A pair of future Penn State football players had golden days Saturday at the PIAA Track and Field Championships.
Meadville’s Journey Brown, who will be stepping on the Penn State campus in a few weeks, stamped his name in the Pennsylvania history books in a big way.
The incoming running back burned down the Seth Grove Stadium track in the 100-meter dash in 10.43 seconds. The time broke the state record set in 1985 by future U.S. Olympian Leroy Burrell when he was at Penn Wood.
Brown, who defended his Class 3A title in the event, hopes to run track for the Nittany Lions in addition to his offensive duties in football.
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“It’s fantastic just to be mentioned with Olympians,” Brown said. “Just to be able to break, or tie, a great record like that, it’s
Camp Hill junior Zack Kuntz, a Class of 2018 verbal commit, won the Class 2A 110-meter high hurdles in 14.47 seconds. He also finished third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.80 and, on Friday, was seventh in the high jump.
The 6-foot-8 Kuntz is following older brothers Christian and Brandon to the Nittany Lion football team. The tight end plans to enroll early in January, so this was his last high school track meet.
“It gives me an extra kick at the end,” Kuntz said. “Take a couple hundredths off with a lean. Like a senior year, you’d call it. I’m just excited about it ... ’cause I’ll never do it again.”
Among Penn State track recruits, Jordan Williams won the Class 2A 1,600 in 4:59.01, with Moira O’Shea of Greensburg Central Catholic second in 5:02.07. Nick Wagner of Penn Trafford took second in the Class 3A 800 in 1:51.79.