While taking the dog out for her morning exercise, the sound of birds chirping filled the air, and the sun lit up a crystal clear blue sky.

It’s a beautiful day.

Normally, on the third Thursday in May, after a quick shower and breakfast, a short time spent loading the car with luggage and the laptop, the journey to Shippensburg with the destiny being the PIAA Track and Field Championship meet would be commencing.

It’s been that same routine — with the exception of four years — since 1986.

It’s widely known that the state track meet is this sportswriter’s favorite high school event. With all due respect to all of the great athletes who we cover in their respective sport, there is just a special aura and competitive spirit at the state track and field meet. Each year, there are dozens of nationally ranked athletes on display. There are more than 2,500 athletes who take part in this event and it draws huge crowds to Shippensburg University. It’s the ultimate quest for these athletes.

This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown of the state, the stadium will be empty, absent of the euphoria that defines the weekend. It’s a chilling site that only the sportswriters who remain long after the final medal is handed out on a Saturday can identify.

The entire spring sports season has been lost. There are no championships in any sports.

It’s disheartening. And as the PIAA and the National Federation of High School Associations attempts to provide some guidance moving forward it’s still hard to cope with the fallout of this horrible devastation.

Today, instead of driving and dining with friends and LTC coaches, I shall cut the grass and think about what might have been if things were normal. So, let’s take a look at the athletes from the Lackawanna Track Conference who won PIAA medals last season and were hoping to continue their traditions of making the trek south on Intestate 81.

 

LTC STATE MEDAL WINNERS FROM 2019 WHO LOST SEASON

 

 

Dippre

CJ DIPPRE | LAKELAND

CLASS 2A DISCUS

BRONZE MEDAL: 171 feet, 7 inches

 

 

 

Athlete throwing a discus

Lakeland’s CJ Dippre throws the discus on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
Photo by Sean McKeag

 

VIDEO

 

PIAA TRACK: Lakeland’s CJ Dippre won bronze in boys Class 2A discus with a throw of 171-7.

Posted by Joby Fawcett, The Times-Tribune on Friday, May 24, 2019

 

 

 


 

 

Athlete holding two gold medals.

Trina Barcarola won two PIAA Class 2A gold medals last season in the pole vault and the 100-meter hurdles.

 

 

TRINA BARCAROLA | WESTERN WAYNE

CLASS 2A 100-METER HURDLES

GOLD MEDAL: 15.31 seconds

CLASS 2A POLE VAULT

GOLD MEDAL: 12 feet, 6 inches

CLASS 2A 300-METER HURDLES

EIGHTH-PLACE MEDAL: 47.92 seconds

 

Western Wayne’s Trina Barcarola wins the PIAA Class 2A pole vault on May 25, 2019.
Photo by Sean McKeag

 

 

POLE VAULT VIDEO

 

PIAA TRACK: Western Wayne’s Trina Barcarola is the Class 2A Champion in the pole vault at 12-6

Posted by Joby Fawcett, The Times-Tribune on Saturday, May 25, 2019

 

 

 


 

 

Healey

ANDREW HEALEY | HOLY CROSS

CLASS 2A 3200-METER RUN

SEVENTH-PLACE MEDAL: 9:36.46

 

 

 

Holy Cross’ Andrew Healey.
Photo by Jason Farmer

 


 

 

Harbin

KY’AHNI HARBIN | SCRANTON

CLASS 3A 100-METER RUN

EIGHTH-PLACE MEDAL: 12.64 seconds

 

 

 

Scranton’s Ky’Ahni Harbin finishes second in her heat of the 100-meter dash.
Photo by Sean McKeag

 

 

PIAA CLASS 3A 100-METER FINAL

 

PIAA TRACK: Scranton’s Ky’Ahni Harbin earns 8th-place medal in Class 3A 100 in 12.64

Posted by Joby Fawcett, The Times-Tribune on Saturday, May 25, 2019

 

 

 


 

 

Booker

TALIYAH BOOKER | DELAWARE VALLEY

CLASS 3A 400-METER RUN

FIFTH-PLACE MEDAL: 56.79 seconds

 

 

 

Delaware Valley’s Taliyah Booker.
Photo by Sean McKeag