In a diverse field of competitors from across the state, a number of area athletes fared well, including a trio of gold-medal winners, on Saturday at the 93rd annual Jack Roddick High School Invitational held at Shippensburg University, site of the PIAA Championships at the end of May.
In Class AA, Chestnut Ridge junior Duane Knisely was victorious in the discus and junior Lyric Janosik of Penn Cambria topped the field in the long jump. The Bedford boys and Penn Cambria girls also were golden in their respective 400 relays. In Class AAA, Somerset senior Nickolas Hyde won the shot put competition.
Hyde, who was second in the Class AAA discus, had a winning throw of 60 feet, 3.5 inches while Knisely, second in the Class AA shot put, won with toss of 167-5.5. Janosik’s distance of 17-9 led the field in the long jump. The Bisons, who were third overall in the team battle, won their relay in 45.76 while Penn Cambria’s time was 52.21, anchored by Janosik.
In addition to her win in the long jump, Janosik was second in the high jump and third in the triple jump. In the high jump, her height of 5-3 was accomplished first by sophomore Charly Slusser of Williamson, who claimed the gold.
Also in Class AA, Forest Hills senior Ryan Latshaw was second in the 110 hurdles, sixth in the 300 hurdles and eighth in the triple jump. Latshaw finished the 110 hurdles in 15.77 just behind winner Payton Rohrbaugh of Bermudian Springs (15.58).
Bedford junior Ashley Ferguson took the second spot in the 300 hurdles and was fourth in the 100 hurdles, while Bedford sophomore Elijah Cook was second in the javelin toss and teammate Jace Growden, finished third in the high jump.
Other Bedford boys who contributed to the team totals included junior Andrew Foor, fourth in the 100 while teammate Wes Lippencott, who was also fourth in the 200, was eighth in the 100. Sophomore Van May was fifth in the 1600 and freshman Eric Jordan, eighth in the 400. Foor, Miles Washington and Mark Zimmerman were fifth through seventh in the long jump.
For the Penn Cambria boys, sophomore Nick Marinak was fifth in both the 100 and 200.
Marinak was also fifth in the javelin, while Panthers teammate Jacob Weigand finished seventh.
Other Forest Hills finishers were senior Mitch Chunta, fourth in the 400, while senior Robert Krug finished in a tie for fourth and Byron Daubert was eighth in the pole vault competition.
Senior Kaleb Milburn of Chestnut Ridge was eighth in the shot put in Class AA, while sophomore Dustin Hyde of Somerset finished fifth in the Class AAA shot.
Among the girls, Penn Cambria, which finished seventh in the Class AA team standings, got a seventh-place finish from sophomore Olivia Papi in the 100 dash and an eighth-place run from freshman Daijah Lilly in the 200. Senior Taylar Hillegass of Chestnut Ridge was eighth in the 300 hurdles in Class AA, while sophomore Haley Stickle of Somerset placed seventh in the 300 hurdles in Class AAA.
There were 26 Class AA boys and 29 girls teams along with 45 Class AAA boys and 44 girls squads in attendance in the meet at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium.