 (new district record, breaks old record

of 18-6, set in 1990 by Douglena Smallwood);

2. Olivia Loy, CCl, 17-1.50; 3. Bridget Neslund, MT, 16-6; 4. Jamila Janneh, NOx, 16-4.75; 5. Skylar Dantzler, Wil, 16-4.75; 6. Ericka Quenzer, CDE, 16-3.50; 7. Ashley Strenko,

Coc, 16-0.50; 8. Kelly Liebl, Eph, 16-0.25.

High Jump: 1. Ahmena Richardson, MH, 5-4; 2. Hannah Frederick, TV, 5-4; 3. Emily Allport, Sol, 5-3; 4. Emily Miller, Wil, 5-3; 5. Breanna Barber, MC, 5-3; 6. Cyre Virgo, Fle, 5-2; 7. Kaila Baughman, Mech, 5-2; 8(t). Rachel Kline, Pal; Lilly Harnish, Way; Johnnie Tamney, RLi, 5-0.

Shot Put: 1. Sarah Fairbanks, Et, 41-8.50; 2. Tess Weaver, SW, 38-9.75; 3. Bailey Groves, War, 37-7.75; 4. Madison Montalto, Sol, 37-4.50; 5. Ameleah Moyer, Car, 37-1; 6. Erica Carter, MH, 36-7; 7. Jessie Wallace, Muhl, 36-4; 8. Laura Wissler, PM, 36-1.50.

Discus: 1. Sarah Fairbanks, Et, 128-2; 2. Jessie Wallace, Muhl, 119-2; 3. Courtney

Wolf, NOx, 13-3; 4. Brittany Roberts, Nor, 113-2; 5. Chrissy Rickert, Hemp, 113-2; 6. Megan Haines, PM, 110-6; 7. Jackie Downey, EP, 110-3; 8. Holly Arey, SW, 108-5. More GROVES, page B-5