A record-setting day for District 4 at PIAA T&F Championships.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | May 28, 2017


SHIPPENSBURG -- It was a magical day for District 4 athletes on Saturday at the PIAA Track and Field Championships.

While Athens' Breana Gambrell was bringing home a state medal and a state runner-up finish, athletes from around the district were setting records.

One of the biggest highlights belonged to Bloomsburg's Jahvel Hemphill, who broke one of the oldest state records on the books.

Hemphill won the 100 meters in 10.47, breaking the old mark of 10.58 set by Grove City's Jeff Brown back in 1979.

"I didn't think that would be possible today," Hemphill said. "Coming into this, I thought maybe I could tie the state record, but this time is a little unheard of in my head right now."

For Hemphill, the record has been on his mind a long time.

"When I was a sophomore, I was .01 away from it and last year I didn't run as well as I wanted to. This is the year I really could show what I got."

For Hemphill, it is four straight state titles in the 100 meters. He is the first runner in state history to win the event four times.

"It's been on my mind since about my sophomore year when I was close to the state record," Hemphill said. "So, it's always been on my mind."

Next for Hemphill is deciding what to do in college.

"I haven't really decided yet, but I should decide in the next month or two," Hemphill said.

For the second straight year, South Williamsport's Katie Jones broke a state record in the pole vault, as she cleared 13-feet, 4-inches on Saturday to eclipse the 13-feet she vaulted a year ago.

However, after going 13-feet, 7-inches at districts, Jones had even bigger goals at states.

"It was fun with the crowd there," Jones said. "I wanted to go higher, but it was nice."

After coming in with the best height in state history, Jones would have been upset if she hadn't brought home a state title."

"I don't want to be cocky, but if I didn't win today I would have been disappointed," she said.


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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.