The State College girls’ indoor track and field team finished second, and the Little Lions’ boys team took third at the PTFCA State Championships on Sunday.
Esther Seeland led the way for the girls’ team, finishing first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.71 and contributing to a second-place finish by the distance medley relay team. Taylor Givens took fourth in the long jump (19-0) and fifth in the triple jump (37-5) for State College, and teammate Lyndsey Reed placed fourth in the pole vault (12-6). Kileigh Kane took 10th in the 3,000-meter run (10:17.15), Myca Ingram finished 12th in the 60-meter dash, and Lily Plute was 13th in the pole vault (11-6).
Seeland was joined by Givens, Kane and Elly Haushalter on the distance medley relay team, which recorded a time of 12:24.61 to take second. The 4x200 relay team of Ava Michael, Jessica Lose, Mak Graham and Ingram finished seventh (1:46.25). The 4x800 relay team of Haushalter, Emma Simon, Emma Maras, Lizzie Gilpatrick took seventh (9:38.75), and the 4x400 relay team of Casie Eifrig, Rachael Spencer, Michael and Seeland finished 17th (4:09.75).
“Our girls simply put had outstanding performances today,” State College coach Jennifer Evans said. “The overall score had contributions from all across the event areas; and we couldn’t be prouder of the effort that those ladies expended all day. They had the mettle and the moxy to pull through some low level rankings to reach the top eight of the state. And our veteran leaders who came in ranked held their composure to achieve at their highest level of fitness. This is a fantastic way to end our indoor season and a great way to begin our outdoor campaign.”
For the State College boys’ team, Mitchell Etter finished second in the 3,000-meter run (8:42.70). Lance Hamilton finished fourth in both the long jump (22-6 1/2) and triple jump (47-8 1/2), while Stan Hamilton took fifth in the triple jump (46-9) and 11th in the high jump (6-0). Other State College individual finishers included: Chase Longenecker (sixth in the 60-meter hurdles); Jake Hefkin (14th in the long jump and 15th in the triple jump); Luke Knipe (11th in the pole vault), Pat Osborne (16th in the pole vault); and Cohen Russell (15th in 200 and 19th in 60 meters).
Russell, Sam Knipe, Stan Hamilton and Luke Knipe finished 14th in the 4x200 relay (1:33.06).
The Little Lions finished behind first-place St. Joseph’s Prep and runner-up North Allegheny in the boys’ team standings. The Lady Little Lions finished second behind first-place Neumann-Goretti.
For St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Julia Cusatis took 10th in the mile with a school-record time of 5:14.58. Cusatis, Myah Chappell, Addie Ebbs, and Sera Mazza finished fourth in the distance medley relay with a school-record time of 12:33.98. The Lady Wolves finished tied for 39th as a team.