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CARLISLE — For many competitors, Carlisle’s 31st Annual Stan Morgan Invitational can be a long and exhausting day.

The meet hosted by Carlisle High School is one of the premier track and field events in the area, featuring athletes from 25 schools.

Hannah Martin was no different.

But the Big Spring senior was not only competing in three different events. For her, the three are all field events that have multiple flights, practice periods, and numerous throws. It’s a long day on the outskirts of the track and in the javelin and discus events across the road outside of the stadium.

“A lot of times when I’m in different flights, I’ll take note of what other girls are doing and how I can use that to benefit myself,” Martin said. “I’ll watch their footwork and their release just to try and better myself and put it mentally in my head how I can be better.”

Martin’s first event of the day, the javelin, was also her best.

The Bulldog threw 124-9 to set a personal best and a Big Spring school record in the process of taking home first place.

“I actually hit that mark of 124-9 at a meet at West Perry,” Martin said. “They do have a runway that’s kind of on a decline so there for a while I was very, very nervous and not very confident in myself because I was afraid it was just a fluke. But Thursday night I hit 121 at Boiling Springs, and then today I was able to meet that again.

“Hitting that has helped me understand how I’ve developed since my freshman year throwing.”

Martin set another personal record in the shot put with a toss of 32-8.75 that was good enough for eighth place. Her discus throws didn’t go the way she wanted, but she still managed to finish ninth with a best of 90-6.

“All of this week, we’ve been working really hard in practice,” Martin said. “I was actually kind of fearful because I pulled a muscle in my back, so I was pretty nervous coming into it.

“This being a pretty competitive invitational has helped me prepare for not only the Mid-Penn Championships, but also this being my first year at districts. So I’m very excited about that.”

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Toti golden

Sophie Toti pulled off the impressive double-double with victories in the 1600 and 3200. The Thundering Herd junior also was the anchor leg on the squad’s 4x800 team that brought home first.

In the 1600, Toti waited until the fourth and final lap before she made her move on pacesetter Gwyneth Young, of Cedar Crest, before besting her by .31 seconds at the finish line.

“It was perfect,” Toti said. “I stayed with Gwyneth, and I kicked as hard as I could on the last lap.”

The race, which she finished in 4:54.36, was also a personal best for Toti and her first sub-five-minute time.

Jede repeats

Cumberland Valley’s Taylor Jede came into the meet as the prohibitive favorite to win the 300 hurdles for the second straight year. The senior didn’t disappoint as she finished the race in 44.39 nearly 2.5 seconds ahead of second place.

“That’s how a lot of my races have been this season,” Jede said. “But I also have to have a strong mentality going into it saying I have to be the one to push myself. I can’t rely on anyone else.

“I was trying to work on my form over a lot of the hurdles. I stuttered over a few, so I need to work on that, but I feel pretty good overall.”

A Carlisle sweep

The boys team, led by Jack Wisner and Casey Padgett on the track and sophomore Rashad Jeffries in the jumping events, won the meet with 105 points.

Wisner took home gold in both the 1600 and 800, holding off Cedar Crest’s Nate Shutter to win by 0.04 seconds in the latter. Padgett individually won the 3200 and was part of both the 4x800 and 4x400 teams that finished in first.

Jeffries finished 1-2 with teammate Kurtis Ravenel in the long jump before coming in second in the triple jump with a distance of 44-9.

The girls team performed even better as they scored 125 points on the way to the title.

Senior Meg Tate joined Toti on the winner’s podium three times, winning individual honors in the 800 while contributing in her leg of both the 4x400 and 4x800 relay victories.

The Herd also took home gold in both the long jump (junior Sydney Sales) and the triple jump (Marlise Newson).

Other notables

  • Cumberland Valley’s 4x400 relay team of Daniel Sheffield, Luke Noss, James Jaisingh and David Williams came in the day’s final event at 3:22.71 to set a meet record.
  • West Perry senior Ben Radonovich won the javelin with a throw of 173-9.
  • Cedar Cliff’s Ava Bechtel took first place in the 100 hurdles.
  • Mallory Kauffman, of Greenwood, also set a meet record with a toss of 47-8 in the shot put, besting her nearest competitor by more than 12 feet.

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