Four from area earn top seeds

Mulhern, Yahner, Voyzey, Biddle enter meet No. 1 in events

From Mirror reports

Hannah Mulhern, Erika Voyzey and Gus Yahner have been flying high all spring, and they’ll be doing that both literally and figuratively next weekend if the seeds for the PIAA Track and Field Championships stand up.

Voyzey, a sixth-place medalist last year as a freshman at Tyrone, is seeded first going into the Class AA girls high jump this week, while Mulhern, the Altoona senior, is ranked first heading into the Class AAA girls pole vault, as is Yahner, a senior at Northern Cambria, in the Class AA boys pole vault. The PIAA released the performance lists on Sunday night.

The trio aren’t the only athletes from the Mirror coverage area well-positioned for gold. Williamsburg’s Mike Biddle, a junior, is the top-seeded thrower in the Class AA boys javelin.

The state meet is Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium. PIAA seedings are bases solely on performance at competitors respective district meets.

Mulhern achieved a personal-record 12 feet, 5 inches at the District 6 Class AAA meet. The next best Class AAA girls pole vaulter to qualify for states came in at 12-0, although Mulhern said after her win last week that she believed three other Class AAA girls in the state have done at least 12-5 earlier in the season.

Biddle and Yahner are the No. 1 seeds in their events by a wide margin. The 195-7 Biddle threw at the District 6 meet was more than 10 feet better than anyone else he’ll be up against in Shippensburg. Yahner cleared 15-3 this season. No one else at the state meet did better than 14-0 at their district meet.

Voyzey won the District 6 title with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches, but she has cleared 5-8 this year.

Voyzey isn’t alone from the area at the top in her event. Penn Cambria’s Marissa Myers, the runner-up to Voyzey last week at Mansion Park, is tied for second seed for the state meet.

Bellwood-Antis’ Ellen Crook is seeded ninth in both the 800 and 1600 runs. Huntingdon’s Rachel Fleming just missed being seeded in the top eight in the 400; she also is ninth, as are Chestnut Ridge discus thrower Emily Finnegan and Bishop Carroll javelin thrower Britt Krug.

In Class AAA girls, Altoona’s Abby Wagner is seeded third in the triple jump. Meanwhile, Hollidaysburg’s Makayla Williams is one of 12 competitors tied for the eighth seed in the girls high jump.

Next to Yahner, Cambria Heights’ Shawn Lacue and Northern Bedford’s Blake Over head up the area seeds in Class AA boys. Lacue’s part of a three-way tie for fourth in the event, in which Central Cambria’s Tanner Ambrisco is one of seven competitors tied for seventh. Over is fourth by himself in the triple jump, one spot ahead of Huntingdon’s Kobren Frederick, who also is one of three Class AA boys long jumpers tied for eighth.

The Bishop Carroll 400 relay team is ranked fifth, and Central Cambria’s Will Seymour is eighth in the shot put.

The Altoona boys four-by-100 relay team is seeded sixth in Class AAA, while the Mountain Lions’ four-by-800 relay seeded seventh.

Also, Altoona sprinter Dreux Stamford, who won the 100 dash at the 6-AAA meet, isn’t listed in the performance charts for states. Stamford pulled up midway through the 200 meters later that meet with a hamstring injury.