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May 27, 2013

H.S. track: 'Best of the rest' from the weekend's state track meet at Shippensburg

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Zimmmerman said that, having competed in horrible weather during this year's Gerry Breslin Invitational at Mount Carmel helped prepare the team for the bad conditions they faced over the weekend in Shippensburg.

"We were expecting to break 43 (seconds), but, given the weather conditions, we can't complain (with a 43.13). But, after Mount Carmel, this was like summer," Zimmerman joked.

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Southern's Joey Kleman went out in style for his career, claiming a pair of medals (fourth in the 100 dash and fifth in the 200) and now will take his track and field talents (and possibly his football skills) to Bloomsburg University.

Kleman said it meant a lot to him for his team to do so well, and that the Tigers brought some momentum and confidence into the state meet after winning their second straight District 4 AA team title a week ago.

"No one usually gets back-to-back district championships, so we wanted to put something together for states off of that and we did," he said. "I thought we had a pretty successful time in Shippensburg," he said.

Southern scored 15 team points, tying North Schuylkill for 14th place.

As for his own senior season, Kleman said, "I thought it was amazing season. I take my hat off to my head coach, Lanny Connor and coach (Tom) Donlan, for never giving up on me and also my sprinting coach (Jim) Roth, for helping me out.

He also felt a bit lucky.

In the 100 semifinal, he said, "I thought I might have jumped a little bit on the start."

But he said he thought he had a great start in the finals and also finished strong.

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Eze anchored the Lewisburg 400 relay to a seventh-place medal, but gave credit to his teammates, Will Sumfest, Sean Walker and Nick Scullin.

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