Owens, Green Lead Top 500 Boys' Returnees In The 300mH

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Ayden Owens (North Allegheny) / Photo by Don Rich

Ayden Owens will shoot for state title #3 in AAA, while AA is wide open


Boys' 300 Meter Hurdles Preseason Rankings By Classification: AAA | AA | Independent

Last year, Ayden Owens of North Allegheny cruised to the victory at the PIAA State Championships in the 300 meter hurdles. Owens clocked a 37.48 to win by nearly a full second over second place. Owens, a junior, is a year older and has proved to be one of the state's most exciting athletes.

While Owens, picked up two silver medals at indoor states in the 60 meter hurdles and the 200 meters, the 300 meter hurdles is probably more of his sweet spot. Look for some fast times from Owens, who we could also see in the decathlon again over the summer.

Saint Joseph's Prep's Miles Green should be a factor as well. Green qualified for the Penn Relays in the 400 hurdles dropped a 52.81 in the 400 hurdles at outdoor nationals. But Green is also a strong open 400 runner. He was the state runner-up in the 400 meters this winter. With the events being back-to-back at states, a 300mH/400m double is basically impossible, so Green will have to decide which event he wants to chase a state title in. He could give a good challenge to Owens if he opts for the hurdles.

Stephen Scott (Souderton) / Photo by Don Rich

Other contenders in AAA this year include Souderton's Stephen Scott, Gateway's Damion Reed, and Penn Manor's Taraje Whitfield, and Wilson (11)'s Job Goodman. Scott saw a major improvement last season. By seasons end, he dropped his PR to 38.72 and took fifth at the state meet. Whitfield, a transfer from Manheim Township took seventh in that state final. Now at Penn Manor, Whitfield will look to build off a third place finish in the 60 hurdles from this past indoor season.

The battle for first in the Inter-Ac and the PAISAA should be a good one. Germantown Academy's Kyle Garland ran 39.02 to win both the league and independent state titles. The Haverford School's Sam Lindner will look to challenge Garland. Lindner has a PR of 39.27 from last year. 

Zach Kuntz (Camp Hill) / Photo by Ethan Rissell

In PIAA Class AA, the battle for the state title is wide open. The lone returners from last year's state finals are McConnellsburg's Josh Booth and Camp Hill's Zach Kuntz. Booth had a great state meet last year, running 39.77 to take fifth in the state. Kuntz, the District 3 champ, will look to improve upon his seventh place finish from states last spring. Riverside's Jeremy Spicher, Titusville's Brady Corklin, and South Park's Gary Raymond are among the others looking to take the AA crown this year. 

Other names to keep an eye on AAA include Conestoga Valley's Aanyah Bermudez, Pennidge's Alex Dimon, Hatboro-Horsham's Matthew Lenahan, and Central Bucks West's Joe Manetta.

Check out the top 500 boys' returnees in the 300 meter hurdles and watch an interview with NA's Owens below:

