Mueller, Lucas advance to States DISTRICT THREE CHAMPIONSHIPS (at Shippensburg) Girls AAA Boys AAA

By on May 22, 2013

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BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor

, Staff Writer



Photo by Bruce Morganâ?©Warwick track and field athletes who won District medals last weekend were (left to right) Rachel Mueller, Ben Mueller, David Lucas and Sheridan McNeill.

Warwick senior Ben Mueller wasn’t overly thrilled with his 1,600 time at the District Three Triple-A Track and Field Championships last Saturday.

Still his fifth-place finish in 4:21.12 was good enough to qualify him to the State Championships for the first time.

Sophomore David Lucas will accompany him to Shippensburg University this Friday and Saturday after riding a consistent effort in the boys Triple-A discus to a fourth-place medal with a throw of 154 feet, 8 inches.

"I felt pretty good with it," he said. "It wasn’t my best. I’ve thrown further before, but for the sake of doing what I needed to do at Districts to get into States, I’m very happy."

Junior Rachel Mueller came agonizingly close to giving Warwick a third State qualifier. While she finally achieved her goal of breaking the 2:20 barrier in the girls 800, her time of 2:18.7 was just a fraction off of the State qualifying standard of 2:18.47.

Freshman Sheridan McNeill rounded Warwick’s medalists at the District Three Championships, moving up from the 17th seed in the girls high jump to tie for seventh place after clearing the bar at 5-0.

Ben Mueller was the number-five seed in the 1,600, and although he shaved more than six seconds off of his time at the L-L Championships (4:27.64), it was slightly off the pace he set at the earlier West Chester Henderson Invitational (4:20.02).

"It was like a second off (from my time at Henderson) … you want to be getting a second faster, not a second slower," Mueller said. "But I got to States, so I’ll take it."

The Warwick senior felt like he got a good start to the race, running in the fifth position after the first lap in a split of 63 seconds. But he dipped slightly as the top four competitors gained some separation. Mueller then finished strong in a time of 64 seconds to wrap up fifth place and his first trip to States.

"My second and third laps again were a little slower, kinda like at Leagues," said Mueller, a two-time qualifier for the PIAA State Cross Country Championships. "They weren’t as slow as they were at Leagues. I came home strong again, but I just got to get those middle laps down for States and I should be good to go."

Mueller has the 16th seed in the 1,600 heading into Friday’s trials. In addition to going for a spot in Saturday’s finals, Mueller also has Ed Nixdorf’s school record of 4:19.90, set at the District Championships in 1966, within his sights.

"That’s exciting getting a chance to go up and hopefully get a couple more races," said Mueller, who barely missed qualifying for States in the 3,200 last year.

Looking back at his fifth-place finish at Districts, Mueller said he was "pretty happy" with how things unfolded.

"I could’ve done better, but you always have that," Mueller said. "Unless you win and set a huge PR, you always want to do a little bit better. But as far as my place, I was pretty satisfied with that. It got me to States and stuff. My time, it was close to my PR, so I wasn’t terribly disappointed. I mean, I would’ve been happier with getting a PR and getting under 4:20 for the first time, but hopefully I can do that this weekend."

If Lucas gets a PR in the discus at States, he would also shatter his own school record again. The Warwick sophomore fell a little short of that mark (156-3) on Saturday, but he liked the fact that he was throwing with consistency. Four of his six throws at Districts landed at 150 feet or more.

"I was feeling pretty good," Lucas said. "The throws weren’t ideally what I was looking for at the District meet. But one thing that I have to say I definitely liked about it is I was consistent with my throws."

Lucas’ mindset going into his first District competition was to relax and just let the throws happen.

"I thought the most important thing at Districts was just to take a deep breath," he said. "I knew that there were a lot of people there. District Three is one of the biggest Districts in the State, so I knew if I just take some time, relax, settle myself and just go through what I’ve been training on all year long, that big throws are going to come. So with the 154, I’m not going to complain."

After fouling left sector on his first throws, his next throw of 154-7 was good enough to get him into the finals. Lucas then improved that heave by an inch while clinching the fourth-place medal with a 154-8. That was less than five feet from the gold-medalist, Hempfield’s Tanner Unger, who threw 159-6.

"I was happy with fourth," Lucas remarked. "Five feet separated first place through fourth place, so you can’t really say that this thrower was so much better than this thrower, or first is so much better than third, because it was so close. It was a really good competition. I knew coming into it that it was going to come down to those feet and inches between everyone."

Only a foot or two separated Rachel Mueller from punching her ticket to States, missing the State qualifying standard of 2:18.47 by a mere 33-hundredths of a second. Still, she moved up from the 17th seed and dropped three seconds from her time to win an eighth-place medal.

