Spring Grove's Laila Campbell shines again at PIAA Track and Field Championships

Laila Campbell of Spring Grove running the 100 meter event in the PIAA Track and Field Championship in Shippensburg, Pa on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

SHIPPENSBURG – There were numerous standout performances from York-Adams athletes at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Still, it was Spring Grove sophomore Laila Campbell who stole the show.

For the second year in a row, Campbell sprinted away from her competition in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in Class 3-A.

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The Rocket standout broke the PIAA record in the 100 with a blistering time of 11.55 seconds, besting the previous mark of :11.64 set by Breehana Jacobs of Laurel Highlands back in 2007.

She also came close to a record in the 200, where her time of :23.56 was just .04 off the record set by Dasia Pressley of Pennsbury back in 2015.

Campbell was the only Y-A standout to win gold at Shippensburg, but there were more than a few notable accomplishments by other local athletes, as well.

Perhaps the most improbable came Friday when Central York’s Danny Pham set a personal record in the 3-A shot put.

Not even seeded in the top 10 in the event, Pham’s throw of 52 feet, 5.5 inches was good enough for a sixth-place finish, earning the Panther junior a place on the podium with the top-eight finishers.

Bermudian Springs was the most-decorated of all the Y-A schools this weekend. The Eagles program claimed a trio of individual medalists.

Michael Carlson finished second in the 110 hurdles in 2-A with a time of 14.67 seconds.

Lilyana Carlson, just a freshman, added a third-place finish in the 2-A pole vault with a mark of 11-6.

Alison Watts placed fourth in the triple jump in 2-A with a distance of 37-1 to earn the school’s third medal of the weekend.

Dallastown’s Kristian Phennicie, who won the 200 in 3-A at last year’s event, came up short in his bid to repeat. The Wildcat senior finished with a time of :21.65 to finish fourth.

Other medalists include Madeline Lehker of South Western, who took third in the 3-A girls' high jump at 5-4; Kylyn McIntire of Red Lion, who placed seventh in the discus in 3-A with a throw of 124-4; as well as South Western’s Bernard Bell, who finished seventh in the 300 hurdles in 3-A with a time of 39.75 seconds.

Rounding out the list of Y-A medalists is Susquehannock’s Matthew O’Brien, who finished seventh in the 3,200 run in 3-A with a time of 9 minutes, 14.13 seconds.

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