The high school track and field season's been over for two months, but the honors continue to roll in for Altoona Area High School sprinter Brady Gehret.
Gehret, the PIAA Class AAA gold medalist in the 200- and 400-meter dashes and national champion, was listed in Wednesday's USA Today as part of the All-USA boys track team.
Gehret said he was caught off guard, only learning of the honor when a friend brought it to his attention on his Facebook page.
"I was surprised. USA Today's a pretty big deal,'' Gehret said. "It's pretty cool.''
According to the national newspaper, Fred Baer coordinated the team, which was selected by Track and Field News magazine editors Jack Shepard and Mike Kennedy.
The criteria included ranking on USA Today and Track and Field News national lists, number of top performances and head-to-head competition during the regular season and major postseason meets. The team included 10 sprinters.
Gehret had a top time of 21.35 seconds - 21.12 wind-aided - in the 200 meters and 46.39 in the 400.
Gehret will be attending Penn State this fall, where he'll be a scholarship member of the Nittany Lion track team.
MECHANICSBURG - The PIAA is expected to decide this morning whether or not the state's high school baseball championships will remain in Altoona's Blair County Ballpark for three more years or move elsewhere.
The commonwealth's governing body for scholastic sports opens the sites of its championships for bids on a regular basis. BCB has hosted the state baseball finals since 2005.
Also in the running are Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, Johnstown's Point Stadium, Harrisburg's Metro Bank Park, Allentown's Coca-Cola Park and Erie's Jerry Uht Park.
The PIAA board meeting began Thursday. In yesterday's business, the strategic planning committee discussed looking into its classifications and how it goes about determining qualifiers for its tournaments and voted down a motion to reconsider a vote than added a second class to boys golf beginning in 2012, www.rodfrisco.com reported on its blog from the meeting.
The SPC was slated to talk about investigating moving to six classes in basketball and playing state playoff games from the second round on at predetermined sites, but those subjects did not come up.