Centre County has produced plenty of talent in track and field over the years, and this spring figures to bring more of the same.
State College has a number of athletes who will be looking to qualify for, and earn medals at, the state championships in May, but the Little Lions are not alone.
Penns Valley and Philipsburg-Osceola both return athletes who competed at the PIAA Championships, while Bellefonte and Bald Eagle Area lost theirs to graduation, but the Red Raiders and Eagles did have cross country runners at the state meet last fall.
Sporting the best chance to bring back not just a medal, but maybe even gold, from the PIAA meet will be the Little Lion 4x800 relay teams.
Both teams produced seventh-place finishes at the state finals last spring, and with most members back on both sides had strong performances during the indoor season, capped by All-America performances at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York in March. The boys finished fourth, with the best showing among Pennsylvania schools and were barely off the school record, while the girls finished sixth.
With the chill of winter finally breaking in central Pennsylvania and the snow finally gone from the tracks, teams are getting into form as they prepare through April for the tough stretch of May of the West Centra Coaches Invitational and the District 6 meet, leading into the state championships.
A look at each of the area’s programs:
Bald Eagle Area
St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy