The State College boys and girls, and St. Joseph’s girls, all advanced in the 3,200 relays in the PIAA Track and Field Championships on Friday at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University.
The Little Lion boys team of Craig Hilliard, Owen Wing, Anthony Degleris and Nick Feffer turned in a time of 7:52.51. They were second in their heat to make the final 12 teams. Hilliard was running in place of Alex Milligan, who was resting up for races later in the day.
“It’s what we were shooting for,” said Hilliard. “We just wanted to get top four. We got it done so we were happy with it.”
The Lady Little Lions team of Natasha Fedkina, Jordan Rohrbach, Catherine Curtin and Emma Simon were clocked in 9:29.07. They were sixth in their heat and 11 th overall to advance.
The Lady Wolves foursome of Lucia Person, Lindsey Carmack, Kate Ott and Sera Mazza were clocked in 9:46.71, taking fourth in their heat and ninth overall. It was the first appearance for a St. Joe’s girls team at the PIAA meet.
“It was a little nerve-wracking because it was pretty close,” Ott said. “It went well. I’m happy.”
In AA boys, the St. Joseph’s team of Eli Urban, Charles Ross, Andy Rogan and Michael Peters was 12 th in their heat in 8:50.48, while the Philipsburg-Osceola group of Kyle Albert, Mike and Matt Shimmel and Nick Patrick was 13 th in 8:45.02 in their heat. Neither team advanced.
In the 100-meter dash, Penns Valley’s Destiny Andrus was clocked in 12.49 seconds make the Saturday morning semifinals. State College’s Taylor Givens was clocked in 12.87, finishing sixth in her heat, and Tristan Daman was clocked in 11.21 for third in his heat.
In the 1,600, Natasha Fedkina raced to second in her heat in 5:01.86 to make the finals, while Mazza was eighth in her heat, unable to advance, in 5:22.88 for St. Joe’s.
The 400 relay saw Penns Valley break the school record with a time of 49.41. Marissa Stecko, Maci Ilgen, Valerie Hosterman and Andrus broke the record which had stood for four years.
“It gives us a really, really good chance of making it to the finals,” an elated, and breathless, Andrus said, “and getting a freakin’ state medal.”
Deadpanned Hosterman: “We’re really excited.”
The State College girls were clocked in 47.79 and also made the finals with Rachel Wylie, Taylor Givens, Zoe Wicks and Hayley Crawford.
Penns Valley’s Isabella Culver was clocked in 59.50, just 0.20 off the school record, in the 400. She was fourth in her heat.
In the throwing events, State College’s Jordan Bair didn’t medal. Bair was 10th in the shot put at 38-5.