5 State Records Fall In PIAA Track And Field Meet
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Five state records fell during the PIAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, but the most exciting race came in the day's first event.
Pennsbury freshman Sara Sargent put together a memorable final lap in the Class AAA girls 3,200 at Shippensburg University. She made up a lot of ground in the final 400 meters to fly past Katie Kinkead of Central Bucks East and win the race in a PIAA record time of 10:21.06, shaving nearly a second off a mark that had stood for 14 years.
Saucon Valley junior Alyssa Lombardo won the Class AA 400 for the second year in a row, this time in a PIAA record time of 54.65.
The other two PIAA records in the girls' meet came in the 1,600 relay where Class AA West Catholic and Class AAA Penn Hills etched their names in the record books.
Central Bucks South senior Tom Mallon became the first runner in state history to win three consecutive Class AAA 800 races. Mallon not only grabbed another gold medal, but his time of 1:49.31 broke by a full second a PIAA record that had stood for more than a quarter-century.
Kaylan Fisher of Lewisburg collected her fourth and fifth Class AA gold medals. The senior anchored her school to its third consecutive 3,200 relay title and won the 800 for the second consecutive year.
Altoona senior Brady Gehret collected three medals Saturday. Gehret took home a pair of gold medals on the track winning the 200 and 400, then switched the field and finished second in the Class AAA long jump.
Carlisle senior Ashley Corum won the Class AAA girls' triple jump for the third year in a row, but failed to break her own PIAA record from last season.