"It was kinda bittersweet almost," Mueller said, "because I just missed (qualifying for States) by, like, a couple tenths of a second. So that kinda stunk, but going into it I wasn’t sure if I was going to medal or not. So it was definitely cool grabbing a medal."

Mueller was competing in the slower of two heats, but she executed the game plan perfectly win the race and get herself into the medal picture.

I talked with coach Nixdorf beforehand and he wanted me to just go out with the leaders – don’t take it out crazy because you don’t want to die," Mueller said. "He wanted me to maintain contact with everyone for 400 and then with 200 left, he said, ‘I just want you to go with everything you have.’ He wanted me to run to win the race to obviously. The goal was to hit that qualifying standard, which I didn’t do. But we were still really happy with my performance. It felt good."

She overtook Mechanicsburg freshman Megan Hansfield (11th, 2:19.63) with 300 meters to go, and then she held off Hamburg junior Karlie Heistand (10th, 2:19.58) to capture top honors in the heat.

"It was kinda cool to come out of the slow heat and get a medal," Mueller said. "But at the same time, I was that close, so it’s kinda frustrating. I was happy with my time. I’ve been working for a long time to try to break 2:20 and I couldn’t, so finally I did … I’ve been running (the 800) since freshman year, and last year, I think I got it down to like a 2:23. This year it was kinda like my main goal to try to get into the teens. So it was nice to finally be able to do that."

For McNeill, it was definitely nice to come home with a medal in her first District meet, particularly going into it as the 17th seed (5-1).

"I’m very excited," McNeill said after climbing off the medal stand. "Honestly, I was seeded 17th, so coming in, if someone had told me that (I’d win a medal), I probably wouldn’t have believed them. I didn’t even expect to get a medal at all. It was a very good day."

The competition certainly started off very well for McNeill, who cleared 4-10 and 5-0 on her first attempts.

"This was the first time I cleared 4-10 as the starting height," she said. "I went to Henderson and I didn’t clear it on my first try, so going in and being able to clear it on my first try, it was like a big boost of confidence."

From there McNeill went on to 5-2 and while she wasn’t quite able to get over that height, she felt like she was close a couple times.

"The first two jumps, I could kinda feel my shoulder hit it," she said. "The last one I think I was closer than the first two, but I wasn’t too worried about it because I’ve made 5-1 before. It was kinda like, I was going to make it or I wasn’t, that kind of thing."

3,200: 1. M. Clahane, Cumb. Val., 10:55.87; 2. C. Group, Cham., 11:01.62; 3. G. Lindsley, PM, 11:03.39; 4. G. Broschard, Her., 11:04.74; 5. K. Ibarra, CY, 11:06.24; 6. M. Salvo, Palm., 11:12.11.

Discus: 1. J. Wallace, Wilson, 129-10; 2. H. Arey, S. Weston, 127-10; 3. J. Downey, E. Penns., 123-3; 4. J. Ruth, Kutz., 120-6; 5. H. Glover, S. Weston, 118-4; 6. C. Lochbaum, Getty., 110-9.

Shot Put: 1. E. Stauffer, Coc., 40-7 1/2; 2. J. Ruth, Kutz., 38-1 1/2; 3. S. Sweigart, CC, 38-1 1/4; 4. J. Wallace, Wilson, 37-1 1/2; 5. S. Green, CV, 36-6 1/4; 6. G. Glackin, Sol., 36-6.

Long Jump: 1. R. Marshay, Chamb., 19-3 3/4; 2. C. Virgo, Fleet., 18-4 1/4; 3. R. Roesler, Carl., 18-1; 4. K. Liebl, Eph., 17-7 1/4; 5. R. DeCecco, Cumb. Val., 17-6 3/4; 6. A. Brunner, CD East, 17-2.

High Jump: 1. C. Virgo, Fleet., 5-7; 2. R. Kline, Palm., 5-4; 3. E. Miller, Wilson, 5-4; 4. L. Harnish, Wayn., 5-3; 5. A. Camel, Getty., 5-2; 6. C. Mowen, Wayn., 5-3.

300 Hurdles: 1. M. Witmer, Eph, 42.11; 2. R. DeCecco, CuV, 43.89; 3. H. Williams, GS, 44.52; 4. E. Wallace, LD, 45.09; 5. H. Rolls, Wbo, 45.17; 6. B. Beleski, CD, 45.48.

3,200 Relay: 1. Palmyra, 9:13.65; 2. Hershey, 9:22.94; 3. Chambersburg, 9:25.82; 4. Governor Mifflin, 9:26.97; 5. Cumberland Valley, 9:30.55; 6. Hempfield, 9:30.98.

100: 1. L. Mooradian, SW, 12.50; 2. J. Mitchell, MH, 12.65; 3. N. Petit Ton, GS, 12.71; 4. D. Bland, Hmp, 12.84; 5. S. Hinton, MH, 12.85; 6. A. Herman, Susq, 12.89.

