Who to watch at the District 3 track and field championships: Part two
The list of boys' athletes to watch from the YAIAA is a bit shorter because, well, there simply aren't as many male athletes from the area expected to contend.
But rest assured, there definitely are a few guys to watch this weekend, starting with the one pictured above...
Chuck Lockwood, Dallastown
The senior distance specialist was none-too-pleased with his times at the YAIAA championships (4:26.3 in the 1600 meters, 9:42.3 in the 3,200). Lockwood knows he'll have to improved drastically on those to win both those races this weekend. The good news for Lockwood is those times are not typical. And the senior added he'll be actually racing neck-and-neck with other athletes at districts (as opposed to cruising way in front of the pack, as he does against local competition). That should help him improve his times.
Lockwood's best race is the 3,200, which will take place Friday afternoon. He's seeded second in the Class AAA event, and first in Saturday's 1,600-meter run.
Braheem Harvey, William Penn
You haven't heard much about Harvey on here this season. But the junior is far-and-away the top boys' hurdler in the area, and is seeded third in the Class AAA 110 meter hurdles at districts (14.85). Toppling top-seeded Chris Bradley of Cedar Crest (14.52) may be too much to ask, but expect a good showing from Harvey at this event.
Corey Harris, West York
The senior is the top boys' sprinter in the area, having captured the 100 and 200 meter titles at the YAIAA championships last weekend. But can the former Bulldogs football standout compete on a district level? Harris is seeded ninth in the Class AAA 100 meters and eighth in the 200 meters. Both events will hold their preliminaries and semifinals today.
Jared Posey, William Penn
The sophomore doesn't have the ideal height of a triple jumper. But Posey had proven to be a natural in the event, winning the YAIAA title last week with a leap of 45 feet, 6.75 inches. He'll be seeded third at districts, but could have a hard time overcoming Reading's Imani Brown (47-01.5) in Class AAA.
Deshi Illarza, York Catholic
The Fighting Irish senior may not be a favorite to win any of the three events he'll enter, but he could medal in each of them. Illarza is seeded fifth in the Class AA 100 meters (11.18), sixth in the 200 (22.59) and third in the 400 (50.64). He took first in the 400 at the YAIAA championships.
Kevin Brady, Delone Catholic
The Squires senior is the top seed in the Class AA pole vault, having cleared 14 feet this year. The next closest competitor is Lancaster Catholic's Adam Mathias (13-04). In fact, three of the top five seeds in the event are from the YAIAA: Fairfield's Cody Johnston and Bermudian's Jeremy Nease are seeded fourth and fifth, respectively.