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PIAA State Track & Field Championships: Burgess & Howard Take Gold as LebCo Athletes Combine for Seven Medals – Day 2 Results


In what was arguably the most successful day in the history of Lebanon County athletics, the 2024 PIAA Track & Field Championships concluded. After LebCo athletes won two medals on Friday, with Lebanon’s Zariyah Whigham (Triple Jump) and Palmyra’s Mason Bucks (Pole Vault), local athletes added seven more medals on Saturday. The medal haul included three golds. Combined with the success that Palmyra’s Aidan and Tyler Mahaffey had in winning their third straight Doubles Tennis Championship, there surely was a LebCo theme of the day across the highest level of competition.

Two of the gold medals were won by Palmyra’s Tyler Burgess. After having medaled in both the 110m High Hurdles and the 300 IM Hurdles in 2023, the junior made his return to States, this time with the mission of being crowned as the best hurdler in Pennsylvania. In the first championship race of the day, Burgess ran away with the 110m High Hurdles in a time of 13.74. The winning time was .29 ahead of his nearest challenger. Burgess then returned later in the day for the 300m IM Hurdles, where he was once again dominant. His time of 37.47 won him the race handily by .70 ticks ahead of the 2nd place finisher. 

With two gold medals won by Burgess, combined with Mason Bucks’ third-place finish in the Pole Vault, Palmyra finished as the runner-up in the Team Standings. Their 26 points were just a single point behind Coatesville, which overtook the top spot when they won the 4x400m, the final race of the meet.

Adding another gold medal to her already impressive collection was Cedar Crest’s Kaddel Howard. The defending State Champion in the 400m made defending her title look easy as the sophomore cruised to a 53.25. This winning time was far faster than the 2nd place finisher, who ran a 54.62, an excellent time by all other standards. Howard has now won two State gold medals in two seasons of Outdoor Track. She has also won the events at States in both years of Indoor Track, solidifying her place as the Queen of the Quarter Mile.

In addition to the gold medals, Annville-Cleona added three medals. On the girls’ side, the foursome of Kendall Cooper, Miracle Hershey, Sophia Caporaletti, and Jada Morales combined for two medals. In the 4x100m, they ran a 49.06 to earn silver. They returned at the end of the meet to run 4:04.60 in the 4x400m, a time that was good enough for 6th place. Sophomore David Moran continued his surge in the 800m as he took bronze after winning the second of three heats with a time of 1:55.67. This meant that while he was not matched up against the fastest runners, he ran faster by himself than all but two of them ran head-to-head.

Cedar Crest’s Eliana Schneider just missed out on a medal with her jump of 5’2″ in the High Jump, but then came back in the afternoon to earn a 4th place medal in the Javelin with a top throw of 140’5″. She also teamed up with Howard, Lizzie Lowe, and Audrey Fugate in 4x800m to run a 9:25.12, good enough for 10th place.

While only the top eight in each event medal, there were two other 10th-place finishes that just missed the podium. Palmyra’s Jacob Burgess finished 10th in the Long Jump after measuring a top leap of 21’9″. The Annville-Cleona Boys’ 4x800m team also finished 10th after clocking an 8:13.93.

One item of interest from Saturday’s results is that there are not any seniors among the group of medalists listed in the paragraphs above. In fact, the only athlete listed who is a senior is Cedar Crest’s Lowe. This should bode well for LebCo’s success in 2025 after a wildly successful 2024 season.

Below is a comprehensive list of all of the results from Friday. Medal winners are highlighted in orange.

Also below is a collection of social media posts pertaining to the LebCo athletes.

For the full meet results, visit Milesplit Live.


2024 PIAA Track & Field Championships – Day 1 Results






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Day 2 Results

400m – Girls AAA

1st   Kaddel Howard (Cedar Crest) – 53.25  (STATE CHAMPION)


800m – Boys AA

3rd   David Moran (Annville-Cleona) – 1:55.67


3200m – AA Girls

23rd   Mackenzie Stellmach (Annville-Cleona) – 12:12.06


3200m – AA Boys

18th   Landon Hostetter (Annville-Cleona) – 9:42.82

20th   Oliver Funck (Annville-Cleona) – 9:43.22


110m High Hurdles – AAA Boys 

1st   Tyler Burgess (Palmyra) – 13.74   (STATE CHAMPION)


300m IM Hurdles – AAA Boys 

1st   Tyler Burgess (Palmyra) – 37.47   (STATE CHAMPION)


4x100m – AA Girls

2nd  Annville-Cleona (Miracle Hershey, Jada Morales, Sophia Caporaletti, Kendall Cooper) 49.06


4x400m –  AA Girls

6th   Annville-Cleona (Sophia Caporaletti, Jada Morales, Miracle Hershey, Kendall Cooper) 4:04.60


4x800m – Girls AA

23rd  Annville-Cleona (Megan Brophy, Addison Sanchez, Emily Maag, Mackenzie Stellmach)10:19.44


4x800m – Girls AAA

10th  Cedar Crest (Eliana Schneider, Audrey Fugate, Lizzie Lowe, Kaddel Howard)- 9:25.12


4x800m – Boys AA

10th   Annville-Cleona (Landon Hostetter, Oliver Funck, Matt Clemson, David Moran)8:13.93


Long Jump – AAA Girls

19th  Zariyah Whigham (Lebanon) – 16’11”


Long Jump – AAA Boys

10th   Jacob Burgess (Palmyra) – 21’9″


Triple Jump – AA Girls

26th   Madison Long (Annville-Cleona) – 34’1”


High Jump – AAA Girls

13th  Eliana Schneider (Cedar Crest) – 5’2”


Javelin – AAA Girls

4th   Eliana Schneider (Cedar Crest) – 140’5”

18th Sofie Price (Palmyra) – 115’7”


Javelin – AAA Boys

17th  Dylan Groff  (Cedar Crest) – 156’4″



2024 PIAA Track & Field Championships – Day 1 Results




2024 PIAA Track & Field Championships – Day 1 Results

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