Record-Setting Weekend

By on May 16, 2018
Cocalico’s Jamie Zamrin (front) kicks to the finish ahead of Warwick’s Kate Dickow to win in a meet record time of 10:51.76. Photo by Denise Mitchell

Cocalico’s Jamie Zamrin (front) kicks to the finish ahead of Warwick’s Kate Dickow to win in a meet record time of 10:51.76. Photo by Denise Mitchell

Local athletes win six total golds, Zamrin sets L-L mark

Jamie Zamrin had no time to relax Friday in what turned out to be a historic 3200 race at the L-L League Track Meet at Hempfield.

The accomplished Cocalico senior, who has three L-L cross country titles to her credit but had yet to win an L-L League gold medal, knew that no matter what, she had to keep the lead.

And that’s exactly what she did, holding off a charging Kate Dickow of Warwick and Gwyneth Young of Cedar Crest in the final lap to claim her first gold in a record-setting time of 10:51.76. In fact, all three runners broke the previous L-L League record set by Emily Kruger of Lampeter-Strasburg in 2003 as Dickow took second in 10:56.02 while Young was third in 10:57.91.

“ It’s phenomenal,” Zamrin said of breaking the record. “I honestly didn’t know what the record was until I looked at the seedings. It was 11:03 and I was like, ‘I can actually run that.’ I was just so excited. When I came in I was just like smiling and I was ready to warm-up, ready to go. And the whole race I was thinking, just don’t get out of first. Just stay here and I did. It’s amazing to actually get a record…it’s so exciting.”

It was an exciting weekend for a number of local athletes as six gold medals were won by Ephrata (4) and Cocalico combined (2). In addition to Zamrin, senior Mackenzie Hainley earned her second gold medal in the javelin. As for Ephrata, ninth-seeded Andrew Foster ran a PR of 9:28.80 to capture gold in the boys 3200 race. Foster added a second gold Saturday as a member of the Mounts’ 4 X 800 team, along with AJ Morales, Tanyon Loose and Tyler Shue. That foursome breezed to the title with a time of 8:02.30. Shue also won an individual title of his own, claiming the 800 with a new EHS school record time of 1:54.87.

And the final Ephrata win came from senior Elie Basenga, who took home the title in the high jump with a leap of 6-4.

In the team race, the Ephrata boys took third place overall with 67 points, while the Section Two champion Ephrata girls also finished in the top five, placing fifth with a score of 53.

Like Zamrin, Foster was in a fight to the finish with Conestoga Valley’s Nathan Grucelski. The CV junior, who was neck and neck with Foster for most of the race, surged ahead around the final turn. However, Foster had one more push in him and passed Grucelski down the stretch to claim the gold.

“I know these guys and they are all so strong,” Foster said of his competitors. “I knew I’d just have to fight to the end. The entire race I knew (Grucelski) would be there. I knew he had a great season but I just had to fight him out till the end.”

In Saturday’s 4 X 800, it was less of a struggle for the top-seeded Mounts. Morales got out to a quick lead, Foster summoned up enough energy to maintain that lead, Loose then gave Shue the baton with the Mounts still out in front, before the sophomore closed it out, cruising in well ahead of the pack to bring home the title.

“Today was actually the first time I ever led off the 4 X 8 in recent years, but I was just confident in my ability so I just thought I’ll just run my race,” Morales said of the start. “I knew I could run fast, so I just did that. It was simple.”

Foster said he just wanted to set up his teammates for the finish.

“I knew I couldn’t let the guys down but with 500 to go I was really starting to feel that two mile from Friday,” he said. “I just tried to hang in the race.”

He did that, and Loose said he just wanted to maintain the advantage.

“I was just trying to put Tyler in a good spot to close out the race,” Loose said.

With Shue running anchor, the race was pretty much over when he got the baton with the lead.

“I knew that I had two more races today so I got out quick and got a pretty big lead and then with about 150 left I just cruised to try to maintain some energy for the rest of the day.”

It worked. Shue, along with Morales, went out and finished one-two in the 800. Shue posted his PR run with Morales getting his silver in a time of 1:57.75.

As for Basenga, the reigning champ in the high jump, he was not thrilled with his performance. But although a bum ankle hindered him, he was able to do enough to repeat as champion.

“I was expecting more,” he said. “The hurdles kind of messed up my ankle, but I got first place and I am proud of myself. Everyone was expecting a lot from me today. A lot of people came to watch, therefore I knew I had to do good. I didn’t want to let them down. Having people tell you that you can do it really helps a lot. And the fact that I got first place, I think they’ll be happy.”

One person that was definitely happy was Cocalico senior Hainley, who won her second javelin title of her career and first since her freshman season. Hainley uncorked a throw of 131-7 to beat silver medalist Kandice Liebl of Ephrata (118-3) and third-place finisher Joeleen Wakefield of Columbia (106-9).

