The Stoy of the day: Penn Cambria rides standout to team title
Kam Stoy stood atop the new medal stand, a stoic look on his face, not the visage of someone that had won three gold medals at a district track and field championship meet.
When he descended, he explained the reason.
“I’m definitely happy, but I know I have a ways to go. I didn’t hit every goal I wanted to, but I’m more than happy with how I did,” Stoy said. “It’s not what I have in my crosshairs for the end. When I get up (on the podium) at states, I’ll have a big smile then. That’s the main goal.”
It’s in the Penn Cambria senior’s sights now. He punched his ticket to next weekend’s PIAA championships by winning the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and being part of the winning 400-meter relay team at the District 6 Class 2A boys meet on Tuesday at Mansion Park, spurring his Panthers to a team title in the process.
He’ll see a lot of familiar faces in Shippensburg. Twenty-one performers and relay teams from the Mirror coverage area qualified to compete for state medals by finishing in the top three of their event or achieving a predetermined standard.
Ten of those were district champions. Central Cambria’s Mike Walwro had a fabulous meet, winning the 800 meters with a school-record time and running fantastic legs that highlighted the Red Devils’s victories in the 3200 and 1600 relays. Meanwhile, Bishop Guilfoyle’s Max Sankey won two individual events — the 100 and 200 dashes.
Penn Cambria’s Zach Krug and Cambria Heights’ Evan Bobby took home gold in the throws, triumphing in the shot put and the discus, respectively.
The dominant showing was sweet vindication for Stoy. He was expected to have a big meet last year, but he false-started in the 110s and finished 10th in the 300s despite one of the best qualifying times. That adversity served as motivation on Tuesday.
“I think I finally learned how to actually compete,” Stoy said. “Now I have a better drive. I get in the starting blocks and my coach yells, ‘You’ve worked four years for this. It’s yours. Take it.’ And I have. It’s my race now. I’ve got to just go, and make it my own. I kind of finally realized how to do that.”
He did it, too. Stoy was smooth as silk in the 110 finals, winning with room to spare with a time of 15.34 seconds. His best time this season is 15.15, but he still beat the state qualifying time by 16-hundredths of a second.
His closest competition was more than fourth-tenths of a second behind him.
“Normally, I’ve been having a little stuggle with them, and I’ve been a little inconsistent, and, about halfway through, I’d hit hurdles. But I ran really clean. I only hit one hurdle, which is really good for me,” Stoy said. “It’s just all coming together a lot better now.”
Stoy ran his fastest-ever fully-automated time in 300, registering a 40.12. He crossed the finish about 10 meters ahead of anyone else.
“It wasn’t the cleanest race I hoped for, but I still got through it and finished strong,” Stoy said.
Stoy ran the third leg on Penn Cambria’s four-by-100 relay, which backed up its top seed with an impressive run to gold. Austin Zupon and Nick Hite led off, and Jake Wyland ran the anchor.
Their best time of the season was 44.13 coming in. Now it is 43.88, well under the state qualifying standard of 44.30 and sixth-tenths of a second off the District 6 record.
Sankey is no stranger to the state meet, although he is new to Class 2A. He made it to Shippensburg the last two years at Class 3A Altoona Area, but he transferred to Guilfoyle around last Thanksgiving break.
“You’ve just got to go in like any other meet. You can’t let it get to your head. The minute you let it get into your head, you kind of freak out. It’s a big stage, so you’ve got to just act like it’s any other meet,” Sankey said.
Sankey figured to make an impact on the football field with the Marauders, but he’s already making it on the track with his two D6 titles on Tuesday.
“I love what they have going on (at Bishop Guilfoyle). Hopefully, I can help out,” Sankey said. “It’s different. There’s a lot more kids (in 2A), so you have a more chances for times to compete with you. That’s tough, but, honestly, I think I could compete in either one.”
Sankey was the third seed in the 100, but he didn’t let that hold him back. He turned in the top time in the trials, then ran 11.32 in the finals to take the gold, with teammate Evan Chadbourn placing second at 11.52.
Like Stoy, Sankey was using some past disappointment as motivation.
“At West Central, I lost, and I was favored, so it was really nice to come back and win that event (at districts),” Sankey said. “What I think was my downfall at that meet was my start. I had a very bad start. I had a poor start in the prelims, too. I kept working on it, and I think it really came together in the finals.
“Of course, winning the 200 was great, too.”