300 Meter Hurdles

Rank Time Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 37.48
North Allegheny
2018
2 38.44
Saint Joseph's Prep
2018
3 38.72
Souderton Area
2017
4 39.02
Germantown Academy
2018
5 39.24
Gateway
2017
6 39.27
The Haverford School for Boys
2018
7 39.49
Manheim Township
2018
8 39.57
Wilson Area (11)
2018
9 39.76
Conestoga Valley
2017
10 39.77
McConnellsburg
2018
11 39.82
Riverside (7)
2017
12 39.84
Pennridge
2017
13 39.90
Hatboro Horsham
2018
14 39.92
Central Bucks West
2017
15 39.95
Camp Hill
2018
16 40.00
Hempfield (3)
2017
17 40.05
Titusville
2017
18 40.06
South Park High School
2017
19 40.18
Berks Catholic
2017
20 40.19
Bermudian Springs
2017
21 40.24
West Chester Henderson
2017
22 40.30
Spring Ford
2018
23 40.32
South Western
2017
24 40.37
Cocalico
2017
25 40.41
New Castle
2017
26 40.44
Lampeter Strasburg
2017
27 40.54
Easton Area
2017
28 40.64
East Stroudsburg Area South
2017
28 40.64
Fleetwood Area
2017
30 40.69
Riverside (7)
2019
31 40.72
Red Lion
2017
32 40.75
Elizabeth Forward
2017
33 40.81
Hamburg Area
2018
34 40.85
Franklin Area
2017
35 40.86
Penn Charter
2017
36 40.88
Milton Hershey
2018
37 40.90
York Suburban
2017
38 40.96
Hickory
2017
38 40.96
Easton Area
2018
40 41.00
James M. Coughlin
2017
41 41.02
Woodland Hills High School
2017
42 41.04
Central Bucks West
2017
43 41.05
Penn Charter
2017
44 41.06
Northwestern Lehigh
2017
45 41.12
Central Cambria HS Red Devils
2017
46 41.17
Unionville
2017
47 41.24
State College Area High School
2017
47 41.24
Central Valley HS
2017
49 41.26
Penn Cambria
2017
50 41.32
Manheim Township
2017
51 41.33
Glen Mills Schools
2018
52 41.38
LaSalle College High School
2017
52 41.38
Kane Area
2017
52 41.38
New Oxford
2018
55 41.39
Radnor
2017
56 41.44
Holy Redeemer High School
2017
57 41.46
Trinity (7)
2017
57 41.46
Bensalem
2017
59 41.48
Upper Darby
2017
59 41.48
Woodland Hills High School
2018
61 41.53
Central Bucks East
2017
62 41.59
Chichester
2017
63 41.60
Mifflin County High School
2017
63 41.60
Scranton
2018
63 41.60
Berwick
2019
66 41.61
Cumberland Valley
2017
67 41.72
Pennsbury
2018
68 41.74
Bethlehem Catholic
2018
69 41.77
Hampton
2018
70 41.80
McConnellsburg
2017
71 41.81
Jim Thorpe Area
2017
72 41.82
Council Rock South
2017
73 41.83
Vincentian Academy
2017
74 41.84
Ridley
2017
75 41.87
Glen Mills Schools
2017
76 41.90
Meadville Area
2017
77 41.91
York County School of Technology
2018
78 41.92
Octorara
2017
78 41.92
Exeter
2018
80 41.94
Susquehanna Township
2017
81 41.95
James M. Coughlin
2017
82 41.96
Moniteau
2018
83 41.98
Windber Area
2018
83 41.98
Pocono Mountain West
2017
85 42.01
Mars Area
2017
86 42.02
Everett Area
2019
87 42.03
Jersey Shore Area
2018
87 42.03
Upper Darby
2018
87 42.03
Ridley
2019
87 42.03
Hempfield Area (7)
2017
91 42.04
Cheltenham
2017
91 42.04
Hanover Area
2017
93 42.05
Mohawk
2017
93 42.05
Easton Area
2019
95 42.06
Upper Saint Clair
2017
96 42.07
Shade HS
2017
96 42.07
Northampton Area
2017
98 42.12
Abington
2017
99 42.23
Germantown Friends School
2017
100 42.24
Cumberland Valley
2018
100 42.24
Shamokin Area
2017
102 42.25
Eisenhower
2018
