Even without one shoe, Southern Columbia senior hurdler Kari Cambria shined this season.
Cambria is Athlete of the Year on The News-Item’s 2019 Girls Track and Field All-Stars and, along with teammate Hanna Davis, one of two three-time selections on this year’s team.
Cambria plans to go to Millersville University to major in biology and join its track and field team.
“She has been very driven the past two track seasons,” noted Southern Columbia head coach Kristen Diehl.
“She set high goals and has achieved them. She has worked hard off season and with a trainer to perfect her hurdling skills as well as be in shape. She broke the school record and Shamokin stadium record at the Purple and White Invitational.
“Although the hurdle final at the state meet didn’t end as well as we had planned with her losing her shoe, I’m beyond proud of her finishing the race and still medaling. Her performance at states showed her true determination, fight, and ability to overcome.”
Southern’s Karly Renn, and Cassie Sharrow, Mount Carmel’s Caroline Fletcher and Shamokin’s Chloe Yoder are also repeat picks from 2018.
First-time selections include Mount Carmel’s Dani Rae Renno, Lauren Shedleski, Talia Mazzatesta, Claudia Morris, Emily Krulak, Molly Petrucci, Kolbi Krebs and Payton Carl; Southern’s Maggie Morrison and Shamokin’s Emma Kramer.
Cambria was the only individual medal winner at the PIAA state championships for area girls this season, placing eighth in the AA 100-meter hurdles. In that race, however, one of her shoes became dislodged midway through the race, causing her to lose her steps but not her composure. She trailed the pack in 17.28 seconds but gamely finished the race to earn her medal and at least took with her the knowledge that if she had run as well as she did in the preliminary heats, she likely would have placed third or fourth.
In a district and conference filled with good hurdlers, Cambria took third at the District Four AA meet but qualified on time in 15.54 seconds. At the Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference championships, she placed second in the 100 hurdles (15.34) and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (47.74), and she ran a season’s best 15.04 seconds in winning the 100 hurdles at the Purple and White Invitational, also winning the 300s there in 49.76.
She also won the 100 hurdles and was second in the 300s at the Jim Taylor Classic, second in the 100 hurdles and first in the 300s at the Breslin Invitational, and third in both events at the Don Wilhour Selinsgrove Classic.
In addition, she was also a member of the Tigers’ 4 x 400 relay team which was sixth at the district meet and seventh at the PHAC meet, and of the 4 x 100 team which was sixth the PHAC meet.
Cambria was also a member of Southern’s state championship girls soccer team last fall.
Here are capsule looks at the rest of the team:
Hanna Davis, Southern Columbia, sr.
Placed fourth in the 400 (1:00.15) at the district meet and was also a member of the 4x 100 and 4 x 400 relays, the latter of which was sixth. Fourth in the 400 at the PHAC meet. Second in the 200 at the Purple and White Invitational, at which both relays placed first. Fourth in the 400 at the Jim Taylor Invitational, second at the Breslin Invitational (fourth in the 200) and third at the Wilhour Selinsgrove Invite.
Caroline Fletcher, Mount Carmel, soph.
Part of Red Tornadoes’ sixth-place 4 x 800 team at the state championships and of the district champion 4 x 800 team which had a time of 9:40.39. She finished 18th at the state meet in the 800 after taking third at the district meet, at which she ran six seconds faster (2:22.23). The 4 x 800 team was also second at the PHAC meet.
Winner of the 800 at the Breslin Invitational, second at the Purple and White and Jim Taylor Invitationals, sixth the Wilhour Selinsgrove Classiv and eighth at the Lock Haven HIgh School Classic. Also ran on the 4 x 400 relay, which was eighth in the district and second at the Purple and Whites.
Karly Renn, Southern Columbia, soph.
Set a school record in the pole vault at 11 feet in taking fourth at the district meet, then placed 10th at the state championships (10-6). Won the Purple and White Invitational, was third at the Breslin Invitational and fourth at the PHAC meet and Lock Haven Classic.
Cassie Sharrow, Southern Columbia, sr.