100 Hurdles: 1. S. Brabham-Lawrence, Hbg, 15.00; 2. E. Wallace, LD, 15.18; 3. R. DeCecco, CuV, 15.30; 4. H. Williams, GS, 15.67; 5. A. Camel, Get, 15.72; 6. S. Shaw, SW, 15.73.

1,600: 1. G. Lindsley, PM, 4:56.41; 2. T. Mundell, GM, 4:58.67; 3. M. Clahane, CuV, 4:59.33; 4. M. Ledgett, Car, 5:01.93; 5. J. Sellers, LS, 5:05.97; 6. D. Peters, MC, 5:06.77.

400: 1. S. Dantzler, Wil, 56.97; 2. K. Gould, CCl, 57.78; 3. M. Newman, MT, 58.02; 4. K. Farr, Don, 58.15; 5. N. Garns, GA, 58.62; 6. G. Lytz, BC, 58.83.

400 Relay: 1. South Western, 48.54; 2. Milton Hershey, 49.08; 3. William Penn, 49.13; 4. Susquehanna Township, 49.36; 5. Hempfield, 49.57; 6. Cedar Cliff, 49.61.

800: 1. L. Nolan, Her, 2:12.52; 2. M. Newman, MT, 2:14.43; 3. L. Barnes, CuV, 2:15.83; 4. J. Sellers, LS, 2:15.96; 5. K. Dembrowski, Pal, 2:16.00; 6. M. Clahane, CuV, 2:16.56.

200: 1. S. Dantzler, Wil, 25.22; 2. L. Mooradian, SW, 25.49; 3. A. Herman, Susq, 25.75; 4. K. Liebl, Eph, 26.03; 5. S. Hinton, MH, 26.08; 6. K. Gable, CCr, 26.40.

1,600 Relay: 1. Cedar Cliff, 3:56.99; 2. Central Dauphin, 3:58.33; 3. Wilson, 3:58.93; 4. Palmyra, 3:59.22; 5. Ephrata, 3:59.73; 6. Chambersburg, 4:01.69.

Pole Vault: 1. K. Shank, Nor, 12-00; 2. E. Winters, Leb, 11-06; 3. E. Harman, SoW, 11-00; 4. K. Gould, CCl, 11-00; 5(t). D. Poletti, Hmp, B. Warrington, SG, 11-00.

Triple Jump: 1. R. Ryan, Chm, 40-09 3/4; 2. R. Roesler, Car, 36-05 1/2; 3. E. Harman, SoW, 36-04 1/2; 4. S. Dantzler, Wil, 36-00 1/2; 5. C. Davis, Hmp, 35-09 3/4; 6. S. Kosenske, CmV, 35-03 3/4.

Javelin: 1. S. Sievers, DB, 131-03; 2. T. Heisey, Etw, 127-11; 3. M. George, GS, 124-07; 4. C. Hartman, Eph, 124-00; 5. J. Downey, EP, 123-00; 6. A. Myers, RL, 122-00.

TOP 10 TEAM SCORING (KEY): 1. Wilson (Wil) 57; 2. South Western (SoW) 55; 3. Cumberland Valley (CmV) 52; 4. Chambersburg (Chm) 38; 5. Ephrata (Eph) 31; 6. Palmyra (Pal) 30; 6. Cedar Cliff (CCl) 30; 8. Garden Spot (GS) 25; 8. Hershey (Her) 25; 10. Milton Hershey (MiH) 24; 11. Hempfield (Hmp) 19a-x.

3,200: 1. V. Todaro, Big Spr., 9:18; 2. Z. Brehm, Carl., 9:18.45; 3. J. Groh, L. Dau., 9:23.08; 4. C. Conrad-Kline, Palm., 9:27.85; 5. C. Nissley, L. Dau., 9:28.21; 6. C. Corcoran, J. Buch., 9:32.72.

Javelin: 1. C. Proffitt, MC, 196-6; 2. J. Janis, Coc., 191-1; 3. D. Crouse, Littlestown, 184-7; 4. T. Carey, Ship., 183-7; 5. C. Sheaffer, W. Perry, 174-8; 6. L. Knouse, W. Perry, 173-11.

Triple Jump: 1. R. Henderson, YCST, 47-0 3/4; 2. I. Paschall, Carl., 46-1 1/2; 3. D. Cherry, Carl., 45.5 3/4; 4. K. Wansel, Getty., 44-10 1/4; 5. K. Quinn, CD East, 44-7 1/2; 6. A. Keita, Reading, 44-6 1/4.

Pole Vault: 1. T. Moses, Palm., 16-0; 2. D. Moyniham, K-D, 15-9; 3. D. DiAngelis, N. Leb., 14-9; 4. Z. Norman, Leb., 14-3; 5. D. Smith, Red Lion, 13-9; 6. D. Neiswender, CC, 13-9.

