Indoor Athletics: Event Wins, Top Scores Highlight Holiday Calendar | High school


The indoor athletics season picked up during the holidays. Here are a few remarks:

Tirko does a triple jump

Senior Nordic Rebecca Tirko won the triple jump in the red division at the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival on December 27 in Staten Island, New York. 34ft, 7in Tirko’s best personal score helped her beat a pair of Hunterdon Central High School (New Jersey) jumpers with Olivia Shalley (34-2.5) and Noreen Hussain (33-6) . Tirko was also fifth in the Red Division’s long jump (15-2).

Tirko was ninth in the long jump and 10th in the triple jump at the Mid-Penn Championships last spring.

Pole vault prowess

Breckin Swope of East Pennsboro won the pole vault event at the Franklin & Marshall High School Holiday Invitational on December 28. Swope climbed 13-foot-7, passing Gov. Mifflin’s Jacob Engle (12-6) and Cory Engle (12-0). On the girls side, Trinity’s Adeline Woodward cleared 11-0 to finish second behind Elizabeth Tapper of Hempfield (11-6). Red Land’s Marlayna Concannon (fourth, 10-6) and East Pennsboro’s Delaney Beigh (sixth, 9-6) also finished among the top outfielder.

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In the VaultWorX game on Friday, Swope cleared 14-0 to finish second behind Justin Rogers (16-1) of Hershey on the boys’ side while Beigh and Woodward cleared 11-3 to dominate the field.

Also at the F&M Invitational, Ella Letersky of East Pennsboro was fourth in the triple jump (31-4). Her teammate, Amya Sopp, was sixth in the shot put (32-6.5). In the boys’ shot put, Josh Angelo was fifth (41-9.75) for East Pennsboro, and Elijah McKell of the Panthers was sixth in the 800 meters (2: 12.91).

Always on top

Ally Richwine of Carlisle’s 5-foot, 4-inch high jump margin is still the best bar in Pennsylvania for the indoor season, according to the MileSplit Girl Rankings. Wade Shomper of Cumberland Valley, who clocked a record-breaking school indoor shot put of 54-4.75 in the Dec. 15 meeting at State College, has the state’s best score of the season according to the ranking of boys.

Tim Gross is the sports writer for The Sentinel and cumberlink.com. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at: @ByTimGross


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