- Grove City, Pennsylvania


May 28, 2014

Campbell wins state title

Other athletes excel at The Ship

MERCER COUNTY AREA — SHIPPENSBURG — The gold medal won by Slippery Rock’s Emily Campbell in the discus event highlighted the outstanding performances of Allied News area athletes at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships last weekend at Shippensburg University.

Following are daily reports concerning all Mercer County area athletes at state, compiled by The Herald and Allied News Assistant Sports Editor Ed Farrell:


Though Saturday’s success could not be measured in gold medals, the annual PIAA Track & Field Championships still served as harvest of hardware for Mercer County.

Numerous members of the area aggregation took their places on Seth Grove Stadium’s medals stand. Mercer County medalists included Hickory throwers Luke Lewis and Austin Aikins, who placed 2-3 in the discus competition, throwing 162 and 154-3, respectively.

Their performance helped Hickory to the runner-up berth behind Springfield Township, 38-32, in the AA team standings. Additionally, Hickory’s girls (22) stood 6th in the Class AAA standings, won by Hempfield Area (52).

“When we won the district titles with both teams, it was like a fairy-tale ending for all of us, never expecting to come in here for any kind of trophy, just hoping the kids would all get what they deserved individually,” began retiring Hickory co-Head Coach Barb Dzuricsko. “And then for Luke — who had a tough state meet last year — to win gold in the shot and do very well in the discus, and for Austin to follow up with (Lewis), was awesome!

“We rode the backs of (Lewis and Aikins), but it represents the level that our boys’ program is at, and I couldn’t be prouder of all of them,” Dzuricsko added.

“It’s a three-foot PR, so I did decently well for myself,” Lewis related. “Getting a PR is good enough for me; I’ll take it. It’s great! (Friday) was a good day, (Saturday) was a pretty good day, so this weekend was a success — for both of us.”

“The last two days I was around where my PRs are, so that’s pretty good. I wish I could’ve done a little better, but it didn’t happen,” Aikins explained. “It could be better — I don?t want to be satisfied. I’m always looking for more.

“But it’s an amazing experience! Coach (Keith) Woods always talked about it with us, that (qualifying for the state championships) is one of the best things you could ever do,” Aikins continued. “Since I was a freshman and sophomore, I never really got the chance, but now I can’t wait to be back next year.”

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