Following Friday’s District 9 track meet in Kane, Port Allegany will have two athletes representing the school at the PIAA state championships in Shippensburg, including the first district champ in coach George Riley’s tenure with the squad.
Sophomore Nick Conway cemented his standing as the top 110-meter hurdler in the area, winning the title in :15.53 – almost four-tenths of a second faster than the second-place finisher – and adding a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles. Meanwhile, Camrin Stuckey qualified in the javelin with a third-place throw of 176′ 2”, and also managed to finish sixth in the long jump.
Other Gator placewinners included Brock Taylor (3rd in discus and 4th in shot put), Kelsey Payne (4th in high jump), Max Morris (4th in long jump), Seth Lowery (5th in shot put), and Tyce Miller (5th in high jump).
“Everybody did well,” Riley said. “If you look at where we were seeded and where we ended up, we had a great day today.”
Elk County Catholic won both Class AA team titles, with the Gator boys finishing sixth, tops among North Tier League teams.
“One of the things that I’ve been wanting to say and haven’t had a chance is, it’s not just me,” Riley said. “I have a great coaching staff, with Bob Haskins doing throwing and Dan Eskesen helping out with jumping and running. And then my volunteer coaches – Kelly Burgess helping out with the girls but also doing some hurdle work, long jump and triple jump, Tom Murphy in long jump and triple jump, Hunter Conway in hurdles and high jump, and Steve Frison at pole vault. They’re all good at what they do, they specialize in what they do, and it makes my job a whole lot easier. We wouldn’t be as good as we are without those guys. So they need a little tip of the hat, my thanks and the school’s thanks.”