Staib earns javelin gold
Junior Shelby Staib did not have the same distance on her throw as she did in the week prior in winning a gold medal in the javelin at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meet.
But her place on the podium didn’t change. Staib threw for a mark of 122-03 to finish in first place and qualify for her first appearance at the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend while competing in the District 11 championship meet last Wednesday and Thursday at Whitehall High School.
“I’ve been working really hard, especially after the league meet last week and the big throw that I had,” said Staib. “I didn’t do as great distance-wise here today, but I was fortunate enough to win the gold. I’m really happy that I get to go to states next week for the first time. I’m going to be working especially hard until then in order to get a bigger throw next week.”
Staib also got fourth place and a spot on the podium in the triple jump (36-08.75), performed on Wednesday.
“There are a few things I need to work on before going to states,” Staib said. “Javelin is a hard sport, there are a ton of techniques to work on. For me, I need to work on rolling under my shoulder so I’m tagging the javelin. I’m excited to see what I can do in this new experience.”
Madison Zaun improved upon her third place finish at the league meet, ending in third in the 3200 with a time of 11:25.42. She also placed ninth in the 1600 (5:23.27).
Other top-10 finishers include Kendra Yeboah (6th, shot put), Hali Perry (7th, 100), Christine Hutchinson (7th, 300 hurdles), Julianna Elsesser (9th, 800), Grace Steurer (9th, high jump) and Celine Boychuck (10th, high jump).
The 4x800 relay team, consisting of sophomores Lauren Buchanan, Julianna Elsesser, Olivia Vaccari and freshman Brooke Labenberg ended up just outside of the top-10, placing 12th with a time of 10:57.49.