- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Five state records fell during the second day of the 2017 PIAA Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Shippensburg University.

Jordan Geist of Knoch High School won his second PIAA gold medal of the weekend with a record-breaking throw of 207-6 in the boys AAA discus. He shattered the former state record, set in 2011, by five feet. Geist now holds the state AAA record in the shot put and the discus.

Katie Jones of South Williamsport broke her own PIAA record on the way to winning gold in the girls’ AA pole vault, clearing 13-4 to beat her former record by four inches. Last week in the District 4 championship, Jones broke the district record with a vault of 13-07, and tried to push it to 13-8 for the PIAA all-time record between both classes, but fouled on three attempts.

“My district meet gave me a lot of confidence coming in to today,” Jones said. “So my goal for the day was to try 14-0, but at 13-08 I just got tired, the adrenaline from hitting 13-07 definitely wore off.”

In the sprints three PIAA records fell in back-to-back-to-back events.

First, Ayden Owens of North Allegheny broke a 25-year-old PIAA record in the boys AAA 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.76 to beat the field by almost two seconds. Then Jahvel Hemphill of Bloomsburg broke the AA boys’ 100-meter dash record from 1979 with a time of 10:47. Following Hemphill’s record-breaking pace was Journey Brown of Meadville High School, who broke the AAA boys’ record from 1985 in 10:43.

Although not a PIAA record, officials announced that the Central Bucks West boys AAA 4x800 relay sprinted to the nation’s best time for a high school team for the year with a first-place finish in 7:40.14.

In the girls AAA 3200, Clara Savchik of Northern Allegheny was less than a second away from the PIAA record with a finish of 10:21.65 to beat the field by nearly nine seconds for the state 3200 title.

The boys AAA 3200 was a battle between two of the best in the state. Carlisle’s Sam Affolder and J.P. McCaskey’s Nathan Henderson paced the group for the four laps.

In the final 600 meters, Affolder made his move to push in front of Henderson and continued to gain ground. But for Henderson, a senior who just missed the PIAA podium for the last two years, it was do or die. Henderson kicked hard in the final 100 meters to pass Affolder in the final 10 for the win.

“After the last two years and getting ninth, to come here and finish first was a good end to my career,” Henderson said. “My body was kind of dying, I could feel it going limp but I had to block all of that out to the finish.”

In the team scores, Neumann Goretti (56 points) won the AA girls’ title, while East Penn (51 points) hoisted the girls’ AAA trophy.

With 56 points, Hickory claimed the AA boys’ championship, and Carlisle took home the AAA team title with 26 points.

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