When the weather was right, Marcia Roan suggested, the Fairfield High girls' track team was going to strike.
The team secured its best finish in the history of its 36th annual Fairfield Invitational on Saturday, taking second place with 96.3 points to place behind Camp Hill, which had 119.
It was just the second time the Lady Knights ever placed within the top three places overall, the first of which was in 2001.
Two individual school records came crashing down. Another was just a second shy.
All in all, it was a good day for the Fairfield girls' track program.
"We had a good day. The gods were with us," Roan said. "I'm very proud of them. They did awesome and they've been working hard to get here."
Sophomore Sarah Hunt broke the team's 16-year-old 200-meter run record with a time of 27.4 seconds. It was just two-tenths better than the previous record.
Sophomore Kelly Quealy secured the program mark in the 800, running a season and career-best 2:27.
"It's definitely a very high point for me," Hunt said of her program mark. "I broke the 400 record (a couple weeks ago), but I wasn't happy because that still isn't that fast. But this 27.4 I made, it makes me feel a lot faster."
Sophomore Kaitlyn Beckham missed out on the 17-year-old 3,200 record by just a second, finishing in 12 minutes, 33.3 seconds.
Notably, the Fairfield team claimed just one first-place medal overall. That came in the 200.
Hunt was first in the 200, second in the 100 (13.3) and triple jump (31 feet. 5 inches) and fifth in the 400 (1:04.5).
Quealy was second in the 800 and 300 hurdles (51.4) and added a fourth-place finish in the high jump (4-2).
Beckham was second in both the 1,600 (5:46.5) and the 3,200.
"They're hitting their goals and they know what to do," Roan said. "I gave them hard splits today and across the line they all came within two seconds."
Hanover sophomore Zoie Cleary was first in
Hanover girls' head coach Greg Yiengst has been impressed by Cleary all season, though remarked Saturday that she's been a little more determined lately to pick up wins.
"Her speed in the final 100 isn't enough to beat someone with a kick," Yiengst said. "So we've come to the agreement that she needs to make a move early to take out people with speed."
Bermudian Springs, which won last year's edition, was fourth overall with 86 2/3 points. There were no first places, but Elana Keller was second in the 100 hurdles (17.9) and Samantha King was second in the shot put (34-5) and discus (93-3).
In the boys' meet, all three Hanover area teams recorded top-half finishes in the invitational.
Hanover senior Tyler Kiick tied a school record in the 400 by finishing in 52.3. It tied the mark set in 2006.
Bermudian Springs was third with 79.5 points, Fairfield was fourth with 70.5 and Hanover was fifth with 60.
And yet it was Fairfield which came up with the most first-place finishes.
Junior Troy Hewitt wrapped up the javelin (150-10), sophomore John Roan took the 3,200 (10:38.7) and the Fairfield boys' 3,200-meter relay team, anchored by Roan, was first in 8:59.6.
"That was a big one for us,' Roan said, "because we had a bunch of guys who hadn't run it before."
The Green Knights' win in the relay was slightly surprising considering it was the first time the team dipped below the nine-minute mark. All four teammates are underclassmen.
In Hewitt's case, he secured his season-high javelin toss in the preliminary stages of his series. With his father watching, Hewitt said he saw his form finally come together. It was just three feet away from the program record -- that which his father, Troy, owns.
"My dad told me to work on some of my form," Hewitt said. "He saw what I was doing wrong and I popped one out."
Fairfield's Devin Wilt added a second-place finish in the 800 (2:09.1) and a third-place effort in the 1,600 (4:48.1).
Hanover junior Steven Shaffer recorded a first in the
Bermudian Springs' Najee Shabazz was second in the 100 (12.1) and Austin Owens was second in the 200 (24.4).
Kiick added a second-place effort in the high jump (5-8).
email@example.com; 717-637-3736, extension 139