May 25, 2019

SHIPPENSBURG — Western Wayne’s Trina Barcarola and Wallenpaupack’s Tyler Wirth cruised into the second day of the PIAA Track and Field Championships with the top qualifying performances Friday at Seth Grove Stadium. Barcarola posted the best times in the preliminaries of the Class 2A girls 100-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Her effort of 14.92 seconds in the 100 hurdles advance Barcarola to the this morning’s semifinals. The top eight finishers move to the final this afternoon. The junior also added a fast time in the 300 hurdles, clocking in at 44.72 to win her heat by 10 meters and claim her second top qualifying time of the afternoon. (Athens senior Rachel Hutchinsonhad the second-best time at 45.10) . Then, after a short rest, Barcarola added an anchor leg in the 1,600 relay for Western Wayne, teaming with Annie Skirpan, Samantha Atcavage and Cassidy Asinski to qualify for the final with a time of 4:05.45 that has them seeded fifth. Barcarola will also compete in the Class 2A pole vault, which begins at 9 a.m. “It’s not much different than what I do in a normal meet when I run four events,” Barcarola said. Wirth ran a comfortable 1,600-meter in the boys Class 3A meet, crossing well clear of the competition in 4:16.30, bettering his District 2 title-winning time of 4:16.84. (Seneca Valley’s Connor Volk-Kloshad the second-best time of 4:17.01). Class 2A Montrose junior Chalice Guyette qualified for the semifinals of the 100 with her preliminary time of 12.61 (third in her heat). She also qualified for the semifinals of the 200 in 26.06. Western Wayne senior Johnny Barcarola advanced to today’s final of the 400 with his time of 51.32, which was eighth-best in qualifying. Montrose senior Collin Chidester posted the 11th-best time for the 110 hurdles, crossing in 15.49. He is also part of the 1,600 relay with Chucky Rohan, Brennan Gilhool and Henry Rogers. The Meteors ran a 3:26.50 to advance to the final as the seventh seed. Mid Valley junior Sebastian Brudnicki, who placed seventh last season, returns to the Class 2A final in the 800. He ran 2:00.27 to finish fifth in his heat and 10th overall. Class 3A Delaware Valley sophomore Taliyah Booker ran the second-best 400 time in LTC history when she clocked in at 56.90 to advance to the final with the fourth-best time of the day. Only Delaware Valley’s Ashley Holgate has a faster time in conference history (56.54, 2010). Scranton’s Ky’Ahni Harbin finished second in her preliminary heat of the 100-meter dash in 12.22 seconds and advanced to the semifinals with the sixth-fastest time. Abington Heights senior Antonio Maletta will join Wirth in pursuit of a medal in Class 3A, qualifying for the semifinals in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.7. Contact the writer: jbfawcett@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @sportsTT on Twitter

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