CC 3200 relay earns top seed

Central Cambria’s four-by-800-meter relay team will try to defend its state Class 2A gold medal in the event as the No. 1 seed at the PIAA Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.

The PIAA released performance sheets on its website on Sunday. The Altoona Mirror coverage area will be sending more than 60 athletes and relays to the state meet, and 17 of them will be seeded in the top eight, which is where they’ll have to finish to make it onto the awards stand.

The Lady Devils’ seed is based on their time at the District 6 championships. Sydney Gilkey, McKenna Hayward, Lexi Peterman and Paige Wess comprise the team; Hayward, Peterman and Wess also run on a 1600 relay that is seeded sixth.

If you are looking for where the area might bring back the most hardware, look to the Class 2A girls jumps. Cambria Heights’ Madison Kline and Penn Cambria’s Lauren Michina are tied for the second seed in the high jump, while Michina is seeded third, Bishop Guilfoyle’s Preslee Litzinger fifth and Bishop Carroll’s Maddie Murphy eighth in the triple jump.

Meanwhile, Bellwood-Antis’ Lexi Gerwert is tied for fifth seed in the pole vault.

Already a medalist in the javelin, Penn Cambria’s Jadyn Tiracave enters this year’s meet ranked seventh in her event.

The area is positioned to produce some high medals in the Class 2A boys, as well. Central Cambria’s Mike Walwro is third in the 800, while Chestnut Ridge’s Phillip Dull is fourth in the high jump.

Penn Cambria’s Kam Stoy could reach the podium in multiple events, as he is sixth in the 110 hurdles and is part of a Panther 400 relay ranked sixth. Walwro also is on Central Cambria’s eighth-ranked 3200 relay.

Bellwood’s Clay Engle is seeded eighth in the triple jump.

A couple of Hollidaysburg athletes are seeded in the medal area in Class 3A girls. Ali Wyland is eighth in the 100 meters, while Paige Jodon is tied for eighth in the high jump.