Spent Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University for the PIAA Track and Field Championship - my 11th consecutive year at the event split between a couple papers - and I came away wondering what's happened to track in Washington and Greene Counties.
Only three athletes won medals. Canon-McMillan seniors Kyle Gibson (Class AAA 3,200 run) and Zane Zebrasky (Javelin) each took 5th place in their respective events and both performed admirably. Also, Bentworth junior Amanda Kennedy (Class AA javelin) won an eighth place medal.
Overall, it's been two consecutive bad years locally at state track. Really bad.
So what's going on? Anyone have any ideas?
I know some teams are struggling with numbers and others had to remove promising athletes from their teams due to various problems. Still, only three medals?
One positive is that many of the local competitors at this year's meet were underclassmen. Maybe the down cycle is coming to an end.