Boys' Indoor States Sprints/Hurdles Preview: Laird Goes For Glory; 60m, 60mH, 400 Up For Grabs

Photo by Howard Anderson

Boys' 200 Meter Preview

When Terrance Laird opened his season with a 21.75 at the Ursinus Open, we figured this season had the potential to be a special one for the Coatesville senior. From there, Laird has progressed steadily, winning at Burdette, Kevin Dare, and Ocean Breeze. At Ocean Breeze at the end of January, laird went 21.31, just .09 off Brady Gehret's PA state record.

This Saturday, Laird will attempt to shave off those remaining hundredths and try to take down that record. But more importantly, Laird is a strong favorite to take the state title in the event. He's still in search of his first state title after missing the second half of last season and getting nipped at the line by Josh McLemore in outdoors. This has all the makings of Laird's Time and he'll try and make it happen.

There are a bunch of others who will be on the hunt for the upset should Laird slip up. The one with possibly the best shot at making that happen is North Allegheny's Ayden Owens. While he's one of the favorites in the hurdles, Owens also went 21.51 on the oversized track at SPIRE, which puts him at PA#2. After the three rounds of hurdles, Owens will look to summon the energy for a run at Laird later.

The Imhotep duo of Kristian Marche and Ade Jones-Roundtree will be a duo to watch. Marche ran 21.67 at the Hispanic Games earlier this season and he won the TFCAofGP Meet of Champs this past week. Jones-Roundtree is the defending 60 meter champ, but he'll look for some more in the 200.

Ambridge Area's Isaac Elliott, the top seed in the 60 meters is another one with some serious talent. Elliott ran 21.76 at Edinboro last week, which should translate to a very fast time at PSU on Saturday. He can't be counted out. Neither can Dock Mennonite's Austin Kratz, who went 21.74 at Ocean Breeze in January. 

Bishop Shanahan's Nate Alleyne (PA#9) and Keegan Hughes (PA#11) should be in contention, as well. Alleyne has run a few quick 300s this season, which should help his 200 come this weekend. Glen Mills' Keon Rantin, Springfield (Delco)'s Philip Shovlin, Council Rock North's Mike Welde, and Neshaminy's Savion Hebron are part of a long list of those with a good shot at medaling in the one-lapper.

Boys' 200m Entries:

Event 14  Boys 200 Meter Dash (25)
  State Meet:  21.22  3/6/2010    Brady Gehret, Altoona                        
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Alleyne, Nate                 12 Bish Shanahan               
  2  Arp, Aaron                    12 CD East                     
  3  Bobowicz, Christian           12 CB West                     
  4  Cook, Ethan                   12 Bonner/Prendie              
  5  Data, Dom                     12 Shenango                    
  6  Elliott, Isaac                12 Ambridge                    
  7  Hebron, Savion                10 Neshaminy                   
  8  Henning, Michael              11 Upper Dublin                
  9  Hughes, Keegan                12 Bish Shanahan               
 10  Iherjirka, Obinna             11 Card O'Hara                 
 11  Jones-Roundtree, Ade          12 Imhotep                     
 12  Kratz, Austin                 11 Dock Mennonite              
 13  Laird, Terrance               12 Coatesville                 
 14  Manetta, Joe                  12 CB West                     
 15  Marche, Kristian              11 Imhotep                     
 16  Montgomery, Austin             9 Norristown                  
 17  Orozco, Nico                  12 Conestoga                   
 18  Owens, Ayden                  11 North Allegh                
 19  Rantin, Keon                  12 Glen Mills                  
 20  Shovlin, Philip               11 Springfield Delc            
 21  Smith, Najee                  12 Muhlenberg                  
 22  Steinberg, Seth               12 CR South                    
 23  Tucker, Chris                 12 Penn Charter                
 24  Vaughn-Jackson, Gunell        12 South Phila                 
 25  Welde, Mike                   11 CR North