Boys track and field preview

TOP BOYS RETURNERS:

Sprints: Sam Newton, Loyalsock

It’s easy to get lost in the wake of Bloomsburg’s Jahvel Hemphill, who won four state 100-meter titles and set the state meet record in the event a year ago. But Newton was as consistent as any sprinter in District 4 last year. He finished third in both the 100 and 200 at the District 4 meet last year, missing the state qualifying standard in the 100 by just .08, and missing it in the 200 by just .10. The good news for Newton is Hemphill graduated, and unfortunately Southern Columbia’s Julian Fleming will miss the season with an injury. He’ll likely have to battle with Mifflinburg’s Eric Zimmerman for sprinter superiority, but there’s no reason to believe he’s not up to the task.

Hurdles: Austin Breon, Jersey Shore

The truth is, this spot could have gone to either Breon or Williamsport’s Caden Fisher. The two are likely to be battling in both the high and intermediate hurdles throughout the course of the season. Fisher won the 110s at districts and Breon took silver in the 300s behind Shamokin’s Caleb Jemmott, who graduated. But they were separated by just .15 seconds in the 110s, while Breon had a nearly two-second edge in the 300s. It’s hard to see one or the other dominating, which should make this season-long battle all the more fun to watch.

Mid-distance: Tyler Leeser, Milton

The Virginia Tech signee is one of the most dynamic runners in District 4. He’s the returning silver medalist in the state in the 800 and was fourth in the 1,600. But he was also a four-time gold medalist at the District 4 meet a year ago, winning the 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200, choosing to do just the two individual events at the state meet. He’ll be counted on for mega points this year for the Black Panthers whenever he runs, and the reality is he probably won’t see a ton of competition until he gets to the postseason. But Leeser is used to pacing himself and always seems to come up with his best performances in the biggest spots.

Distance

Quinn Serfass, Loyalsock

He’s the top returning finisher in the 3,200 at the state meet, having finished sixth in the Class AA race. He’ll be pushed all season by Jersey Shore’s Isaac Davis, who is coming off a cross country state championship in the fall. But he’s been battling his entire career. First it was South Williamsport’s Griffin Molino, then Hunter Crawley, Tyler Leeser and Davis. He’ll likely need to beat Leeser to get a gold in either the 1,600 or 3,200 come the postseason, but it’s a task he’s up for. Serfass will run for Temple next year, but he’s got his eyes set on more PIAA hardware before that.

Jumps: Keith Jason, Williamsport

You can pretty much just pencil in a Williamsport athlete here every year. Even though the Millionaires have lost state placewinners Qayyim Ali and Terrence Massey-Porter in recent years, Keith Jason should be the next in the group to make an impact in Shippensburg. He triple jumped more than 44 feet last year and finished behind just teammate Stan Scott in the area’s best jumps in the event. With Treyson Potts on the back side of recovering from a torn ACL, Jason will likely enter the season as the Millionaires’ top jumper.

Throws: Josh Dinges, Montoursville

He was one of the most dominant throwers in the area last year, cruising to wins whenever he threw the javelin. Even though he had a disappointing performance at the state meet in Shippensburg, his talent can’t be questioned. He had a season’s-best throw of better than 197 feet, and he has the capability to be one of the state’s best in the event. Danville’s Jared Mowery returns after finishing third in the state a year ago and should be Dinges’ toughest competition at each invitational.

Pole Vault: Keefer Goodspeed, Warrior Run

After a strong year in the area in the event, Goodspeed is one of few local vaulters who returns after a strong season. He finished tied for third in the area last year with a best jump of 12 feet, and he matched that height at the District 4 meet to finish sixth. Only district runner-up Travis Keyser of Bloomsburg returns of the finishers ahead of him at districts, leaving an opening for Goodspeed to potentially climb the ranks. The Defenders have had a strong vaulting program in recent years under coach Jeremy Betz, and Goodspeed may be the next state qualifier from Warrior Run.