“This is definitely the most consistent I’ve been in high school,” Hainley told LNP’s Tim Gross following her win.

As for Hainley’s teammate Zamrin, running out in front of the pack in the 3200 was key to her win.

“I always sprint out in the first 100 meters and I knew I’d be OK there,” she said. “It’s mostly in the middle laps, four, five six, I don’t want people to pass me so that was definitely tough because I could feel somebody on my right side the entire time. I could feel the elbow…I knew I had to keep going, so every time I felt that elbow just kind of touch mine, I’d just surge ahead two steps. I just wanted to stay in front, and I was able to keep that up.”

And now she can call herself an L-L Track champion.

“(Winning the race) is amazing,” she continued. “My freshman year I was second by a second in the mile, so ever since then I was like, ‘I’m going to get a league title,’ but it hasn’t been nearly as easy as I thought it would be. Everyone is so talented, so to finally get it this year is just amazing. I’m in awe of what just happened.”

In addition to the gold medals won by Hainley and Zamrin, several other Cocalico athletes reached the medal stand this weekend.

In boy’s action, Brad Heck placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 179-3. The Cocalico 4 X 100 relay team of Garrett Longenecker, Moses Madison, Jake Musselman and Austin Landers turned in a personal record time of 44:15 to place fifth. Cocalico’s 4 X 800 team of Evan Kreider, Nick Stauffer, Dylan Becker and Musselman also set a PR of 8:15.76 to capture fifth place honors.

And Brock Gingrich had a PR throw of 47-2 to take sixth place in the shot put.

Also setting personal records without claiming a medal were: Madison in the 100 (11.50); Musselman in the 400 (51.20); and Joe Zimmerman in the 300 hurdles (41.96).

On the girls’ side, Katie Carrasco took fifth place in the discus with a heave of 107-2, while Zamrin also brought home the fourth-place medal in the 1600 with a time of 5:08.43. In addition, Olivia Sensenig earned sixth place in the long jump (16-00.50) while Carrasco added a second medal, placing seventh in the shot put with a PR throw of 35-01.50.

Others setting PRs without winning a medal were: Kaia Martz in both the 100 (12.90) and 400 (1:01.81); Sensenig in the triple jump (32-11.25); Ashley Derr in the 800 (2:40.17); and the girls 4 X 100 relay team of Saige Musser, Maddie Mattos, Cali Lunsford and Martz, who finished with a time of 52.74.

In addition to Ephrata’s gold medalists, a slew of its athletes earned medals in a number of events.

On the boys’ side, Morales got his second place in the 800 next to Shue, while the boys 4 X 400 relay of Ben Kamide, Shue, Stefano Astudillo and Morales ran a PR time of 3:27.71 to capture fifth place.

In the field, Basenga added to his gold medal in the high jump with a sixth-place medal in the triple jump (41-10.50). Dawsen Miller reached 13-0 in the pole vault to claim third place while also finishing third was Jordan Zahm, who got the bronze in the discus with a throw of 132-11.

In girls’ action, sprinter Jennie Young earned a pair of medals individually, placing fourth in the 100 (12.77) and sixth in the 200 (25.89). Mary Campbell set one of three school records to fall on the day as she took fifth place in the 1600 with a PR time of 5:10.65. The other school mark that fell, in addition to Campbell and Shue came in pole vault where Sarah Megivern broke her own mark with a PR of 11-6 to capture fourth place.

In addition to Liebl’s silver medal performance in the javelin, Jenna Raezer claimed second place as well in the shot put with a PR throw of 38-5.

Maddie Martin earned sixth in the 100 (12.93); Faith Hershberger was seventh in the long jump (16-1.25) and eighth in the triple jump (34-0); Sydney Morgan took seventh in the 800 (2:27.05) and Alexus Clayton earned sixth place in the discus (107-0).

Finally, the girls 4 X 400 relay squad of Young, Martin, Baileigh Andrews and Campbell turned in a PR time of 4:04.10 to place fourth. And the 4 X 100 team of Olivia Myer, Maddie Martin, Young and Tamyra Martin grabbed fifth place with a time of 51.19.

Non-medal winners from Ephrata who set PRs on the day included: (Boys) Basenga in the 110 hurdles (16.10); Ray Truex in the 1600 (4:46.73); (Girls) Kayley Eshleman in the 300 hurdles (51.42); and Alyssa Fedorshak in both the 1600 (5:23.41) and 3200 (11:42.62).

Up next, both Cocalico and Ephrata will send a number of athletes to the District Three Meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University. Action begins Friday at 2 p.m., and will resume Saturday at 9 a.m.

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