Fourth in javelin (117-7), fifth in the triple jump (33-4.25) at the district meet, fifth on latter at Lock Haven. Was third in triple, fifth in long jump and seventh in javelin at Breslin Invitational, fourth in javelin at Purple and White and member of 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays which placed at district and PHAC meets and won Purple and Whites.
Chloe Yoder, Shamokin, jr.
District Four AAA runnerup second year in row in 100 hurdles with career best 15.96. Placed fifth at PHAC meet, Purple and White Invitational, where she was also sixth in the 300 hurdles and third in the long jump. Fourth in 300s, fifth in 100s at Breslin Invitational. Sixth at Wilhour Classic in 100 hurdles and long jump. Also member of Indians’ 4 x 100 relay team.
Payton Carl, Mount Carmel, soph.
Had fine season in throws for Red Tornadoes. Seventh at district championhips in javelin (109-4). Fifth at Lock Haven Classic and Jim Taylor Invitationals, fourth at Breslin Invitational and second at Wilhour Selinsgrove Classic.
Emma Kramer, Shamokin, soph.
District AAA runnerup in javelin (118-2). Was also fifth at PHAC championships, second at Jim Taylor Invitational, third at Wilhour Selinsgrove Invitational and sixth at Breslin Invite.
Kolbi Krebs, Mount Carmel, jr.
Another member of state-placing and district championship 4 x 800 team, she just missed medal at district meet in 800 with a solid time of 2:28.24.
Emily Krulak, Mount Carmel, sr.
Third in the triple jump (34-6.5) at the District Four championships, as well as the PHAC meet. Also placed seventh in the high jump and eighth in the long jump at latter meet. Won three medals at Purple and White with first in the triple, and seconds in the long and high jumps. Third in triple jump (34.5.5) and eighth in long jump (15-7) at Lock Haven Classic. Second in long jump, fourth in triple at Breslin Invitational.
Talia Mazzatesta, Mount Carmel, soph.
Part of Red Tornadoes’ state sixth-place 4 x 800 team, she was third in 1600 (5:26.66) at district meet. Third in 1600 at Purple and White, and second at the Breslin Invitational.
Claudia Morris, Mount Carmel, soph.
Another fine hurdler, she placed sixth in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles at the district meet, as well as running a leg on the eighth-place 4 x 400 relay. Fourth in 100 hurdles, seventh in 300s (49.46) at PHAC meet. Third and second, respectively, at Purple and White, fifth and seventh at Lock Haven Classic, and fourth and seventh, respectively, at Jim Taylor Invitational. Third in both events at Breslin Invitational and sixth at the Wilhour Selinsgrove Invitational in the 300s.
Maggie Morrison, Southern Columbia, jr.
Strong in jumps and member of Tigers’ solid 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams. Seventh in high jump (4-10) at district championships and third at PHAC meet. Tied for fifth at Purple and White Invite, seventh at Breslin Invite in high jump.
Molly Petrucci, Mount Carmel, fr.
Youngest member of Red Tornadoes’ sixth-place state 4 x 800 team, she ran the fastest split at Shippensburg. Had strong 10th place at PHAC championships in 800 (2:29.14) and took seventh at Jim Taylor Classic. Third at Purple and White Invite (2:29.10).
DanniRae Renno, Mount Carmel, soph.
District AA champion in the discus (102-1), she finished 27th at the PIAA state championships. Placed fourth at the PHAC championships (108-0). Was fourth at the Breslin Relays, and fifth at the Jim Taylor Classic and Purple and White Invitational. Player of the Year on The News-Item’s All-Area girls basketball team.
Lauren Shedleski, Mount Carmel, soph.
Qualified for PIAA state championships with career-best throw (123-0) and runnerup finish in javelin at district meet, then just missed a medal with ninth place at Shippensburg. Second at PHAC meet with 119-6. Second at Purple and White Invitational and also placed third in the shot put (33-4) and sixth in the discus at that meet. Won the javelin and sixth in discus at Breslin Invitational.
Mount Carmel — Mia Chapman, Terri Reichard, Hailey Swaldi; Southern Columbia — Rhyse Pursel, Tori Romania, Rilyn Wisloski; Shamokin — Sarah Kratzer, Abby Nye, Jessa Paczkoski, Aubrey Schultz.