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Kratz and Hemphill at the Ship Invite ’16 / Photo by Megan Zeller

Shippensburg Invitational – AA Boys’ Preview

Last year they battled in a close race at Ship and they’ll do the same again this year, it seems. Bloomsburg’s Jahvel Hemphill and Dock Mennonite’s Austin Kratz will square off in the dash in what should be a good preview of what to expect at May’s state meet, where the pair should meet again. Hemphill has won three straight AA state 100 meter titles. Kratz returns later for the 200 meters, where he’s the overwhelming favorite. Kratz is also entered in the 400 meters and the long jump in what should be a busy day for the junior.

Zach Kuntz (Camp Hill) / Photo by Ethan Rissell

In the 110 meter hurdles, look for Camp Hill’s Zach Kuntz. Kuntz is the top returner from last year, but he currently sits at PA-AA#2 behind Penn Cambria’s Kamryn Stoy. Stoy is entered for Saturday, so it should be a good showdown and potential states preview. Stoy and Kuntz also return for the 300 hurdles later, which will feature McConnellsburg’s Josh Booth and Bermudian Springs’ Trevor Grim. Kuntz is also the top seed in the high jump.

In the 3200 meters, watch for Winchester Thurston’s Tristan Forsythe. The junior is the top seed and heavily favored to win. Dayspring Christian’s Caleb Sneller and Bishop McCourt’s Jacob Schulte are also in the field. Schulte returns for the 1600 meters to race freshman standout Garrett Baublitz of Juniata as well as Morgan Morrison of West Shore Christian. The in the 800 meters, Forsythe, Baublitz, Morrison are back to race Camp Hill’s Ian Gabig and Trinity’s Matt Geisler.

In the javelin, Bloomsburg’s Elijah Knapp will be the one to watch for.


Reagan Hess (Annville-Cleona) / Photo by Megan Zeller

Shippensburg Invitational – AA Girls’ Preview

Annville-Cleona’s Reagan Hess returns to the track in an invitational format for the first time since states last season. Last year, she had a monster meet at Ship, collecting wins in the long jump, 100 and 200. This year she’s entered in all three and—what do you know—she’s favored to win all three again.

The 400 meters will feature a good matchup between District 4-AA opponents, Morgan Bower of Millville and Leah Fogelsanger of Bloomsburg. They were 1-2 at districts last season and the pair will square off Saturday as the top top seeds.

Bower is also entered in the javelin, her best event. She currently sits at PA#3 and US#8, so watch to see what she can do on the states runway.

McConnellsburg’s McKenzie Gelvin is also entered in the 400 meters, along with the 800 meters. She’ll battle Tamaqua’s Monika Shimko and Marian Catholic’s Tina Capparell for the win there. Capparell, meanwhile, is entered in the 1600 meters earlier in the day along with Eastern York’s Maddie McLain and Columbia’s Jordan Haberstroh. Both McLain and Haberstroh will open their days with the 3200 meters.

Emily Johns (Lake Lehman) / Photo by Don Rich

In the throws, the one to watch is Lake Lehman’s Emily Johns. The senior and her team shifted to AA this season and she’ll be one of the state’s best in both the shot put and discus. She comes into Saturday as the top seed in both of those events. Dock Mennonite’s Sabrina Demetrius will look to challenge her in both.

Penn Cambria’s Lauren Michina will be the one to beat in the triple jump. Fairfield’s Cierra Phillips is the top seed in the pole vault, having cleared 11-0.

Fairfield’s Moriah Logue will be the one to watch in the hurdles. She’s the top seed in the 100 hurdles, but Trinity (3)’s Mia Kilroy will give her a good challenge in the 300 hurdles.

Lake Lehman, fresh after a PA-AA#3 4×800 at Jim Kelly, will go for the win at Ship this weekend.