300 Hurdles: 1. J. Stone, CY, 37.63; 2. K. Williams, Cham, 38.39; 3. J. Maloney, Wil, 38.67; 4. D. Jackson, Hbg, 39.35; 5. J. McKeith, TV, 39.68; 6. M. Weaver, Mitchell, CCr, 39.85.

3,200 Relay: 1. Cumberland Valley, 7:48.52; 2. Carlisle, 7:52.45; 3. Red Lion, 7:55.93; 4. Governor Mifflin, 7:57.87; 5. Central Dauphin, 7:58.30; 6. Hershey, 7:58.74.

100: 1. X. Smith, DB, 10.96; 2. J. Brooks, Wil, 10.97; 3. J. Kent, Hbg, 11.01; 4. P. Herndon, KD, 11.24; 5. N. Hill, TV, 11.27; 6. J. Vedilago, NL, 11.30.

110 Hurdles: 1. J. Stone, CY, 14.68; 2. I. Short, MH, 14.75; 3. C. Post, CV, 14.86; 4. M. Parsons, GS, 15.22; 5. D. Santos, Hmp, 15.22; 6. T. Sloan, MH, 15.41.

1,600: 1. V. Todaro, BiS, 4:13.47; 2. H. Schettler, PM, 4:15.31; 3. J. Groh, LD, 4:16.90; 4. X. Sauvageau, Lit, 4:20.95; 5. B. Mueller, War, 4:21.12; 6. C. Nissley, LD, 4:21.41.

400: 1. J. Brooks, Wil, 47.94; 2. J. Vedilago, NL, 49.08; 3. P. Hughey, JB, 49.27; 4. L. Robinson-Swinson, MH, 49.35; 5. J. Stone, CY, 49.56; 6. J. Poore, Wil, 49.83.

400 Relay: 1. Harrisburg, 42.41; 2. Carlisle, 42.82; 3. Milton Hershey, 43.00; 4. Cedar Crest, 43.10; 5. Cumberland Valley, 43.26; 6. Wilson, 43.32.

800: 1. A. Kunzweiler, CuV, 1:51.68; 2. W. Sankey, DB, 1:55.36; 3. Z. Brehm, Car, 1:55.46; 4. A. Coburn, CuV, 1:56.61; 5. J. Brodeur, Her, 1:57.93; 6. R. Wolf, Mech, 1:58.09.

200: 1. X. Smith, DB, 22.36; 2. J. Brooks, Wil, 22.39; 3. L. Robinson-Swinson, MH, 22.70; 4. J. Vedilago, NL, 22.77; 5. E. Schmalhofer, CV, 22.79; 6. N. Bailey, CuV, 22.94.

1,600 Relay: 1. Wilson, 3:21.77; 2. Milton Hershey, 3:22.96; 3. Central Dauphin, 3:23.48; 4. ELCO, 3:24.04; 5. Cumberland Valley, 3:24.53; 6. Daniel Boone, 3:24.85.

Shot Put: 1. A. Novalin, Y, 53-0 3/4; 2. M. Shigo, Flt, 52-4 3/4; 3. Z. Collins, CCl, 51-8 1/4; 4. T. Unger, Hmp, 51-7 1/2; 5. T. Hoag, MC, 50-3; 6. A. Paterno, Wbo, 50-0.

Discus: 1. T. Unger, Hmp, 159-6; 2. M. Shigo, Flt, 157-7; 3. D. Weidenhammer, Wil, 155-4; 4. D. Lucas, War, 154-8; 5. M. Disbrow, NL, 148-6; 6. B. Gates, Dt, 146-8.

High Jump: 1. T. Ballenger, McC, 6-6; 2. I. Short, MH, 6-6; 3. S. Evans, Coc, 6-4; 4. M. Mahan, GS, 6-4; 4. T. Kirkpatrick, G-A, 6-4; 6. A. Winstead, CDE, 6-0.

Long Jump: 1. I. Short, MH, 22-1 1/2; 2. T. Ballenger, McC, 21-8 1/2; 3. J. Poore, Wil, 21-7 1/4; 4. K. Worthington, DB, 21-7; 5. A. Haas, GS, 21-6 1/2; 6. A. Viruet, PM, 20-11 3/4.

TOP 10 TEAM SCORING (KEY): 1. Wilson (Wil) 61; 2. Milton Hershey (MH) 56; 3. Carlisle (Car) 46; 4. Daniel Boone (DB) 38; 5. Cumberland Valley (CmV) 36; 6. Northern Lebanon (NL) 26; 7. Central York (CY) 24; 8. Harrisburg (Hbg) 22; 9. J.P. McCaskey (McC) 21; 9. Lower Dauphin (LD) 21; 11. Hempfield (Hmp) 20.

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