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The 2015 All-Sentinel Track and Field Team
Miller, Osman lead honorees
Compiled By Duane Good


Taylor Miller


Anna Osman

The newspaper’s salute to the top high school athletes of the Spring 2015 season concludes with the All-Sentinel Track and Field Team, recognizing standout performances by students from the Millersburg and Upper Dauphin Area squads.

Sharing Player of the Year honors for 2015 are Taylor Miller, representing the Indians; and Anna Osman, for the Trojans.

TAYLOR MILLER

Known and respected locally for her soccer talents, the PSU-Harrisburg-bound Miller also was no slouch on the cinders for the Tribe.

In 2015, she put an exclamation point on an already superb track career by winning gold medals in four events at the Tri-Valley League meet – the 800 and 1600-meter runs; and as a participant in the 4X400 and 4X800 relay teams.

Advancing to the District 3, Class AA tournament, she earned a bronze in the 1600; a sixth in the 800 and helped her 4X800 teammates take home fourth.

Miller also represented the Indians at the PIAA-AA meet. Seeded 13th, she eclipsed both her district (5 minutes,  32.82 seconds) and preliminary (5:22.14) times with 5:15.60 mark that was less than half a second out of eighth place and a medal, but still earned her both a school  and personal record.

Head Coach Jill Steffen noted that Miller was the TVL’s Track MVP – as well as the Indians’ Team MVP – for both her junior and senior seasons.

‘‘Her leadership will be missed,’’ Steffen added.

ANNA OSMAN

The recent Line Mountain graduate gave UDA a legitimate threat in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles from the 2012 through 2015 seasons.

She particularly stood out in the 300H, earning three district medals – eighth her sophomore year, sixth as a junior, then gold in her final campaign. (She also posted a bronze in the 100H at the 2015 districts.)

Osman was the Trojans’ first D3 gold medalist in three years. Along with Victoria McGuire, she also was the program’s first state qualifier in that time frame.

Her D3 win earned her the UDA record in the 300H – 46.75 seconds.

Praised for her work ethic and coachability, Osman also topped the podium in both the 100H and 300H during May’s TVL meet.

Eyeing a career as a neurosurgeon, Osman moves on to Lehigh County-based Moravian College, where she wants to run track as well.

Joining Miller and Osman on the 2015 All-Sentinel squad are the following student-athletes from UDA (which includes Line Mountain students) and Millersburg (which includes Halifax students).

UPPER DAUPHIN AREA

Victoria McGuire. As a sophomore Discus thrower, she finished with silver at the D3-AA meet and placed 13th in her first-ever appearance at states.

Heading into 2016, her junior campaign, McGuire is only six inches away from breaking UDA’s record in the Girls’ Discus. She also earned TVL gold in the event.

Autumn Czaplicki. Another underclassman who made noise for the Trojans in 2015, Czaplicki was TVL runner-up in the 100 and 200 events, and took the medal stand for seventh in the 100 at districts.

Meadow Walshaw-Wertz. One of several contributors from Line Mountain, Walshaw-Wertz was a D3 medalist (fifth) in the 100. She joined with Osman, Czaplicki and Maeann Bohner to set a new UDA record in the Girls’ 4X100 at districts.

Brenden Miller. He kept distance runners in the TVL honest with a close third-place finish during May’s league meet

Cameron Crum. A TVL bronze medalist in the Triple Jump, Crum was one of several Trojans who advanced to districts in 2015.

Cole Zimmerman. He took home TVL silver in Discus.

Katie Miller. She grabbed a bronze for UDA at the league meet in Pole Vault.

MILLERSBURG

Ryan Brennan. As a junior, Brennan had a successful 2015 season, winning TVL gold in four events – the Long Jump, 100 and 200 runs and as the anchor of the Boys’ 4x100 Relay. He then placed third in D3-AA in the Long Jump and 4X100.

‘‘We are excited to have him returning for another year,’’ said Steffen.

Autumn Capouillez. She graduated from the program as the standing TVL champion in Javelin and a D3-AA qualifier in both Javelin (fourth-place medal) and pole vault.

Eric Johnson. A program newcomer, Johnson already has made his mark, taking home two district medals – seventh in the 100 and fifth as part of the 4X100 team.

‘‘He will also return for his senior year to build on this year's accomplishments,’’ Steffen said.

