Cocalico, EHS girls remain perfect

By on April 8, 2015
Cocalico’s Emily Stauffer (shown here during the Manheim Central meet last week) broke her own school record in the shot put in Tuesday’s win at Solanco. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Cocalico’s Emily Stauffer (shown here during the Manheim Central meet last week) broke her own school record in the shot put in Tuesday’s win at Solanco. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

While there is still plenty of work to be done, it appears at the moment that a lot could be on the line when Cocalico and Ephrata girls track teams meet on the final day of the regular season May 4.

Both teams held serve Tuesday and remained tied atop the Section Two standings with big victories.

At Quarryville Tuesday, Cocalico (3-0 section, 4-0 overall) cleared a big hurdle when the Lady Eagles knocked off previously unbeaten Solanco, 86-64.

Junior Emily Stauffer broke her own school record in the shot put with a throw of 47-5½, eclipsing the mark of 46-4¼ she set two weeks ago. Stauffer added a win in the discus (119-7) while freshman Jamie Zamrin also was a double individual winner, claiming the 1600 (5:20) and 3200 (12:49.8) events.

Other individual winners from Cocalico included: Steph Wahl in the 100 (13.6); Sensenig in the 400 (1:06.2); Katelyn Bollinger in the 800 (2:34.7); Lexi Palm in the (28.2); Megan Gingrich in triple jump (31-3); and Morgan McDevitt in the high jump (4-7).

Cocalico added key wins in the 4X100 (52.9) and 4X400 (4:26) relays.

In Ephrata Tuesday, the Lady Mounts cruised to their fourth-straight victory on the season (third in section play) and 26th-straight overall with an easy 111-39 victory over visiting Garden Spot.

Kelly Liebl led the way for Ephrata, claiming three individual wins in the 100 (12.2), 200 (25.9) and long jump (16-3¼).

Also winning individual events for Ephrata were: Taylor Mahlandt in the 1600 (5:33.3); Megan Mahlandt in the 400 (1:03.2); Jordan Carvell in the 800 (2:32.1); Sydney Morgan in the 3200 (12:35.3); Erica Voigt in the triple jump (32-4); Kay Liebl in the pole vault (8-0); Kenzie Horst in the shot put (29-5½); and Taylor Reider in the javelin (84-10).

Ephrata closed it out with victories in all three relays.

In boys’ action Tuesday, Ephrata won its second meet of the season, defeating the Spartans 99-50.

Mark Njenga led the way with three wins, claiming the high jump (5-10), long jump (18-8½) and triple jump (39-2¼). Jimmy hickey added two wins in the shot put (41-7) and discus (119-2).

Also posting wins for Ephrata included: Zach Lefever in the 1600 (4:58.6); Travis Troutman in the 400 (52.9); Sam Anyona in the 300 hurdles (44.7); Chris Hershberger in the 800 (2:01.5); Nate Becker in the 3200 (10:36.7); and Wesley Morgan in the javelin (121-7½).

Ephrata added wins in the 3200 and 1600 relays as the Mounts improved to 2-1 in Section Two (2-2 overall).

In Quarryville, the Cocalico boys came out on the wrong end of a 112-38 decision.

Stewart Martin won a pair of events for the Eagles to lead the way. Martin captured both the discus (127-1) and javelin (145-11) while Abdul Saad (shot put, 45-5¼) and Cameron Steffy (pole vault, 10-0) also won events for Cocalico.

The Eagles fell to 0-3 in section play (0-4 overall).

Last Thursday at Palmyra, Kelly Liebl won four individual events and set a school record to lift the Ephrata girls to a hard-fought 82-68 non-league win over the Cougars.

Liebl earned victories in the 100 (12.8), 200 (26.1), long jump (15-11½) and 400 (57.2) to pace Ephrata. Her time in the 400 set a new school record, breaking the old mark of 58.01 established by Mary Witmer in 2011.

In addition to Liebl’s exploits, Voigt had her best day of the season with three wins on the afternoon. Voigt won the high hurdles (17.9), 300 hurdles (49.9) and triple jump (32-10).

Carvell ran to victory in the 3200 with a time of 11:36.6, just ahead of teammate Taylor Mahlandt, who finished second in 11:49.2. Incidentally, those two times are the best in the L-L League to date. Kay Liebl also was a winner, claiming the pole vault with a vault of 8-3.

Also of note, Sydney Morgan and Mahlandt placed second and third in the 1600 with identical times of 5:24.4, which is also best in the L-L League.

The final Ephrata win of the day came in the 400 relay where Kay Liebl, Kyra Horst, Jennie Young and Cassie Vaitl ran to victory in a time of 50.6.

On the boys’ side, the Ephrata boys were gunning for their second-straight win but came up just short, falling 77-73 to the Cougars.

Seven different individuals won events for Ephrata. They included: Charlie Warden in the 100 (12.1); Troutman in the 400 (52.0); Dayne Wetzel in the 800 (2:07.8); Hershberger in the 1600 (4:42.5); Becker in the 3200 (9:58.6); Njenga in the high jump (5-10); and Dawsen Miller in the pole vault (9-1).

Ephrata also claimed all three relays on the day.

Cocalico also was in action Thursday with a road meet at Elco. The Cocalico girls captured a 99-51 victory behind 11 different single event winners on the day.

Stauffer led the way with wins in the shot put (43-4½) and discus (89-8). Other winners included: Wahl in the 100 (12.9); Lexi Palm in the 200 (27.4); Bollinger in the 800 (2:39.5); Zamrin in the 1600 (5:40.5); Katie Grobengieser in the 3200 (13:27.4); Gingrich in the 300 hurdles (50.4); Mackenzie Hainley in the javelin (113-4); Cassandra Bean in the long jump (14-5); McDevitt in the high jump (4-8); and Paxton Steffy in the pole vault (8-0).

Cocalico also claimed all three relays to round out the win.

In the boy’s meet, the Eagles dropped a 95-55 decision to the Raiders. Cocalico did have a decent day in the field, winning five events. Martin led the way with two wins, claiming both the discus (127-7) and javelin (155-7). Saad captured the shot put (45-0½) while Arion Dominique won the triple jump (39-4½) and Demetri Whitsett claimed the high jump (5-4).

Up next, both Cocalico and Ephrata return to dual meet action next Monday as the Eagles travel to Lampeter-Strasburg while Ephrata visits Manheim Central. Both meets get underway at 4 p.m.

Ephrata also will compete at the Hempfield Invitational this Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.


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