2021 Outdoor Track and Field Preview – Boys

The wait is over! Outdoor track and field is back! What will a one year layoff mean for the 2021 season? Who’s made the biggest strides from 2019? Who are the newcomers looking to make a name for themselves this year? We’ll try to answer those questions and more, below.

Sprints/Hurdles

We may have missed out on some all-time great sprint performances in 2020, including what would’ve been some incredibly fast 4x100m relay teams from Harrisburg, JP McCaskey, and CD East. JP McCaskey may have been the best of the bunch. Their 2020 team was primed to take down the all-time LL League record of 41.90s set by the 2009 McCaskey squad. In addition, 5 of the top 6 100m returners in the state would’ve come from District 3. Kamere Day (Harrisburg), Shawn Brown (CD East), Tyeshawn Worrell (Chambersburg), Donte Kent (Harrisburg), and Joseph Bruno (Mechanicsburg – *later transferred to a Md school) all ran sub 10.75 FATs in 2019.

100m:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/2019 season PR) – Sam Knipe (sr, State College; PR – 11.11); Tyree Brooks (jr, Spring Grove; PR – 11.12); Karter Jones (sr, Chambersburg; PR – 11.17); Ethan Capitano (sr, Wilson; PR – 11.18); Tanner Hess (sr, Hempfield; PR – 11.19); Brooks Coughenour (sr, York Suburban; 11.20); Markeyce Hughes (sr, Central Dauphin; PR – 11.21); Nicholas Singleton (jr, Governor Mifflin; PR – 11.21); Jackson Doughty (sr, Mechanicsburg; PR – 11.23); Alex McGeary (jr, Muhlenberg; PR – 11.24)

Others to watch – NaShawn Dunbar (sr, Wyomissing); Justin Shorter (sr, Harrisburg); Nico Gasque (so, West York)

Notes – NaShawn Dunbar was the breakout sprint star in Central PA winter of 2020. He has yet to compete outdoors, but expect him to be at, or very near the top of the pack over 100m. He ran the 3rd fastest 60m dash time indoors in 2020, clocking a blistering 6.88s. Nicholas Singleton is one of the top running back recruits in the nation. 247 Sports ranks him as the #42 player overall and as the #3 RB in the country in the class of 2022. Penn State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State are the projected front-runners for his commitment.

200m:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/2019 season PR) – James Jaisingh (sr, Cumberland Valley; PR – 22.20); AJ Virata (sr, Red Lion; PR – 22.55); Markeyce Hughes (sr, Central Dauphin; PR – 22.76); Ethan Capitano (sr, Wilson; PR – 22.82); Ju’juan Oliver (sr, Harrisburg; PR – 22.83); Karter Jones (sr, Chambersburg; PR – 22.84); Brooks Coughenour (sr, York Suburban; PR – 22.84); David Williams (sr, Cumberland Valley; PR – 22.90)

Others to watch – NaShawn Dunbar (sr, Wyomissing)

Notes – Dunbar ran 22.20 indoors in 2020. He’ll be looking for AA district gold in both the 100m and 200m outdoors and a likely berth in the state finals in both events. James Jaisingh is one of the top long sprinters in the state. He’ll be your favorite in class AAA in booth the 200m and 400m events.

400m:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/2019 season PR) – James Jaisingh (sr, Cumberland Valley; PR – 48.11); David Williams (sr, Cumberland Valley; PR – 49.09); Noah Sanders (sr, Gettysburg; PR – 49.13); Ju’juan Oliver (sr, Harrisburg; PR – 49.45); Tanner Hess (sr, Hempfield; PR – 50.78); Michael Moran (sr, Annville-Cleona; PR – 50.95); Justin Kaufman (sr, Governor Mifflin; PR – 50.97)

Others to watch – Ryan Lindenberg (jr, State College); Joseph Grabill (sr, Hollidaysburg); Karter Jones (sr, Chambersburg); Dariel Garcia-Nunez (jr, Reading); Donovan Welliver (so, Central York); Caelib Little (so, Chambersburg); Tavon Cooper (so, Greencastle-Antrim)

Notes – James Jaisingh is the #1 returnee in the state. He opened his season at a late February Polar Bear meet at Cumberland Valley and ran 49.74. Noah Sanders finished 2nd in the same race running 50.0. Sanders is the #4 returnee in the state. Finishing 3rd in the polar bear event was David Williams who ran 51.60. He is the #3 returning 400m runner in the state. Cumberland Valley may be able to put together a very strong 4x400m relay team this season.

