Bellwood-Antis and Tyrone athletes head to PIAA meet at Shippensburg

The PIAA State Track & Field Championships is the annual show worth its weight in Gold. On every runway, on every turn, on every handoff and throw, everything is on the line. These are the athletes who have earned their way here to have a chance to set personal records, to medal, and for the fortunate few, to win a state title.
Bellwood-Antis and Tyrone will take a large contingent to Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium this Friday and Saturday for the PIAA State Championships and according to the coaches this will not be a trip to get experience. They expect to bring home plenty of medals.
Tyrone standout jumper and hurdler, Liz Tepsic is mining for gold this time around after placing 6th last year in the triple jump. “Liz has been focused all year on winning the gold,” Coach Tony Yaniello said. PIAA championships seeds are out and Liz is the #1 seed in the triple jump by seven inches. She is very capable of winning it all, but she also knows that she must have her best jump of the year if she wants to win. The triple jump is such a technical event and everything has to go right to have that big jump. There are certainly six or seven girls at this level who are capable of pulling out that big jump that will win. Don’t count Liz out in the 100 hurdles. Her seeded time is only a few tenths from the top seeds and she has looked really good this week in practice with her technique over the hurdles and could challenge for one of the top medals there also.
Freshman, Rachel Emigh (Pole Vault) will also need a big jump to place in the top 8 in states. “Rachel is a gamer,” Yaniello said. She jumps her best under pressure and even though only a ninth grader, don’t count her out once the competition begins.
Ben Ingle, (1600) has slashed seven or eight seconds off his mile time every time he ran in the big meets towards the end of the season. “Ben really only started running and training for the mile halfway through the season,” according to Coach Yaniello. “At first I don’t think he wanted to follow in his now famous sister’s (State Champion Emily Ingle) footsteps. He is going to be a good one and has run the mile this year faster than any junior we coached in my 30 years at the helm.
Tyrone’s boys 400 relay team has qualified for states now three years in a row. Four of the team members are underclassmen (Johnny Franco, Shane Tate, Shane Emigh, Larry Glace). Seniors Tyler Gillmen and Phil Kreckel also have run on the team this year.
District 6 Team Champions, Bellwood-Antis boys’ team has much to look forward too at Shippensburg. They will arguable go down as one of the best Bellwood boys teams ever. Based on their performances during the season and winning a district 6 team title, the first in 40 years.
Bellwood boys are ranked in the top eight in six events. Brandon Pruznak, fifth in the 400 and seventh in the long jump. Ben Hatch is eighth in the 400, Adam Mueller is eighth in the 110 hurdles and the Blue Devils’ 1600 relay of Kyle Canfield, Adam Mueller, Hatch and Pruznak, is seeded fifth.
“We feel pretty good about the seeds that we have going to states with,” Coach Nick Lovrich said. “The kids are very excited abut the chances that they have to come home with medals this year. This is a very special group of athletes. Three of the five have been to states before and know the routine how everything works and that is a big advantage. So many kids go down to states and are just happy to be there, This year’s group is focused and they feel like they still have some work to do. We have told the kids all season that if they can just improve on their personal bests the places will take care of themselves and that should hold true this weekend.”
Long time Bellwood-Antis girls coach Julie Roseborough’s Blue Devil girls will be well represented by qualifying their 400 relay team to the state meet. Miss R’s Lady Blue Devils have consistently qualified a number of quality athletes year in and year out to the state meet and like the boys team had another outstanding season winning the Mt. Athletic Conference Meet towards the end of the season. The 400 relay team of senior Lauren Leap, and underclassmen Emily O’Shea (sophomore), Jannell Wilt (junior), and Jenna Nevling (sophomore) will be going for a coveted state medal.
When they compete:
Liz Tepsic: Contestant # 564 -100 Hurdles-10:30 am Friday- Heat #1 of 4 – Lane 6, Top 3 in each heat plus 4 best times qualify for the semi finals Saturday
Triple Jump- -9:00 am Saturday
Ben Ingle: Contestant #550-1600-12:00 pm Friday-Heat #1 of 2-Line-2E, Top 4 in each heat plus 4 best times qualify for finals
Tyrone 400 relay: Heat #4 of 4-lane1-2:00 pm Friday-Top 1 plus 4 best times qualify for finals
B-A Girls 400 relay: Heat #1 of 4-lane 7-2:00 pm Friday-Top 1 plus 4 best times qualify for finals, Top 1 plus 4 best times qualify for finals
Brandon Pruznak Contestant #24 200-4:00 pm Friday-Heat #2 of 4-lane 7, Top 3 plus 4 best times qualify for semi finals
Long Jump-9:00 am Saturday
Ben Hatch: Contestant #22-400-1:15 pm Friday-Heat #4-Lane 5 Top 1 Plus 4 best times qualify for finals,
800-3:30 pm Friday-Heat #2 of 2-lane 6, Top 1 plus 4 best times
Adam Muellar: Contestant #23-110 Hurdles-11:00 am Friday-Heat #4 of 4-lane 5, Top 3 plus 4 best times advance to semi finals
300 IH-3:00 pm Friday-Heat 2 of 4-lane 6, Top 1 plus 4 best times qualify for finals
B-A Boys 1600 relay: Heat #1 or 4-lane 5-4:30 pm Friday, Top 1 plus 4 best times qualify for finals