Local athletes set for state track and field championships

Lydia Latimer will be competing in the PIAA Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University.

Shippensburg University and the PIAA Track and Field Championships beckon for eight Warren County athletes, beginning today.

Warren’s Lydia Latimer and Kyle Adams, the Warren girls’ 4×800 relay team of Kayla Giambrone, Bri Ristau, Naomi Hahn and Katie Beyer, as well as Youngsville’s Jake Hogg and Naomi Swartzbaugh all advanced via their stellar performances at the D-10 championships.

Latimer, the 4-time District 10 champion in the high jump, also qualified for states in the 200. She will have to wait until Saturday for the high jump, where she is one of a staggering number of athletes, 19 to be exact, who jumped 5-3 at their respective district meets. The top seeds are Kate Willshaw of Easton, Bri Smith of Cheltenham and Lydia Bottelier, who all went 5-7. In the 200, she is seeded 27th, with Talitha Diggs of Saucon Valley the top seed.

The 4×800 relay team, meanwhile will be the first to compete. They were one of 27 teams to qualify, and are seeded 24th with a time of 9:55.08. The top seed is Strath Haven at 9:09.22, over seven seconds better than the next best team.

Adams, meanwhile, ran his best time in the 200 at the District 10 championships to punch his ticket (22.58). He is in a field that includes top seed Savion Hebron of Neshaminy (21.35), as well as Penn State football recruit Joey Porter Jr. of North Allegheny and Bradford’s Michael Bosworth, among others.

Youngsville's Jake Hogg (left) will be looking to medal in his second trip to the PIAA Track and Field Championships.

Hogg will compete in the afternoon session on Friday in the high jump. The sophomore went 6-1 to win the District 10 championship for the second consecutive season. He has cleared 6-5 this season, which would easily put him in medal contention should he clear that at Shippensburg. Logan Pfister of Chesnut Ridge is the No. 1 seed at 6-6.5.

The senior standout Swartzbaugh will be on the track on Friday in the prelims of the 300 hurdles. She finished second at districts and is seeded 13th out of 25 runners at 47.06. A strong performance could easily put her in medal contention, as the No. 8 seed is Hickory’s Aniyah Anderson, who just edged her at districts.

Action is set to get underway from Seth Grove Stadium at 9 a.m.