SHIPPENSBURG - County schools did not have a medalist or finalist after the first day of the PIAA Track and Field Championships on Friday at Shippensburg University.
Athletes had to face unseasonable cold weather, and the state's elite athletes, at Seth Grove Stadium.
On day one, Youngsville sophomore Mitch Wilcox topped his seeding by one place, finishing 11th out of 25 in the Class AA javelin. Wilcox, who was second at the D10 AA meet to qualify for states, threw 164 feet, two inches. The state champion threw 182-05.
Times Observer photo by Eric Paddock
Warren’s Casey Kulka, left, takes the baton from teammate Amy Castagnino during Friday’s Class AAA girls 4X100 relay at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
Sheffield's Class AA state qualifiers, sophomore Jen Isenberg in the girls javelin and senior Dylan Reynolds in long jump, will compete on Saturday.
For Eisenhower, senior Matt Eernisse finished fifth in Heat 4 of the boys' 400-meter dash, failing to qualify for Saturday's finals, in which the top eight qualify and earn a medal. Eernisse's seeding was 48.98 seconds as the second-place finisher from D10 AA, and he finished Friday in 52.71 seconds, though most of Friday's times were slower than seed times. Senior teammate Jake VanHouten was seventh in Heat 3 - the last heat - in the 300 hurdles, finishing out of the finals. He finished in 44.22 seconds, while his D10 championship-winning seed time was 40.09.
VanHouten and Eernisse joined Ben Perkins and Andrew Onoratti in finishing 10th out of 32 total 4-by-400 relay teams in 3:31.19, just two teams out of Saturday's finals. They were the District 10 champion and seeded 11th at states. The team from Lewisburg that finished just ahead of Ike in its heat qualified for the finals in eighth place overall. Three of eight teams in Ike's heat moved on to Saturday.
Three-time state qualifier in senior Sabrina Anderson did not qualify for the PIAA Class AAA finals in the 100 hurdles, in which she was District 10 champion. Her 4X100 relay team with Casey Kulka, Brooke Armanini and Amy Castagnino was sixth in its Heat 2 of five heats and did not qualify for Saturday's finals. They finished in 52.38 seconds, just over a second slower than their D10 championship seed time of 51.18.
Warren junior Luke Wortman was seventh in his heat of eight, finishing the Class AAA 400 in 51.89 seconds, just a second off his D10 title run. Wortman, Caleb Hultman, Tanner Rosenberg and Jordan Willetts finished 14th overall out of 26 relays in the Class AAA 4X400 run in 3:28.58.
Warren senior and two-time D10 champion Austin Jerman throws the javelin on Saturday.