2017-05-19 / Sports

Canton sends two to PIAA T&F Championships on day one of districts

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WILLIAMSPORT — By the time the first day at the District 4 Track and Field Championships was complete the Canton Warriors already had two kids heading to states.

Connor Hess became a District 4 champion in the high jump with a winning height of 6-feet, 4-inches and Katie Henson hit the state standard in the javelin with a fourth-place finish at 121-feet, 6-inches.

For Hess it's special to be going to states.

"I am very excited, I came into the season not liking high jump at all, but 6-4 and I'm going to states is very exciting," Hess said.

One of the things that helped Hess this year was having a lot of competition in the NTL.

"It helped me a whole lot, the first meet we had three people jump 6-2 and that encouraged me to jump higher," Hess said.

For Hess it's now onto states to compete with the best in Pennsylvania, and try and go for the school record.

"I'm very excited, I'm going to rest my legs and see if I can get 6-6," Hess said. "6-5 would be a school record, I'm excited."

For Hess it's fun to have a teammate going with him to states.

"Coach was joking with me at least he won't have to ride with just one kid to states," Hess said.

For Henson going to states is special.

"I'm pumped, I am so excited," she said.

Henson hit the state mark of 121-feet on her final throw of the first round, knowing in the finals she was already going to Shippensburg.

"It made me so relieved," Henson said. "I was so excited. My second throw I was a little mad because I was two inches from states and it kind of bummed me out, but the third throw I threw it."

Next week Henson is excited, and nervous, to see the best in the state.

"I am a little nervous because I'm sure there are going to be a ton of girls throwing 150s, but I'm excited," Henson said.

Henson was already facing the returning state champion, Mt. Carmel's Maura Fiamancini at districts, and she knows facing good competition makes her better.

"It motives me a ton, it pushes me," she said.

Now, Henson is ready to see what states is like.

"I am excited to see what I do at states," she said.

A pair of long jumpers are headed to states as Towanda's Ally Tama and Wellsboro's Dupree Hosey each qualified for states.

Tama hit the state standard on her first jump, finishing third at 17-feet, 2 3/4-inches, to make a return trip to the state meet.

"I am relieved, I am really happy," Tama said of making states. "I feel like I can breathe now and just compete."

With the 200 semifinals on the track near the end of the meet, Tama was happy to qualify for states before the finals of the long jump so she wasn't having to go back and fourth between the events with states hanging in the balance.

"I am kind of used to running between events, but it was nice to know going to my 200 I don't have to rush back and try and qualify," Tama said.

For Tama it's different this year with districts split in two days. It meant that she could focus on the long jump on Thursday and not have to worry about the pole vault until Saturday.

"It's a weird feeling showing up," Tama said. "Before I got on the bus, I was freaking out, trying to find my poles. I have never competed in a meet without pole vaulting, so it was weird. But, it's nice and easy on my knees.

"Long jump has always been a last priority for me, so it was nice to be able to focus on it for once."

Now, Tama is ready to try and get back to states in the pole vault as well.

"I am super excited for pole vaulting, it's like my main event, it's why I do track," Tama said.

While Tama made states her first jump in the girls' long jump, Hosey made it on his final jump of the boys' competition, hitting 21-feet, 7-inches to take second.

"I am ecstatic, it's so much work, it's so hot, I'm so happy," Hosey said.

With it coming down to the end of the event to make states, Hosey knew he had to land a big jump.

"I was extremely happy, I was nervous, a bit nervous, but I did my best," he said. "This is a confidence booster for me. I think all the pressure with me having to do it that jump is what did it for me."

Hosey landed a big first jump on Thursday of 21-feet, 3-inches, and that helped him realize he could jump well.

"It felt really good, my steps were on," Hosey said.

Later in the competition some jumpers landed big jumps, including Southern Columbia freshman Julian Fleming's winning leap of 23-feet.

For Hosey seeing others hit big jumps pushed him.

"After that I knew I had to make the state qualification," he said.

Now, Hosey is ready to see what he can do next week.

"I am pretty excited, I think I can do better, I think I can work on it and do better," he said.

Another Wellsboro jumper, Brandon Lamphier, took seventh in the long jump at 20-feet, 1 1/2-inches.

In the girls' high jump Wyalusing's Madelyn Edsell was third at 5-feet and Troy's Morgan Graybill was fifth at 5-feet.

NEB's Alec Morris took fourth in the discus at 131-feet, 11-inches.

NEB's Casey Ellis was third (9:57.78) and North Penn-Mansfield's Sergio Zuniga fourth (9:59.90) in the 3200, with Wyalusing's Kevin Heeman eighth in 10:28.70.

Wyalusing's Hannah Corson was fifth in the girls' 3200 in 12:14.23.

Along with making states in the long jump, Tama qualified for the 200 final, finishing sixth in the prelims in 26.54.

Canton's Brooke Ward is in the finals of the 100, finishing eighth in the semifinals at 13.14.

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