The 400m is one of the most talented event groupings for Central PA in 2021.

110mH:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/2019 season PR) – Austin Kravetz (sr, Altoona; PR – 15.48); Dustin Edwards (sr, South Western; PR – 15.50); Allen Reitnouer (sr, Schuylkill Valley; PR – 15.81); Tanner Haines (sr, Warwick; PR – 15.86); Austin Milletics (sr, CD East; PR – 15.98); Jefferson Hill (sr, Juniata Valley; PR – 16.03); Loago Snavely (sr, Conestoga Valley; PR – 16.15)

Others to watch -Darrion Baumgartner (so, Chambersburg)

Notes: Someone from this group with breakout, but who? Should be a tightly contested battle for the area’s top high hurdler.

300mH:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/2019 season PR) – Loago Snavely (sr, Conestoga Valley; PR – 39.75); Kaseim Gregg (sr, Harrisburg; PR – 40.69); Nate Reed (sr, Manheim Central; PR – 41.47); Dustin Edwards (sr, South Western; PR – 41.78); Luke Noss (jr, Cumberland Valley; PR – 41.83); Steven Turner (sr, Susquehanna Township; PR – 41.95); Austin Kravetz (sr, Altoona; PR – 42.13)

Others to watch – Jonah Warehime (sr, Spring Grove); Christopher Pantano (sr, Dallastown); Luke Montedoro (sr, Greencastle-Antrim); Thomas Abraham (jr, Hershey); Mike Alicea (jr, Northeastern); Kyle Emrey (jr, Ephrata); Ben Grata (jr, Central Cambria); Ryan McGowan (so, Richland)

Notes – Loago Snavely is the #3 ranked returning 300mH in the state.

The 300mH is a strength and technique event and I’d expect a lot of movement amongst those who were only freshman and sophomores back in 2019. Expect some big PRs.

Mid-Distance/Distance

This grouping put up some fantastic performances in 2019, sweeping state titles for Central PA in the 800m (Tyler Shue, Ephrata; AND Garrett Baublitz, Juniata) and 1600m (Evan Dorenkamp, Manheim Township; AND Garrett Baublitz). Both Dorenkamp and Shue are now running for Penn State University. Dorenkamp dropped a 4:01 mile back in January. Baublitz is now running for the Naval Academy. Central PA nearly swept the 3200m runs as well with Penns Valley’s Colton Sands winning the AA title and Chayce Macknair (Mifflin County) placing 2nd in AAA. Colton Sands is back for his senior season and is committed to run for the University of North Carolina next year.

While the 2021 Mid-Distance/Distance team may not win as many state titles, they have similar depth as the grouping from 2019.

800m:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/ current PR) – Luke Seymour (jr, Schuylkill Valley; PR – 1:57.41); John Williams (sr, Cumberland Valley; PR – 1:59.41); Sean Adams (jr, State College; PR – 1:57.68); Jacob Smith (jr, Warwick; PR – 2:00.18); Corey Roberts (sr, Central Cambria; PR – 2:00.29); Mitchell Brett (sr, Kutztown; PR – 2:01.12); Andrew Booths (sr, Carlisle; PR – 2:01.16); Jake Klucinec (sr, Palmyra; PR – 2:01.51)

Others to watch – Tommy Bildheiser (sr, Cedar Crest); Noah Taylor (sr, Twin Valley); Iain Taylor (sr, Twin Valley); Anthony Engle (so, Twin Valley); DJ Laliberte (sr, Cedar Crest); Jahmar Gonzalez-Allie (so, Annville-Cleona); Paytin Moore (jr, Waynesboro); Ben Blough (so, JP McCaskey)

Notes – Luke Seymour is the top returning 800m runner in the state (AA). His time of 1:57.41 was set as a freshman. He has 3200m strength as well. Tommy Bildheiser recently ran 1:59.89 at the WC Henderson Polar Bear Champs.

Similar to the 300mH event, expect big PRs amongst the 800m runners this spring.