103 42.29
Chester
2018
104 42.31
North Penn
2017
105 42.32
Titusville
2017
106 42.33
Jersey Shore Area
2018
106 42.33
Hughesville
2017
108 42.34
Williamsport Area
2018
109 42.37
Central Bucks West
2017
110 42.40
Greencastle-Antrim
2017
110 42.40
Upper Moreland
2017
110 42.40
Central Valley HS
2017
113 42.47
Derry Area
2018
113 42.47
Avon Grove
2017
113 42.47
Harbor Creek
2018
116 42.48
Altoona Area
2017
117 42.49
South Side
2017
117 42.49
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
119 42.50
West York Area
2019
120 42.52
Shenango
2018
121 42.55
Coatesville
2018
121 42.55
Baldwin
2019
121 42.55
North Hills
2017
124 42.58
Quakertown
2017
125 42.59
Punxsutawney Area
2019
126 42.60
Unionville
2018
127 42.61
Baldwin
2017
128 42.62
Blue Mountain
2018
129 42.63
Fleetwood Area
2017
130 42.64
Wilson Area (11)
2017
131 42.65
East Stroudsburg Area South
2019
132 42.67
Carbondale Area Jr/Sr High School
2018
133 42.68
Bedford
2017
134 42.69
Milton Hershey
2017
135 42.72
McGuffey
2017
135 42.72
Armstrong HS
2018
137 42.74
Saucon Valley
2017
137 42.74
Hershey
2017
139 42.75
Yough
2017
140 42.77
Pope John Paul II
2017
141 42.84
Great Valley
2017
142 42.85
Gateway
2017
143 42.86
Bethel Park
2018
144 42.87
Central Bucks East
2018
145 42.88
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2017
146 42.89
Karns City
2017
147 42.90
Northern
2017
148 42.92
Western Wayne
2017
149 42.93
Church Farm School
2017
150 42.94
Strath Haven
2018
151 42.99
Cathedral Prep
2017
152 43.01
Bensalem
2017
153 43.02
Baldwin
2017
154 43.03
Lebanon
2018
155 43.04
Pocono Mountain East
2017
155 43.04
Whitehall
2017
157 43.07
Pottstown
2018
158 43.10
East Juniata
2018
158 43.10
Beaver Area
2018
158 43.10
Central Bucks South
2018
161 43.11
Freeport Area
2019
162 43.13
Souderton Area
2019
163 43.14
Church Farm School
2018
164 43.16
Penn Charter
2017
165 43.17
Midd-West High School
2018
166 43.18
Elmer L. Meyers
2018
167 43.20
Norwin
2019
168 43.21
Greater Latrobe
2017
169 43.22
South Fayette High School
2018
170 43.23
Meadville Area
2018
171 43.27
Martin Luther King HS
2018
171 43.27
North Penn
2017
173 43.28
Chambersburg
2019
174 43.29
Northern Cambria High School
2018
175 43.30
Altoona Area
2017
176 43.31
Shikellamy
2018
177 43.32
Clearfield Area
2017
177 43.32
Downingtown East
2019
179 43.34
Academy Park
2017
180 43.36
Pittston Area
2018
181 43.38
North Hills
2017
182 43.39
Bradford Area
2019
182 43.39
Wilson (3)
2017
182 43.39
Dallastown
2019
185 43.41
Delaware Valley Charter
2017
186 43.42
Upper Dublin
2017
187 43.43
Wyoming Area
2017
187 43.43
Germantown Friends School
2018
189 43.44
Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School
2017
190 43.45
West Chester Henderson
2017
191 43.46
Mars Area
2017
192 43.47
Germantown Academy
2018
193 43.48
Selinsgrove
2017
194 43.49
Port Allegany
2018
194 43.49
Berlin Brothersvalley
2017
196 43.50
Chartiers Valley
2019
196 43.50
South Williamsport
2018
198 43.52
Westtown School
2018
199 43.53
Fort Leboeuf
2018
200 43.54
Hamburg Area
2017
201 43.55
The Haverford School for Boys
2017
202 43.56
Keystone
2019
202 43.56
