Wildcats qualify 3 for state tourney

SHIPPENSBURG – Greenwood saw three state qualifications in the second day of the District 3 Class AA track and field championships.

One of them was, in a sense, a repeat – junior Emily Fisher, who was the Wildcats’ only qualifier on the opening day of the meet by winning the discus, advanced in the shot put with a second-place finish Saturday.

The top two and other placewinners who meet the state qualifying standard return to Shippensburg this weekend for the PIAA championships.

Fisher’s effort in the shot was a state-qualifying throw, although she advanced on place. More important, it was a huge gain over her seeded entry. She went 36 feet, 9 inches in the district, which was more than a foot and a half above her previous best.

Jen Campbell also made it to states in the high jump. She tied for second with a 4-foot, 10-inch leap.

“That was a bit if a surprise obviously,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. “She was clean through 4-10 and that was enough.”

The boys will be represented in one event, and the only one where Greenwood will have a track entry. The 4×100-meter relay squad finished fourth, but below the state time with a run of 3:28.58.

“I thought the boys had a shot in the relay and they made it,” Magill said. “I thought Emily had a shot in both of them.”

The Wildcats collected 17 medals and saw two school records fall in the meet. The girls 4×400 relay team broke the record it set at the Tri-Valley League meet by three seconds, but was still two ticks shy of qualification. And Scott Kerstetter ran a school-record 51.05 in the 400.