Area grads making impact
Several track and field athletes are continuing to have an impact on the track after high school.
Some have set individual records while others have been lucky enough to share success with other teammates.
Lauren Ellsworth, a Lackawanna Trail graduate and junior at Shippensburg University, is one of those examples.
Ellsworth, who collected four PIAA state medals during her career at Trail, teamed up with Bri Rells, Monique Clemons and Megan Lundy to run the 4x4 relay at the 2014 PSAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Seth Grove Stadium last weekend.
Shippensburg trailed Atllantic Region’s top-ranked Slippery Rock by six points, and needed a record-setting performance for to have any shot at a conference title.
The quartet didn’t disappoint.
The girls ran a 3:47.18, which not only won the race, but also set a new PSAC meet record, and was the deciding factor in helping the Lady Raiders win their fifth-consecutive title.
Ellsworth also ran in the open 100 meters and finished fifth overall with a time of 12.24 seconds.
Another example of an athlete who excels both individual and as part of a team is Kirsten Hollister, an Elk Lake graduate and freshman sprinter and jumper for Keystone College.
Hollister, who was on the state champion cross country team at Elk Lake, teamed up with Samantha Donahue, Nicole Delevan, Saviana Jocelyn, Raisha Piper as the 4x200 relay team at the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field on April 26, and had a record day.
The girls combined to post a time of 1:46.24, which broke Keystone’s school record set last spring. The quartet also posted a time of 51.63 seconds in the women’s 4x100.
On Sunday, Hollister finished fifth in the 100 meter dash and sixth in the 200 meter dash at the CSAC Quad Championships at Gwynedd Mercy University, part of 172 total points that the women’s team earned on the good, which was good for first place overall.
Also continuing its dominance was Widener’s men’s track and field team, which won its third-straight Middle Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track & Field championship on Saturday with 323 points, well ahead of second-place Messiah’s 111.
The title also completed the first ‘triple crown’ in school history, as the championship goes along with the indoor and cross country titles the Pride had won earlier in the season.
Gavin Colley, a Tunkhannock graduate and junior for the team, was a leg in the 4x100 meter relay team that repeated as champions with a meet-record of 41.70 seconds.
Colley also ended up with a second place finish in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash, finishing in 10.89 seconds and 21.89 seconds, respectively.
His brother, Josh, a freshman who also graduated from Tunkhannock, also had an impact for the team, finishing second in the triple jump at 13.46 meters and eighth in the long jump at 6.71 meters.
At Susquehanna University, Tunkhannock graduate and freshman sprinter/thrower Gabby Alguire continues to have a golden arm, winning the javelin throw at the 2014 Landmark Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship with her meet record throw of 41.64 meters.
Alguire was also a leg in the 4x100 relay team, which ran to a second-place time of 51.94.
Tunkhannock graduate and Keystone senior Justin Stonier has also been a solid distance runner for the Giants.
Stonier finished fifth in the 3000 meter competition at 10:07.50, part of Keystone men’s team’s 187 points, also good for first place.
Stonier also finished 17th in the 5000 meter run at the Lions Invitational .