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Saturday’s PIAA Track Blog

By Tom Robinson,

UPDATED: 8:46 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – Susquehanna, with Tatum Norris doing all the work, led all District 2 schools in team scoring at the state meet.

The Lady Sabers finished third in Class 2A girls, one year after Norris produced all the points needed for a state championship.

Susquehanna now has a first-, second- and third-place finish as a team at the state track meet. The second-place finish was also the result of one outstanding athlete – Teresa Covert.

Hazleton Area and North Pocono tied for the best boys team finish, coming in 15th in Class 3A.

Crestwood led the district’s Class 3A boys teams while Holy Redeemer led the Class 2A girls.

Central Columbia beat out West Catholic, 39-29, for the Class 2A girls title.

Susquehanna was third with 26.

Holy Redeemer was 39th with six, followed by: Lake-Lehman and Montrose, tied for 52nd with four; Riverside 62nd with three and Dunmore 68th with one.

Danville beat out Slippery Rock, 45-40, for the Class 2A boys team title.

Holy Redeemer was 34th with eight points; Riverside was 58th with four and Mid Valley was 65th with three.

Haverford Township outscored North Penn of Lansdale, 51-37, for the Class 3A girls title.

Crestwood was 40th with 5½ points while Abington Heights was 54th with three.

Chambersburg won Class 3A boys, 48-34, over State College.

Hazleton Area and North Pocono scored 12 points each.

Wyoming Area was 36th with eight points and Valley View was 86th with one.

UPDATED: 6:30 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – Tatum Norris broke 25 seconds for just the second time ever, running a career-best 24.78 in the 200-meter dash in her final race for Susquehanna.

Norris was unable to repeat as state champion in the event when Viktorya Luckenbach from Pine Grove won with a time of 24.72.

Half of the 8 finalists broke 25 seconds in the highly competitive race.

“I really can’t be upset or disappointed,” Norris said. “I gave it everything I had. I gave the training 4everything I had.

“There’s just talented people out there.”

Colin Kravitz from North Pocono also medaled in the 200, taking fourth with a time of 21.67.

The medals were the fourth of the meet for Norris and second for Kravitz.

Without a team qualifying for the 1600 relay, Kravitz’s race was the last for a District 2 athlete at this year’s meet.

Coming up, we’ll take a look at the top team performances.

UPDATED: 5:05 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – Madison Zalewski from Abington Heights was the lone District 2 medalist in the Saturday afternoon session of field events.

District 2 athletes had earned seven medals in the seven morning events.

Zalewski placed sixth in the Class 3A girls javelin with a throw of 131-1.

Triple jump silver medalist Matthew Cusatis came up just short of his second state medal in the high jump. The Hazleton Area senior was part of a our-way tie for 10th by clearing 6-2.

Wallenpaupack’s Ben Ostrowski was 22nd of 25 in the Class 3A boys discus with 135-6.

Lackawanna Trail’s Cole Schirg was 23rd of 24 in Class 2A boys with a shot put of 40-0.

Eva Carachilo from Holy Cross went 32-6¼ in the triple jump to place 24th out of 26 Class 2A girls.

Hazleton Area’s Karolyn Brito was 26th of 27 with 15-7½ in the Class 3A girls triple jump.

Mid Valley’s Jordan Chmielewski was one of two Class 2A boys high jumpers, out of a field of 22, who were unable to clear a height.


Keep coming back to this page for more reporting from Shippensburg.

UPDATED: 4:22 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – Two District 2 runners earned medals in the 800-meter run.

Lake-Lehman’s Kalee Raczkowski used a late kick to move into the group of eight medalists and kept going until she made it to the finish line in fifth place in Class 2A girls in 2:18.75.

Mid Valley’s Gabe Pacyna, also competing in Class 2A, made a move early in the second lap to get into second place for a while, but slipped back to fourth in the heat and sixth overall in the event with a time of 1:57.25.

Wyoming Area’s Madelyn Keating learned just how much difference there can be between Class 2A and 3A.

