He said Apple has caught the other two with much-improved times from last year to get into the front-running mix.
The girls were unavailable for comment because, said Fish, "I sent them home because they are going to Shippensburg in the morning."
No team scores were available because of scoring problems in a meet that was rushed because of the impending bad weather. But the Seals looked like they would have won the team title in both the boys and girls meets.
Despite the weather conditions -- including a deluge during the running of the 3,200 meters -- there were five season-bests, including Heddings' race.
Mount Carmel's Eric Joraskie, one of three Valley athletes to win two events, hurled the disc a season-best 156 feet, 1 inch; Southern Columbia's Luke Rarig ran a best in the 110 high hurdles (15.0 seconds); Matt Gass, of Shamokin, ran a best in the 400 at 50.45; and Selinsgrove's Travis Lockcuff set a new season mark in the long jump; with a leap of 21-1.
The double winners were Joraskie, who also won the shot put with a 49-4¾ effort; Southern Columbia's Andrew Steely, who took the 800 in 2:01.13 and the 1,600 in 4:36.86; and Selinsgrove's Courtney McCartney, winning the shot in 42-9 and the discus in 114-10. McCartney was also scheduled to compete in Shippensburg.