5 from county at PIAA track

This meet has been circled on the calendar of every high school track and field athlete in the state of Pennsylvania.

Most don’t get the opportunity to go to the PIAA State Championships, but five Warren County athletes will run and jump with the best of the best this weekend at Shippensburg University.

None are considered high seeds, but anything can happen.

Warren is sending three individual District 10 champions in Ryan Shattuck, Luke Wortman, and Tanner Rosenberg, who will join teammate Kyle Kulka to complete the 4-by-400 relay team at PIAA Class AAA. Wortman has qualified for four straight state meets.

Sheffield’s Adam Higby is making the trip to PIAA Class AA after finishing second in the high jump at the District 9 meet.

Shattuck is seeded 26th after winning the D10 title in the 110 hurdles in 15.68 seconds. Elizabeth Forward’s Matthew Bernadowski is the event’s top seed with a qualifying time of 14.00.

In the 300 hurdles, Wortman is seeded 22nd at 40.00, just over two seconds behind Conestoga Valley’s Chance Post at 37.91.

Rosenberg is in unfamiliar territory as an underdog in the 400-meter dash. He’s seeded 21st at 50.39 after winning the District 10 championship by a wide margin. Malik Jones of Ridley is the top seed with a time of 47.06.

The 4-by-400 relay team – Warren as D10 champions for the fourth consecutive year – is seeded 25th. Seed times are taken from the district meet, and the Dragons’ time of 3:26.48 is a little deceptive as a shaky handoff led to a slower than normal finish for Kulka, Shattuck, Wortman, and Rosenberg. Cheltenham is seeded first at 3:18.07.

Higby is in a similar situation in the Class AA high jump, coming in as the 22nd seed at 5-10. Higby has successfully cleared 6-1 and just missed 6-2 at the Warren County Track Meet, a jump that would place him among the top 10 in the state. Chris Stone of Springfield enters the meet with the top jump at 6-8.

The PIAA State Championships are scheduled to begin with preliminary heats at 9 a.m. Friday at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium. Action continues with semifinal and final rounds on Saturday.