By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
SHIPPENSBURG -- The 2013 PIAA track and field championship meet will long be remembered for its near wintry conditions. But for six Valley male athletes and 15 Valley athletes, the memories will be about their trips to the medals podium at Shippensburg University.
Six individuals and three relay teams returned with medals on the second and final day of the meet at windy Seth Grove Stadium.
Leading the way were a pair of fourth-place individual finishers — Southern Columbia's Joey Kleman in the Class AA 100 and Lewisburg's Sean Walker in the AA 1,600 -- and the Milton 400 relay team of Tyrel Kling, Brandon Rogers, Trevor Zimmerman and Chris Reuss in Class AAA.
Kleman was a double medalist, also placing fifth in the 200.
The other Valley medalists were: Southern's Luke Rarig, sixth in the AA 110 high hurdles; Danville's Tyler Vella, eighth in the AA 1,600; Southern's Cody Pavlick, fifth in the AA discus; the Lewisburg 1,600 relay team of Will Sumfest, Walker, Nick Scullin and Udoka Eze, seventh in 3:31.92; and Southern 3,200 relay team of Dylan Swank, Jansen Ring, Tony Chiviaroli and Andrew Steely, eighth in 8:16.39.
Southern, now the two-time defending district champion, scored 15 points to finish tied with North Schuylkill for 14th in the team standings.
Kleman, a senior who will compete in track and possibly football at Bloomsburg University, said, "I felt pretty strong coming out in the 100, but I got lucky. I thought I might have jumped (the start) a little bit in the semifinals."
He said he felt like he had a good start in the finals and finished strong.
In the 200, he said, "The wind played a major factor, but I thought I did decently going into the final.
Kleman ran an 11.07 in both the semis and the final in the 100, and a 22.72 in the 200 semis, and a 23.04 in the final.