By Harold Raker
For The Daily Item
Nicholas Scullin and his Lewisburg teammates had a tradition to uphold, that of almost always being in contention for -- and often winning -- 3200-meter relay medals at the PIAA Class AA championships at Shippensburg.
But early in the year, things did not look too good for the Green Dragons. They were struggling to find the right combination and the speed to compete at a high level.
Moments after he and fellow relay runners Joey Bhangdia, Anthony Passaniti and Luke Permyashkin took fifth with a season-best time of 8:10.24, Scullin, the anchor, said, "It was a matter of pride to keep the tradition going, and somehow before the year is over we seem to pull together a 4x8. When we did it this year, we said, 'I guess we can go for a medal now.'"
He conceded that early a state medal wasn't a safe bet. "It didn't look like much was going to happen, but then all the guys started to get better and better to the point where we were able to get a trip to states. It was a pleasant surprise," he said.
Scullin, who also took seventh in the 800 later in the day, is optimistic about the future of the 3200 relay for Lewisburg. His three teammates are all underclassmen: Permyashkin is a junior; Passaniti is a sophomore; and Bhangdia is a freshman.
"I told them they will have to be pumped to keep it going," he said.
Greenwood senior Emily Fisher earned medals in the Class AA discus and shot put at Shippensburg.
She just as easily could have walked away without one.
Fisher didn't get her medal in either event until her final throw. She needed to throw 131-5 on her final discus throw to finish fourth.
The shot put on Saturday had Fisher cutting it even closer. The shot isn't the senior's best event and to medal, she probably needed to set a personal best.