Greetings from overcast Shippensburg, Pa. and the PIAA Track and Field Championships. There's a light breeze, the sun is not beating down on the athletes and it's not overly warm. Good weather for a big meet.
Keep checking back for updates from Day 1.
11:06 a.m. – Area's best chance for an early medal goes unfulfilled. Canon-McMillan senior Kurt Bonnet, the fourth-seed in the Boys Class AAA discus, failed to medal. Bonnet placed ninth, one spot out of a medal, with a 151-07. His qualifying throw at the WPIAL championships was 157-08.
12:03 p.m. – Marissa Kalsey of Waynesburg, a freshman and the WPIAL Class AA pole vault champion, did not medal in her first state meet. Raiders senior Nick Patton did not medal at the WPIAL Class AA javelin. Patton was WPIAL champ as a junior and second place as a senior but would have needed to PR by nearly 25 feet to place.
12: 51 p.m. – Monessen speedster Tarelle Irwin, the WPIAL Class AA champion in the 100 and 200 dashes, advanced to the 100 semis with a time of 11.15.
Char-Houston's Kelly Kendrick and Avella's Julia Stockman both cleared the opening height (4-8) in the Class AA girls high jump.
1:52 p.m. – Uhhh, it's hot. Getting real hot.
Kendrick just cleared 5-0 on her second attempt, drastically improving her shots at a medal. Patton still competing in the pole vault.
2:40 p.m. – Peters Township sophomore Kaitlin Brace earns the area's first medal – fifth place in the girls Class AAA javelin (131-5).
Kendrick just cleared 5-2 in the high jump.
3:58 p.m. – Kendrick just missed out on a medal in the high jump.
Two area hurdlers – Fort Cherry's Sidney Walter and McGuffey's Sean "J.T." Deschamps – advanced to the Class AA finals in the 300s. Barring a disqualification, both will medal Saturday.