Bill Track 1976 1
24 — Th« Mercury, Pottstown, Pa. - Fri., May 21, 1976 State finals a 'shock' for Pius, Perk Valley St. Pius X track coach Ed Dobry and his Perkiomen Va lley counterpart Conrad Wiser both described going to the state Class AA finals at Shippensburg Shippensburg as kind of a shock for their athletes. “I don’t think it’s really hit them yet,” said Dobry, “but pretty soon they’re going to realize what’s happened.” “It’s a shock because because I don’t know how good they are, and they don’t either,” said Wiser. “I mean, after districts, how do I know how good Russ Minter is? But until somebody beats him, I’m not going to count him out.” Most tracksters in Districts One know how good Minter is up to and including districts anyway. Minter won the Class AA 100 in 10.2, and the 220 in 23.1. He’ll be running in both events at the states. “I honestly believe he can do better,” Wiser said. “He really gets up for the big meets. He really wasn’t pushing at districts.” St. Pius X’s AA district and shot put champion Mike Rogers was another party confused on potential. “They gave me first place,” is the way the senior reacted to his 142-6 discus and 50-6 Vi shot put efforts. Rogers will join Perk Valley’s Dominic Martorana Martorana in the discus competition. Martorana qualified by finishing second to Rogers in districts. Both Pius and Perk Valley qualified 880 relay teams for the states. The Winged Lion quartet consists of Mike Lack, Bill Gibbs, Joe Kushnerick, and Rick Fontaine. “They haven’t been together that long,” explained Dobry. “Gibbs just recently got a clean bill of health and Fontaine Fontaine had to be used elsewhere. But it was just a question of finding the right combination. I knew they were all quick. They just needed confidence.” confidence.” One of the ‘elsewheres’ where Fontaine was employed was the 330 intermediate hurdles, which he just happened to win at the districts with a 40.1 time. He’ll be running the intermediates again in the states as will Perk Valley’s Rich Calkins, a sophomore who finished second to Fontaine in the district meet, clocking 41.8. The Viking 880 relay team is Minter, Jim Trankle, Steve Ness, and Bob Sands. Wiser concedes that the team’s best time (1:34.1) won’t stack up well at the states, but he notes that their combined 220 times come out much better, so they’re capable of a strong performance. The Vikes’ biggest threat, literally, in state competition is javelin thrower Bill Neill. The 6-4, 205 pound Neill finished second in the districts with a 196-8 throw, but has been known to better 215 in warmups. Dave McSurdy will run the 440, which he won at districts in 51.4. McSurdy has chopped one and one half seconds off his time in the past month, and has this habit of breaking the school record. He’s broken it in his last four performances. Perk Valley enters Joel Derstine in the high jump, where he finished second in districts with a 6-4 V 2 effort, his personal best.