State College track & field coach Steve Shisler thought that Saturday’s Shippensburg Invitational would be a good dry run for the upcoming state championships.
If that’s the case, both squads are sitting pretty.
The State College boys’ and girls’ track & field teams won respective titles at the meet. The boys’ side posted 130 points, 70 better than second-place Williamsport, and the girls’ team was victorious with a score of 86.5.
“This was on our radar and one of the important checkpoints of where we are in the season,” Shisler said. “Very happy with the results.”
The boys’ team had several winners.
Tristan Daman took top honors in the 100-meter dash, while Alex Milligan was first in the 800-meter run and 3,200-meter run. Nick Feffer ousted his competition in the 1,600-run and Kellin Valentine triumphed in the high jump.
The wins not included, the State College boys’ team had an additional 11 top-five finishers.
Shisler said he challenged the boys to beat State College’s 2014 score of 105.
“They rose to the occasion,” he noted.
The girls’ team was also successful, posting 12 top-five finishers.
Natasha Fedkina won in the 1,600 run and Veronika Karpenko held a sizable advantage over her opponents in the triple jump.
Haley Crawford finished fourth in the 200 dash, Jordan Rohrbach was third in the 800 run, Rachel Wylie was second in the 300 hurdles, and Kinsey Thompson placed fifth in the pole vault.
Overall, both squads showed out.
“We scored a lot of points in a lot of different events,” Shisler said. “It was a great day.”