Seneca’s Vincent Rupp wins Class 2A silver in high jump at PIAA meet
SHIPPENSBURG ― It wasn’t Friday’s two-hour weather delay during the PIAA track and field championships that worried Seneca’s Vincent Rupp.
It was the major venue change for his appearance in the meet’s Class 2A boys high jump.
Rupp had never competed indoors in that event before then. His experience within Shippensburg University’s Heiges Field House, located within walking distance of the meet’s main venue of Seth Grove Stadium, could have been more agonizing had he not heeded a suggestion from jumping coach Richard Durko.
“It’s a good thing coach told me to bring my basketball shoes,” Rupp said. “I put them in my bag right at the last second.”
The senior doubts he’d be a PIAA silver medalist had they been left home.
Rupp, who was seeded fourth as District 10’s champion, cleared 6 feet, 4 inches. Only the successful 6-5 height for Hayden Smith of Union-Allegheny Clarion Valley was better.
Rupp also finished second in the 2A high jump despite his haphazard preparations for it.
“I was loose for (Friday) until about an hour in, when I saw the rain starting to come down,” he said. “They told us to starting warming up (for outdoor jumps), but I didn’t even bother to put my spikes on because I knew they were going to call it. I kept my sneakers on but I was first in the gym, so they stayed dry.”
Rupp was one of four district participants in the original field.
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Grove City’s Josh Dreves also was on PIAA’s medal stand for that event. He was seventh with an even height of six feet.
Fairview’s Logan Frazao and Mercer’s Logan Turton each cleared 5-10, but did so during different rounds. That’s why Frazao was listed in a tie for 12th place and Turton a three-way tie for 15th.
Bertolasio best in 2A long jump
Luca Bertolasio finished his field event before Friday’s weather delay. Even better, the Hickory junior gave his teammates and Hornets’ fans something to talk about and celebrate during the suspension.
Bertolasio won the 2A long jump competition at 23-11. That easily exceeded his fourth-seeded distance of 22-¾ that made him a district champion.
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It also was the best by a male long jumper this season, according to pa.milesplit.com.
“It felt good in warmups,” Bertolasio said. “It felt like nothing out of the ordinary, but I guess I was pumped for that last jump. I thought I had a good chance of winning, but I didn’t think I’d win by that (distance).”
Bertolasio’s victorious attempt bumped Holy Redeemer’s Justice Shoats (22-9) to second Southern Columbia’s Jake Rose (22-3) to third.
Krahe conflicted about shot put medal
While Rupp received the highest medal result for an Erie County athlete, Harbor Creek’s Nicholas Krahe recorded the first.
Krahe came in eighth for the Class 3A shot put. The junior’s best attempt landed at 52-½.
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Krahe was grateful for the podium appearance. However, the disappointment over his result was evident in his comments. His meet distance was more than two feet less than his district mark of 54-5¾.
“I had a rough day,” Krahe said. “Sometimes, it’s just not your day. But I’ve still got next year, and I’m looking forward to that.”
Wade Shomper prevailed as the field’s favorite. The Cumberland Valley senior finished first at 59-9¾.
The high jump medal for Dreves was the first of two he was presented Friday. The Grove City senior, at 21-7¼, joined Bertolasio on the 2A medal stand as the fifth-place, long-jumper.
Seneca’s Lee Hoover was 17th overall at 20-½. The sophomore for the Bobcats is expected to fare better in Saturday’s 2A boys triple jump, where’s listed as its second seed at 45-3¼. Johnsonburg’s Enoch Aboussou is favored at 45-6.
Corry’s Xavier Reyda made the nine-man final for the 2A discus final. Unfortunately for the Mercyhurst University football recruit, he was the odd man in the quest for a medal at the end of the championship rounds.
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Reyda finished ninth overall at 144-2. Oil City’s Cam Crocker, the other district thrower in that competition, was 10th at 141-6.
Wyomissing’s J’Ven Williams was the winner at an even 167.
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The overall winners and District 10 results for completed events during Friday’s PIAA track and field meet at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium. The top eight in each event received medals:Class 2A boys
Long jump: 1. Luca Bertolasio, Hickory 23-11; 5. Josh Dreves, Grove City 21-7 1/4; 17. Lee Hoover, Seneca 20-1/2
Javelin: 1. Drew Mruk, Wyoming Area 211-9; 11. Bobby Yost, Seneca 151-1; 14. Ethan Wiley, Mercer 149-0
High jump: 1. Hayden Smith, Union-Allegheny Clarion Valley 6-5; 2. Vincent Rupp, Seneca 6-4; 7. Josh Dreves, Grove City 6-0; 12. (tie including) Logan Frazao, Fairview 5-10; 15. (three-way tie including) Logan Turton, Mercer 5-10
Discus: 1. J’Ven Williams, Wyomissing 167-0; 9. Xavier Reyda, Corry 144-2; 10. Cam Crocker, Oil City 141-6
Class 3A boys
Triple jump: 1. J.J. Kelly, Chambersburg 48-1; 14. Khalon Simmons, Meadville 43-6
Pole vault: 1. Justin Rogers, Hershey 17-3 (PIAA RECORD); 13. Bradon Schneider, Erie High 14-0
Shot put: 1. Wade Shomper, Cumberland Valley 59-9 3/4; 8. Nicholas Krahe, Harbor Creek 52-1/2