1600m:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/ current PR) – Colton Sands (sr, Penns Valley; PR – 4:16.43); Peter Wolf (sr, Wilson; PR – 4:26.38); Jakolby Fackler (sr, Palmyra; PR – 4:27.00); Brayden Harris (sr, Mifflin County; PR – 4:27.88); Bennett Norton (sr, State College; PR – 4:29.51); Luke Hinegardner (jr, Cedar Crest; PR – 4:30.25)

Others to watch – Brendan Colwell (sr, Penns Valley); Weber Long (jr, Greencastle-Antrim); Brady Bigger (sr, State College); Tyler Stevens (jr, Manheim Township); Aidan Hodge (so, Hempfield); Alex Holbrook (jr, Exeter Township); Noah Taylor (sr, Twin Valley); Luke Seymour (jr, Schuylkill Valley); Stephen Schousen (sr, JP McCaskey); Shea Walsh (jr, York Suburban); Sean Adams (jr, State College); Jacob Smith (jr, Warwick); Ryan Wolfe (jr, Cedar Crest); Tommy Bildheiser (sr, Cedar Crest); Collin Wolf (sr, Kennard-Dale); Drew Cole (jr, Gettysburg); Trent Dinant (jr, State College); Matthew O’Brien (so, Susquehannock); TJ Roden (so, Central Dauphin); Jordan Tiday (so, Cumberland Valley); Isaac Showers (sr, Lebanon); Colin Whitaker (fr, Lampeter Strasburg)

Notes – None of the “Top Returnees from the 2019 season” posted times this winter. The “Others to watch” is largely comprised of those athletes who have posted times since then. Brady Bigger and Sean Adams ran 4:25.01 and 4:26.66, respectively, last winter (2020). Brendan Colwell ran a 4:18 road mile back in April of 2020. Weber Long just posted a 4:23.91 1600m time (converted from his mile) at the WC Henderson Polar Bear Champs on March 6th. Tyler Stevens, Aidan Hodge, Alex Holbrook, and Noah Taylor all posted solid indoor mile times this past winter. Their 1600m conversions from this winter are as follows: Stevens – 4:25.08; Holbrook – 4:27.64; Hodge – 4:27.69; Taylor – 4:29.86. Luke Seymour went for the 800m and 3200m double at states in 2019. Expect him to have a nice time drop in the 1600m this spring. Wilson’s Peter Wolf is the top returner from the 2019 District III AAA championships. Cedar Crest’s Luke Hinegardner was the top freshman distance runner in AAA back in 2019.

3200m:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/ current PR) – Colton Sands (sr, Penns Valley; PR – 9:04.68); Jakolby Fackler (sr, Palmyra; PR – 9:36.73); Brayden Harris (sr, Mifflin County; PR – 9:26.95); Brady Bigger (sr, State College; PR – 9:35.93); Luke Hinegardner (jr, Cedar Crest; PR – 9:44.78); Alex Miller (sr, JP McCaskey; PR 9:46.81); Graham Thomas (sr, Penn Manor; PR – 9:48.73); Brayden Boyd (sr, Chambersburg; PR – 9:50.44); Evan Peachey (sr, Carlisle; PR – 9:51.52); Cole Adams (jr, York Suburban; PR – 9:52.10)

Others to watch – Brendan Colwell (sr, Penns Valley); Weber Long (jr, Greencastle-Antrim); Stephen Schousen (sr, JP McCaskey); Tyler Stevens (jr, Manheim Township); Aidan Hodge (so, Hempfield); Alex Holbrook (jr, Exeter Township); Peter Wolf (sr, Wilson); Eli Spence (sr, Shippensburg); Reid Weber (sr, Northern); Noah Taylor (sr, Twin Valley); Luke Seymour (jr, Schuylkill Valley); Cole Perry (jr, Northeastern); Dan Gibney (sr, Kennard-Dale); Devon Morgan (so, Central Cambria)

Notes – Brady Bigger, Graham Thomas, and Cole Adams placed 1st, 3rd, and 7th at the 2020 PIAA AAA XC Championships and should all be primed for big PRs this track season. Brendan Colwell missed states due to an injury. He is back and training. Late last spring he ran a 9:10 3200m and a 14:53 5k. He is committed to Penn State. Weber Long just ran an 8:37.74 3k at the WC Henderson Polar Bear Champs (March 5th). That time converts to a 9:16 3200m. Stephen Schousen (9:32.04), Tyler Stevens (9:35.26), and Aidan Hodge (9:36.32) all set new PRs at the Adidas Indoor Nationals on Feb 27th. Alex Holbrook also PR’d indoors running 9:40.68. Luke Hinegardner was the #3 ranked freshman in the state in 2019. Many others haven’t competed since XC, so you can expect to see some big PRs early this spring.

