PIAA Track and Field Recap: Day Two

Future Lions and Penn State targets alike finished up the final day of the state championship Saturday at Shippensburg University.

Saturday marked the final day of the PIAA Track and Field Championships. There were plenty of Penn State signees, walk-ons and targets still in the mix.

How did their respective shots at earning a medals turn out? Check out the recap below.

Troy Apke

Skinny:Native to Pittsburgh and a product of Mount Lebanon High, Apke is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound three-star receiver.

Day One Results:When reviewing what Penn State was getting when it received a pledge from Apke in April 2013, Scout national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn wrote: "Speed, balance and acceleration come to mind quickly when the discussion is Apke."

The soon-to-be enrolled Nittany Lion used all three to breeze to a 10.81-second 100 meter dash in the AAA classification, good enough to earn him a spot in Saturday's semifinals. In full, his time was the second fastest of the day, nicked only by Obama Academy senior and heat mate Eddie Harris, who clocked in at 10.81. It was five-hundredths of a second slower than Apke's qualifying time, though.

Day Two Results: The future Lion earned a spot in the final after turning in a 10.93 100-meter dash Saturday morning. He bettered it in the afternoon finals with a time of 10.85 seconds, but it wasn't good enough to make the top three. He finished fifth, while state champion Demetrius Lanier of East Stroudsburg crossed the finish line in 10.64 seconds. Daniel Boone's Xavier Smith earned second with a time of 10.67 seconds, while bronze medalist Christia Brissett of Cheltenham finished in 10.68.<.p>

Neil Bodley

The Skinny: A walk-on candidate coveted by both Bill O'Brien and James Franklin, the 5-11, 210-pound running back picked the Lions over a few other options and will enroll at University Park this summer. He was on Penn State's campus this week for freshman orientation.

Day One Results: A hamstring issue that initially slowed Bodley's senior season and ultimately lingered throughout it is fully healed. His performance made that very clear Friday during AA 100-meter dash preliminary action.

The Mifflintown, Pa., Juniata product showed no limitations running, but a faulty start allowed three other competitors in his heat — and ultimately seven total — to race ahead and grab qualifying spots for Saturday's final.

Day Two Results: Bodley may not have entered Saturday in contention for a 100-meter dash medal, but the Penn State walk-on did have a chance to medal in the AA boys discus. He entered the finals with a seeding throw of 135 feet, 7 inches, but threw the discus just 133 feet Saturday to finish in 13th place.

Brandon Kuntz

The Skinny: The brother of former Nittany Lion receiver Christian picked Penn State over his other walk-on option, which was Temple. The 6- 5, 205-pound pass catcher said his older brother never pressured him into picking the Lions, yet he always envisioned the chance he could end up in blue and white.

Day One Results:Penn State could have something special in the walk-on department with Kuntz. Not only is he every bit the size he's listed at, but the former Trinity Shamrock can also run.

Kuntz made light work of the field in a different AA 100-meter dash prelim, flying passed the finish line in 11.09 seconds for the third fastest time in the classification. As for his heat? He won it by five-hundredths.

Day Two Results: In a semifinal Saturday morning, Kuntz advanced the final with 11.17. But he ultimately finished in seventh place in the final by crossing the finish line in 11.09 seconds. Bloomsburg Jahvel Hemphill finished first with a time of 10.80 seconds, while silver and bronze medalist Jhaloni Johnson of Springfield and Louis Berry of Shady Side ran the dash in 10.86 and 10.91 seconds, respectively.

Jordan Whitehead

The Skinny: Whitehead is a four-star corner from Monaca, Pa., Central Valley that has long held Penn State, Pitt, Ohio State and West Virginia in his top echelon. The 5-10, 170-pounder is Scout's 19th best corner in the Class of 2015.

Day One Results: College programs love Whitehead because of his ball skills and ability to blanket defenders. They like his speed, too.

It wasn't lacking in the same AAA 100 meter dash heat that Apke ran in, though Whitehead was a bit slower at 10;91. Still, it qualified him for Saturday's semifinals.

Day Two Results: Whitehead's day ended in the AAA semis. His to 11.08 seconds, leaving him out of contention for the final.


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