Sankey was seeded No. 1 in the longer sprint, and he lived up to that billing, blazing to a 22.81 in the finals after posting the best time in the prelims, 22.83.
Walwro was one of three half-milers to run sub 2-minute times. He crossed the finish line in a school-record 1 minute, 58.19 seconds, 19-hundredths of a second faster than Homer-Center’s Sam Cunkelman and a fifth of a second better than Saint Joseph’s Michael Peters, who collapsed right at the finish line.
“Knowing it could be my last race, going against the guys that beat me last year, knowing how stacked it was — there were four guys right around my time — so I knew it was going to be tough,” Walwro said. “I think I just got in the zone for the first time in a long time. It all worked out.”
Walwro also was putting some unpleasant memories behind him.
“This win was amazing. I haven’t had too much success in the open-eight at big meets,” Walwro said. “To finally come through and get the win over the guy that beat me last year, get a win to win the district and to break my school record, it’s the best.”
Walwro ran a 1:58 on his leg to overtake Purchase Line in the anchor of the four-by-800. Kayden Kutchman, Nate Kuntz and Evan Bopp ran the first three legs.
“To do sub-2 twice in one day it’s just absurd,” Walwro said. “The four-by-eight, I ran so fast because we were behind, and we weren’t expecting to be, and I had to catch up.”
Walwro erased about a 20-meter gap almost immediately upon receiving the baton, then drafted before making his move over the last 200 meters as the Red Devils beat their best time of the year by more than a second at 8:14.59.
“At (the West Central Coaches Meet), a very similar thing happened. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I ended up catching up really fast. I ended up losing on the final kick,” Walwro said. “But I knew, if I went out hard, caught up to him and just sat on him, and maybe waited longer for my kick, I’d be better off. It worked out. I had a little more gas in the tank.
It was Walwro that gave the CC foursome of Ian Primel, Kutchman and Bopp the lead in the four-by-400 at the completion of the second leg. The Red Devils never relinquished it, posting a time of 2:29.30, winning by about two seconds.
“My teammates are great. These guys pushed me. With these guys, it makes it so much easier to put in the extra work,” Walwro said.
Kutchman also qualified for states by virtue of a runner-up finish in the 400. Kutchman finished in 51.10, 18-hundredths of a second behind winner and premeet favorite Avery Arnone of Ligonier.
Krug didn’t match his season best throw of 48 feet, 6 inches, but his 47-7 was good enough to justify his top seeding in the shot put with a gold medal and a trip to states.
“I knew I had a good chance (to win), and I knew I had good competition with Devin Mack from United. He really pushed me to do my best,” Krug said. “Even though I didn’t PR, I know I threw to the best of my ability.”
Krug threw 46-0 at last year’s PIAA meet, finishing 15th, a mark he was confident he could improve upon.
“Last year, my PR was a lot lower. I know going into it this year I have a really good feeling of doing good,” Krug said. “I know, with my ability, I can throw over 50. It just takes one throw.”
Surprisingly, Krug will be joined in Shippensburg by fellow Penn Cambria senior Drake Diehl, who was seeded sixth but turned in a third-place finish. His 46-2.5 was his best throw of the year by more than a foot.
Cambria Heights’ Evan Bobby, though, overcame Krug, his friend and rival, as well as the rest of the field to take gold in the discus, throwing a personal-record 143-1 on his second attempt to triumph by almost 3 feet.
“I just hoped nobody could beat it, and nobody else did, and here I am with a first place,” Bobby said. “It feels great.”
He and Krug have battled all season, but it was a friendly competition, and one that Bobby said helped him tremendously.
“You always get nervous. Having friends you can talk to, we help each other. We tell each other what we’re doing wrong. I helped him with shot. He helped me with disc. We even practiced together a couple of days,” Bobby said. “It was a good thing I had a guy like him around to help me.”
Even injured, Ethan Dabbs of Richland was going to be hard to beat in the javelin. However, two area competitors — Bellwood-Antis’ Jarrett Taneyhill and Northern Cambria’s John Paronish — punched their tickets to Shippensburg by virtue of second- and third-place finishes. Taneyhill threw 171-7, Paronish 171-1, both season records by a considerable margin.
Bellwood also is sending triple jumper Clay Engle to states as a district runner-up. Engle’s best jump of 44-0.5 was less than 5 inches shy of winner Lance Hamilton of Saint Joseph’s, the top seed.