Lakeland
2018
204 43.61
York Suburban
2019
205 43.62
Eastern York
2019
206 43.64
Bangor Area
2017
206 43.64
Jim Thorpe Area
2019
206 43.64
Towanda
2017
206 43.64
Pen Argyl Area
2019
210 43.66
Haverford Township HS
2017
211 43.68
Central Bucks East
2018
212 43.69
State College Area High School
2019
213 43.70
Cardinal O'Hara
2019
214 43.71
Altoona Area
2018
214 43.71
Boiling Springs
2017
216 43.72
Southern Huntingdon
2017
216 43.72
Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2017
218 43.73
Malvern Prep
2019
218 43.73
Solanco
2018
218 43.73
Red Land
2018
221 43.74
Danville Area
2017
221 43.74
Chambersburg
2019
221 43.74
James M. Coughlin
2018
224 43.76
South Western
2017
225 43.77
Central Bucks South
2018
226 43.78
West Mifflin
2018
226 43.78
Tunkhannock
2017
228 43.81
Karns City
2017
229 43.82
Scranton
2017
230 43.83
Montrose
2019
231 43.86
Palmerton Area
2018
232 43.88
Glen Mills Schools
2017
233 43.90
Elmer L. Meyers
2019
233 43.90
Cumberland Valley
2017
235 43.91
Central Tech
2017
236 43.93
Norwin
2018
236 43.93
Berks Catholic
2017
236 43.93
Shaler Area
2018
239 43.94
Northwest Area
2018
240 43.95
Garnet Valley
2017
241 43.96
Mercer Area
2018
242 43.98
Littlestown
2019
242 43.98
Wallenpaupack
2017
244 44.00
Coatesville
2019
244 44.00
Belle Vernon
2019
244 44.00
Pottstown
2017
247 44.04
Middletown Area
2018
248 44.05
Swenson Arts & Technology
2017
248 44.05
Solebury School
2018
250 44.06
Council Rock North
2018
250 44.06
Freedom Area (7)
2018
252 44.07
Germantown Friends School
2017
253 44.08
Mifflinburg
2018
253 44.08
McDowell
2018
253 44.08
Wilson (3)
2018
256 44.10
Seneca Valley
2018
257 44.11
Northwest Area
2017
257 44.11
Montoursville Area
2018
257 44.11
Fleetwood Area
2018
260 44.13
Smethport Area
2017
260 44.13
Neshaminy
2017
260 44.13
Pittston Area
2018
263 44.14
Northern Lehigh
2018
263 44.14
Parkland
2017
263 44.14
Annville-Cleona
2017
266 44.15
Daniel Boone
2018
267 44.17
Council Rock South
2019
268 44.18
Penns Valley Area
2017
268 44.18
Shamokin Area
2019
270 44.20
Hollidaysburg Area
2017
271 44.22
Taylor Allderdice
2017
271 44.22
Pocono Mountain East
2017
273 44.23
Altoona Area Junior Varsity
2018
274 44.24
Richland
2019
275 44.25
Knoch
2018
276 44.27
Upper Darby
2018
277 44.29
McGuffey
2019
278 44.31
Upper Darby
2018
278 44.31
Pittston Area
2018
280 44.32
Elizabeth Forward
2019
280 44.32
Bellwood Antis
2017
280 44.32
Sharpsville Area
2018
283 44.33
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2019
284 44.34
Emmaus
2017
285 44.35
Kane Area
2018
286 44.37
William Allen
2017
287 44.38
Hopewell
2018
288 44.40
Greater Latrobe
2017
289 44.41
The Summit Academy
2018
290 44.44
Altoona Area
2017
291 44.46
Perkiomen Valley
2018
291 44.46
Chartiers Valley
2017
293 44.47
Coatesville
2017
294 44.50
Pottstown
2018
294 44.50
Dallastown
2017
294 44.50
Dover
2017
297 44.52
Lehighton
2017
297 44.52
South Park High School
2018
297 44.52
Donegal
2018
300 44.54
Southern Lehigh
2019
301 44.55
Trinity (7)
2018
301 44.55
Wyomissing Area
2017
303 44.60
DuBois Central Catholic High School
2018
304 44.61
West Branch
2019
305 44.62