CANTON

Head coach: Casey Aylesworth

Assistant coaches: Kyle Thompson, Brandy McRoberts, Katie Steever

League: Northern Tier League

Returning individual district placewinners: Connor Hess

Returning individual state qualifiers: Connor Hess.

Roster: Seniors — Mak Gleckner, Connor Hess, Brandon Larson, Nate Schoonover, Camden Smith.

Juniors — Kyle Davis, Chance Deljonavan, Josiah Gleckner, Aaron Sparling.

Sophomores — Alex Bagley, Kenny Biggs, Nate Landon, Carter Nybeck, Timmy Ward, Kayden Williams.

Freshmen — Curtis Lammy, Isaac Landis, Tyler Williams.

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN

Co-head coaches: Katie Bidwell, Bobby Varholak

League: Heartland-I

Returning individual district placewinners: Corbin Green, Joey Moore.

Returning individual state qualifiers: None.

Roster: Jacob Watson, Ryan Hall, Nate Laubscher, Joey Moore, Jedidiah Moyer, Corbin Green, Ryan Alexander, Christian Aurand, Bryce Gray, Kyler Kidd, Vinnie Kopysciansky, Owen Rinker, Alex Leuthold, Austin Confer, Paul Miller, Reese Haines-Moyer, Kenny Jones, Caleb Porter, Loghan Thomas, Holden Shultz, Preston Evey, Matt Probst, Robert Shaffer, Carter Simcox, Alex Stantz, Jacob Welsh, Alexander Williams, Ethan Bliss, Samuel Rockey, Grant Cole, William Confer, Benjamin Probert, Micah Schall, Logan Fryer, Shae Cole, Emre Yakut, Devin Miller, Zach Somers, Caleb McAndrew, Schuyler Young, Tanner Weaver, Seth Andrus, Bryce Neff, Parker Ordorf, Zander Tuttle, Joshua Cox.

HUGHESVILLE

Head coach: Denise Gorini (second season)

Assistant coaches: Tina Remsnyder, Matt Yoder, Rob Wallis, Jan Mostowy, Krissy Heimbach

League: Heartland-III

Returning individual district placewinners: None.

Returning individual state qualifiers: None.

Roster: Seniors — Chad Bomboy, Devon Bushor, Dalton Clarkson, Kade Heckel, Luke Kepner, Isaac Miller, Daulton Myers, Jacob Reynolds, Ori Shaner, Gavin Steele.

Juniors — Dante Bair, Caleb Dixon, Dillan Eisenhard, Zane Gee, Brody Heller, Tyler Liebersohn, Austin Long, Stephen Sheets, Ryan Strimple, Justin Whitmoyer, Jase Wright.

Sophomores — Ryan Bahr, Beau Draper, Justus Leighow, Austin Lewis, Trent Statts, Ethan Strother.

Freshmen — Tanner Bradley, Jameson Fetterman, Nicholas Houseknecht, Gabriel Larsen, Brandon Moore.

JERSEY SHORE

Head coach: Bob Fox (21st season, 135-64-3)

Assistant coaches: Jon Bresnock, Ron Sander, Matt Heydrich

League: Heartland-I

Returning individual district placewinners: Chase Carpenter, Isaac Davis, Austin Breon, Josh Malicky, Elijah Shemory.

Returning individual state qualifiers: Isaac Davis.

Roster: Seniors — Luke Bischof, Austin Breon, Chase Carpenter, Jeremy Corson, Isaac Davis, Hunter Frantz, John Hamm, Dominic Maneval, Gage Marshall, Hunter Mummert, Elijah Shemory, Kevin Titus, Dominic Williams.

Juniors — Matt Fausey, David Kramer, Jared LaSalle, Dan Paulhamus.

Sophomores — Tanner Allison, Lucas Corson, Max Ferguson, Joey Frantz, Logan Garrett, Jonah Hartman, Josh Malicky, Joe Shade, Dan Wolfe, Micah Worth, Joe Young.

Freshmen – Cameron Allison, Ross Fuller, Richie Hamlin, Tommy Sawyer, Jon Smith.

