Hoag leads Central at L-L Meet
After claiming the Section Two crown during the regular season, the Manheim Central boys track and field team went into last weekend’s Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships looking to bring home some individual hardware.
Led by Tyler Hoag’s gold medal in the boys shot put, the Barons captured eight medals and earned a solid fourth-place finish in the team standings 47 points at Hempfield High School last Friday and Saturday.
“I felt good about our performance on Saturday,” MC skipper Shane Adams said. “We did very well overall as a team. The League Meet was more about our athletes performing and focusing on individual performances.”
Senior Lauree Wiegand paced the Lady Barons by taking two medals in the jumping events — fifth in the long jump (15-10!-W) and sixth in the high jump (4-10).
It was Hoag, though, who led the charge.
Seeded No. 1 in the shot put with a throw of 51-8, the Barons’ sophomore nearly equaled that effort by heaving a first-place throw of 50-4#-R. That was less than a foot ahead of silver-medalist Alex Wilson (49-10!-R), of Garden Spot.
“This was great see,” Adams said. “Tyler woks hard and has performed all season for us.”
Hoag wasn’t done there.
He also took fourth in both the discus (137-11) and javelin (165-0). Hoag was less than three feet away from a bronze medal in the discus, where Columbia’s Vanyel Leytham-Peterson took third place at 140 feet, 5 inches.
“Tyler is very talented in the throws,” Adams said. “It was great to see him medal in all three.”
Coming on the heels of Cole Proffitt’s march last year to the State javelin gold, Hoag’s success further strengthens the Barons’ solid reputation in the throwing events.
“I think our program is starting to excel in throws and it is exciting to watch,” Adams said. “We have been fortunate to have athletes who are good throwers and work toward being even better throwers. Our throwing coach Mike Wise did a great job developing them this season.”
Manheim Central’s distance runners have also developed nicely, as evidenced by their haul on the track last Saturday. Freshman Cole Sunderland took silver in the 1,600 in 4:33.14, senior Nathanael Erk won the bronze in the 800 (2:00.89) and Wade Beamesderfer added a third-place finish in the 400 in a time of 50.76 seconds.
“It was exciting to watch all three place at the L-L League Meet,” Adams said. “All of them have worked extremely hard and have performed all year. Erk and Beamesderfer will be missed after season. Sunderland will be exiting to watch the next three years.”
Certainly, the Barons will miss the versatility that Beamesderfer provided for them this season. The Central senior also scored points in the long jump last weekend, earning a fifth-place medal at 20 feet, 8!-W inches.
“Wade has been a big part of our team this season,” Adams said. “We could put him in a lot of different events and he would have been competitive.”
Manheim Central actually had two athletes atop the medal podium in the long jump, with senior Steve Young winnning the silver medal (21-5#-R). Conestoga Valley senior Justus Norman edged Young for the gold in 22-5#-R.
“(Steve and Wade) have been battling in the long jump all season,” Adams said. “Steve Young is another athlete who had a great season and career.”
Adams could have said the same thing about Wiegand on the girls side. A three-sport star for the Lady Barons, the senior athlete capped her L-L track and field career with medals in the long jump and high jump.
“Lauree is other athlete that we could move around and she would score points in many different events,” Adams said. “It was nice to see her place in both jumps. She has worked hard and puts forth her bets effort everyday. She is a very talented athlete.”
Others adding points for the Manheim Central girls were junior Brigette Fittery, who placed seventh in the javelin (105-11) and sophomore Isabella Agesen, a seventh-place finisher in the long jump (15-4!-R).