The other Valley winners: Selinsgrove's Travis Lockcuff (a season- best 20 feet, 9 ½ inches in the long jump, and Billy Parks (47-7 in the shot put); Southern Columbia's Luke Rarig (15.11 in the 110 high hurdles and Andrew Steely (a season-best 4:30.19 in the 1,600; Eric Joraskie, Mount Carmel (150-10 in the discus); Udoka Eze, Lewisburg (42-1 in the triple jump); and Josh Scheuren, Shamokin (7:09.33) in the 2,000 steeplechase.
Wary, a running back who missed last football season with a preseason injury that had him wearing a boot, said he knows what he needs to do to be able to close the remainder of the gap with Cuozzo.
"He has a good start. I have a good finish, but I have to get a better start," Wary said.
"I have to have a faster 150 (meters). With that, my closing speed will still be there hopefully. He starts strong and finishes strong and it's hard to beat somebody like that."
And to run such a great time and not win must be frustrating.
"Yeah, it is," admitted Wary as he watched the 3,200 races while waiting to get back on the track for the 1,600 relay.
But Wary is happy that he will have three more chances this season to try to beat Cuozzo — the dual meet at Shikellamy, the Heartland Athletic Conference championship meet next month at Selinsgrove High and at the District 4 Class AAA championships back at Selinsgrove University. And, if both could advance to the PIAA meet, they could see each other a fourth time.
"I think about that a lot," he said.
Wary said he and Cuozzo talk a lot, more than most competitors from different schools normally would.
"Before a race, we talk and get each other pumped up," he said. "Hanging out at states our freshman year, our relationship has just grown."
"I know he feels the same way: we're pretty good friends, until we get on the track and then…"