Gettysburg Area High School
2018
306 44.63
McKeesport Area
2019
307 44.64
Imhotep Institute Charter HS
2018
307 44.64
Pleasant Valley High School
2019
307 44.64
Methacton
2018
310 44.65
Methacton
2018
311 44.66
Penn Manor
2017
312 44.67
Blackhawk
2017
312 44.67
Juniata
2017
314 44.68
Marian Catholic
2018
314 44.68
Lackawanna Trail
2020
314 44.68
Shippensburg
2018
317 44.69
Schuylkill Valley
2018
317 44.69
Marple Newtown
2017
319 44.70
DuBois Area
2019
319 44.70
Hanover High School
2018
321 44.71
Iroquois
2018
322 44.72
Susquenita
2017
323 44.73
West Chester Rustin
2017
323 44.73
Manheim Central
2019
325 44.74
Bethlehem Catholic
2019
325 44.74
Pocono Mountain West
2017
325 44.74
North Allegheny
2019
328 44.75
South Park High School
2017
329 44.76
Sharon
2018
329 44.76
Downingtown East
2019
331 44.77
George Washington HS
2017
331 44.77
Dock Mennonite Academy
2017
333 44.79
Homer Center
2018
333 44.79
Palisades
2018
333 44.79
Marple Newtown
2017
336 44.80
Harrisburg Christian School
2018
337 44.81
Hempfield (3)
2018
338 44.83
Hempfield Area (7)
2017
338 44.83
Franklin Regional
2018
340 44.84
Jersey Shore Area
2018
340 44.84
Western Wayne
2017
342 44.85
Forest Hills
2018
342 44.85
Episcopal Academy
2019
344 44.86
General McLane
2017
345 44.87
Northeast HS
2019
346 44.88
Farrell
2018
347 44.90
Penn Wood
2017
347 44.90
Knoch
2018
349 44.92
Penn Charter
2017
349 44.92
Coatesville
2018
349 44.92
Lake Lehman
2019
349 44.92
Butler
2018
353 44.93
Rockwood
2017
353 44.93
Wyomissing Area
2017
355 44.94
Emmaus
2017
356 44.95
Seneca
2018
357 44.97
Tamaqua Area
2018
357 44.97
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
2019
359 44.98
Mid Valley Sr. High School
2017
359 44.98
Upper Saint Clair
2018
361 44.99
Marion Center Area
2019
361 44.99
Lewisburg Area
2017
361 44.99
West Chester East
2019
364 45.02
Stroudsburg
2017
365 45.03
Mercersburg Academy
2017
366 45.04
Midd-West High School
2017
366 45.04
Southern Columbia Area
2018
366 45.04
Schuylkill Haven Area
2018
366 45.04
Chestnut Ridge
2019
370 45.06
Roman Catholic
2019
371 45.07
West Chester Henderson
2017
372 45.09
Somerset Area
2018
373 45.10
Biglerville
2019
374 45.11
DuBois Area
2018
375 45.13
Malvern Prep
2017
376 45.14
Nazareth Area
2018
376 45.14
State College Area High School
2017
378 45.16
Williamson
2018
378 45.16
New Castle
2019
380 45.17
Penn Cambria
2017
381 45.19
Vincentian Academy
2019
381 45.19
Uniontown Area
2017
383 45.21
Port Allegany
2017
383 45.21
Clarion Area
2017
385 45.22
Susquehanna Township
2019
386 45.23
Forest Hills
2017
386 45.23
Bradford Area
2019
388 45.24
Louis E Dieruff
2017
389 45.25
Penncrest
2019
390 45.27
Northern
2019
391 45.28
Coudersport
2017
392 45.29
Greenville
2018
393 45.30
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2018
394 45.31
Kiski Prep
2017
394 45.31
Warrior Run
2019
396 45.32
New Brighton
2018
396 45.32
Quakertown
2018
398 45.34
Strath Haven
2018
398 45.34
Pocono Mountain East
2017
400 45.35
Belle Vernon
2018
401 45.36
Quakertown
2018
402 45.38
West Scranton
2017
403 45.40
North Penn
2019
403 45.40
Freedom Area (7)
2018
405 45.41
Penncrest
