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

Kyle Garland (GA) / Photo by Patty Morgan

Boys' 60 Meter Hurdles Preview

All season, there have been two names that have risen to the top in the 60 hurdles in Pennsylvania: Germnatown Academy's Kyle Garland and North Allegheny's Ayden Owens

Garland lays claim to the top spot in PA after lasting an state-leading 8.00 at the TFCAofGP Meet of Champions this past week. Owens has a season best of 8.08. The two top hurdlers---from different ends of the state---will finally get a chance to face-off at states.

Garland will have a busy day with the long jump and high jump in addition to the hurdles. Owens is also entered in the 200 meters, but that will come after the hurdles. Nonetheless, we are in for a treat, assuming these two can both safely qualify through to the finals.

There are a few notable absences from the performance list in the hurdles. PA#3 Noah Swaby of Taylor Allderdice and PA#4 Dajone Averett of West Catholic are both not entered, so that will leave the door open for many other medal opportunities from the rest of the field.

Conestoga Valley's Aanyah Bermudez is PA#5. He ran a best of 8.27 to take second to Garland at the Carnival a few weeks ago. He should contend for a top three spot. So will Pennridge's Alex Dimon. Dimon was second to Garland at the TFCAofGP Meet of Champs this past week also running a time of 8.27.

A host of others will be in the running for one of those eight medal positions. Some of those hurdlers include: Pennsbury's Nasan Robbins (PA#7), Chester's James Jackson (PA#8), Franklin Area's Danny Dinh (PA#9), Souderton's Stephen Scott (PA#10), Penn Manor's Taraje Whitfield (T-PA#11), and the Haverford School's Sam Lindner (T-PA#11)

Boys' 60m Hurdles Entries:

Event 4  Boys 60 Meter Hurdles (24) Prelims
  State Meet:   7.79  2/23/2013   Wellington Zaza, Garnet Valley               
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Bermudez, Aanyah              12 Conestoga Valley            
  2  Burnett, Dylan                12 Penn Charter                
  3  Costantini, Sebastian         10 Malvern Prep                
  4  Dimon, Alex                   12 Pennridge                   
  5  Dinh, Danny                   12 Franklin Area               
  6  Elters, Jared                 11 Coatesville                 
  7  Gagliardi, Caleb              12 Hickory                     
  8  Garland, Kyle                 11 Germantown Acad             
  9  Gilchrist, Richard            11 Harrisburg                  
 10  Jackson, James                11 Chester                     
 11  Jonassaint, Jonathon          12 Muhlenberg                  
 12  Lindner, Sam                  11 Haverford School            
 13  Nobbs, Liam                   11 North Allegh                
 14  Oliver, Tommy                 12 Bensalem                    
 15  Owens, Ayden                  11 North Allegh                
 16  Pressley, Bobby               12 Susquehanna                 
 17  Robbins, Nasan                11 Pennsbury                   
 18  Scott, Stephen                12 Souderton                   
 19  Sepkoski, Ron                 12 James Coughlin              
 20  Stoy, Kamryn                  12 Penn Cambria                
 21  Thenga, Trevor                11 Wilson (3)                  
 22  Thomas, Mychael               12 Carlisle                    
 23  Vasquez, Andre                11 Woodland Hill               
 24  Whitfield, Taraje             11 Penn Manor