By Tom Robinson, NEPASportsNation.com
SHIPPENSBURG – Tunkhannock junior Matthew Prebola earned District 2’s only boys medal May 29 in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 3A Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
Prebola, who turned in the state’s top performance a week earlier during district championships, grabbed a silver medal with a second-place finish for a throw of 195-5 in difficult conditions.
“It was a little bit tougher of a day, but I wasn’t too worried about it,” said Prebola, who exceeded 215 feet on all six throws during the District 2 championships at North Pocono. “What I threw today, I’ll take it.”
Prebola will also take being within one step of the top of the podium with another year left in his high school career. He finished third in the state as a freshman and missed out on the chance to compete as a sophomore when all Pennsylvania spring sports were canceled.
“I was a little disappointed, but I wasn’t too mad,” Prebola said. “With all the weather and stuff, at the end of the day, I gave it everything I had and that’s how I finished.”
District 11 champion Collin Burkhart from Nazareth, the second seed going in, producing a throw of 208-6 in cool, windy, misty conditions.
“He’s an amazing thrower and a great competitor,” Prebola said.
The top eight finishers in each event received state medals and scored points for their teams.
North Pocono, the District 2 team champion, came the closest to adding to the District 2 medal count with the only ninth-place, the only 10th place and two of the district’s other five finishes in the top dozen.
Chris Kryeski from North Pocono was ninth in the discus, missing eighth place and a medal by three feet.
District 2 had two competitors in the top 12 in the event.
Cole Gorham from Wyoming Valley West was 12th in both the shot put and discus.
North Pocono, with a team of Colin Kravitz, Owen Foytack, Caleb Kenyon and Aidan Horne, won its 3200-meter relay heat in 8:04.93.
The Trojans, running in the slower heat, needed to beat the time of 5 of the 12 teams in the faster heat in order to earn a medal. They beat out three and settled for 10th place.
Kenyon, in the 3200, and Kravitz, in the 200, each had a 12th-place finish individually on a day when they competed in three events.
Le’Jean Berry from Wilkes-Barre Area tied for 11th in the high jump, one of two events, along with the pole vault, that the PIAA moved inside because of the weather conditions.
State College outscored Butler, 36-30, for the team title.
PIAA CLASS 3A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIPS
(District 2 Results)
|Discus||Chris Kryeski||North Pocono||9||25||162-5|
|3200 relay||Colin Kravitz Owen Foytack Caleb Kenyon Aidan Horne||North Pocono||10||24||8:04.93|
|High jump||Le’Jean Berry||Wilkes-Barre||T11||23||5-10|
|3200||Caleb Kenyon||North Pocono||12||27||9:27.34|
|Discus||Cole Gorham||Wyoming Valley West||12||25||157-7|
|200||Colin Kravitz||North Pocono||12||25||22.32|
|Shot put||Cole Gorham||Wyoming Valley West||12||24||50-0¾|
|Triple jump||Matthew Cusatis||Hazleton Area||13||24||44-0½|
|1600 relay||James Carrubba Hunter Vargo Mason Clark Thomas Principe||Wallenpaupack||13||24||3:29.05|
|400 relay||Donte Rhodes Jeremiah Williams Jack Gorham Mason Mendygral||Wyoming Valley West||14||25||44.09|
|Pole vault||Trenton Zavada||Wilkes-Barre Area||T14||24||13-0|
|Long jump||Jack Gorham||Wyoming Valley West||16||25||20-7¼|
|300 hurdles||Peter Federici||Dallas||17||24||40.83|
|400||Colin Kravitz||North Pocono||19||24||51.37|
|100||Mason Mendygral||Wyoming Valley West||20||27||11.36|
|800||Tyler Petty||Abington Heights||20||26||2:00.96|
|110 high hurdles||Jean Portes||Hazleton Area||20||25||16.00|
|1600||Caleb Kenyon||North Pocono||25||28||4:38.76|