Bears High School Invitational - Meet Preview
Dock Mennonite's Austin Kratz lost his PA#1 status in the 55 meters this past week. Imhotep's Kristian Marche blasted a 6.38 in New York. Kratz, who is back from a mission trip in Mexico, is the top seed and will look to take back the state-leading spot.
Kratz will also run the 400 meters, so it will be interesting to see how he stacks up there. Remember that he is US#1 in the 300 meters. He'll face a good test from Bishop Shanahan's Rick Zink. Zink is in the midst of a breakout winter and is PA#1 in the 500 meters.
Kratz' Dock teammate Nick Smith is the top PA athlete in the 55 meter hurdle field.
In the 200 meters, Westtown's Julian Klenner returns to the track. He ran a PA#6 in his indoor career debut earlier in the season. Now he drops down to the one-lapper. He'll be challenged by Zink and Conestoga's Lex Forge.
A trio of PA shot putters will push the 50-foot marker on Sunday. Dock's Alex Martin (PA#5) has already thrown over 50 this season. Shanahan's Matthew Murray (PA#14) and Germantown Academy's Olatide Abinusawa (PA#8) will also contend for the win.
The 55 meters will be a "can't miss" event on Sunday. Ursuline Academy (DE)'s Najiya Cornish (US#9) will go up against Conestoga's Grace Lanouette (PA#2 60m). Each will be looking to move up their state and national rankings. Cornish is also the top seed in the 200 meters. Lanouette, meanwhile, is also one of the top seeds in the 400 meters.
Sunday will be the indoor debut of Oley Valley's Rebecca Snyder. She's one to watch in the mile in her first career indoor race. Also in the field is Spring Ford's Gabriella Bamford and Perk Valley's Teagan Schein-Becker.
Warren, the top seed in the hurdles, is also the top seed in the long jump. The junior enters Sunday at PA#3 in the event.