The State College boys’ and girls’ track and field teams both finished first at the Mid Penn Conference Championships on Saturday.
The Little Lions finished with 90 points to beat runner-up Milton Hershey (75) and 25 other teams to win the title. The Lady Little Lions had 91.50 points to edge runner-up Susquehanna Township (89) and take first in the 24-team field.
State College’s Griffin Thompson provided the highlight of the day, recording a new season-best to win the pole vault by clearing 15 feet, 8 inches. It is the best mark in the state this season, according to pa.milesplit.com.
Alex Milligan won the 800-meter run (1:54.79), and the Little Lions 4x800 relay team of Anthony Degleris, Joey Feffer, Nick Feffer and Craig Hilliard finished first with a time of 7:49.76.
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Erik Ebel finished second in the javelin, fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot put.
Other top finishers for the State College boys’ team included: Tristan Daman (fifth, 100); Degleris (fourth, 800); Nick Feffer (second, 1,600); the 4x400 relay team of Brandon Clark, Degleris, Hilliard and Milligan (fourth); Kellin Valentine (second, triple jump); Clark (fourth, triple jump); and Andrew Miller (third, discus).
For the girls, Jordan Bair was State College’s lone winner, taking first in the shot put (38-8 1/4). Bair also finished second in the discus (114-11).
Rachel Wylie finished second in both the 100 hurdles (15.44) and 300 hurdles (45.49), while Natasha Fedkina took second in the 1,600 (5:08.00).
The Lady Little Lions 4x800 relay team of Fedkina, Catherine Curtin, Julia Neely and Jordan Rohrbach placed second (9:41.44).
Other top finishers for the State College girls’ team included: Taylor Givens (fifth, 100; sixth, long jump); Sarah Almarzooqi (third, 3,200); 4x100 relay team of Wylie, Givens, Zoe Wicks and Erica Feese (third); 4x400 relay team of Fedkina, Wylie, Liana Craig and Wicks (fifth); Veronika Karpenko (fifth, long jump); Kinsey Thompson (third, pole vault); Lyndsey Reed (fifth, pole vault); and Jackie Horner (fourth, javelin).
Both teams return to action at the District 6 Class AAA Championships on Thursday.