Wyoming Area returns a group of experienced athletes in the sprints and jumps, but the Warriors may need some help from the school’s baseball team if they are going to repeat some of their recent success in track and field.
Wyoming Area finished second in Division 2 of the Wyoming Valley Conference a year ago. The team’s top performers, however, have graduated.
Every point the Warriors scored in the District 2 Class AAA Track and Field Championships came from a senior, including two who doubled as baseball players, Nick O’Brien and Trent Grove. O’Brien won the 2012 District 2 title in the javelin and returned to the PIAA championships last year with Grove, who placed fourth in the state.
“I’m hoping to get a couple of boys or girls who play baseball or softball to help us out in the javelin like we’ve done in the past,” Wyoming Area track coach and athletic director Joe Pizano said. “With such a small school in numbers, our philosophy is if we can share our athletes and it’s able to be done, we’ll do it and they’ll end up being successful.”
O’Brien was also part of a strong sprint group. He placed third in the 200-meter dash and javelin and sixth in the 100 in districts.
Farrad Condry, Ben Steve, Isaiah Marsola and Ryan Murray all have experience as sprinters. Pizano is hoping Michael Murphy can join his twin brother Ryan in making big contributions as sophomores.
Condry, Ryan Murray and senior Matt Hine all return with experience in the jumps.
“We need some of our sophomores coming up to help us and we’re going to need to find some help in the shot, discus and javelin,” Pizano said.
The Warriors finished behind unbeaten Northwest in the division race last season and one spot ahead of Holy Redeemer. Pizano expects those teams to remain strong.