LEWISBURG

Head coach: Michael Espinosa (second season)

Assistant coaches: Ronald Hess, Michael Farronato, Steven Bieber, Dominic Darronato, Mark Temple, Kenneth Zook

League: Heartland-II

Returning individual district placewinners: None.

Returning individual state qualifiers: None.

Roster: Seniors — Tommy Bhangdia, Joshua Bonner, Derek Guissanie, Edwrd Harrington, Andrew Henry, Felix Hernandez, Hayden Idom-Case, Ryan Nye, Jason Stanko.

Juniors — Grant Adams, Darren Baidoo, Joshua Bedi, Ethan Billiot, Austin Blakeslee, Anders Dollard, Dylan Farronato, Owen Foreman, Michael Hernandez, Matthew Hoffman, Ansh Khurana, Kabeer, Khurana, Gabriel Koch, Daniel Olivero Jr., Alexander Sabo, James Scott, Afnan Shah, Michael Tiffin.

Sophomores — Zachary Bedell, Joshua Gose, Hunter Grimes, Thomas Hetherington, Henry Hughes, Peter Lantz, Logan Moore, Collin Runyon, Marcus Sagan, Kameron Schreffler, Noah Shabahang, Clayton Shaffer, Gavin Sheriff, James Thompson.

Freshmen — Nathn Allred, Calvin Bailey, Ezra Buonopane, Timothy Cavanagh, Alan Daniel, Jack Drouin, Philip Gajda, Evan Hart, Thomas Haynos, Charlie Heid, Christian Joanis, James Koconis, Drew Lane, Caleb Leaman, Jackson Manner, Maxwell Moyers, Gianluca Perrone, Stephen Tiffin, Nathan Zook.

LOYALSOCK

Head coach: Matt Hill (fifth season)

Assistant coaches: Heather Holmes, Scott Kendall, Brent Reinhart, Nick Hessert

League: Heartland-III

Returning individual district placewinners: Sam Newton, Matt Nickolaus, Quinn Serfass, Ryan Sullivan.

Returning individual state qualifiers: Quinn Serfass, Matt Nickolaus, Sam Newton.

Roster: Seniors — Cole Cavanaugh, Justin Downs, Nathan Fagnano, Logan Franquet, Hunter Knott, Sam Newton, Matt Nickolaus, Nick Salvatori, Peyton Salvatori, Quinn Serfass, Ryan Sullivan, Jacob Waltz, Haydn Watkins.

Juniors — Zach Alberti, Matt Hill, Josh Kiessling, Simeon Krizan, Zach Stopper, Brandon Shearer.

Sophomores — Connor Albaugh, Wyatt Bartley, Isaac Bower, Ryan Fish, Julian Fisher-Stopper, Tyler Franquet, James Hammond, Alex Heiser, Tyler Hertwig, Jacob Huber, Yahya Kahn, Kit Lang, Cooper Lytle, Alejandro Quintana, Alex Reed, Ben Robbins, Rohin Sagar, Devon Shank, Curtis Towbridge, Darius Williams, Alex Zicolello.

Freshmen — Caleb Albaugh, Ian Bowes, Jacob Daniels, Brady Dowell, Michael Hall, Dominic Jennings, Jay Oaks, Max Panaccio.

MILTON

Head coach: Tom Leeser (19th season, 92-72)

Assistant coaches: Bryan Walter, Bing Purcel, John Wargo, Brad Rocco, Jonathan Dick, Heather Welch, Scott Shuck, Janice Leeser, Rod Harris, Matt Ishman, Ted Hartley, Herb Brown, Joe Stahley, Mike Mertz

League: Heartland-II

Returning individual district placewinners: Tyler Leeser, Nick Doresky, Colton Aikey.

Returning individual state qualifiers: Tyler Leeser.

Roster: Seniors — Colton Aikey, Liam DeBerry, Nick Doresky, Jalil Garrison, Tyler Leeser, Malachi Mosley, Deven Sanchez, Chris Trejo, Nathan Young.

