District 10 updates from Friday’s PIAA track and field meet at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium. The top eight entrants in each event will receive medals.
Earlier updates will appear in the previous entry section.
– Mike Copper
* We’re closing the blog for Friday’s competition, which included six PIAA champions from District 10. We’ll have similar coverage here all day Saturday.
* North East star runner Ryan Smathers, already the favorite to win Saturday’s AA boys 1,600, won his heat in the 800. His estimated time of 1:57.60 should be good enough to get him on the starting line for that final Saturday.
* Central Tech’s Greg Miaczynski (38.82) will be the favorite going into Saturday’s final of the AAA boys 300 hurdles. His heat time was .07 faster than that of Chambersburg’s Kellen Williams.
* West Middlesex pole vaulter Luke Patten became District 10′s sixth gold medalist today when he overcame the AA boys field, plus some of the worst wind he’s ever encountered, to record a personal-best height of 14-6.
* Black’s gold medal is the first of any kind for a Bobcat at the state track and field meet, according to athletic director Kris Hudnall.
* General McLane freshman Bethany Evankovich (58.95) will start third in Saturday’s AA girls 400 final.
* North East’s Ryan Smathers, the returning champ in the AA boys 1,600, will have the low time of 4:29.72 for Saturday’s final. Mercyhurst Prep’s Sebastian Curtin will be second at 4:30.30.
* Seneca’s Samantha Black (AA girls discus, 133-9) and Lakeview’s Courtney King (AA girls high jump 5-6) become the fourth and fifth PIAA champions from District 10 on Friday.
* Jon Yohman becomes District 10′s third gold medalist. The Wilmington senior lived up to his top seeding in the shot put with a winning throw of 61-8 1/2.
* Greenville’s Rebekah Petty joined McKeen atop the meet’s podium by winning the AA girls pole vault with a height of 11-9.
* Northwestern senior Kyle McKeen has won the PIAA Class AA gold medal in the boys triple jump. McKeen landed 46-9 1/4 on his second attempt in the finals. He was seeded third at 45-6 1/4.
* Wilmington’s Tyler Donati took the bronze in the AA boys javelin at 176-5.
* The Lakeview boys will start fourth (8:09.40) in Saturday’s AA boys 3,200 relay final.
* Corry senior Jaynee Corbett placed fourth in the AAA girls’ shot put with her last toss of 42-8 in the final. Hickory’s Sophia Fustos was fifth at 41-5 1/2.
* Villa Maria’s 3,200 relay, which was seeded second, will go into Saturday’s championship race as the favorite thanks to its heat time of 9:48.90. Raven Clark, Grace Trucilla, Alison Carson and Claire Brown comprised the Victors’ quartet Friday morning.
* The best bet for high medals among Erie County entrants is Seneca’s Samantha Black, who’s seeded third in the AA girls discus. Corry’s Jaynee Corbett, bound for Youngstown State’s track team, is seeded fourth in the Class AAA girls shot put. Also look for Northwestern’s Kyle McKeen, who’s seeded third in the AA boys triple jump.
* There are three D-10 entrants who are seeded first in their respective events today. They are Greenville’s Rebekah Petty in Class AA girls pole vault, Wilmington’s Jon Yohman in Class AA boys shot put and West Middlesex’s Luke Patten in AA boys pole vault.
* Today’s track events will only consist of preliminary races. No medals will be awarded in any of those events until Saturday. There will be medalists in field events.
* As of 8 a.m., the weather here at Shipp does not scream Memorial Day weekend. Very overcast with a light to heavy drizzle. Temperatures are in the low 60s — when the wind isn’t blowing. Not conducive weather for participants to set meet records.