The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 23, 2013

Harold Raker's column on track and field: Look out below

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---- — The event drew its share of chuckles and the participants became the target of some good-natured ribbing. It was the final dual meet of the season and Selinsgrove boys coach Ryan McGuire finally relented and allowed his throwers to have some fun at their own expense.

When I saw the likes of Harley Stahl, John Daku, Andy Rhein and Mike Walter run an exhibition 4x400-meter relay, I knew I had to write something about it in a future column. The sight of a serious-looking Stahl chugging toward the finish line on the opening leg was something to see. But two columns later, I had not written about it.

Then in Saturday's District 4 Class AA 4x100 relay, I got a reason to reprise that earlier performance (the Seals' throwers ran the race in 4 minutes, 38.32 seconds).

Not only was this one for real, the imposing (for their physical builds) team of Nick Troutman, Eric Joraskie, Elijah Duran and Christian Kelly won the district gold medal with a clocking of 43.85.

Mount Carmel coach Mike Farronato said they had been thinking about putting the unit together for a few weeks. Farronato said that when his bulking relay team lined up for a race out of the area earlier this year, there were some surprised looks by the competitors.

Joraskie admitted they got a few laughs from the other teams -- but not after they ran.

Farronato saw all three of his relay teams advance to the state meet this week, something he doesn't recall ever happening at Mount Carmel.

ANOTHER DOUBLE: Because of errors by district meet officials, Lewisburg senior Udoka Eze was credited only with a win in the triple jump on Saturday. A teammate was listed as the winner of the long jump, but, in reality, Eze was also the long jump gold medalist.

COME ALONG WITH ME: Shikellamy's Ryan Wary, who had a huge day in the D4 Class AAA meet, winning the 100 and 200 dashes and the 300 intermediate hurdles, found a surprise passenger on the team bus on Saturday morning.

Wary said he was nervous about his races but when he got on the bus, he was joined by East Stroudsburg University sprinter and Shikellamy grad Brett Yeomans.

"I was surprised. I was really nervous sitting on the bus waiting for us to leave and he came on the bus and sat right next to me. He's my motivation. I only got to run with him for one year and I've always looked up to him."

Wary added the best comment he heard Saturday was from Brett's father. "He said I remind him of Brett running, that he has flashbacks of Brett and I really took that to heart."

With Yeomans holding his blocks, Wary repaid him by breaking Yeoman's school record in the 100 with an 11.06, and is one-tenth of a second off Yeoman's school record in the 200.

Not surprisingly, Wary and the Shikellamy coaches have asked that Yeomans go along to Shippensburg this weekend.

THE GANG'S ALL HERE: Wary was glad to win the 300 hurdles, but nearly as excited that his friends and rivals, Selinsgrove's Mike Ede and Weston Cuozzo, also qualified and will be there with him.

"That was awesome. We talked about it at the Selinsgrove (High School) Classic, we all said that we all wanted to make it. Every time we talked about it we would say 'we are all making it to states' so this is great," Wary said.

n Sports editor Harold Raker covers high school track and field. Email comments to