A slew of Cornwall-Lebanon School District students brought home medals from the State Finals of the Hershey Track & Field Youth Program on Saturday at Penn State University.
In all, the future Falcons won 17 awards, including two individual gold medals and a relay victory .
Tommy Bildheiser and Noah Gonzalez both crossed first in their respective races. Bildheiser cruised to gold in the 11-12 boys' 800-meter run in 2:38.83. Gonzalez later added the program's 30th individual gold medal since 1995 by winning the 9-10 boys' 50 dash in 7.82.
In addition, the 13-14 boy's 400 relay of Sebastian Lausch, Jawuan Stewart, Ian Morley and Aidan Sullivan captured the top spot in 52.79. They became the 14th Falcon relay to win at the State Finals.
All three gold medal winners – Bildheiser, Gonzalez and the 400 relay — have the possibility of participating in the North American Finals on Aug. 2.
The athletes will find out their regional ranking no later than July 14th. Cedar Crest is included in a seven-state region which also competes against parts of Canada.
Saturday's silver medalists included Jonas Funk in the 11-12 boys' 400 dash (1:08.20), Jake Barrett in the 13-14 boys' 1600 run (5:19) and the 11-12 boys' 400 relay featuring Funk, Bildheiser, Ben Garman and Eli Zeisloft (58.59).
Third-place racers were Gonzalez in the 9-10 boys' 100 dash (15.01), Eli Zeisloft in the 11-12 boys' 200 (29.85) and the 9-10 girls' 400 relay of Madeline Klein, Deanna Sellers, Jaden Hardy and Meygan Carpenter (1:05.98). Fourth-place finishers included Gabby Warfield in the 11-12 girls' softball throw (114-6) and the 9-10 boys' 400 relay (1:02.40) consisting of Matthew Stohrer, Noah Gonzalez, Nick Garman and Micah Zeisloft, who tacked on a seventh-place medal in the softball toss (91-9).
The girls' 13-14 quartet of Emma Holzman, Caroline Manbeck, Peyton Kolovani and DeAsia Holloman shared the baton to cross fifth in the 400 relay (58.31).
Long jumpers Ben Garman and Parker Engle also added fifth-place medals in their respective classes. Garman leaped 7 feet, 4 inches in 11-12 boys' group, and Engle covered 6 feet, 1.4 inches in the 9-10 boys' range. Caleb Peters picked up sixth-place hardware in the boys' 9-10 400 dash (1:19.80).