Throws

I’ll start this section by simply saying that District 3 is loaded with great throws talent. The team with the most depth? Probably Wyomissing. In fact, Wyomissing will make a strong push for the district title off of their throw’s depth.

Shot Put:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/ current PR) – Dustin Hyde (sr, Somerset; PR – 60-4); Dylan Lambrecht (sr, Northern Lebanon; PR – 60-3); Rushard Williams (sr, Wyomissing; PR – 53-4); Evan Niedrowski (sr, Wyomissing; PR – 52-4.25); Tanner Mountz (sr, Schuylkill Valley; PR – 47-7); Alex Tejada (sr, Northeastern; PR – 47-5.25)

Others to watch – J’ven Williams (so, Wyomissing); Brady Mider (fr, Berks Catholic); Bryce Chapman (sr, Carlisle); Dalton Foore (sr, Shippensburg)

Notes – Hyde and Lambrecht have continued throwing well indoors in this past winter and appear to be the top 2 guys in Central PA. Rushard Williams (53-4) and sophomore teammate J’ven Williams (51-9.5) both set new PRs this indoor season. Brady Mider is one of the top freshman throwers in the country. He threw a PR of 47-9.25 this winter. Niedrowski is known more for the Javelin, but he did throw the shot over 52-feet as a sophomore. Lambrecht is committed to PSU and Niedrowski is committed to Monmouth.

Discus:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/2019 season PR) – Evan Niedrowski (sr, Wyomissing; PR – 163-1); Dylan Lambrecht (sr, Northern Lebanon; PR – 161-10); Jon Barrett (sr, Northern; PR – 160-10); Dustin Hyde (sr, Somerset; PR – 147-9); Rushard Williams (sr, Wyomissing; PR – 146-9); Kalen Sharrah (sr, Biglerville; PR – 144-10); Ayden Maulick (sr, Fleetwood; PR – 141-5); Mathew Hoffman (sr, Exeter Township; PR – 140-8)

Others to watch – Bryce Chapman (sr, Carlisle); Chase Shaneman (sr, Twin Valley); Tyler Fahnestock (jr, Manheim Central); Wade Shomper (jr, Cumberland Valley); Will Westrick (jr, Central Cambria); J’ven Williams (so, Wyomissing); Brad Weinhold (jr, Cocalico); Colin Daub (so, ELCO)

Notes – Lambrecht is the #1 returnee in the state class AAA with Barrett being the #2 ranked returnee in class AAA. Niedrowski is the #3 ranked returnee in class AA in the state. Williams is the #5 returnee in class AA. The Wyomissing throws team is solid!

Javelin:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/2019 season PR) – Evan Niedrowski (sr, Wyomissing; PR – 201-11); Hudson Holbay (sr, Westmont Hilltop; PR – 163-6); Nick Marinak (sr, Penn Cambria; PR – 161-3); Kade Kegarise (sr, Manheim Central; PR – 157-11); Chase Walters (sr, Wilson; PR – 157-8); Miles Higgins (jr, Ligonier Valley; PR – 157-0)

Others to watch – Isaiah Rodriguez (sr, Lebanon); Weston McLain (sr, Eastern York); Dylan Scheipe (jr, Muhlenberg)

Notes – Niedrowski will go for a state title this spring in the Javelin. He is the #1 returnee by nearly 26-feet based on 2019 PRs. Last spring, he took on some individual trials and threw 222-8. He could be in position to launch an all-time state performance this season.

Jumps

Expect a bunch of new names to pop up throughout the season in the jumps. Rashad Jeffries (sr, Carlisle) is the top returner in both horizontal jump events. Ryan Criste (jr, Hempfield) improved his lifetime best in the long jump to 21-11 this indoor season. The states top 2 High Jumpers entering 2021 are State College’s Conrad Moore and Warwick’s Nate Good.

