SHIPPENSBURG – Chestnut Ridge thrower Duane Knisely saved his best for last.
The Lions junior had a throw of 171-9 in the Class AA discus on his final toss of the afternoon to win a silver medal on Friday at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
“I was not content with the throw,” said Knisely, who moved up from fifth last season. “I knew (today) that I could have done better, but I just didn’t get the throws that I wanted.”
Knisely’s throw was six feet off his personal best, but well behind champion Brock Grundy. The senior from Hickory won with a toss of 183-2.
“I knew that he was going to be good,” said Knisely. “I am definitely going to be going for gold next year.”
District 6 champion, junior Jonathan Black of Richland, was 21st in the discus.
Junior Kaleb Hilyer of Bishop Carroll was seventh in the Class AA javelin toss.
“This was an experience and hopefully I can come back next year and do better,” said the Huskies thrower, who had a toss of 171-10 on his last throw in the finals. “I pulled a muscle so I missed a lot of practice and when I showed up back at practice, I started to get my technique down. The competition kind of pushed me because I had to reach a certain point to get to finals.”
Bedford sophomore Elijah Cook finished 12th and Westmont Hilltop sophomore Hudson Holbay was 18th in the javelin.
Sophomore Logan Pfister of Chestnut Ridge was tied for eighth in the high jump.
“I’m a little disappointed because I came in here as the first seed,” said Pfister, who leaped 6-2. “It puts a lot of pressure on you (when you come in as the top seed). It was very scary. I’m happy to be able to place today with all of these good competitors. I think next year it will be a little easier and hopefully I will get used to the pressure. I felt like I was thinking about it too much today and my technique was just awful.”
Richland’s Joe Hauser did not clear a qualifying height in the high jump.
In the long jump Pfister of Chestnut Ridge was 11th and Liam Wholaver of Cambria Heights was 19th.
In Class AAA, Somerset senior Cejay Walker qualified for the finals in the 800 with a time of 1:58.49.
Ligonier Valley senior Elliot Rost qualified for Saturday’s Class AA semifinals in the 100 dash with an 11.15 and in the 200 in 22.65. He then ran the second leg of the Rams 400 relay, joining Zach Beitel, Lucas Rashilla and Aaron Tutino. Ligonier Valley clocked a time of 43.73 to qualify in the final eight for Saturday’s final.
Westmont Hilltop junior Nick Fetzer earned his shot at the gold in the 1600, qualifying for Saturday’s final with a time of 4:28.41 and Central Cambria’s 3200 relay foursome of Corey Roberts, Eli Wandel, Adam Leichlitner and Nate Kuntz qualified for Saturday’s finals in a time of 8:19.80.
“The race felt great for me, but I was honestly just going for place in order to run on Saturday,” Fetzer said.
Eliminated in the preliminaries were the 3200 relays from Westmont Hilltop (Mike Barbato, Jonathon Heider, Brandon Kaseler, Nick Fetzer) and Forest Hills (Ben Wechtenhiser, Eli Conant, Dylan Wechtenhiser, Mitch Chunta); the 400 relays of Richland (Austin Rodman, Joey Hauser, Owen Towns, Trevor Tustin), Bedford (Miles Washington, Wes, Lippincott, Nate Wracher, Andrew Foor) and Central Cambria (Harrison Brumbaugh, Jameson O’Brien, Matt Gauden, Sean Steffen); Ben Seidel of Bishop McCort in the 400; Ryan Latshaw of Forest Hills, Charles Levander of Richland and Nick Vasas of Windber in the 300 hurdles; Roberts of Central Cambria in the 800; and the 1600 relays of Central Cambria (Harrison Brumbaugh, Sean Steffen, Jarod Garzarelli, Roberts), Richland (Owen Towns, Levander, Joseph Kovachick, Tustin) and Bedford (Washington, Mark Zimmerman, Mitchell Zembower and Lippincott).
Zach Farabaugh of Cambria Heights, Latshaw of Forest Hills and Dalton Meyers of Conemaugh Township failed to advance to the semifinals in the 110 hurdles while Tustin of Richland and Blacklick Valley’s Brandon Frank did not move into the semifinals in the 100 dash. Tustin was also eliminated on Friday in the 200.