2009-05-23 / Sports

Local athletes off to states

Coudersport's Emily Giannotti and Tim Thomas are joined by Cameron County's Randy Schatz in the PIAA Track and Field Championships this weekend at Shippensburg University.

Giannotti, a junior, enters as the second-ranked 3200-meter qualifier. Her time of 11:16.29 last Saturday won the District 9 championship and ranks her second behind Lauren Zarger (11:02.09) of Harbor Creek in a field of 24 qualifiers from across the state.

Thomas, a senior, qualified in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes. He was D9 champion in the 200 with a time of 23.02 at Kane, ranking him 15th among 26 state qualifiers.

Thomas (51:38) placed second behind Cranberry's Andrew Hepler (51.32) in the 800. Top-seed Almamy Bangura of Milton Hershey has a best time of 48.56.

Schatz, also a senior, launched the javelin a school-record 183 feet, 11 inches to win the district championship at Kane, surprising a half-dozen athletes who had outdistanced him during the regular season.

Six of this weekend's qualifiers had longer throws, led by Lancaster Catholic's Kyle Smith (194-10).

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