Track & Field Team Places 4th in the 2013 PIAA State Championship at Shippensburg University
The Track & Field team placed 4th in the 2013 PIAA State Championship at Shippensburg University on Memorial Day weekend. The team was led by senior Luke Persichetti who captured the second individual PIAA State title in program history in the Shot Put with a throw of 57’0.5”. Luke’s throw was a personal best, and scored 10 big team points to start of the day. Joining Luke in scoring in the field events was fellow senior Corey Muggler. Corey placed 4th in the triple jump with a mark of 46’0.25”. Corey also placed 20th in the long jump. Junior Mike Koller rounded out the field contingent placing in a tie for 12th with a jump of 6’2”.
On the track the Explorers showed their outstanding distance strength. Senior captain Tom Coyle came oh-so-close to defending his State title in the 1600m, just getting edged out, and placed 2nd in 4:16.62 – an incredible time considering the very tough, windy conditions that the runners were subjected to at Shippensburg over the weekend. La Salle then had two finalists in the 800m, senior captains Andrew Stone and Jack Magee. In a very windy, and physical final, Andrew battled his way to a 4th place finish, while Jack came home 10th. Also, junior Brendan Bilotta ran gamely in the tough conditions to place 21st in the 3200m in 9:41.97. And fellow junior Levi Hardy ran 41.92 in the preliminary heats of the 300m hurdles.
The team’s 4th place finish is the best in the five years La Salle has competed in the meet, improving one spot from last year’s 5th place finish.