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Janosik, Pfister hope for good start

Penn Cambria’s Lyric Janosik could be in for a big first day when the PIAA track and field championships begin in Shippensburg Friday morning.

Janosik, along with Bishop Carroll’s Caroline Ratchford, is seeded fourth in the girls high jump that begins at 9 a.m. and then is the top seed in the long jump at 12:30 p.m.

Chestnut Ridge’s Logan Pfister will also compete twice Friday, first in the long jump and then again in the high jump at 12:30. Pfister is the top seed in the high jump but should get plenty of competition in the event, including Huntingdon’s Andrew Miller.

“I’d like to place in the triple (on Saturday) and high jump at states,” Pfister said. “I’ve been working with my coaches on my high jump arc.”

Pfister is only a sophomore but has already excelled in both track and field and football as the Lions quarterback this past season.

His teammate in both sports, Duane Knisely, will try and improve on a fifth-place medal in discus at last year’s event at 12:30 on Friday. Knisely is coming off record-breaking performances in both the discus and shot put at the District 5 championships. Knisely will compete in the shot put, which he finished 13th in last year, on Saturday at 12:30.

“I should be going into states pretty decently,” Knisely said. “I just have to show up ready and stay loose. I can’t let the pressure get to me. I need to do the little things right and stay focused.”

Other athletes who will be competing in field finals on Friday include Huntingdon’s Owen Lane and Cambria Heights’ Liam Wholaver in the long jump, Bishop Carroll’s Kaleb Hilyer and Bedford’s Elijah Cook in the javelin, Altoona’s Brooke Long in the triple jump and Central’s Jarod Dick in the discus.

Many track athletes, such as Nathaniel and Kaitlyn Maxwell, will attempt to make it through the preliminary round Friday in more than one event. The Maxwells will both run their respective 400-meter dash and 800-meter run.

“I’d like to go sub-2 minutes,” Nathaniel Maxwell said. “I’ve gotten really close, but maybe if I’m pressed at states, I’ll get it. If that means I place, that’s great, but if not, it’s OK.”

Saturday’s field event finals will be highlighted by Bishop Carroll’s Maddie Murphy competing in the triple jump as the top seed at 12:30 p.m. At the same time, Hollidaysburg’s Darcie Frazier will compete in the long jump, Tussey Mountain’s David Smith in the pole vault and Bellwood-Antis’ Joe Wertz and Knisely in the shot put.

In 9 a.m. competitions, Bishop Carroll’s Kate Yahner will compete in the pole vault, Northern Cambria’s Regan Sheredy in the shot put, Hollidaysburg’s Paige Jodon in the high jump, Hollidaysburg’s Mackenzie Rinker in the discus, Pfister, Penn Cambria’s Jake Tsikalas, Central Cambria’s Corey Roberts and Tyrone’s Nick Vasbinder in the triple jump and Altoona’s Mike Folcarelli in the javelin.

The complete list of track athletes competing from the Mirror’s coverage area this weekend include: 3200 relay teams from Central Cambria boys and girls, Northern Bedford boys and Bedford girls, 1600 relay teams from Altoona girls Central Cambria boys and girls and Bedford boys, 400 relay teams from Altoona boys and girls, Central Cambria boys, Northern Bedford boys, Tyrone girls and Penn Cambria girls, Cambria Heights’ Zach Farabaugh and Altoona’s Isaiah Barnes in the 110 hurdles, Hollidaysburg’s Aly Snyder and Bedford’s Ashley Ferguson in the 300 hurdles, Altoona’s Connor Adams, Hollidaysburg’s Trent Howe, Tussey Mountain’s Jarred Sipes, Portage’s Lauren Shaffer, Bishop Carroll’s Ratchford and Bishop Guilfoyle’s Aurielle Brunner in the 100-meter dash, Shaffer, Bellwood-Antis’ Shawn Wolfe and Tussey Mountain’s Tyler Rhodes in the 200-meter dash, Howe, Shaffer and Nathaniel and Kaitlyn Maxwell in the 400-meter dash, Roberts, the Maxwells and Central Cambria’s Paige Wess in the 800-meter run, Northern Bedford’s Ian Zimmerman and Central Cambria’s Stella Kuntz in the 1600-meter run and Bedford’s Van May and Kuntz in the 3200-meter run.

“I’d really like to get 4:22 this year,” Zimmerman said. “Right now I’m at 4:27, so if I can just knock off that time at states running against some of these top guys, that would be nice. There haven’t been a lot of people to pace after, so hopefully at states I can pace against someone that will get my time down. We’ll see how it goes.”

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