By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- They are good friends and talk often, especially as they prepare for their hurdles races.
But as much as Ryan Wary admires his buddy, Weston Cuozzo, boy would he ever like to beat him.
Wary, a Shikellamy junior, estimates he and Cuozzo, a Williamsport junior, have raced in the hurdles more than 10 times. "He beat me every time, I know that," Wary says with a smile that masks his determination to right that wrong.
Saturday afternoon at cold, windy Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium at Susquehanna University, Cuozzo held off a fast-closing Wary to win the 300-meter intermediate hurdles -- again -- at the annual Susquehanna University High School Classic.
As he cleared the next to last hurdle, Wary appeared to gain on the Millionaire and he was closing the gap on the final sprint.
"I reeled him in the best I could," he said.
Despite running a new career-best 39.26 seconds, Wary settled for second to Cuozzo's 39.11.
Wary was not the only Valley athlete to set a season best without winning his event.
Shamokin senior Matt Gass, who anchored the Indians' 1,600 relay team to a victory over a disqualified Williamsport team with a new season-best 3:32.23, took second in the 800 while breaking his own season-best, breaking the 2-minute mark with a 1:59.50. Joining Gass in the winning relay were Zach Santey, Chris Petraskie and Danny Delbaugh.
Two others placed third, but also broke the season bests. Petraskie was third with a 6-foot pole vault and Warrior Run's Spencer Williamson took third in the 3,200 with a new season-best 10:19.43.
In addition, 10 Valley athletes and one relay team won events, four with season-best performances.
Leading the way in the meet which does not keep team points was Milton with four individual champions and a winning relay team. Trevor Zimmerman won the 100 in 11.34; Tyrel Kling took the 200 in a season-best 23.04; Josh Brown won the javelin with a season-best 192-7; and the Black Panthers' 400 relay team of Kling, Brandon Rogers, Greg Shultz and Chris Reuss won in a season-best 44.33.