Stauffer wins two golds to lead Cocalico

By on May 18, 2016
Emily Stauffer of Cocalico tosses her record-setting throw at the L-L League Meet Saturday at Hempfield. Photo by Preston Whitcraft.

Emily Stauffer of Cocalico tosses her record-setting throw at the L-L League Meet Saturday at Hempfield. Photo by Preston Whitcraft.

Emily Stauffer is rounding into form, hoping to reach her full peak two weeks from now at the PIAA State Championships.

This past weekend at the L-L League Meet, the star senior who is headed to the University of Missouri got her post-season off to a strong start.

Friday night, she won the gold in the discus with a throw of 132-9 to easily surpass runner-up Aliyah Striver of McCaskey (112-08). Saturday in shot put, the Lady Eagle senior nearly hit her PR with a throw of 48-3.5 on her way to her second gold of the meet. In addition, that throw broke the meet record of 45-10 set way back in 1981 by McCaskey’s Niecy Houston.

“Emily is in such a great place mentally and physically this spring,” Cocalico Coach Ron Derr said of Stauffer. “To be around her you can tell she is really enjoying the competitions. Last year with the pressure of expectations it seemed at times she was relieved to win and there wasn’t the excitement and thrill of the competition. This year she is just going for it, competing well, and also she is becoming a great cheerleader for not just her teammates but also her competitors as she is excited seeing everyone trying to do well. She has accomplished so many things in her career it is wonderful to know her name will be placed with a league record which could stand for a long time.”

While Stauffer was the lone gold medal winner for Cocalico, both the boys and girls teams performed well. The Cocalico girls finished sixth in the team standings with 60 points while the boys were tied for 11th place with Hempfield as each squad garnered 29 points.

“On an overall basis I was thrilled with the way we performed this past weekend,” Derr said of his team. “Despite not being at full strength our ladies showed they belonged with the top teams in the league in what was an extremely competitive meet. The top eight teams were all within 30 points. We are part of a very balanced and competitive league and really performed well.”

The Cocalico boys team was led by junior Demetri Whitsett, who won a total of four medals on the weekend. Whitsett took fourth place in both the high jump (5-10) and intermediate hurdles (40.37), and grabbed a pair of sixth-place medals in the long jump (21-7.00) and 110 hurdles (15.48).

“Demetri was a points machine for our boys team this past spring and he just loves to compete,” Derr said. “The schedule he chose was a rough one. Friday night he set a goal of medaling in each event in which he was competing. In his typical fashion he really rose to the occasion. Once he ran a best time in the 110 hurdles and qualified for the finals I believe it really gave him some confidence heading to long and high jump. It will be exciting to see what he can accomplish going to an even bigger stage this weekend at districts.”

Senior thrower Abdul Saad also won a pair of medals in a solid field of competitors. He took fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 41-7¼. He also placed fourth in the discus, reaching a distance of 150-9.

On the girls’ side, sophomore Mackenzie Hainley, the defending champ in the javelin, took second place overall with a throw of 114-3.

And sophomore Jamie Zamrin and senior Steph Wahl both collected third-place medals. Zamrin placed third in the mile with a time of 5:15.46, while Wahl shook off a leg injury to grab bronze in the long jump, reaching a season-best distance of 17-9.

“It was such a great feeling to see Steph Wahl place third in the long jump with a season best jump of 17-9 after all she has been through recently,” Derr said. “And Jamie Zamrin, while not having her best race of the year, really battled to pull out a third place finish in the girls 1600 as well.”

Megan Gingrich and Hannah Palm also put together a solid meet this weekend. Gingrich broke her own school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.88 to place fifth. She also ran a solid third leg on the Lady Eagles’ 4X400 relay, which placed sixth with a time of 4:12.12.

That relay also included Joelle Lehman, Julia Sensenig and Palm. Speaking of Palm, she also finished right behind Gingrich in the 300 hurdles to place sixth with a time of 47.55.


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