The long jump produced a pair of surprising state qualifiers, as Hite, the 11th seed, jumped 21-4.75 to finish as runner-up to Hamilton, while Tyrone’s Jake Meredith, the ninth seed — and the third-ranked performer in the event on his own team behind Parker Mitchell and Nick Vasbinder — captured third at 21-3.
Neither Hite nor Meredith had even reached 20 feet before Tuesday.
Tyrone’s Zach Kohler and Philipsburg-Osceola’s Dane Soltys also qualified for the state meet by virtue of third-place showings. Kohler ran the 3200 in 9:57.57. Soltys tied for his bronze medal with a 6-0 in the high jump.
Meet notes: Chadbourn scratched out of the 100 for states, and Guilfoyle also pulled out its 400 relay, that qualified by meeting the state qualifying standard with a fourth-place finish. … Chadbourn, Bellwood-Antis’ Ethan McGee, Central’s Tanner Grove, Tyrone’s Daniel Way and Williamsburg’s Andy Rhoads were presented boys Blair County Officials Chapter Outstanding Performer awards during the intermission after the dash preliminaries.
(Top three finishers plus those achieving state qualifying standard advance to PIAA championships).
KEY, TEAM SCORING: 1, PC–Penn Cambria, 67; 2, R–Richland, 63; 3 (tie), CC–Central Cambria and LV–Ligonier Valley, 53; 5, BA–Bellwood-Antis, 52; 6, FH–Forest Hills, 50; 7, SJ–Saint Joseph’s, 42; 8, BG–Bishop Guilfoyle, 38; 9, T–Tyrone, 37; 10, SH–Southern Huntingdon, 36; 11, PL–Purchase Line, 29; 12, WH–Westmont Hilltop, 26; 13, JUN–Juniata, 25; 14, U–United, 24.5; 15, BM–Bishop McCort, 16; 16, PV–Penns Valley, 12; 17, BC–Bishop Carroll, 11; 18 (tie), CH–Cambria Heights and HC–Homer-Center, 10; 20 (tie), MU–Mount Union and SB–Saltsburg, 9; 22, NC–Northern Cambria, 8; 23, PO–Philipsburg-Osceola, 5.5; 24, MC–Marion Center, 5; 25, BEA–Bald Eagle Area and PM–Penns Manor, 4; 27, WB–West Branch, 1.
100 dash (11.30): 1, Sankey, BG, 11.32; 2, Chadbourn, BG, 11.52; 3, Antal, WH, 11.59; 4, Fitz, LV, 11.59; 5, Wyland, PC, 11.60; 6, McMickens, MU, 11.61; 7, Weaver, T, 11.74; 8, Lytle, WB, 12.02.
200 dash (22.88): 1, Sankey, BG, 22.81; 2, Long, FH, 22.83; 3, Antal, WH, 22.97; 4, Chadbourn, BG, 22.98; 5, Mitchell, T, 23.36; 6, Maykovich, BC, 23.49; 7, Worthing, BA, 23.64.
400 dash (50.70): 1, Arnone, LV, 50.92; 2, Kutchman, CC, 51.10; 3, McMickens, MU, 51.12; 4, Butz, PL, 51.80; 5, Worthing, BA, 52.03; 6, Parson, JUN, 52.14; 7, Bopp, CC, 52.60; 8, Towns, R, 53.39.
800 run (1:59.70): 1, Walwro, CC, 1:58.19; 2, Cunkelman, HC, 1:59.38; 3, Peters, SJ, 1:59.39; 4, Moore, PL, 2:04.29; 5, O’Hara, MC, 2:05.11; 6, Herman, SH, 2:05.41; 7, Nordland, R, 2:05.56; 8, Rydbom, SB, 2:08.28.
1600 run (4:31.13): 1, Baublitz, JUN, 4:27.93; 2, Stanley, SH, 4:29.01; 3, Schulte, BM, 4:29.28; 4, J. Kohler, T, 4:38.03; 5, Konhaus, WH, 4:39.03; 6, Gray, PV, 4:42.67; 7, Wilson, CC, 4:43.32; 8, Herman, SH, 4:44.12.
3200 run (9:48.01): 1, Schulte, BM, 9:47.01; 2, Stanley, SH, 9:47.71; 3, Z. Kohler, T, 9:57.57; 4, Chunta, FH, 10:10.87; 5, Konhaus, WH, 10:15.26; 6, Ringler, U, 10:16.02; 7, Colwell, PV, 10:21.15; 8, Gray, PV, 10:23.06.
