The big meet this weekend will take place in Cumberland Valley, as the Eagles play host to the 2021 Bruce Dallas Invitational. In an effort to increase the number of participants, CV did have to make the tough call to eliminate spectators. I will be on-site all day providing live coverage. I will post up to 90-120s videos of each race on Twitter immediately at the conclusion of each heat. If you do not have a twitter account I would encourage you to get one. Easy to sign up. Once you create an account, search for @centralparunner and give me a follow. Each tweet will then show up on your feed. You only see who you follow.
Ok, now onto the preview.
100m (7 prelim heats) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 11.10
Meet Record – Kamere Day, Harrisburg, 2019 – 10.80
Notes – Eniayo Ogunranti (sr, State College) has the fastest “season best” amongst Saturday competitors. He ran 11.01 against Harrisburg on 3/30. Look for Wilson senior Ethan Capitano to challenge him for the win. Capitano was 2nd in Berks County as a sophomore in 2019.
200m (6 heats) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 22.50
Meet Record -Jimmy Brooks, Wilson, 2013 – 22.09
Notes – Two of the area’s top sprint squads will show their prowess in the 200m. The top 2 seeds both come from Red Lion. Seniors Randy Fizer and AJ Virata are both seeded faster than the current meet record. Look for them to be challenged by Cumberland Valley’s James Jaisingh and David Williams, also seniors. Jaisingh won the Tim Cook Invite, running 22.70. Earlier this week he broke 49-seconds in the 400m. Williams announced earlier this week that he has committed to Duquesne (congrats!). Darren Cammauf (jr, Manheim Township) and Nolan Markowski (so, State College) have also run under 23-seconds. This race one to watch on Saturday!
400m (5 heats) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 51.00
Meet Record – Jimmy Brooks, Wilson, 2013 – 48.12
Notes – Cumberland Valley holds the top 3 seeds in this event, with the aforementioned Jaisingh (48.97) and Williams (49.72) seeded #1 and #2. They are both currently ranked CPAR #1 and #2 on our performance list. Seeded 3rd is Eagle sophomore Colson Cutting. Looking to break up the Cumberland Valley sweep will be Manheim Township’s Darren Cammauf. Cammauf ran 51.3 at a home meet this past Monday.
4x100m Relay (2 heats) – PERFORMANCE LIST
Meet Record – Wilson, 2018 – 43.08
Notes – We will be on meet record watch in this one. Red Lion dropped a blazing 42.66 in their season opener earlier this week. They are the one to beat. Looking to challenge them will be State College and Wilson.
4x400m Relay (3 heats) – PERFORMANCE LIST
Meet Record – Altoona, 2009 – 3:22.49
Notes – The meet record, run by the Brady Gehret anchored Altoona squad from 2009, is likely to go down on Saturday. Cumberland Valley ran a quick 3:20.07 in winning the Tim Cook invite last Saturday.
110mH (4 prelim heats) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 15.50
Meet Record – Jan Stone, Central York, 2013 – 14.56
Notes – Manheim Township’s Travis Wilk (jr) is coming off a great performance from this past Monday where hr PR’d in 15.1. He enter’s Saturday as the top seed. He should be pushed by Palmyra’s Xander Topos (sr), Schuylkill Valley’s Allen Reitnouer (sr), and Cumberland Valley’s Matt Reinard (jr).
300mH (5 heats) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 40.50
Meet Record – Jay Stone, Central York, 2013 – 38.58
Notes – We’ve yet to see a CPAR Honor Roll performance in the 300mH this season. I think that changes Saturday. Look for Cumberland Valley’s Luke Noss (jr) and Manheim Township’s Travis Wilk to push each other to sub 40.50 performances. Both have run PRs already this season. They have run nearly 1.5 seconds faster than their nearest competitor.
800m (3 heats) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 2:00.00
Meet Record – Evan Dorenkamp, Manheim Township, 2019 – 1:55.94
Notes – State College Area’s Sean Adams (jr) makes his outdoor season debut on Saturday. He owns a PR of 1:57.68 from the 2020 indoor season. He will be looking for a new PR and is seeded at 1:56.00. Iain Taylor (sr, Twin Valley) ran some solid 800s indoors and could be primed for a sub-2min effort. He is committed to Rider University. Luke Seymour (jr, Schuylkill Valley) was the state’s top freshman 800m runner in 2019. He owns a PR from that season of 1:57.41. He will be doubling back from the 1600m earlier in the meet.