A third-place finisher in Class 3A last season, Keating ran more than 1.6 seconds faster than Raczkowski, but finished 16th of 29 entries in the Class 3A girls race.

The last race just finished and we’re catching up reporting the afternoon results. Keep checking back, there are a few more events on which to report and a few others on which to provide more detail.

For those interested in the team races, Susquehanna finished third behind Central Columbia and West Catholic in Class 2A girls. Once again, Tatum Norris provided all the points for the Lady Sabers, just as she did in last season’s state team championship.

UPDATED: 3:37 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – More-detailed medal reports coming up soon.

The quick recap is a second place for Susquehanna’s Tatum Norris to go with her first, third and sixth; a fourth place for North Pocono’s Colin Kravitz to go with his third; a fifth for Lake-Lehman’s Kalee Raczkowski and a sixth for Abington Heights javelin thrower Madison Zalewski.

UPDATED: 2:31 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – Holy Redeemer’s Jacob Hunter broke 50 seconds to take second in the Class 2A boys 400-meter run.

Hunter finished in 49.73.

North Pocono’s Colin Kravitz ran even faster as part of a blistering pace in the Class 3A boys race, finishing in third with a 47.85, just four-hundredths out of second.


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UPDATED: 1:01 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – District 2 enjoyed its most successful collective stretch of the state track meet with the morning field events session.

The district had seven athletes earn medals in those events combined.

Drew Mruk took the Class 3A boys javelin title with a throw of 208-3.

The 2022 Class 2A state champion led by 17 feet at the midway point in the event and was one of three from the district with top-eight finishes to land medals in the 3A javelin.

Hazleton Area’s Samuell Guzman was fifth with 186-3 while North Pocono’s Nicholas Franceschelli was eighth out of 24 entries with 177-1.

Guzman led briefly, getting his throw of 186-3 on the first attempt.

Mruk threw 208-3 on his second attempt, making him the only one to surpass 200 in the preliminary round of three attempts.

Franceschelli was 12th after three throws, needing to get into the top nine to be among those with three more jumps. He did that with a third throw of 175-3.

Crestwood freshman Grayce Grazio tied for third out of 28 in the Class 3A girls high jump by clearing 5-5.

Susquehanna’s Tatum Norris was sixth and Dunmore’s Maura Michalczyk was eighth out of 23 in the Class 2A girls pole vault.

Norris, coming off her gold-medal sprint in the 100, cleared 11-0, but lost a tiebreaker for fifth.

Michalczyk made it over 10-6 and lost a tiebreaker for seventh.

Valley View’s Jacob Nielsen took eighth in the Class 3A long jump with 21-7¾.


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UPDATED: 12:31 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – Holy Redeemer earned a 3200-meter relay silver medal in Class 2A girls with a season-best time of 9:35.98.

Emily Lehman, Lexie Marcinkowski and Vanessa Flaherty worked their way up through the pack to get Avery Kozerski the baton in third place to begin the anchor leg.

Kozerski ran her 800 meters in 2:15.09, the fastest of any of the 100 legs run by the 25 teams in the race.

The Abington Heights boys finished in the top half of the field in Class 3A, taking 13th out of 28 teams with a time of 7:56.65.

Abington Heights was 17th in 9:34.21 and Wyoming Area was 25th in 9:43.69 out of 28 teams in Class 3A girls.

Holy Cross finished in 8:29.20 in Class 2A boys to take 18th out of 26 teams.


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UPDATED: 11:55 a.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – District 2 had a pair of fifth-place medalists in Class 2A hurdles.

Chloe Diaz from Montrose finished the 100-meter hurdles in 15.46 seconds.

The race was won by a record-setting performance from Taleaa Buxton from Philadelphia West Catholic in 13.80, which was 1.3 seconds ahead of second place.

Riverside’s Nathan Oliphant was fifth in the 110 high hurdles in 14.66, missing fourth by two-hundredths of a second.

More details from the gold-medal repeat by Susquehanna’s Tatum Norris in the Class 2A girls 100-meter dash.

