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York-Adams athletes hope for heavy-medal weekend


If the seeds hold true, a pair of discus throwers and a pair of pole vaulters will be the York-Adams League's best bets to win medals this weekend at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

Red Lion's Madisen Kling and West York's Luke Hoffman both won District 3 discus gold medals and enter this weekend as No. 2 seeds at the state meet. Kling, a junior, will compete in Class 3-A girls based on her district throw of 141 feet, 1 inch, while Hoffman, a senior, will compete in 2-A boys on his seeded toss of 186-11.

Red Lion's Madisen Kling is seeded second this weekend in the Class 3-A girls' discus at the PIAA Track and Field Championships. John A. Pavoncello photo

Spring Grove senior Nathalie Elliott is the No. 3 seed in the 3-A girls' pole vault at 12-6, while Red Lion senior Greg Potter is No. 3 in the 3-A boys' pole vault at 14-9. Elliott won district gold, while Potter took home district silver. Eastern York senior Brady Glatfelter actually has the same seeded height as Potter in the 3-A pole vault, but he took third in the district meet and is listed as the No. 5 seed for the state event.

The Fairfield 400 relay team is seeded No. 5 in 2-A girls with a time of 49.93 seconds.

The other York-Adams athletes to earn top-eight seeds for the state meet are:

Class 3-A girls: Spring Grove's Airika McCaskill, junior, No. 6 seed, shot put, 39-8 3/4; Dover's Emily Eckard, junior, No. 7 seed, discus, 128-5; and New Oxford's Madison Smith, senior, No. 7 seed, javelin, 139-7.

Class 3-A boys: Dominic Eyler, Red Lion, senior, No. 7 seed, 110 hurdles, :14.72.

Class 2-A girls: Eastern York's Maddie McLain, junior, No. 7 seed, 3,200 run, 11:24.68, and No. 8 seed, 1,600 run, 5:14.71; and Littlestown's Kristin Langrill, senior, No. 8 seed, 100 dash, :12.61.

In all, York-Adams athletes have earned top-eight seeds in 13 events.

Action gets started at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.