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NTL TRACK & FIELD: TOWANDA'S LARSON EARNS A STATE BERTH IN THE 1600 AT D4 CHAMPIONSHIPS (2024-05-19)

BY CHRIS MANNING
Northern Tier Sports Report
WILLIAMSPORT — After coming up just short in the 4x800 relay on Thursday Towanda’s Izzy Larson punched her ticket to states by getting under the state standard in the 1600, running 5:16.04 to take fifth at the District IV Track and Field Championships Saturday.

“I’m super excited,” remarked Larson. “It was my main goal this season.”


Larson ran the first half of the race with the front pack, which featured NEB’s Gracelyn Laudermilch and Sara Bronson.


“I was trying to hang with them as long as I could, and then it was all guts on the last lap,” Larson explained.


She ran an even race, coming through the 800 in 2:38.24, but then running back to back 1:18 laps to get under the state standard by two seconds.


The other four runners pulled away, running 5:10 or faster, as Larson tried to let them pull her along.


“I was just thinking, you’ve got to keep going,” she said. “I tried to push myself to run as fast as I can in the race.”


She credits Bronson and Laudermilch for helping to get her to states.


“Sara and Gracelyn are super good runners, and I was glad I got to stick with them and run that race,” said Larson.


She took eighth in the 800 in 2:25.06, as Brynn Woodruff was eighth in the javelin at 99-feet, 1-inch.


Also getting on the podium was Marin Maynard, vaulting 9-feet to take seventh. 


Allexys Shaffer was 18th in the pole vault at 7-feet, 6-inches, Kaitlyn Nonnemacher took 23rd in the javelin at 77-feet, 11-inches, and Angie Tavani was 23rd in the 3200 in 13:51.03.


Varrius Farrell continued his strong performance, taking fifth in the discus at 135-feet, 2-inches while Kole Heyer took eighth in the high jump at 5-feet, 9-inches.


Michael Ferrulli was 11th in the triple jump at 40-feet, 5-inches, with Wyatt Stranger 16th in the pole vault at 10-feet, 6-inches. Jace Gunther was 22nd at 9-feet, 6-inches, Anthony Rifenbark was 18th in the 800 in 2:12.18, and Jacob Carr took 20th in the 2-mile in 11:03.22.


The PIAA Championships are next weekend at Shippensburg University.


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PHOTO CAPTION: Towanda’s Izzy Larson runs in the 1600...PHOTOS BY CHRIS MANNING



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