1600m (3 heats) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 4:30.00
Meet Record – Craig Miller, Manheim Township 2006 – 4:13.51
Notes – 5 athletes have seed times under 4:40. Tyler Stevens (jr, Manheim Township) is the top seed, entered with a 4:33.04. That said, he ran 4:26 for the full mile (4:25 1600m) indoors this winter. Anthony Engle (so, Twin Valley) and Luke Seymour have shown great 800m speed and will look to push Stevens in this race. Seymour owns a 4:35 1600m PR from his freshman season (2019). Don’t count out Northern’s Reid Weber (sr) or Northeastern’s Cole Perry (jr).
3200m (2 heats) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 9:50.00
Meet Record – Ian Miller, Manheim Township, 2019 – 9:25.99
Notes – 4 entered runners own 3200m PRs of sub-10 min. Noah Taylor (sr, Twin Valley) enters the meet with the top seed time of 9:28. He ran a 3k PR of 8:57 this winter and has range from 400m-5k. He is committed to Rider University. Jacob Hess (jr, Lewisburg) is the #2 seed and is coming off a XC season that saw him place 2nd in the state’s AA championship. He ran 9:34 in the 3200m as a freshman back in 2019. AAA state XC champion Brady Bigger is also in this field. He ran one time over the winter, winning a polar bear mile in 4:28. Look for a fast time from him. Tyler Stevens will double back from the 1600m and owns a full 2-mile PR from this past indoor season of 9:38 (9:35 3200m).
4x800m Relay (1 heat) – PERFORMANCE LIST
Meet Record – Cumberland Valley (2013) – 7:58.26
Notes – State College appears to have another very strong 4x800m relay team this season. They could challenge the meet record which was set back in 2013. Lewisburg and Palmyra will look to push the Little Lions.
Long Jump (27 competitors) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 21-06
Meet Record – Luke Knipe, State College – 23-06
Notes – Northeastern’s Kaden Hamilton (sr) is the only athlete entered with a PR of greater than 21-feet. Saturday provides a great opportunity for others to join him over the 21-foot mark.
Triple Jump (2 flights) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 43-06
Meet Record – Lance Hamilton, State College, 2019 – 49-00
Notes – Kaden Hamilton is the top seed in the Triple Jump at 42-9. Zachary Denton (so, Carlisle) and Daniel Uchendu (sr, Wilson) have both cleared 41-feet. Look for a lot of PRs in this event this weekend.
High Jump (27 competitors) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 6-2
Meet Record – Graham Huber, Lewisburg, 2008 – 6-6
Notes – One of the oldest meet records could fall this weekend as State College Area’s Conrad Moore will take aim at the mark of 6-6. He is arguably the best high jumper in the state. The University of Pennsylvania commit has a PR of 6-9 and earlier this week cleared 6-6 to start his outdoor season. Red Lion’s AJ Virata (sr) has a 6-4 PR and Wilson’s Michael Awurimibe (sr) has a 6-2 PR. Manheim Township’s Darren Cammauf is the only other athlete entered with a clearance of 6-0 or better. This could be a fun competition to watch.
Pole Vault (19 competitors) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 13-06
Meet Record – Payton Morris, East Pennsboro, 2018 – 16-00
Notes – Ian Dorefice (jr, State College) and Adam Seasholtz (sr, Lewisburg) both own PRs over 14-feet. Dorefice cleared 14-3 in placing 3rd in District 6 back in 2019 (as a freshman!). Seasholtz improved upon his PR this past indoor season when he cleared 14-1. Gavin Caruso (sr, Big Spring) and Nick Mangold (jr, Cumberland Valley) have PRs over 13-feet.
Shot Put (2 flights) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 48-00
Meet Record – Ryan Whiting, Central Dauphin, 2004 – 62-01
Notes – Jim Thorpe Area’s Allan Bailer (sr) is the heavy favorite, owning a PR of 54-00 from this past indoor season. Manheim Township senior Ethan Mylin will look to improve upon his 48-02 toss from his meet against Wilson back on 3/22. He is the 2nd seed. Seeded 3rd is Cumberland Valley’s Wade Shomper (jr). Shomper won the Tim Cook Invite with a PR throw of 45-08.75.
Discus (2 flights) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 143-00
Meet Record – Kyle Long, Hempfield, 2012 – 190-03
Notes – Ethan Mylin and Wade Shomper appear set to dual for the discus title. Mylin and Shomper both have thrown really well for early in the season with Mylin setting a new PR of 153-00 and Shomper getting a new PR of 149-00.
Javelin (2 flights) – PERFORMANCE LIST
CPAR Honor Roll – 170-00
Meet Record – Eric Brittingham, Methacton, 2008 – 199-06
Notes – Tunkhannock junior Matthew Prebola is coming off of a big performance at the NSAF Meet of Champions last weekend where he PR’d with a 199-08. That was his season opener. We could see our first 200-foot throw on Saturday as he will definitely challenge the 2008 meet record. Ethan Mylin, Manheim Township’s triple threat in the throws, is seeded 2nd with a 161-00.