With only a limited number of finals on the first day of the PIAA Track and Field Championships, Daniel Boone junior Steph Sievers provided the highlight for the locals by reaching the medal stand with a seventh-place finish in the Class AAA girls javelin with a 132-0, Friday, at Shippensburg University's Grove Stadium.
Finishing behind Sievers in the girls javelin, Pope John Paul II senior Devon Player finished 12th with a 124-3 and Methacton junior Nicolette Serratore finished 17th with a 116-3.
Perkiomen Valley senior Macey Tanseco finished just one short of the medal stand in the shot put, placing ninth with a 39-11.
Methacton junior Aghina Marshall placed 19th in the girls AAA long jump with a 16-6.
No local boys were qualifiers in the triple jump, discus, or pole vault. And no local girls had qualified in the high jump, with those four finals also on the schedule for Friday.
Friday was again mostly devoted to the prelims in the running events, with the majority of the championship finals in the running events as well as many of the throwing and jumping events on tap for Saturday.
Advancing to Saturday in the running events:
100 and 200 meters: Xavier Smith, Daniel Boone; Nick Shaffer, Methacton.
400: Mackensey Thomas, Phoenixville; David O'Such, Spring-Ford.
800: Dave Garton, Perkiomen Valley; Eli Mercado, Boyertown.
1,600: Pat Hopkins, Methacton.
110 hurdles: Stephen Fiorentino, Methacton.
300 hurdles: Ryan Connelly, Spring-Ford.
4x400 relay: Spring-Ford (Josh Tupper, Joe Bush, Jared Shoemaker, David O'Such)
4x800 relay: Boyertown (Dylan Eddinger, Christopher Miller, Brad Strouss, Eli Mercado)
100 hurdles: Alexandra Heuer, Boyertown
300 hurdles: Jill Weston, Owen J. Roberts; Alexandra Heuer, Boyertown; Caroline Duffy, Methacton, and Alexandra Santora, Daniel Boone.