High School Sports

State College Boys Track & Field Preview

Head coach: Rusty McCrea (second season)

Last year: 4-1, District 6 Class AAA runner-up

Assistant coaches: Steve Shisler, Matt Cosgrove, Matt Seeland, Joe Sarra

Key losses: Alex Shisler, David Gordeuk, Dan Collins

Returning letterwinners: Greg Kellar, Sean King, Kyle Margusity, Lonnie Koudela, Lucas Jennerman, Will Cather, Chris Golembeski, Mason Post, Connor Stashko, Kyle Adams, Kyle Sutherland, Matt Beyerle, Alex Banerjee, Jon Smith, Matt Mullin, Sam Murphy, Peter Muto, Sean O’Melia, Dan Forziat, Latham Thompson, Bryce Williams

Key newcomers: Samuel Bollinger, Kellin Valentine, Ebrahim Britton, Tristan Daman, Seamus Wagner, Alex Milligan, Marco Schoch, Griffin Thompson, Lewis Yeaple

The skinny: Despite the graduation loss of several district champions and PIAA competitors, the Little Lions still have plenty of talent and depth. … Biggest change is the program’s move to the Mid-Penn Conference for more dual meets on the schedule this spring. … Among the PIAA competitors returning are half the team’s 4x800 relay team that finished seventh at states in Will Cather and Kyle Adams, and middle distances should be a strength again. … Other key athletes in the middle- and long-distance events include Chris Golembeski, Matt Beyerle, Sam Bollinger, Alex Milligan, Kyle Sutherland and Eric Heatwole. … Top sprinters include Greg Kellar, Kyle Margusity, Marco Schoch, Mason Post, Ebrahim Britton, Tristan Daman and Seamus Wagner. … Taking over in the hurdles are Jon Smith, Alex Banerjee and Tyler Smith. … Top jumpers include Bryce Williams, Sean King, Kellin Valentine and Dan Forziat. … The throws are likely to be led by Matt Mullin, Sean O’Melia, Sam Murphy and Mitchell Strawser. … Top pole-vaulters include Latham Thompson, Griffin Thompson and Mark Henry. … Coach McCrea says the team has some talent in the freshman class that just needs a little polish and maturity to compete with the older athletes.

Coach McCrea says: “I believe in judging athletes by the effort they are putting in every day. I love seeing kids work hard all week and then see that pay off at the meets. … Our team theme this year is ‘Stay Hungry.’ The idea of this is to allow past successes to drive future accomplishments.”