Storm Boys, Girls Finish 3rd at PAISAA Indoor State Meet
Mercersburg’s boys’ and girls’ indoor track & field teams both earned third-place team finishes at the 2022 Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Indoor Track & Field State Championships, which the Blue Storm hosts February 19 in the Hale Field House.
The Storm had two individual event champions, both on the girls’ side: Hannah King ’23 won the high jump at 4’ 10” and Bella Levina ’25 took first in the pole vault at 6’ 0”. (Levina has focused on the hurdles and triple jump most of the season, and only recently picked up the pole vault.)
Anne Sehon ’25 lowered her own school record in the 800m by posting a time of 2:26.46 to place second. Her time meets the qualifying standard for the freshman 800m at the New Balance High School Nationals, which will be held March 11-13 at the Armory in New York City. King took second in the 55m hurdles (9.92). Susan Concordia ’22 placed second in the triple jump at 31’ 2.25”, a jump that ranks fifth all-time on the Mercersburg indoor track & field list. King, Sehon, and Concordia teamed up with Catherine Shaffer ’22 to place third in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:28.59. The relay ranks as the second-fastest on the all-time school list.
Mick Lorenger ’22 placed second in the boys’ 3200m (10:52.84) and third in the 1600m (4:49.79). Teammate Jake Cruikshank ’24 crossed the sought-after barrier of sub-5 minutes in the 1600m for his first time ever, coming across the line in 4:59.91. Oscar Su ’25 placed second in the pole vault at 8’ 0”, just missing out on the top spot (also 8’ 0”) based on the number of misses. Pablo Garza Gutierrez ’22 placed third in the 800m with a time of 2:13.46. Caleb Newcomer ’23 placed third in the high jump at 5’ 2” and fourth in the 55m dash in 6.92 seconds. Cy Dittman ’25 took third in the triple jump at 32’ 10.5”.
"We had a number of athletes get their best performances of the season, and many of our athletes responded well in battling against quality competition in their events,"said Mercersburg head coach David Grady. "Seeing our athletes really go after it in the last meet of the season is what you hope for as a coach."
Hill won the boys’ team standings, with the George School taking first on the girls’ side.