Kristina ‘‘Krissy’’ Kelley. The rising senior joined her 4X800 teammates on the medal stand at districts for a fourth-place finish.

She topped the TVL podium in the 400 and as an important part of the 4X400 and 4X800 teams.

‘‘She just runs hard every race.  I know when she gets the baton, we are in good hands,’’ Steffen said. ‘‘Krissy is a smart runner who knows when to sit back and when to kick.’’

Austin Landry. A member of the TVL-champion and D3 fourth-place 4X800 relay squad, Landry returned to the Millersburg squad for 2015 after a one-year hiatus.

Amber Laudenslager. ‘‘Amber set the bar high and achieved her goal,’’ Steffen said. ‘‘She holds the school record and placed 7th in the district for pole vault.  She was steady all year and worked hard to achieve her accolades.’’ 

Eric McBurney. ‘‘Eric earned his place in the Boys 4X800 by hard work and heart,’’ Steffen noted. ‘‘This was his first year with the distance team and he proved to be a great middle-distance runner.  He placed fourth in the district with his teammates for the 4X800 relay.’’

Ashlyn Mattis. One of several Halifax student-athletes in the Millersburg program, Mattis ‘‘became a strong hurdler for us and was consistent all season. She will be a member of the King’s College (Wilkes-Barre) track and field program next spring,’’ according to Steffen.

Alex McMullen. He was the league champion in the 3200  and as part of the 4X800 group, who posted a fourth-place finish at districts.

‘‘This senior portrayed poise  on the track along with amazing leadership.  He has been a valuable part to our boys distance team and he will be missed,’’ his coach stated. 

Brynn Miller. A member of the league champion 4X100 squad, Miller also ‘‘is a hard worker who is the leader of our  girls’ sprint team,’’ Steffen said.

Lucy Spicher. Another key relay team member – her 4X800 group was fourth at both the TVL and D3 meets – Spicher ‘‘has become a strong distance runner and will be a force in the years to come,’’ according to her coach.

Kyle Sendatch. A member of the TVL gold and D3 fifth-place 4X100 group, Sendatch ‘‘works hard and was so pleased he  landed on the medal stand. He is the beginning leg of the relay team and brings so much to the team,’’ Steffen noted.

Alex Scheib. Another rising senior who put together an outstanding 2015 campaign, Scheib topped the TVL in the 800, 1600 and with the 4X800 team. He also left Shippensburg University with three D3-AA medals – fourth in 4X800;  eighth in 800; and fifth in 1600.

On top of that, he was the league’s Boys’ Track MVP and was voted by his Indian teammates as Boys’ MVP for 2015.

Steffen said he is ‘‘looking forward to seeing what his senior year has in store for him.’’

Ryan ‘‘RJ’’ Daley. Both a sprinter and relayer, Daley contributed to the 4X100 group that earned league gold and a D3 fifth place.

‘‘He worked hard to earn his spot on the relay team,’’ said Steffen.

Austin Marks. Marks ‘‘was a great addition’’ to Daley, Sendatch and Brennan on the 4X100 squad, according to his coach, He also lent his sprinting talents to the Indians.

Taylor Musa. Together with Kelley, Taylor Miller and Brynn Miller, Musa helped the Indians’ 4X400 unit earn league gold.

‘‘She had a great season and helped her team in many ways,’’ Steffen said.  ‘‘She was asked to help in other events other than her own, and she did them because it was for the team.’’

Julia Pirie.  Another key component of the 4X800 squad, Pirie ‘‘was consistent  for us all season and ran a great ‘second leg’ for us,’’ according to her coach.

Zyaire Reed. Reed was another Indian whom Steffen praised for stepping up where he was needed.

‘‘I asked Zyaire to try hurdles this season because we had no male hurdlers,’’ Steffen explained. ‘‘He worked on his technique and speed and earned a league championship for the 300H and was also the league champion in the triple jump.  It was great to see his success.’’ 

Megan Simpkins. The TVL champion in both Javelin and Discus, Simpkins also was the league Field MVP for 2015.

‘‘Megan has been an outstanding leader all four years for our field events,’’  said Steffen. ‘‘She earned a 7th place finish in both the javelin and discus at districts. She ended her career on a very high note.’’   

 



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