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Yost sets record at league meet

Faith Yost was thrilled with her first jump.

The Northwestern senior couldn’t believe her second.

Yost soared to a pair of gold medals on Day 1 of the Colonial League Track and Field Championships last Tuesday. Her second victory came in record-breaking fashion, with a leap of 18-9 in the long jump to establish a Colonial League meet record.

“I honestly didn’t even see the board,” Yost said of her record-setting jump. “I just looked down at the tape measure, and my teammate goes, ‘That’s an 18-0!’ It was mind boggling. It was 18-plus! I couldn’t imagine it.”

Yost’s first triumph came in the high jump, where she cleared 5-1.

Yost started the long jump with a bang, jumping a 17-8 for a new personal best to top her previous mark of 17-4.

“That was insane for me, and because of that adrenaline it allowed me to get that 18-9,” said Yost, who was seeded third.

Yost first tried long jump at a track and field clinic in seventh grade and knew she liked it and could be successful. But success in other events, such as the high jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, put her focus elsewhere.

Until this season.

“It wasn’t until this year that I really, really pushed for it and really wanted to do it,” said Yost, who has broken the school record in the event three times this season.

Yost was sixth in the Class 3A high jump at states last season, and has made the transition to the long jump utilizing the strengths that have made her successful.

“I have a short run up, because I find that I can reach a high sprint speed pretty quickly,” Yost said of the long jump. “I feel like it’s more helpful for me to, after multiple events, to just have a short run up. So I just run, take off and knee drive and everything else is just memory. The only thing that I’m very conscious of is when I snap, I have to work on snapping a little bit harder, but that’s it.”

Yost won four gold medals at last year’s league meet – in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and as a member of the 1600 relay.

Yost was among three girls seeded with a 5-2 in the high jump.

The senior, along with Paige Casterline of Palisades and Brooke Bleam of Saucon Valley, all cleared 5-1 Tuesday, but Yost was the only one with no misses at the height.

Her mark in the long jump broke the previous record of 18-5.75 set by Salisbury’s Lindsay Bauer in 2016.

“My coach told me that and I almost started crying, because I can’t even begin to process it,” Yost said of the record. “It’s going to take days for me to realize that’s what I did.”

Northwestern’s Sadie Fenstermaker also stood atop the podium Wednesday, winning the Colonial League shot put with a personal best throw.

Fenstermaker won the shot put with a 36-9, topping her previous PR and breaking her own area best of 35-0.

“I am so so excited that I got that,” said Fenstermaker. “It’s absolutely crazy to me how I did that. I kind of saw it coming, with the way practices have been going. We practiced earlier this week and I was throwing well. And I thought, ‘I’m just going to come in with a clear mind, stay relaxed,’ because that’s what keeps me throwing good, and I just exploded really well at the end and finished off and threw 36 (feet), which I didn’t think I was going to do when I started.”

Fenstermaker got her best throw on her fifth of the competition. She was between 34 and 36 feet throughout the competition, and led following her first throw.

“It’s crazy to hear this, but when you have a really good throw, it kind of doesn’t feel like you’re throwing at all,” she said. “Because everything comes together, and you just have the nice flick at the end and it just comes together and you don’t feel like anything honestly.”

Fenstermaker, a junior, was the top seed in the event.

She credited throwing coach Mike Kistler for helping her progress, and keeping her levelheaded through the highs and lows of the season.

“My coach has been so supportive. He’s helped me through every step of the way, even when I was having down times, he brought me back up,” said Fenstermaker. “His saying, ‘One throw at a time,’ has really made me mentally very strong. Even if I have a bad throw, I have two more left, and that’s all I have to think about.”

Fenstermaker was second in the discus on Tuesday.

“I was confident because I was seeded first (in the shot put), and throwing two days ago, I was doing very well at practice,” said Fenstermaker. “And I just wanted to carry that over, keep a positive mindset, stay calm, relax and go for it.”

Yost collected her third individual medal of the two-day competition with a second-place in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.95.

Yost also anchored the 400 relay team along with Bailey Murray, Carsyn Van Norman and Kaia Grantham that placed second with a time of 50.71.