110 hurdles (15.50): 1, Stoy, PC, 15.34; 2, Rodman, R, 15.75; 3, Wilson, SH, 15.81; 4, DeCarmine, SJ, 16.04; 5, Moore, SB, 16.52; 6, Woodford, PV, 16.61; 7, Rhinier, FH, 16.82.
300 hurdles (40.80): 1, Stoy, PC, 40.12; 2, Rodman, R, 41.57; 3, DeCarmine, SJ, 41.63; 4, McGee, BA, 41.73; 5, Rodriguez, JUN, 41.90; 6, Samples, R, 42.29; 7, Hurd, PV, 42.89; 8, Shoff, CC, 42.90.
400 relay (44.30): 1, Penn Cambria (Zupon, Hite, Stoy, Wyland), 43.88; 2, Ligonier Valley, 44.19; 3, Forest Hills, 44.29; 4, Bishop Guilfoyle, 44.30; 5, Tyrone, 44.53; 6, Bellwood-Antis, 44.88; 7, Central Cambria, 45.04; 8, Richland, 45.15.
1600 relay (3:29.60): 1, Central Cambria (Primel, Walwro, Kutchman, Bopp), 3:29.30; 2, Ligonier Valley, 3:31.66; 3, Richland, 3:33.77; 4, Bellwood-Antis, 3:34.83; 5, Forest Hills, 3:34.91; 6, Purchase Line, 3:35.66; 7, Juniata, 3:36.49; 8, Penns Valley, 3:37.77.
3200 relay (8:15.55): 1, Central Cambria (Kutchman, Kuntz, Bopp, Walwro), 8:14.59; 2, Purchase Line, 8:16.42; 3, Southern Huntingdon, 8:21.42; 4, Saint Joseph’s, 8:28.20; 5, Juniata, 8:42.94; 6, Forest Hills, 8:50.81; 7, Richland, 8:55.91; 8, Marion Center, 8:56.94.
High jump (6-4): 1, Donoughe, FH, 6-2; 2, Campbell, PL, 6-0; 3 (tie), Arblaster, U, and Soltys, PO, 6-0; 5, Wilson, SH, 6-0; 6, Engle, BA, 6-0; 7, Moyer, WH, 5-10; 8, Daugherty, LV, 5-10.
Long jump (21-6): 1, Hamilton, SJ, 22-2; 2, Hite, PC, 21-4.75; 3, Meredith, T, 21-3; 4, Glunt, BA, 20-7.5; 5, Moore, SB, 20-4.5; 6, Engle, BA, 20-3; 7, Johnson, PM, 20-0.75; 8, Coleman, HC, 20-0.5.
Triple jump (44-0): 1, Hamilton, SJ, 44-5.25; 2, Engle, BA, 44-0.5; 3, Smith, R, 42-8.75; 4, Holsinger, CC, 41-7.75; 5, Vasbinder, T, 41-3.5; 6, Miller, WH, 40-3; 7, Lewis, T, 40-1; 8, Johnson, PM, 39-11.5.
Shot put (50-3): 1, Krug, PC, 47-7; 2, Mack, U, 47-0.75; 3, Diehl, PC, 46-2.5; 4, Lauer, BC, 44-8.5; 5, Wertman, BA, 43-6.75; 6, Castel, CC, 43-6; 7, Elgin, FH, 41-10.5; 8, Carrick, PM, 41-5.
Discus (148-0): 1, Bobby, CH, 143-1; 2, Dabbs, R, 140-2; 3, Gongaware, LV, 138-11; 4, Krug, PC, 137-2; 5, Elgin, FH, 133-3; 6, Mack, U, 126-10; 7, Malicky, NC, 124-0; 8, Yonko, WH, 121-4.
Javelin (176-0): 1, Dabbs, R, 182-11; 2, Taneyhill, BA, 171-7; 3, Paronish, NC, 171-1; 4, Mack, U, 169-9; 5, Weigand, PC, 163-10; 6, Lessard, BC, 162-1; 7, Raling, T, 160-9; 8, Beacker, HC, 160-3.
Pole vault (13-6): 1, Tomosky, LV, 14-0; 2, Abel, R, 13-6; 3, Krug, FH, 12-6; 4, Ankney, LV, 12-0; 5, Turner, BEA, 11-6; 6 (tie), Lehman, JUN, Loose, T, and Tuggy, BA, 11-0.
State qualifying standard in parentheses.