Juniors — Haiden DeBerry, Justin Gaugler, Henry Gonzales, Kellan Guinn-Bailey, Jose Leon, Romeo Mong, Zachary Phillips, Quaylin Rice, Angel Rodriguez, Dalton Shearer.

Sophomores — Ceasaer Allen, Hoyt Bower, Robert Brown, Kenley Caputo, Dwson Geiser, Owen Keister, Evan Kurtz, Colton Loreman, Spencer Mabus, Dylan Nicholas, Nevin Rauchk, Joe Rodriguez, Josh Rodriguez, Jonah Snyder, Gavin Walker, Tanner Walter, Qamar Yasin-Bradley.

Freshmen — Nathan Barnett, Dylan Crawford, Cameron Crites, Josh Daub, Tyler Fiederbach, Drew Harris, Tyler Lobos, Matt Maturani, Brandon Newcomer, Simon Rocktashel, Josue Rodriguez, Beau Shelley, Jason Valladares, Jamir Wilt, Blair Wilt, Pierre Yost.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

Head coach: Rob Houseknecht (second season)

Assistant coaches: Matt DeBlander, Kerry Taylor, Art Hengler, Gregg Anthony.

League: Heartland-III.

Returning individual district placewinners: Shyler Kreitz.

Returning individual state qualifiers: None.

Roster: Seniors — Curtis Anthony, Reilly Barnes, Chevy Bolay, Dalton Gough, Shyler Kreitz, Jaiden Lynch, Connery McFadden, Griffin Metzger, Riley Shaffer, Lenny Webster.

Juniors — Nate Almasy, Russell Branton, Michael Fioretti, A.J. Flick, Jordan Flook, Chris Klem, Cole Lentz, Jake Lusk, Tayge Molino, Tyler Trojan, Rion Withers.

Sophomores — Brandon Getz, Gannon Guerrisky, Ethan Laudenslager, Oliver Matz, Austin Nash.

Freshmen — Port Habalar, Riley Hockman, Gavin Hunsinger, Evan Laudenslager, Caleb Snyder.

WARRIOR RUN

Head coach: Shaun Landis (12th season, 42-34-1)

Assistant coaches: Jeremy Betz, Scott Hoffman, Corey Dufrene

League: Heartland-III

Returning individual district placewinners: Cassidy Hoffman, Keefer Goodspeed.

Returning individual state qualifiers: None.

Roster: Seniors — Isaiah Derr, Brandon Gates, Keefer Goodspeed, Randy Hays, Cassidy Hoffman, Pacey Howard, Kylan Kurtz, Owen McManus, Forrest Seybold.

Juniors — Steven Adams, Jeff Burkhart, Austin Hampton, Levi Kennel, Addison Magyar, Michael Rafala, Austin Soltesz.

Sophomores — Tyler Barlet, Gavin Bland, Justis Brady, Samuel Crawford, Tyrese Hazzoum, Damein Moser, Pete Reasner, Riley Ruch, Zach Schaeffer, Ryan Singer, Jack Watkins, Jackson Welliver.

Freshmen — Andrew Adams, James Brantingham, Caden Dufrene, Max Kennel, Caleb Long, Kaden Majcher, Nathan Michael, Coltin Pentycofe, Hunter Rovenolt.

WELLSBORO

Head coach: John Shaffer

Assistant coaches: Matt Hildebrand

League: Northern Tier League

Returning individual district placewinners: None.

Returning individual state qualifiers: None.

Roster: Seniors — Alex Kozuhowski, Devin Webster.

Juniors — Hunter Brown, Aidan Perry, Brett Rudy, Isaac Wagner, Trevor Weaver, Bergen Weiner, Taylor Wheeler.

Sophomores — Alex Burrell, Keegan Clemens, Aidan Hauser, Frank Kewitt, Clayton Orsborn, Andrew Prouty, Austin Richards, Robert Tardieu, Brennan Warner, Tyren Wetzel, Karter Witmer.

