Hotaling Breaks Own 400 Mark at PIAA Championships
Wyalusing Valley’s Jessica Hotaling and Erika Huffman didn’t bring home any medals from the PIAA track and field championships but that didn’t mean the weekend was wasted.
For Hotaling, a senior making her only appearance in Shippensburg, her performance in the Class AA 400 will be etched in Wyalusing Valley’s record.
In her qualifying heat on Friday, Hotaling broke her own school record with a time of 58.50 seconds and missed qualifying for the final by 0.43 seconds.
“I’m happy with my time,” said Hotaling, who finished second in her heat.
Hotaling’s time erased the Wyalusing record of 58.92 she set in winning this year’s District Four meet.
Huffman, a sophomore making the first of what she hopes will be more trips to Shippensburg, started out on a high note.
She was fifth in her heat in the 1600 run.
After running just off the lead through the first lap, she faded back several positions. She started the final lap in fifth and got past a couple of girls on the backstretch, but gave up both spots on the front stretch.
Her time of 5:14.57 was the fastest of the four girls who had to qualify on time for the finals.
Later that afternoon, Huffman had a rough start in her 800 heat—she was spiked and bumped. She jogged it home, finishing tenth in 2:31.14 in hopes of saving energy for the 1600 final.
“I feel bad for my coaches,” she said after the 800.
She smiled when she admitted that she never dreamed at the beginning of the season that she’d be in a position to medal in the 1600.
“I thought I’d be here in the 800,” she said.
In Saturday’s 1600 final, she discovered just how hard it is to compete for a state medal.
Huffman failed to complete the race when, halfway through the first lap, she was running close to the front in the first lane when she was muscled into the infield where she fell. She didn’t return to the race.
Robbins, Gambrell Shine
Northeast Bradford’s Rob Robbins and Athens’ Jarred Gambrell brought home state titles for the Northern Tier League, both in impressive fashion.
Robbins had the longest javelin throw in the U.S. this year with a PIAA Class AA record distance of 221 feet, 6 inches. The senior had a busy morning, completing his three attempts in the triple jump before leaving Seth Grove Stadium for the javelin area.
“I didn’t really expect the 221,” said Robbins, who was the high seed in the event. “It was a great way to end my high school sports career.”
He was 19th in the triple jump with a distance of 40 feet, 9.5 inches.
Gambrell successfully defended his Class AA triple jump title, eclipsing the PIAA record with a leap of 50 feet, 1.75 inches.
He also added a second-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 23 feet, 1.5 inches.
Gambrell was fifth in the 100 dash with a final time of 11.30 seconds.
Towanda, NEB Results
The boys’ 3200 race involved three runners from Northeast Bradford and Towanda, with two bringing home medals.
Northeast Bradford’s Sam Williams finished fourth in 9:34.56. Towanda’s Joel Christian was sixth in 9:36.84. Northeast Bradford’s Curt Jewett, who led the race early, finished 12th in 9:53.39.
Northeast Bradford’s Cody Chaffee was 12th in the discus with a throw of 138 feet, 3 inches.
In the girls’ javelin, Kelsey Carlsen, competing for the Lady Panthers, threw 105 feet, 7 inches to finish 22nd.
Towanda’s 400 relay team of Charlie Kerin, Blake Neilson, Jordan Dawsey and Caleb Willey finished fourth in its heat with a time of 44.19 seconds and failed to advance to the final.
Dawsey also competed in the 200 dash, finishing fifth in his heat with a time of 23.25.
Kylee Sutton, competing in the discus for Towanda, failed to record a distance in her three attempts.
Colley Medals Twice
Tunkhannock’s Gavin Colley ended an impressive spring campaign with two Class AAA medals in the sprints. He was fifth in the 100 finals and placed eighth in the 200.
He was second in Saturday’s 100 semifinal swith a time of 11.10 seconds and ran fifth in the final in 11.11 seconds.
After finishing second in his 200 semifinal in 22.33 seconds, Colley finished eighth in 22.95 seconds.
He won his heat in Friday’s 100 meter trials, with the second-fastest time of 10.91 seconds. In the 200, he was third in his heat with a qualifying time of 22.51.
Colley also ran a leg on the 400 relay team. Colley ran the anchor leg to carry the team to a second-place finish in its heat. However, a time of 43.11 seconds was not enough to get the team into the finals.
Anna Nole finished in a tie for ninth for Tunkhannock in the AAA high jump with a height of 5 feet, 2 inches.
The boys’ 3200 relay finished 14th in qualifying with a time of 8:30.05.
Amanda Hunt failed to qualify in the 200 with a time of 26.78 seconds
Tunkhannock’s Destiny Destasio was 22nd in the pole vault with a height of 9 feet.