NEW CASTLE —
New Castle’s Mike Mazzanti will be the lone area representative from Class AAA. The Red Hurricane star crossed the finish line in fifth in the 800 with a state-qualifying standard of 1:56.62 at the WPIAL Championships to win a berth at state.
Unlike District 10, in the WPIAL, the top four from AAA and the top five from AA from each championship event qualify for the PIAA meet, plus any of those in the top eight meeting the state-qualifying standard.
Mazzanti figures to be right with the lead pack in Shippensburg, as his state-qualifying standard of 1:56.62 was less than a second better than WPIAL champion Dylin Wilhoite (Penn Hills) and his time of 1:55.88.
Mazzanti holds the county honor roll time of 1:56.33 in the event.
Representing Union will be sprinter Eli Williams. The Scotties only representative at the state meet will attempt to bring the 400 gold back to the city of New Castle. He qualified for the big dance after a fifth-place showing in the WPIAL event with a time of 51.67.
MOHAWK’S GRIM LEADS CLASS AA
Lucas Grim, the only local WPIAL champion this year, will be tough to get by in the 800 event. His time of 1:58.90 in the district final was almost two seconds in front of second-place finisher Roy Hadfield (Quaker Valley), 2:00.10.
Grim will be joined by teammates Austin Main, Vince Menichino and Shane McFarland after the quartet placed fifth at the WPIAL in the 400 relay with a mark of 44.60.
For the girls, Maria Fleck will look to hurdle past the pack in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. She qualified for the state event with a fifth-place time of 15.87 in the 100 hurdles and a third-place finish of 45.88, a country track and field honor roll time, in the 300 hurdles at the district finals.
ELLWOOD CITY EXCELLENCE
Keaton Docchio and Kevin Court highlight a field of four Ellwood City Lincoln runners making it to Shippensburg. Both runners will be joined on the 400 relay squad with Nicholas Ioanilli and Damion Barrett. The team placed second at the WPIAL meet with a time of 44.21.
Docchio also will have his feet moving in the 110 hurdles after nearly taking a district title in the event last week, settling ultimately for a second-place effort at 15.27. He has proven he can beat that mark, having clocked in at 14.2 earlier in the season for inclusion in the county honor roll.
Court fared well in the 300 hurdles with a fourth-place finish at a time of 41.19, making the state competition in his second event in the process.