Phew! The PIAA Track & Field Championships were a scorcher, from the soaring temperatures to the results.
The 2012 meet goes down as one of the best in recent memory for local competitors. It's been some time since the area produced three local champions and a second-place team at the same meet.
1st place - Dustin Fuller, Washington (AA, 300 hurdles), Marissa Kalsey, Waynesburg (AA, pole vault), Jessie Merckle, Fort Cherry (AA, javelin)
2nd place - Dustin Fuller, Washington (AA, 400 dash), Mira Carrozza, Canon-McMillan (AAA, javelin), Kailyn Clancy, California (AA, shot put)
3rd place - Shawn Johnson, Canon-McMillan (AAA, high jump and triple jump), Alyssa Wise (AA, 100 dash and 200 dash), Peyton Hampson, Waynesburg (AA, 800 run)
4th place - Darius Spinks, Washington (AA, long jump)
5th place - Josh Wise, Washington (AA, high jump), Washington 1,600 relay team of Mykhael Kelley, Darius Spinks, Mijerean Witcher and Dustin Fuller, Margo Darragh, Fort Cherry (AA, 800 run)
6th place - Jenna Lucas, Fort Cherry (AA, javelin)
7th place - Dustin Fuller, Washington (AA 110 high hurdles)
2nd place - Washington, 33 points
Of note: Merckle became the first individual state champion (any sport) in Fort Cherry history. She also qualified for the NFHS honor roll. ... Fuller established school records in the 300 hurdles and 400 dash. ... Kalsey is the second Waynesburg girl to win PIAA gold in the pole vault. Jocelyn Lindsay is the other. ... Carrozza's finish in the javelin may be the highest placement at the state meet in C-M history. ... Clancy is the first California athlete to medal at the state meet. ... Johnson qualified for the NFHS honor roll in the triple jump (49-5 1/4). ... Hampson's 800 ranks 5th in WPIAL history and qualified for the NFHS honor roll.