Coming to you live from Shippensburg University's Serth Grove Stadium for the second day of the PIAA Track and Field Championships. Day 2 promises to yield more medal for local athletes than the opening day.
A few of the top competitors going today are Jefferson-Morgan high jumper Hans Lubich, Trinity shot putter Nate Lojek, Bentworth javelin thrower Amanda Kennedy and Canon-McMillan distance runner Matt Gregory.
Not as warm, yet.
10:19 a.m. – Fort Cherry junior Brian Lauff moved to the finals of the Class AA 110 hurdles. As long as he's not DQ'd, Lauff will win the first PIAA medal in FC boys track.
Trinity sophomore Mike McClelland remains in the Class AAA high jump. He cleared 6-4 on his third and final attempt.
WPIAL Class AAA cross country champion Matt Gregory concluded his varsity running career at Canon-McMillan with a 14th place finish in the 3,200 run (9:35.74). Fort Cherry's Andrew Lucarini, sporting a sweet stache, placed 14th in the Class AA 3,200 (9:53.88) and South Fayette's Julia Denison was 18th in the girls Class AA 3,200 (12:09.65).
10:50 a.m. – Trinity senior Nate Lojek claims first medal of the day for local participants. Lojek, a Robert Morris University football recruit, placed sixth in the Class AAA shot put (53-0).
11:20 a.m. – Bentworth's Amanda Kennedy places fifth in the Class AA javelin (128-8). Kennedy becomes the first Bentworth athlete to medal in consecutive years at the state meet. She placed eighth in the javelin a year ago.
Albert Gallatin's Anthony Stevenson, who attended Wash High as a sophomore, placed fourth in the Class AAA high jump (6-8).
12:18 p.m. – Lauff becomes first Fort Cherry athlete to medal at states – placing sixth in the 110 high hurdles. His time of 15.05 was a personal best and he came within inches of placing fourth.
2:01 p.m. – McGuffey's Sean "J.T." Deschamps and Fort Cherry's Sidney Walter added to the medal total. Deschamps placed fifth in the Class AA 300 hurdles. Walter was eighth in the girls Class AA 300 hurdles.
Overall, local athletes have won six medals. That's three more than last year.
Jeff-Morgan's Hans Lubich – best name in the WPIAL – remains in the Class AA high jump.
Great crowd in attendance. Packed stands, into the events.
2:33 p.m. – Monessen's Tarelle Irwin wins the Class AA 200 (22.25) convincingly. He also placed third in the 100.
Just talked to Lubich and he placed sixth. He cleared 6-4.
3:05 p.m. – Peace. Time to drive to North Carolina.