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Moore earns more state gold

Two Emmaus athletes earned a place on the medal stand last weekend at the PIAA Track and Field Championships.

Senior Kyle Moore finished his high school career with another state title and two more state medals after earning a pair last season. Sophomore distance runner Mady McCartney made her first trip to the podium at the state meet.

Moore won the state long jump title for the second straight year. He also picked up a medal for his fourth-place finish in triple jump. McCartney took eight-place in the 3,200 for her medal.

As the top seed and defending champ in long jump, Moore was determined to defend his title late in the finals when he surrendered the lead in the event to Reading’s Xavier Beatty during the penultimate round of finals.

Moore quickly retook the lead on his next attempt with his winning leap of 23-6 3/4.

“When somebody beats me I try to go a little bit harder to get first place,” said Moore, who is committed to jump at Penn State next year.

Moore won last year’s long jump title with a leap of 25-5 1/4 and his career best jump was at the 2023 EPC Championships when he set the league record at 24-10 1/2.

“I was trying to go for 25, beat my PR of 24-10,” Moore said of his long jump goal at states, which were held last Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.

A day earlier Moore earned his first triple jump medal, finishing fourth at 46-9 1/2.

“I feel I could have done a little better, but I got fourth place so that’s pretty good,” said Moore, whose career-best triple jump is 48-1 1/2. “I don’t have the form as well in the triple jump. In long jump, I like jumping off one foot.”

Last season Moore took 13th place in that event with a leap of 43-6. He was also part of a fourth-place relay team at last year’s state meet and cites his speed as a major asset toward his ability to jump.

While Moore completed a stellar high school career last weekend, McCartney capped the second season of her successful high school running career at this year’s state meet.

McCartney now has a track and field state medal to go along with the one she earned in the fall cross country championships. She placed eighth in the 3,200-meter run last Saturday with a time of 10:52.79.

She used a strong late kick to earn the final spot on the podium as the top eight finishers receive state medals.

“I’m happy with how I ran,” said McCartney. “I’m really proud of how the race went. For the first mile I went off of my own race. Once there was a mile to go, that’s when I started to look around and see where I was at and what I need to do to get myself back up there.

“When it came down to the final 100 meters, I don’t save anything for those final 100 meters, but that’s where I really give everything I have left in the tank.”

McCartney, who picked up her state cross country medal with a 25th-place finish in fall, was making her second appearance at the state track championships. Last season she finished 26th in 11:17.27.

This season McCartney also qualified for states in the 1,600 and finished 20th with a time of 5:06.41.

She was also part of the girls 4x800 relay team that finished 15th at states, along with teammates Payton Campbell, Sophia Kovalski and Addison Kleinle. The foursome ran a time of 9:34.04.

Emmaus junior Kyle Grabinski finished 13th in pole vault at the state meet. The East Penn Conference champ and school record holder was making his second straight appearance in the state championships when he cleared 13-6 last Friday.

Junior Kayla-Rayne Quinones took 14th place in her first trip to states. She was seeded 18th in the 100-meter hurdles and ran a 15.43 in the event at states.

The Emmaus boys 4x800 relay team took 16th place at the state meet with at time of 8:01.56. That team included Tyler Finck, Miles Cook, Lane Bassett and Jared Petre.

Seeded 27th in the event, the Hornets ran the 4x800 four seconds faster than the 8:05.57 they posted at districts to better their seeding by 11 places.

Sophomore Claudia Walls made her first trip to the state meet and finished 19th in long jump. The two-time league champ cleared 5-2 to make the top 20 at states.

The Emmaus girls 4x100 relay team finished 26th at states. The team of Morgan Tandy, Gabrielle DeVita, Mya Cooper and Quinones was seeded 27th for the event and ran a 49.62 at states.

DeVita also finished 27th in the 100-meter dash in 12.59. Petre took 27th in the 800-meter run in 2:01.88 at states.

Kyle Moore won his second consecutive state title in long jump Saturday during the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University. PRESS PHOTO BY MIKE HAINES
Mady McCartney (right) ran to eighth place and a medal at the state championship meet. She also competed in the girls 4x800 relay and the individual 1,600 at the meet.