Four individuals, one Trojan relay team qualify for states
A week after capturing EPC gold in the 400-meter dash, Parkland junior Connor Tempro was back for more. This time, however, he entered the District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships seeded third, with the top two finishers automatically qualifying for states.
But that didn’t shy away Tempro one bit from running one of his best races of the season and making it to Shippensburg University for his first state trip.
Tempro crossed the finish line in 50.85 seconds and earned second place last Thursday, Day 2 of competition at Whitehall High School’s Zephyrs Sports Complex. That mark qualified him for states along with Cameron Greenawalt of Blue Mountain, the top seed who placed first in 49.98 seconds. Pocono Mountain’s Nate Fogle was seeded second, but an injury he suffered at the EPC Meet left him less than 100 percent health-wise.
“I was seeded third this time, which meant I had to beat one of them [Greenawalt or Fogle] in order to go [to states],” Tempro said. “I talked to the coached and was like, ‘How do I beat this guy? Or at least come in second.’ They said stay on his hip.”
Stationed in lane three, Tempro had the perfect view of Greenawalt and was able to stick with him for the duration. Besides a late burst from the Blue Mountain senior down the final straightaway, Tempro was in contention for gold most of the way.
“I tried to make up the slack as much as possible and stay next to him the entire back,” Tempro said. “And on the turn, it was who has more left. He did have a lot more in the tank left and he did beat me. But there was enough there that he was pulling me in. It was great.
“Lane three is the perfect lane to have the fastest guys in front of you, so you can chase them the whole time.”
Tempro also opened the Trojans’ 1600 relay that also took second and will make the trip to Shippensburg. Along with Mathew Bianco, Habeeb Salau and Sam Morgan, that foursome ran a 3:27.18, only second to East Stroudsburg South’s mark of 3:26.63.
A number of other Trojans will be making the Trip to Ship as well at the end of the week.
On the boys’ side, Cole Boychuck was one of four Class 3A competitors to jump 13 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault. But he cleared that height on a jump prior to the other three, giving him gold at districts.
Sam Morgan won the 1,600-meter run in 4:21.90 to earn gold as well.
On the girls’ circuit, Morgan Sherwin continues to improve her season best mark in the high jump and set school records. After previously breaking the school record in a regular season meet and hitting that mark of 5-4 at leagues, Sherwin one-upped herself by jumping 5-5 at districts to win the event.
“I remember my freshman year seeing girls jump 5-3 and thinking wow I’m never going to come close to that or even go to states,” Sherwin said. “To be where I am now of improving my PR by five inches in one year and breaking the school record is something I’ll always remember.”
Sherwin is also knocking on the door at the top height in the state as well.
“Being able to clear 5-5 meant a lot because it’s only two inches below the top height in the state,” Sherwin said. “It felt good to clear 5-3 and hit the state-qualifying mark, but to clear 5-5 meant even more because it’s on the higher end of heights in the state.”
The other Trojan who placed in the top three of an event was Dan Kyvelos, who earned bronze in the 3,200-meter run in 9:43.82.