Championship season is upon us. The PIAA state championship is this weekend and we're rolling out previews for all of the hotly contested jumps, throws, and races.
Links You'll Need:
- Performance Lists | Heat Sheets (Scroll to Bottom of Page)
- Meet Schedule
- State Rankings By Classification:
- AA Girls | AAA Girls | AA Boys | AAA Boys
AA Boys Shot Put
Gian Greggo (Pen Argyl) finished seventh a the PIAA Championship in 2022. This year - he is the favorite.
Oh, how things change. Last year his best throw was 51-7.5. This year it's 57-10. As he nears the 60-foot barrier, he has established himself as the best shot putter in 2A. He hasn't thrown worse than 51-7 and has thrown 54-7 or further in each competition since the start of May.
The District 10 Champion, Nicholas Krahe (Harbor Creek), has thrown 55-8 this season. He is also poised to close the season strong and is within a reasonable distance of Grecco. A career day could spell victory for Krahe.
Blake Klosky (Windber) won the District 5 Championship with his throw of 54-07.5. That was a lifetime best - and he is peaking at the right time ahead of this year's championship match.
Clark Gulycz (ACC), Andrew Demko (Shenango), and Landon Chalmers (Union-AC) are all championship contenders as well.
AA Boys Discus
Another close bout in the Boys Discus is likely to develop.
Cam Wagner (Redank Valley) enters as the Top Seed. He has maintained a steady log of performances in the 150s and 160s. The District 9 Champ threw 173-3 this year, although that performance is a slight outlier.
Over in District 7, Brady Cooper (Laurel) held off Alex MacDonald (Quaker Valley) to win the District Title there. They rank second and third in the state (2A) with their throws of 160-11 and 159-07. Consequently, they are best positioned to challenge Wagner.
In 2022, Wagner finished third at the State Championship. He will be the top returner to this year's field.
AA Boys Javelin
The District 4 Boys are here to play.
1-2-3, the District 4 trio of Bronson Krainak (Danville), Tyler Arnold (Southern Columbia), and Lincoln Huber (Central Columbia) all threw over 190 and are the Top 3 Seeds heading into the Championship. Krainak threw 198-08, Arnold threw 195-01, and Huber threw 194.
Krainak is the favorite heading into the Championship meet. He is the only 2A boy to have thrown over 200 feet. He was 15th at the PIAA Championship in 2023, but that was an anomaly. He has been much more consistent this season and will be challenging to beat.
Three other boys join those three in the 190 club. Ryan Hummell (Clarion Limestone), Joe Reed (Riverside 7), and Collin Niedrowski (Wyomissing Area).
Ryan Hummell is the top returner to this year's field. He finished fourth at the 2022 PIAA Championship with his haul of 166-07. It is unbelievable that we don't expect that to finish in the Top-8 this year.