2018
405 45.41
Williamson
2017
407 45.42
Elizabeth Forward
2018
407 45.42
Warren Area
2018
407 45.42
James M. Coughlin
2017
407 45.42
Owen J. Roberts
2019
407 45.42
Milton Hershey
2019
412 45.43
Dallas
2018
413 45.44
East Stroudsburg Area North
2017
413 45.44
Carson Long
2019
413 45.44
Lampeter Strasburg
2019
416 45.45
Phil-Mont Christian Academy
2019
416 45.45
Scranton
2017
418 45.46
Williamsport Area
2018
419 45.50
Plum
2017
420 45.53
East Allegheny
2018
421 45.54
State College Area High School
2017
421 45.54
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2017
421 45.54
Salisbury Township
2017
424 45.55
Tyrone Area
2017
424 45.55
Delaware Valley
2018
424 45.55
Fleetwood Area
2019
427 45.56
Clearfield Area
2019
428 45.57
Harbor Creek
2018
429 45.58
Brookville Area
2017
430 45.59
Athens Area
2018
430 45.59
Manheim Central
2019
432 45.61
Minersville Area
2019
432 45.61
Trinity (3)
2018
434 45.62
Shikellamy
2017
434 45.62
Cornell High School
2017
436 45.64
Catasauqua
2017
437 45.65
Cheltenham
2017
438 45.67
Titusville
2018
439 45.70
Susquehannock
2017
440 45.71
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
2018
441 45.73
Ridley
2018
442 45.74
Mount Carmel Area
2017
442 45.74
Jersey Shore Area
2018
444 45.75
Fretz Middle School
2020
444 45.75
Harrisburg Christian School
2017
446 45.76
Ringgold
2018
446 45.76
Reynolds
2017
448 45.77
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2019
448 45.77
Fairview
2019
448 45.77
Washington
2019
451 45.80
Dunmore
2017
452 45.83
Lower Merion
2017
452 45.83
Pennridge
2018
454 45.84
Northwestern Lehigh
2017
454 45.84
Southern Columbia Area
2017
454 45.84
Parkland
2019
454 45.84
Owen J. Roberts
2018
454 45.84
Cocalico
2017
459 45.86
Donegal
2017
459 45.86
Clearfield Area
2018
459 45.86
Chester
2019
459 45.86
Grove City Area
2017
463 45.88
Abington Heights
2017
464 45.90
Council Rock North
2019
465 45.91
Penns Valley Area
2017
466 45.93
Garnet Valley
2019
467 45.94
Northwestern Lehigh
2018
467 45.94
Wilson Area (11)
2019
467 45.94
Pocono Mountain West
2020
470 45.97
Penn Wood
2018
470 45.97
Indiana Area
2017
472 45.99
Penn Trafford
2018
473 46.00
Carlisle
2019
474 46.01
Cedar Crest
2019
475 46.02
Hatboro Horsham
2017
476 46.04
Stroudsburg
2017
477 46.05
Warwick
2019
478 46.06
Governor Mifflin
2017
479 46.07
Mercersburg Academy
2018
480 46.09
Sharpsville Area
2019
481 46.13
Fairfield Area
2019
482 46.14
Milton Area
2017
482 46.14
Shaler Area
2018
484 46.15
Franklin Regional
2018
485 46.16
Mifflin County High School
2018
485 46.16
South Fayette High School
2018
485 46.16
Waynesburg Central
2019
485 46.16
Montrose
2019
489 46.19
Williamsport Area
2018
490 46.20
West York Area
2018
491 46.21
Wallenpaupack
2018
492 46.22
DuBois Central Catholic High School
2018
493 46.24
Pottsville Area
2017
493 46.24
Pleasant Valley High School
2018
495 46.25
South Western
2017
496 46.27
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2018
496 46.27
Littlestown
2017
496 46.27
Riverview
2017
499 46.28
North Penn
2017
499 46.28
Marian Catholic
2018

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