Wy­omiss­ing, Schuylkill Val­ley boys tie for sec­ond

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Both teams found them­selves shoul­der-to-shoul­der with some all too fa­mil­iar faces on the cham­pi­onship podium on Saturday af­ter­noon at Shippensburg Univer­sity.

That’s be­cause Berks Con­fer­ence mem­bers Schuylkill Val­ley and Wy­omiss­ing saw their boys track and field teams fin­ish tied for sec­ond in the Class AA over­all team stand­ings at the con­clu­sion of the two­day PIAA Championships.

Hick­ory fin­ished first over­all with 56 team points while Schuylkill Val­ley and Wy­omiss­ing were tied even at 27.

Bren­dan Sparr starred for SV by cap­tur­ing gold in the long jump with a 22-6¼.

Schuylkill Val­ley’s 4x400 re­lay fin­ished sec­ond right be­hind Wy­omiss­ing with a 3:23.46.

The Pan­thers’ Joe Jar­dine cleared 14-0 — be­hind only West­ern Wayne’s Ryan At­cav­age (15-0) for sec­ond place in the pole vault. Tulpe­hocken’s Sam Boyer came in 10th (13-0).

Dustin Brown also medalled for the Pan­thers, post­ing a 43-6¾ in the triple jump for eighth place.

Joe Cullen was the in­di­vid­ual stand­out for Wy­omiss­ing. He posted a 4:13.67 in the 1,600 me­ter run, right on the heels of Winchester Thurston’s Tris­tan Forsythe (4:12.46). Austin Keim picked up an eighth place medal for the Spartans in the 400 where he ran a 1:09.54.

The Spartans also had a solid show­ing in re­lays, pick­ing up a goldmedal fin­ish in the 4x400 (3:21.49), nearly two sec­onds ahead of the field, along with a sil­ver fin­ish in the 4x800 (8:01.43).

Oley Val­ley’s Ja­cob Gieringer took fourth place in the shot put with a 53-0¼.

In Class AAA ac­tion, Wil­son’s Alex Cluff took fourth place in the 300 hur­dles with a 38.70. Muh­len­berg’s Na­jee Smith fin­ished sev­enth in the 100 with a 10.90.

Girls

In Class AAA ac­tion, Twin Val­ley’s Kayla Gillen took fourth place in the high jump with a 5-5. Central Bucks South’s Va­lerie Przekop won the event with a 5-7. Wy­omiss­ing’s Tori Stem­bridge took sev­enth with a 5-04.

Ex­eter’s Faith Ke­hinde took eighth in the 400 dash with a 57.75.

Fleetwood’s Sarah Criss­man placed 10th in the 800 me­ters in 2:15.05.

WIl­son had two top 5 fin­ish­ers in the 3,200 me­ters with Rea­gan Un­der­wood fin­ish­ing third (10:33.05) and Alison Willingmyre tak­ing fifth (10:37.79).

In Class AA, Oley Val­ley’s Re­becca Sny­der was a dual medal­ist. Sny­der took bronze in the 3,200 run with a time of 10:54.21. She fin­ished right be­hind Pine Grove’s Christina Difalco (10:47.61) and Vin­cen­tian’s Mar­i­anna Ab­dalah (10:53.12).

Sny­der also fin­ished sev­enth in the 1,600 run with a time of 5:05.95. Oley fin­ished 26th over­all in team stand­ings.

SARAH PIETROWSKI — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Schuylkill Val­ley’s Bren­dan Sparr hits the pit dur­ing the long jump at the BCIAA Fir­ing Meet last Mon­day.

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