By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- By his own admission, Ryan Wary struggled through what he expected to be an outstanding dual meet season.
"Dual meet season was tough on me. Mentally I wasn't where I needed to be," he said. "Luckily, I had a day off (Friday) and I talked to the coaches."
Still, he said he was nervous before Saturday's District 4 Class AAA championship meet at Susquehanna University's Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium.
It didn't show.
The Shikellamy junior made up for all of that and more with a day worthy of a Most Valuable Performer Award, if there was such a thing.
Wary opened the day with a blistering 11.06-second win in the 100 meters, a school record.
While receiving congratulations on the field by his fellow competitors, little did he know that there would be two more celebrations to come.
Wary beat his closest rivals, Williamsport's Weston Cuozzo and Selinsgrove's Mike Ede with a 39.63 in the 300 intermediate hurdles, taking the other two along for the ride to the PIAA championships next week in Shippensburg.
Wary fell short of a medal with the Braves' 400 relay team, but he bounced back and won the 200 in 22.54. It was his first time running the 200 in a big weekend meet.
In the Class AAA meet, the winners and any place-winner who met the state qualifying standard advanced to the state meet. In AA, the top two and other state qualifiers moved on.
The other Valley winners in AAA were Milton's Norman Whaley, 44 feet in the triple jump; Selinsgrove's Billy Parks, 156-0 in the shot put; Shamokin's Matt Gass, 50.78 in the 400; Milton's 400 relay team of Tyrel Kling, Brandon Rogers, Trevor Zimmerman and Chris Reuss, in 43.00; Selinsgrove's Ede, 14.97 in the 110 high hurdles; Milton's Joshua Brown, 189-6 in the javelin; and Shamokin's Chris Petraskie, 6-1 high jump.