Long jump:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/ current PR) – Rashad Jeffries (sr, Carlisle; PR – 22-2.25); Kaden Hamilton (sr, Northeastern; PR – 21-4.25); Tyler Rossi (jr, Trinity; PR – 21-4); Basir Epps (jr, JP McCaskey; PR – 20-11.75); Ty Friedenberger (jr, Altoona; PR – 20.9.5); Dante Elliot (sr, Littlestown; PR – 20-6.5); Nolan Larkin (sr, Berks Catholic; PR – 20-6.5); Conrad Moore (sr, State College; PR – 20-6)

Others to watch – Jake Adams (jr, Altoona); Ryan Criste (jr, Hempfield); Kyle Murr (sr, Penn Manor); Noah Taleff (sr, Lower Dauphin); Michael Moran (sr, Annville-Cleona); Matthew McClenahan (sr, Phiipsburg-Osceola); Diante Hammond (jr, Cedar Cliff); Zach French (jr, Northern); Jake Tsikalas (sr, Penn Cambria); Nhymir Butler (so, Carlisle); Reagan Ettinger (so, Mifflin County); Julian Candelario-Toney (so, Lebanon); Max Hudson (so, Manheim Central); Colton Paronish (so, Northern Cambria)

Notes: Jeffries is the only area returnee with a PR over 22-feet. Hempfield’s Ryan Criste set a new PR of 21-11 at the SPIRE Scholastic Showcase this past winter. He may be the LL League’s top long jumper this season. Jake Adams started coming on last indoor season. He set a PR of 21-9.25 winter of 2020. He could be primed to break the 22-foot barrier this spring.

Triple Jump:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/ current PR) – Rashad Jeffries (sr, Carlisle; PR – 46-2); Kyle Murr (sr, Penn Manor; PR – 44-5.5); Ty Friedenberger (jr, Altoona; PR – 44-3); Jake Tsikalas (sr, Penn Cambria; PR – 42-9.5); Kaden Hamilton (sr, Northeastern; PR – 42-9); Nick Petacchi (sr, Altoona; PR – 42-5.75)

Others to watch – Tyler Rossi (jr, Trinity)

Notes – there were no performances recorded since indoors 2020 that I could find on local triple jump competitors. Expect many new names to pop up in this event this season.

High Jump:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/ current PR) – Conrad Moore (sr, State College; PR – 6-9); Nate Good (sr, Warwick; PR – 6-8.25); Edwin Franklin (sr, Altoona; PR – 6-4); Michael Awurimibe (sr, Wilson; PR – 6-2); Dustin Edwards (sr, South Western; PR – 6-2)

Others to watch – Dakota Arana (jr, Shippensburg); Tyler Rossi (jr, Trinity); Jewleus Benner (jr, JP McCaskey)

Notes – The top 2 returnees in the state are Moore and Good. As sophomores, they finished 3rd and 4th in the state, respectively. Since then, Good has participated in more Pole Vault events than High Jump events and has a PV PR of 14-8. Moore is committed to the University of Pennsylvania.

Pole Vault:

Top Returnees from the 2019 season (w/current PR) – Justin Rogers (jr, Hershey; PR – 15-0); Brody Myers (sr, Camp Hill; PR – 14-8); Ian Dorefice (jr, State College; PR – 14-3); Nate Good (jr, Warwick; PR – 14-0)

Others to watch – Nathan Schaefer (jr, Schuylkill Valley; PR – 12-6); Nick Mangold (jr, Cumberland Valley; PR – 13-1); Jake Zinkand (jr, South Western; PR – 12-6); Chadric Flarend (sr, Altoona; PR – 12-9)

Notes – Justin Rogers has emerged as the area’s top vaulter. He topped 15-00 feet this past winter and will look to build on that with a strong spring. Brody Myers has been one of the top area vaulters since his sophomore year back in 2019. Look for him to join Rogers in the 15-foot club this spring. Ian Dorefice and Nate Good are the only other area pole vaulters who have cleared 14-feet. Good could turn out to be a collegiate decathlete.

Teams

Disclaimer: The team projections are just for fun. It’s way too soon to make any solid predictions, especially with not having a 2020 season.

District III AA – Hard to see anyone beating Wyomissing in D3 class AA this season. Dunbar could win both 100m and 200m events and their throws team will dominate. They should score well at states too.

District III AAA – Too early to tell who may emerge as the top team in District 3. That said, Cumberland Valley will be tough. They should put together 3 strong relay squads which is always good for team points. Their 4×400 may be one of the best in the state.

District VI AA – It’s early, but on the basis of their distance strength, I would expect Penns Valley to be in the hunt for the district title. If both Sands and Colwell are healthy, they could sweep the distance events. Find a few other scorers and they will be tough to beat.

District VI AAA – State College and Altoona will likely battle for the D6 class AAA crown. State College gets the nod as they seem to have more depth spread across more events.