This weekend marks the 10-year anniversary of Sheena Gordon’s double-record performance at the 2002 PIAA Class AAA championships. The McDowell great set state records in the high jump and triple jump. Both records still stand.
Check out this recent Varsity Letter featuring Gordon and other Erie County track and field stars.
In addition to Gordon, several former District 10 athletes still own PIAA track and field records. Here’s a list of D-10 athletes’ state records in events that are currently being contested at the PIAA meet: (Records from defunct events are not listed.)
Class AAA girls high jump: Sheena Gordon, McDowell (2002) 5-11
Class AAA girls triple jump: Sheena Gordon, McDowell (2002) 42-10 1/4
Class AAA girls long jump: Nicole Smith, McDowell (2005) 20-3
Class AA girls javelin: Fawn Miller, Lakeview (2008) 167-2.
Class AA boys 100-meter dash: Jeff Brown, Grove City (1979) 10.58
Class AA boys 300-meter hurdles: Tom Wise, Grove City (1992) 37.47
Class AA boys high jump: Matt Benson, Sheffield (1992) 7-1
Class AA boys pole vault: Eric Sparks, Hickory (2005) 15-10
Class AA boys discus: Brian Milne, Fort LeBoeuf (1991) 206-3
No District 10 boys hold Class AAA records in current PIAA events.
• Click below for more notes on District 10 athletes heading into this weekend’s PIAA track and field championships in Shippensburg.
• Fairview senior Andrea Miller’s performance in the District 10 Class AA 1,600 meters was overshadowed by the effort of Hickory standout Morgan Richards. Richards set the meet record in the event with a time of 5 minutes, 3.35 seconds and she claimed the No. 3 seed in this week’s PIAA meet.
Miller, however, had a fine race herself. She finished in 5:16.12 to place second in the D-10 meet for the second straight year. She is seeded ninth in the PIAA in the 1,600 after placing 14th in the event at the 2011 state meet.
Miller has had a strong senior season that included a personal-best 5:15.70 in her first-place effort at the McDowell Invitational.
• Richards and Miller will race against one of the state’s elite athletes in Homer Center senior Angel Piccirillo. She is the two-time defending champion in the PIAA Class AA 1,600 and enters the meet after running a personal-best 4:48.28 in the District 6 championships.
She’s also seeded first in the 800 meters at 2:12.48.
• Two more overlooked performances came from Erie County runners in the Class AA boys 1,600. Iroquois senior Dalton Zebrak placed second in 4:27.00 and Fairview’s Connor Gregory placed third in 4:31.01. Zebrak earned a No. 11 seed at states, while Gregory took the No. 16 seed.
Zebrak showed his talents at the prestigious Baldwin Invitational on May 4 when he finished first among a 1,600-meter field of 88 runners with a personal-best time of 4:20.71. If Zebrak repeats that performance this weekend, he’ll be a contender for a top medal.
• Seneca senior pole vaulter Rebecca Kosack has improved throughout her career, and Kosack’s persistence and steady improvement will be rewarded with an appearance at the PIAA meet this weekend.
She tied her own school record Saturday when she cleared 10 feet 6 inches to finish second behind Greenville’s record-setting Rebekah Petty (12-0).
Kosack placed eighth at 9-3 in the D-10 meet as a sophomore and took fourth in D-10 at 9-6 as a junior.
• Union City sophomore Eve Gardner qualified for the state meet by winning the 200 meters at the D-10 championships with a time of 26.03 seconds. After the meet, Gardner qualified for the PIAA championships in a second event.
Greenville’s Rebekah Petty won the D-10 Class AA 100 meters but chose to scratch in the event for the state meet. As a result, Gardner moved up to second place from third and gained a PIAA berth.
Gardner is seeded 13th in the 200 and 18th in the 100 (12.81).
• District 10 is loaded in the Class AA girls field events. Out of the seven events, D-10 athletes are seeded No. 1 in three, No. 2 in five and No. 3 in three and No. 4 in three. That’s a lot of medal contenders for one district.
Our previous Varsity blog notebook documented the Hickory girls’ prowess in the field events. But other D-10 schools are well-represented among those high seeds as well.
For instance, North East’s Alexandra Schriefer (5-4) and Laurel Shickler (5-2) are seeded second and third, respectively, in the high jump. Wilmington’s Alexis King (18-0 1/2) is second and teammate Mariah Burns (17-10) is third in the long jump. Greenville’s Petty (12-0) is second in the pole vault, and Slippery Rock’s Emily Campbell (39-4 1/2) is fourth in the shot put.
How dominant are D-10’s Class AA girls in the throwing events? Consider this: Eight D-10 girls advanced to the PIAA meet in the shot put and seven more qualified in the discus.
– from staff reports