Northwestern’s Matthew Santana placed second in the 1600 with a time of 4:30.80, while teammate Samuel Bower was second in the 800 with a time of 2:01.04. They were both part of a 4x800 relay team that finished second in 8:25.55, along with teammates Greyson Wellings and Sean Kershner.

Cayden Kuhns (11-3) placed third in the pole vault for the Tigers, while Northwestern’s boys placed fourth in the 1600 relay with a time of 3:36.95, and Colin Myers was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 44-9.

Northwestern’s Matthew Santana was third in the 3,200 with a tine of 10:06.16, while Connor Hibell placed fourth with a time of 10:16.15 for the Blue Bombers.

Northwestern ran to a second-place finish in the boys 3200 relay with a time of 8:21.14. Hannah Gober picked up a third-place medal in javelin last week with a throw of 109-8.

Gavin Nelson finished third in high jump last week, clearing 6-1.

Northwestern’s boys 4x400 relay team of Benjamin Bachman, Benjamin Fornwalt, Bower and Ethan Kozlowski finished fourth in 3:36.95.

Katie Brensinger came close to medaling in one event and finished in the top 8 in four events with fifth-place finishes in discus (90-7) and 300 hurdles (51.08), a seventh-place finish in shot put (30-8) and an eight-place finish in 100-meter hurdles.

Other Tiger girls athletes who competed at leagues include Alexandra Diehl (6th javelin 97-7), Ava Okuley (6th pole vault 7-9), girls 4x400 relay Megan Fornwalt, Abby Pomajevich, Naomi Glassberg, McKensey Miller (6th 4:24.36), Norah Silfies (7th high jump 4-11), Angelina Klein (7th 3200 12:35.07; 15th 1600 5:48.4; 15th 800 2:37.56), 4x800 Haley Dubois, Sophia Cornell, Sophia Penny, Klein (8th 10:40.17), Fornwalt (8th 300H 51.46; 8th 400 1:02.44), Cornell (9th 800 3:32.64; 12th 1600 5:44.51), Celina Ruddell (9th in high jump 4-7), Carsyn Van Norman (10th 200 27.2), Amy Andreoli (11th pole vault 6-9), Abby Pomajevich (13th triple jump 32-10; 14th long jump 15-1), Kelcey Pedron (15th 3200 13:05.39), Mallory Conner (15th shot put 27-9 1/4), Kaia Grantham (16th 100 13.49; 16th 200 27.68), Alicia Hunsicker (16th 100H 18.2), Haley Dubois (17th 800 2:38.54; 20th 400 1:06.14), McKesney Miller (18th 400 1:05.56), Naomi Glassberg (21st 400 1:06.51), Brook Balliet (23rd 400 1:06.62) and Bailey Murray (24th 100 14.1).

In boys events, other Tiger finishers not mentioned above include Wellings (6th 1600 4:44.61; 7th 800 2:07.41

Andrew Diehl (6th triple jump 41-7 3/4), Benjamin Bachman (7th 400 52.60), Bradley Burnard (8th triple jump 40-73/4), 4x100 Evan Anderson, Landen Matson, Mason Bollinger, Josh Vega Del Toro (8th 46.54),

Brendan Miller (9th javelin 124-8; 17th 110H 19.24), Ethan Kozlowski (10th high jump 5-5), Owen Leibowitz (10th pole vault 9-9), Del Tyler 11th in long jump 19-7), Shane Leh (11th 110H 17.26), Sean Kershner (11th 3200 10:48.20; 11th 1600 4:52.30; 14th 800 2:12.16), Mason Bollinger (12th 400 56.61), Kit Kahm (13th triple jump 38-6; 17th in long jump 18-11), Xander Giandomenico (13th 3200 10:57.86; 14th 1600 4:59.09), Evan Anderson (14th 100 11.76; 22nd 200 25.01), Braidon Berk (15th 800 2:13.04) and Zachary Santana (16th 3200 11:07.61).

PRESS PHOTO BY PATRICK MATSINKO Northwestern's Faith Yost set a long jump league record at last week's Colonial League Championships.
PRESS PHOTO BY MIKE FIEFEL Cayden Kuhns clears the bar at the Colonial League Championships last week.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Northwestern's Sadie Fenstermaker (second from right) took second place in discus and first place in shot put at last week's Colonial League Championships.