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Baldwin’s Johnston, TJ’s Smith state medalists in field events

Two local athletes were medalists at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships held last weekend at Shippensburg University.

Baldwin junior Dave Johnston secured seventh place in the boys’ pole vault event, and Thomas Jefferson senior Kayla Smith took sixth place in the girls’ javelin event.

Smith, who placed third in the javelin event at this year’s WPIAL finals with a toss of 123 feet, 10 inches, logged a toss of 135-11 at the state meet.

Johnston, who placed fourth in the pole vault at the WPIAL meet by clearing 14-0, upped his height to 14-9 at the state meet.

“From the beginning of the track season, I set a goal to medal at the state championships, and I knew it was going to take a lot of work,” Johnston said.

“It was a great competition, and I’m grateful I was able to have my best performance on that day.”

One other leading local competitor in the PIAA Class AAA division was Baldwin junior Casey Conboy, who crossed the finish line in 10th place in the boys’ 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:26.06.

Other PIAA individual finalists included Baldwin’s Alina Stahl (100, 400), Gabby Loeffler (pole vault), Jasmine Wicks (shot put) and Isabel Bierwirth (long jump).

TJ’s Smith was joined at Shippensburg by teammate Rosina Natter, a finalist in the girls’ high jump event.

Ray Fisher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.


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