PTFCA Indoor States Preview: Boys' Distance

Boys' 800 Meter Preview

Bishop Shanahan's Josh Hoey will have a busy day on Sunday. After he runs the mile, he'll toe the line in the 800 meters. He didn;t get his state qualifying time in the event until last week, when he went out and dropped a US#1 of 1:51.49 in racing flats. So Hoey is clearly fit and ready for a big day. Even though he won't be fresh, he still have the best time in the state 3.5 seconds.

The state record and state meet record is 1:50.55 by Kyle Francis, set in 2014. After his performance last week, Hoey is certainly capable of dropping a record-setting time.

The second seed is Liam Conway of Owen J. Roberts. Conway went 1:55.01 to win at the PTFCA Carnival a few weeks back, but he'll also be doubling back from the mile. Look out for Pottsville Area's Collin Ebling. he posted a PA#3 1:55.03 and will be the top-ranked fresh runner in the field. He ran that time at Kevin Dare, so he's no stranger to Penn State, and that could pay off.

David Endres of Central Bucks East will be strong in this field. He ran a massive PR of 1:55.05 to take the win at Ocean Breeze earlier in the season and should have a lot of confidence headed into the race. Neumann Goretti's Kamil Jihad is a veteran and a very solid half miler with a 1:52 outdoor PR to his name. He's won his last three 800s, including a Meet of Champs victory, so watch for Jihad.

Plenty of others will be on the hunt for medals here, including Bishop Shanahan's Jonah Hoey, Ephrata's Tyler Shue, Saint Joseph's Prep's Robert Dupell III, Pennsbury's Aidan Sauer, and Great Valley's Brett Zatlin. This field is deep and the pace of the race between the fast and the slower sections could definitely come into play.


Event 12  Boys 800 Meter Run (24)
 Meet Record:  1:50.55  3/1/2014    Kyle Francis, Bensalem                     
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Clark, Michael                12 Methacton                   
  2  Conway, Liam                  12 O J Roberts                 
  3  Curry, Lamaj                  12 Chester                     
  4  Delisle, Hudson               12 Quakertown                  
  5  Dhillon, Jarnail              12 Upper Darby                 
  6  Dupell III, Robert            12 St Joe Prep                 
  7  Ebling, Collin                12 Pottsville A                
  8  Eissler, Matt                 11 Pennridge                   
  9  Endres, David                 11 C B East                    
 10  Gabrielli, Nick               12 Kiski Area                  
 11  Hoey, Jonah                   10 Bish Shanahan               
 12  Hoey, Josh                    12 Bish Shanahan               
 13  Jihad, Kamil                  12 Neumann Gore                
 14  Linares, Javier               12 Pennsbury                   
 15  Ochs, Collin                  11 C R South                   
 16  Phillips, Seth                11 Mifflin County              
 17  Sauer, Aidan                  12 Pennsbury                   
 18  Servis, Dylan                 11 Twin Valley                 
 19  Shue, Tyler                   10 Ephrata                     
 20  Wehrle, Matthew               12 Punxsutawney                
 21  Wirth, Tyler                  11 Wallenpaupack               
 22  Zatlin, Brett                 12 Great Valley                
 23  Zeh, Ethan                    11 Radnor                      
 24  Zelinsky, Jarrett             11 Holy Ghost Prep