Norris won in 12.19.

Jim Thorpe’s Kalia O’Connor was second, leading a pack of four runners between 12.27 and 12.36.


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UPDATED: 11:36 a.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – Many more medals for District athletes, including three in the Class 3A boys javelin and two in the Class 2A girls pole vault.

Highlights include a second by Wyoming Area’s Drew Mruk in the javelin and a third by the Holy Redeemer 3200-meter relay team in Class 2A girls.

Details to follow during a lull in activity on the track and the switchover between morning and afternoon field sessions.

UPDATED: 10:54 a.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – Tatum Norris made her second attempt at 10-6, putting her in the eight survivors in the Class 2A girls pole vault and clinching a fourth state medal of the meet for the Susquehanna senior.

Norris won the 100-meter dash less than a half hour before taking her first pole vault attempt, adding that to the fourth-place long jump finish Friday. She qualified for the 200 dash final with the second-best time and will get her medal there as long as she completes that race.


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UPDATED: 10:45 a.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – Susquehanna’s Tatum Norris has repeated as Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state Class 2A 100-meter dash champion.

And, her day is just getting started.

Norris, who entered the state meet as the 14th seed after running her district final into the wind, followed up her career-best 12.05 seconds in Friday qualifying with a time of 12.19.

The Binghamton University commit also finished fourth in the high jump Friday.

After a quick television interview, Norris hurried off to the pole vault where she passed on the first three heights, but needs to get started with that field beginning to trim down.

The senior also has the 200-meter dash ahead where she qualified second Friday in the other event where she won a state title last season.

Much more to come on the state champion.

POSTED: 10:32 a.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – Riverside’s Lacey Danilovitz was the only District 2 medalist in the 3200-meter run to begin the day.

Scranton’s Brian McCormack had the next-best finish, taking 14th of 32 in Class 3A boys with a time of 9:19.67.

District 2 had three entries in Class 2A boys, led by Daniel Danilovitz, Lacey’s brother, in 15th in 9:41.45.

There were 30 runners in the race. Wyoming Seminary’s Jack Novelli was 19th in 9:43.55 and Lake-Lehman’s Nick Hockenbury was 21st in 9:45.29.

Madison Hedglin from Dallas was 22nd of 33 in Class 2A girls in 11:09.31.


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POSTED: 9:51 a.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – The Friday morning field events are well underway.

That batch includes Wyoming Area’s Drew Mruk and Susquehanna’s Tatum Norris.

Mruk, the 2022 Class 2A state champion, is the top seed in the Class 3A boys javelin. As the top seed, he has not yet made his first throw. The lower half of the field has already made its first three attempts.

Norris also has not made her first attempt, passing in the Class 2A girls pole vault while some of the lower seeds were attempting 9-0 and 9-6. She was second in the pole vault last season and has already secured three medals with a fourth-place in the long jump and qualification for two sprint finals on the track.

Also in the morning field session are the Class 3A boys long jump; Class 2A boys triple jump; Class 3A girls high jump and discus, and Class 2A girls shot put.


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POSTED: 9:33 a.m.

SHIPPENSBURG – The second and final day of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Track and Field Championships are underway under near ideal conditions – sunny, comfortable temperatures and a light breeze.

District 2 did not have to wait for its first medalist of the day.

In the first race of the first event to be decided, Riverside’s Lacey Danilovitz picked up a sixth-place medal in the Class 2A girls 3200-meter run.

Danilovitz said after that she expected to get boxed in as the eighth seed, but then did not feel as strong as she hoped after that. She was in 15th in a very tight pack of runners after one lap.

“I expected to run a lot better today, but just didn’t,” said Danilovitz, who scratched from the 1600 to concentrate on the 3200. “I felt like I just could never speed up.

“You’re going to have days like that, but it just sucks that it had to be today. I did my best, left it all out on the track and earned another medal for Riverside in my last race for them.”

Danilovitz, who will run for Buffalo on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level, finished in 11:01.07.


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