Central Bucks West: AAA Boys' 4x800 Champions May 27, 2017

In the country's best state for the 4x800 meter relay, Central Bucks West proved it was the best team.The Bucks quartet of Brian Baker, Alec Fehrman, Alec Hofer, and Jake Claricurzio dropped a US#1 7:40.14, a few tenths better than Maryland's Oxon Hill's previous national-leading time, for the win in the AAA boys' 4x800 meter relay at the PIAA Track & Field State Championships.Hofer, a senior on the third leg, put the team into the lead heading into the final exchange. In a terrific finish, the anchor leg Jake Claricurzio was able to out-run State College Area's Nick Feffer to take the win. State College, the reigning champs who also ran a US#1 to win last year, ended up second in a US#3 7:41.42."I knew if I was neck-and-neck with (Feffer), it'd be 50-50," Claricurzio said. "I'm glad I'm the one who got it."The entire race was incredibly race. After the top two, Pennridge was third in a US#5 7:44.91 and North Penn was fourth in a US#6 7:45.07. Then there was a mad dash for placing for the final four medals. Pennsbury (fifth in 7:46.00), Penn Wood (sixth in 7:46.07), Seneca Valley (seventh in 7:46.38), and Abington (eighth in 7:46.49) ran times that took up US#11 through US#14 rankings.For CB West, three of the four return next year, with Hofer as the lone graduate. With a strong stock of half milers, West could make a return trip to the top of podium next spring. But when it comes to the 4x800 in the state of Pennsylvania, there's never any guarantees. More PIAA T&F State Championship LinksFull ResultsPhoto AlbumsInterviewsBOYS 4X800 METER RELAY FINALSALL RESULTSPLACETEAMRESULTH#1Central Bucks West7:40.1412State College Area High School7:41.4213Pennridge7:44.9114North Penn7:45.0715Pennsbury7:46.0016Penn Wood7:46.0717Seneca Valley7:46.3818Abington7:46.5919Lower Dauphin7:50.98110Greensburg Salem7:51.79111Franklin Regional7:53.99112Williamsport Area7:55.421

Nathan Henderson (JP McCaskey): AAA 3200m Champion May 27, 2017

There was no shortage of fireworks through day two of the PIAA T&F State Championships.But perhaps the most dramatic moment occurred on Saturday morning in the AAA boys' 3200 meters. heading into the final lap, a number of runners will still in the mix for the win. It was up to whoever had the best kick.Then Carlisle's Sam Affolder made his move. The sophomore sensation took off to the lead with under 200 meters to go. He formed a gap and it looked like he was going to run to the win. But JP McCaskey's Nathan Henderson decided he wasn't going to leave his final high school track meet without a gold medal.Henderson, a senior bound for Syracuse in the fall, found something within himself in the last 75 meters. He caught Affolder and crossed the finish line, raising his index fingers in the air before his general exhaustion set in. A state champion.More PIAA T&F State Championship LinksFull ResultsPhoto AlbumsInterviewsBOYS 3,200 METER RUN FINALSALL RESULTSPLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTWINDH#1Nathan Henderson12J.P. McCaskey9:01.7712Sam Affolder10Carlisle9:02.9513Rusty Kujdych11Neshaminy9:04.5514Connor McMenamin12Souderton Area9:06.3715Noah Beveridge11Butler9:07.2616Zach Lefever12Ephrata9:09.6517Ryan James12Cardinal O'Hara9:09.8618Ryan Campbell11Council Rock North9:14.6519Mark Provenzo12Franklin Regional9:16.42110Seth Slavin12Pleasant Valley High School9:16.52111Matthew D'Aquila12Lower Merion9:17.34112David Haines12North Pocono9:22.28113Brian Mass12Central Bucks West9:25.51114Will Griffen12Cheltenham9:28.55115Mitchell Etter11State College Area High School9:28.57116Stephen Paul12LaSalle College High School9:29.13117Casey Conboy12Baldwin9:31.52118Morgan Cupp11Mechanicsburg Area High School9:32.83119Trey Razanauskas12Seneca Valley9:34.00120Tyler Rollins11Downingtown West9:35.01121Isaac Davis11Jersey Shore Area9:36.72122Nate Price10General McLane9:38.19123Jake Underwood11Wilson (3)9:38.35124Jack Zardecki11Dallas9:39.00125Colin Cramer11Southern Lehigh9:45.74126Tim Haas12Council Rock North10:02.98127Logan Caruso11Bradford Area10:16.291

Katie Jones (South Williamsport): AA Pole Vault Champion May 27, 2017

Katie Jones of South Williamsport took home her second straight gold in the AA girls' pole vault breaking her own meet record with a jump of 13 feet, 4 inches for the win. The senior and Penn State commit came into the competition at 12-0, after the rest of the athletes were already out. Jones cleared 12-0 and made her way up to 13-4, her winning vault.More PIAA T&F State Championship LinksFull ResultsPhoto AlbumsInterviewsGIRLS POLE VAULT FINALSALL RESULTSPLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTWINDH#1Katie Jones12South Williamsport13-04.0012Kendall Grossman9Moniteau11-00.0013Hailey Zurich10Loyalsock Township11-00.0014Alexis Gerwert11Bellwood Antis11-00.0015Corah Krantz10Lakeland11-00.0016Morgan Gossard11Richland11-00.0017Trina Barcarola9Western Wayne11-00.0018Ally Tama12Towanda10-06.0019Rylie Mong10Warrior Run10-06.00110Emma Padner12Central Columbia10-06.00111Lauren Ritenour11Greensburg Central Catholic10-06.00112Julia Strobel12Wilmington10-06.00113Erin Sheridan12Harbor Creek10-00.00114Cierra Phillips11Fairfield Area10-00.00115Siara Bradich11South Side10-00.00116Grace Romesberg10Berlin Brothersvalley9-06.00117Sarah Polacek11Westmont Hilltop9-06.00118Sara Altonen9Wilson Area (11)9-06.00119Mauley Fox11Port Allegany9-06.001