2012-05-24 / Front Page

Area Track and Field Athletes Medal at Shippensburg

Pete Hardenstine

 A number of area competitors brought home medals from the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University Saturday.


Wyalusing Valley’s Erika Huffman brought home a PIAA medal from the championship meet in Shippensburg Saturday.
The junior runner finished the Class AA 1600 run in seventh place with a time of 5:07.44.
Huffman was third throughout the first three-plus laps of the race before fading down the stretch.
Homer Center’s Angel Piccirillo and Elk County Catholic’s Kennedy Weisner set a blistering pace at the front under very hot, humid conditions. Piccirillo was first with a time of 4:39.42.
Both runners shattered the 32-year-old meet record of 4:52.03.
The Elk Lake girls’ 3200 relay team of Maria Trowbridge, Katie VanEtten, Kirsten Hollister and Jenny VanEtten brought home a third-place medal with a time of 9:37.65.
While Saint Basil Academy ran away to the victory with a time of 9:22.91, Elk Lake staged a tough fight with Trinity until the sixth lap of the eight-lap final. Trinity was second in 9:32.28.
Towanda was in medal contention until final lap when it faded to ninth, one spot off the medal stand.
A pair of Northeast Bradford runners made the medal stand in the boys’ 1600.
Curt Jewett was second behind North East’s Ryan Smathers with a time of 4:18.08. His teammate Sam Williams made a late charge to finish seventh with a time of 4:24.68.
Three area runners medaled in the boys’ 3200 including Northeast Bradford’s Williams’ fourth-place finish. He finished in 9:26.96, trailing only North Schuylkill’s Brendan Shearn, Holy Cross’s Rico Galassi and Beaver’s Josef Dipietrantonio.
Towanda’s Aaron Valoroso made a late move to finish seventh, while Elk Lake’s Luke Jones faded from fourth to eighth in the closing laps. Valoroso finished in 9:40.59 and Jones posted a 9:42.65.
Elk Lake’s Jason Vermeulen finished 13th in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 3.25 inches.
Northeast Bradford’s Kelsey Carlsen took home a fourth-place medal in the javelin with a throw of 134 feet, two inches.
Colton Snyder was sixth in the boys’ 800 with a time of 1:57.13.
Tunkhannock’s Destiny Distasio set a new school record in the Class AAA pole vault with a height of 11 feet. She finished in a tie for 11th.



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