Six MC athletes advance

By on May 21, 2014
Manheim Central senior Wade Beamesderfer breaks away from the starting line in the 400 at the District Championships last Saturday. In addition to placing sixth in that event, he claimed a fifth-place medal in the long jump and qualified for States.

Manheim Central senior Wade Beamesderfer breaks away from the starting line in the 400 at the District Championships last Saturday. In addition to placing sixth in that event, he claimed a fifth-place medal in the long jump and qualified for States.

The percentages were off the charts for Manheim Central at last weekend’s District Three Track and Field Championships.

Of the seven MC athletes who competed at Shippensburg University, six qualified for States.

“It doesn’t get any better than that,” Barons’ coach Shane Adams said.

He would get no argument from Central’s long list of medal-winners. Sophomore Tyler Hoag came home with a silver in the shot put (50-8!-W), seniors Austin Hart and Steve Young won bronze in the discus (146-6) and long jump (21-9!-R) respectively, senior Sophie Iosue took fourth in the discus (116-10), while seniors Wade Beamesderfer and Nathanael Erk earned fifth-place medals in the long jump (21-7!-W) and 800 (1:57.54). Erk shattered Rob Wetzler’s school mark in the 800 (1:59.0), set in 1987, while Young broke Beamesderfer’s long jump record (21-8!-W).

In the team standings, the Central boys were sixth with 31 points, while the MC girls finished 32nd with five points.

“It was a pretty successful weekend,” Adams said. “It’s pretty neat to see them qualify.”

Those six athletes will be back at Ship this Friday and Saturday for the PIAA Championships.

For Iosue, she hopes to put her name in the record books in the girls discus. Thanks to her PR effort of 116-10 last Saturday, she now finds herself just five feet away from a 37-year-old school record of 121-11, set by Pat Nauman in 1977.

“Honestly, I really want to break the school record,” Iosue said of her goals at States.

Her focus last Saturday was to extend her season by another week. Seeded 10th in the event with a throw of 115-0, Iosue took a big step in that direction when she reached 111-7 on her second attempt in flight competition. She had company there, with Cumberland Valley’s Charis Lu (111-7) and Cedar Cliff’s Samantha Chubb (111-8) in the same ball park, all of whom advanced to finals.

“I knew that would get me to finals, but I didn’t let myself think about getting a medal because I didn’t want to jinx it or anything,” said Iosue, who will attend Harvard University this fall. “I didn’t want to get ahead of myself.”

Remaining poised, she bounced back from a foul on her first throw in the finals to uncork a 116-10 on her next attempt. That shattered her previous PR of 115-0, set in MC’s dual meet against Elizabethtown on April 11.

“I knew (that throw) felt good,” Iosue said. “I didn’t know it was 116, though. It felt like it was up there. It felt like it was fast, which is what you need … at least for me. I need speed because I’m not as big as a lot of the other throwers.”

As things turned out, it was good enough to earn her a fourth-place medal &tstr; and a trip to States.

“It’s always nice to PR at a big meet like this,” she said. “The goal was to get to States, so fourth was right what I needed.”

Erk could certainly relate as well to the thrill of achieving a PR, as he got a fast start in the 800 and shattered not only his previous best time (1:59.04), but Wetzler’s 27-year-old record.

“I feel absolutely amazing,” he said. “God’s really helped me this whole entire season.”

Asked if he thought that he was capable of PR on Saturday, Erk said, “Honestly, I did. We had a nice week of practice, so it kinda gave me a chance to recover and I just felt it today. I was thinking, ‘If this is my last race, this is how I want it to be run.’”

His strategy included getting a fast start out of the gates. Erk was still in solid position heading through the final turn and he clinched fifth with a solid kick. The top five finishers advanced to States.

“It was definitely a way faster start than I’ve ever had before,” Erk remarked. “I just kinda got pulled along with the group and I stuck with the top four or five guys and the last 100, it was just everything I had left.”

By qualifying for States, he achieved a season-long goal for himself.

“Honestly, it’s like a dream come true,” Erk said. “I still can’t believe it.”

Fleetwood’s Morgan Shigo was believed to be the thrower to beat in the shot put, and he proved that to be the case with a winning heave of 57-8!-W.

Hoag, though, nearly equaled his PR (51-8) while winning the silver medal at 50-8!-W, more than two feet ahead of Donegal’s Bryce Sadler (48-6!-W).

“There was a 50-footer (Cain Resch) from McCaskey, but (Tyler) beat him in the League Meet and that’s where we expected him to finish,” Adams said.

Entering Districts seeded No. 2 in the event, Hoag didn’t disappoint.

“He’s mentally strong and he’s ready to compete,” Adams said. “He’s only a sophomore, so there’s going to be a lot of great things from him in the next two years I think. If you look at the list, I think he’s the top sophomore in our District.”

Beamesderfer is one of the top seniors from the Barons’ Section Two championship team, and he scored points in both the long jump and 400 for Manheim Central last weekend.

Actually the Barons had two athletes in the top five in the long jump with Young (21-9!-R) placing third and Beamesderfer (21-7!-W) taking fifth.

Beamesderfer’s entered the long jump seeded 8th with a distance of 21-8!-R.

“I was very happy,” Beamesderfer said. “I jumped close to my personal best and it was just a good jump for me to have.”

He nearly qualified for States in the 400 as well, but missed the final spot by just one-hundredth of a second. Competing in the first of two heats, his time of 50.75 seconds was just behind West Perry’s Nate Sites, who claimed the fifth and final State berth in 50.74 seconds.

“I was kinda disappointed knowing that I’m a senior and this is my last year,” Beamesderfer said. “I would have liked to have gone to States, but I can’t really argue with how things turned out. I feel like I had a good day today. I didn’t run a time that I was hoping to get, but I still ran a good time.”

“I expected him to be in the top eight and he ran a nice race,” Adams said. “He worked hard all year and I’m glad that he’s coming (to States) for the long jump. That’s the event that he really likes and we expect him to excel there too.”


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