It’s going to be a hot one at the District 3 Track and Field Championships this weekend. Action starts Friday afternoon at Shippensburg University and continues throughout the day on Saturday. Class AA and Class AAA competitions are mixed throughout both days. For anyone present at the 2021 championships, Friday’s weather will be reminiscent of what last season’s Friday weather was like. Staying well-hydrated and cool will be as much of a strategy for the athletes as the events.
The top 2 finishers will qualify for the state meet. The next 6 individuals (up to 8 total) can advance to the state meet if they hit the state qualifying standard.
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Live Results (to be updated when available)
Projected team scores based on posted entries/performance list:
It is going to be tough for someone to catch the Wyomissing boys this weekend. The Spartans enters with a ton of depth, top podium talent, strong relays, and the best thrower in the state. J’ven Williams (jr) is ranked PA#1 in both the shot and discus this season. His season best and personal record throws are 61-10 and 189-1. Note – The D3AA shot put record is 65-4 and the discus record is 182-4. While Williams leads in the throws, Amory Thompson (sr) will lead in the sprints and jumps. He is the #1 seed in both the 200m and triple jump competitions and will run important relay legs. Sophomores Collin Niedrowski and Drew Forrey are the #2 and #3 seeds in the javelin and both will be shooting for the individual title.
Trinity is projected to score in as many events as Wyomissing (13). Tyler Rossi (sr) enters the meet tied for the #1 seed in the HJ (w/Annville-Cleona’s Noah Gunderson), the #2 seed in the triple jump, and the #4 seed in the long jump. Jasper Burd (sr) will look to score points in the distance events as the #2 seed in the 3200m and the #4 seed in the 1600m. Danny Britten (sr) is the #3 seed in the 110mH.
If not for J’ven Williams we would be talking a lot more about Brady Mider. The sophomore from Berks Catholic is ranked PA#8 this season in the shot and has made significant improvements in the discus. His season and personal best toss of 56-0 puts pressure on Williams not to have an off day. The two have had many battles over the past two years and this weekend will be no different. Catholic has a great throws team and should get additional points from Mider in the discus as well as Jackson Huddleson (sr – shot and discus) and Alex Witmer (jr – shot). Alex McGearey (sr) leads the sprints crew and is the #1 seed in the 100m, #3 seed in the 200m, and runs a leg on the Saints #2 ranked 4x100m (Wyomissing is the top seed).
Other top performers to watch:
Luke Seymour (sr, Schuylkill Valley) will be looking to take down 2 class AA records this weekend. The 1600m record goes all the way back to 1980 and is held by Barry Lopatic (Middletown). The record stands at 4:18.68. The 800m record is 1:54.39 and is currently held by Shawn Wolfe (Annville-Cleona) from 2013.
Alex Mitchell (sr, Harrisburg Christian – 200m, 400m); Rogan Harter (sr, Annville-Cleona – 100m, LJ); Jake Brungard (sr, Camp Hill – 200m, 400m); Mason Moore (sr, Lancaster Catholic – 800m, 1600m); Matthew Nawn (sr, Hanover – 1600m, 3200m); Daquan McCraw (jr, Steel-High – 300mH, LJ); Camden Gehris (sr, Tulpehocken – PV)