Knights, Eagles ready for Class AA districts

It’s now or never for a few select members of the Youngsville and Eisenhower track teams.

The Eagles and Knights will send athletes to the District 10 Class AA Meet Saturday at Harbor Creek High School with D10 titles – and more importantly, a trip to states – up for grabs.

First- and second-place finishers automatically earn a spot in the PIAA State Championship field regardless of time or distance, but those who hit the state-qualifying standard in their respective events also move on.

The closest to a qualifying mark is Eisenhower sophomore Emily McJunkin in the high jump. McJunkin is seeded fourth, but the top five seeds in Class AA all enter the competition with a best jump of 5-0. McJunkin tied Iroquois’ first-seed Shelby Olson at 5-0 in a regular season meet, though Olson won by using one fewer attempt to clear the bar. State qualifying height for girls’ high jump is set at 5-2.

Apprille Seamens is seeded eighth in the pole vault at 8-6 after breaking the school record by nearly a foot this season. In only her second year competing in the event, the junior finds herself in a loaded field with three vaulters who have cleared the state mark of 10-6.

Ike senior Tim Lange is a high seed in two events – the 110 and 300 hurdles. Lange is seventh in the 110 at 16.44 and sixth in the 300 at 42.49.

For Youngsville, Nathan Wilcox is seeded seventh in the javelin and Brooklyn Messinger is eighth in the 3200. Wilcox placed sixth at districts last year while his brother Mitch finished second and advanced to the state meet. Wilcox is also seeded 10th in the shot put and 15th in discus.

Messinger is only a freshman, but she has already competed at the state level for the Lady Eagles’ cross country team in the fall. She is also seeded 18th in the mile run.

Other Warren County competitors include the Lady Eagles’ ninth-seeded 4-by-800 relay team of Messinger, Leah McCluskey, Leigh Fehlman and Piper Olson; Eisenhower’s 13th-seeded 4-by-800 team of Kate Daugharthy, Alecia Straight, Mariel Clark, and Erica Littlefield; Andy Lalwani, seeded 17th in the 110 hurdles and 16th in the 300 hurdles; Mallory Eastman, seeded 13th in the 100 hurdles and 20th in the 300 hurdles; Tiffany Work, seeded 24th in the 100 hurdles and 14th in the high jump; Matt Fox, seeded 23rd in the 100-meter dash and 11th in the 200; Julia Bauer, seeded 19th in the 1600 and 22nd in the 800; Randy Buchanan, seeded 20th in the 400; Jacob Lauffenburger, seeded 30th in the 400, the Lady Knights’ 12th-seeded 4-by-100 team of Tiffany Work, Nikki Dubyne, Lacey Stanko, and Apprille Seamens; Jason Adams, seeded 19th in the 300 hurdles; Noah VanHouten, seeded 23rd in the 300 hurdles and 21st in the triple jump; Sidney Wallin, seeded 25th in the 300 hurdles, Leigh Fehlman, seeded 23rd in the 800, Devin VanGuilder, seeded 17th in the 3200; Piper Olsen, seeded 12th in the 3200; Eisenhower’s 16th-seeded 4-by-400 relay team of Adams, Lange, VanHouten, and Buchanan; the Lady Knights’ 14th-seeded 4-by-400 team of Stanko, McJunkin, Bauer, and Seamens; Madi Marino, seeded 11th in the high jump; Solomon Clark, seeded 28th in the long jump; Lydia Swartzbaugh, seeded 20th in the long jump and 15th in the triple jump; Holly Chapman, seeded 23rd in the long jump and 11th in the triple jump; Kate Daugharthy, seeded 24th in the triple jump; and Sam Anthony, seeded 10th in the shot put and 11th in discus.

The District 10 Class AA Meet is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Harbor Creek’s Paul J. Weitz Stadium. The remainder of Wednesday’s Class AAA Meet will follow with several Warren athletes left to compete.