Freshmen — Joshua Brelo, Anthony Dunkel, Aidan Fletcher, Joseph Grab, Evan Hoover, Axil Mattison, Anthony Romania, Zach Singer, Nick Smith, Daniel Swanson, Tucker Taft, Danny Timmons, Jonathan Wetzel, Bayley Wilcox, Tyler Wright.

WILLIAMSON

Head coach: Aaron Wooster (10th season)

Assistant coaches: Mark Dexter, Karin Knaus, Diana McCullough, Eric Whalen, Chris Young, Jason Hungerford, Kit Kerr

League: Northern Tier League

Returning individual district placewinners: Caleb Hurd.

Returning individual state qualifiers: None.

Roster: Seniors — Jacob Baker, Madden Doud, Jordan Dow, Brendan Hungerford, Caleb Hurd, Harley Leonard, George Reynolds, Micah Shutes.

Juniors — Matthew Carpenter, Taaj Dallas, Tyler Dilly, Zach Emmert, Andrew Gatewood, Lakota Gehringer, William Harman, Myka Loucks, Theodore Madison, Micah Neff, Dylan Niles, Brandan Paul, Deven Peet, John Seeley, Jack Stone, Kameron Townsend, Jason Whalen.

Sophomores — Brennan Bolt, Daniel Freeman, Chase Hallett, Christopher Harris, Kole Hurler, Brody Johnson, Conner Kerr, Evan Kies, Harley Leonard, Thomas Mack, Nick Mizdale, Dakota Rouse, Magnus Swimley, Joshua Whalen.

Freshmen — Benjamin Anderson, Troy Burrows, Chase Chapman, Joseph Easton, Devin Gatewood, Travis Madison, Jagger Miller, Seth Neal, Caden Sawyer, Nolan Smith, Dawson Stiles, Bailey Stilts, Kaleb Stohlberg, Scott Zimmerman.

WILLIAMSPORT

Head coach: Sam Belle

Assistant coaches: Bob Kraynak, Jeremy Steppe, Jason LaForme

League: Heartland-I

Returning individual district placewinners: Treyson Potts, Jared Thompson, Dalton Biichle, Owen Mahon, Tyler Holcomb, Ryley Holcomb, Caden Fisher, Ethan Williams, Keith Jason, Sam Penman, Tucker Kreisher.

Returning individual state qualifiers: Jared Thompson, Caden Fisher, Sam Penman.

Roster: Seniors — Evan Barone, Stephen Engel, Caden Fisher, Francesco Girardi, Tyler Holcomb, Latrelle Jackson, Al-Tamar Jason, Keith Jason, Gabriel McKeon, Riley Musser, Sam Penman, Thomas Robinson, Casye Scharler, Eric Smith, Jared Thompson, Nathan Welch.

Juniors — Joshua Bernocco, Dalton Biichle, Michael Gramley, Damian Hill, Yahushe’a Hill, Samuel Hillman, Dominic Horn, Michael Jones, Tucker Kreisher, Edward Lyon, Kyle Palmer, Treyson Potts, Cody Shope, Marcus Simmons.

Sophomores — Tristian Bailey, Myles Barbour, Aaron Bower, Ayden Bradley, Aykeem Cowen-Connelly, Jonathan Cramer, Ethan Fisher, Colby Fulmer, Ryley Holcomb, Anthony Lorson, Owen Mahon, Gabriel Manetta, Samuel Nappi, Cody Spiegel, Ethan Williams, Ethan Williamson.

Freshmen — Darius Brooks-Alston, Colby Cormier, Treyvon Eiswerth, Dustin Fink, Michael Fisher, Gavin Furey, Patrick Gerrity, Maxwell Goode, Dominick Greninger, Shaheem Hill, Al-Kabeer Jason, Nassir Jones, Taylor Kelchner, Jaiden Kinley, Sage Koch, Stephen Kraynak, Nickolas Lorson, Henry Lyon, Kaleb McKeon, Gage Metzger, Logan Nieto, Oam Patel, Allen Taylor, Malachi White.

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