NEW CASTLE —
Eight Shenango athletes will represent the school at the state meet after favorable times in the WPIAL event.
Ron Davis leads the group with two events, in the 300 hurdles and 1600 relay. Davis made it in on the hurdles after a fifth-place final time of 41.20.
The 1600 relay squad of Davis, Jake Cochran, Nick Dombeck and Andy Feil placed fifth overall with a time of 3:32.78 to move on.
For the girls, the sister tandem of Amanda Herb and Sarah Herb figure to be strong in the field events.
Older sister Amanda qualified in the shot put after a second-place distance of 38-11. Younger sister Sarah made her mark by taking third in the discus at a measure of 106-0.
Corie Palmer rounds out the Lady Wildcats participating in the field events after placing third in the pole vault at a height of 9-3.
Nicole Watkins will try her best in the 400 after a fifth-place qualifying run of 1:00.52, a county honor roll time.
Lizzie Manickas shows promise for the Lady Lancers in the 3200 after finishing second in the WPIAL at 11:22.39, a county honor roll time.
Joining her will be Anna Lisa Frengel in the shot put. She claimed third with a distance of 38-6 in the district meet and holds the county honor roll distance of 39-2 1/2 this season.
Sarah Davis will accompany Frengel on the field with participation in the discus. Davis earned her way to state with a fifth-place finish in the event at 103-3.
Caleb Holes also plotted a course to Shippensburg after a fifth-place effort in the pole vault at 12-6.
NOT RESTING ON THEIR LAURELS
Two Laurel athletes will attempt to capture state gold this weekend — Joey Johnson and Ethan Wilson.
Johnson earned his opportunity by finishing fifth in the WPIAL finals in the high jump with a height of 6-0. Johnson and teammate Alex Brooks paced Lawrence County this season with the top overall height in the event at 6-2.
Wilson finished strong in third in the 800 with a time of 2:00.19 to qualify for the PIAA competition.