Catching up with area collegians

Tyler Leeser

Editor’s note: Following each collegiate season, we like to catch up with area student-athletes competing at the next level. Today we feature men’s track and field. If there’s someone we inadvertantly missed, please email us at sports@standard-journal.com.

Men’s track and field

• Tyler Lesser, freshman, Virginia Tech University

Milton Area High School

During the outdoor season, Leeser took 11th in the 800 at the Liberty Twilight qualifier and notched a personal best of 1:53.20. Other standout performances included 4:01.48 at the Duke Invitational, 1:55.27 in the 800 at the Tennessee Relays and 3:56.50 in the 1,500 at the Raleigh Relays.

• Brian Zimmerman, junior, Lock Haven University

Mifflinburg Area High School

At the Alan Connie Shamrock Invite in Myrtle Beach on March 16, Zimmerman placed fifth overall in the 400. He was the third collegiate finisher with an early-season time of 48.82. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship qualifying mark is currently the No. 1 time in the PSAC so far this season. Zimmerman followed up his outing in the 400 with a victory in the 200 by darting past the 48-runner field with a time of 21.80. The PSAC mark led the conference at the time.

At the Colonial Relays on April 5, Zimmerman was sixth in the 400 with a then season-best time of 48.67. Two days later Zimmerman ran to a sixth-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay with a total time of 43.83, and in the 200 Zimmerman posted the second fastest time in Lock Haven history (behind only his time from last year) as he finished in a time of 21.65. He also sped to a PSAC time of 10.89 in the 100-meter dash.

And then at the Lock Haven Qualifier on May 5, Zimmerman took second in the 200 with a season-best time of 21.73.

Finally at the PSAC Championships on May 5, Zimmerman helped Lock Haven finish fifth. He placed third in the 200-meter dash in 21.84 seconds and he was fourth in the 400 with a season-best time of 48.58.

• Hunter Confair, sophomore, Lock Haven University

Warrior Run High School

At the Colonial Relays on April 5, Confair helped the Bald Eagles cap off the meet by leading the 4x400-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish in 3:29.49.

In the PSAC Championship Meet, Confair and the Bald Eagles’ 4x800 relay team finish 10th in 8:09.50 and 4x400 team to an 11th-place finish in 3:31.35.

• Tyler Bailey, freshman, Bloomsburg University

Mifflinburg Area High School

Bailey got off to a good start to the season at the West Chester Quad Meet on March 31 by taking second in the 800-meter run with a PSAC-qualifying time of 1:54.37.

At the Millersville Metrics on April 7, Bloomsburg’s 4x400-meter relay team added points to the team standings with a fourth-place finish. The quartet, who teamed up for a time of 3:31.59, Bailey, who went on to add a top-10 finish in the 1500-meter run as he took ninth with a time of 4:07.12.

At the Johns Hopkins Invitational on April 12. He was a PSAC qualifier in the meet as he got under the standard in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.66 to place second overall in the event.

The Bucknell Bison Open on April 14 saw Bailey run a personal-best time of 1:54.28 in the 800 to qualify for the conference meet. His time was the fifth-best mark in the PSAC this season at the time. He later ran the opening leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished sixth in 3:33.10.

And then in the PSAC Championship Meet on May 10, Bailey placed fifth in the 800 in 1:54.40; and he helped the 4x800 relay team set a new school record by finishing fourth in 7:44.73. The time broke the time of 7:57.66 set in 2017.

• Keefer Goodspeed, freshman, Susquehanna University

Warrior Run High School

At the Greyhound Invitational on April 21, Goodspeed posted a personal best in the pole vault, reaching a height of 4.11 meters — good for fourth out of 18 vaulters.

In the Landmark Conference Championships on May 4, Goodspeed won the pole vault with a mark of 4.10 meters (13-5 1/4). Goodspeed cleared the same height at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier Meet to cap off his first year of collegiate competition.

Goodspeed’s marks from the indoor track and field season included 3.95 meters in the pole vault (in the Landmark Conference Championships on Feb. 23) and 5.31 meters in the long jump (in the Cornell Invite on Feb. 10); as well as a time of 7.84 seconds in the 60-meter dash (in Cornell Invite on Feb. 10) and 25.57 seconds in the 200 (in Cornell Invite on Feb. 10).

Goodspeed wrapped up his first season by being named First Team All-Landmark Conference.

• Wade Heidel, senior, Bucknell University

Milton Area High School

Competed at six meets during the indoor season. He placed fifth in the 400 at the Gulden Invite (52.85) on Jan. 19, posted a top-10 finish at the Bucknell Tune-Up in the 400 (52.95) on Feb. 8.

Heidel took part in five meets during the outdoor season. He helped the 4x400 team to runner-up showing at the Jim Taylor Invite on March 30 and at the Bucknell Team Challenge on April 20. Heidel also posted a top-10 finish in the 200 (23.18) at the Bucknell Team Challenge and in the 400 (8th, 52.30) at the Jim Taylor Invite on March 30.

• Quenton Long, freshman, Bucknell University

Mifflinburg Area High School

Long placed first in the 3000 steeplechase (10:15.33) at Bloomsburg University Invitational on April 27; and he placed sixth in the same event (10:06.42) at the Bucknell Team Challenge on April 20.

• Quincy Amabile, junior, Mansfield University

Mifflinburg Area High School

Amabile kicked his way to a solid top-15 finish in the 1500-meter run in a field of 58 runners during the Millersville Metrics on April 6. Amabile narrowly missed a new personal best coming in with a time of 4:11.40.

At the Bison Open on April 13, Amabile ran a new personal best in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:51.85. And then at the Bucknell Team Challenge on April 20, Amabile had a performance for the ages in the men’s 10K, compiling a 32:42.21 finish. This time would be good enough for a PSAC mark, a new PR, and a second-place finish in a field of 13 runners. His time was also good enough for an All-Atlantic Region Track & Field Conference mark.

Amabile continued his fantastic season at the Maroon & Gold Invite at Bloomsburg on April 28. He hit a PSAC-qualifying mark in the 5K (5:20.26) to finish second overall.

Finally at the PSAC Championships on May 9, Amabile placed fifth in the 10,000 meters (32:08.51), which was 34 seconds under his personal best. And in the 5,000 meters Amabile finished sixth in 15:21.84 — the second-best finish of his career in the event.

• Cassidy Hoffman, freshman, Messiah College

Warrior Run High School

Hoffman’s season best was a 28:19.30 in the 8K at the LVC Last Chance Invite. He competed in six meets as a freshman. At the Paul Kaiser Classic, he finished the 400 in 57.32 and was part of the fifth-place 4x400 team (3:41.10).  His best 400 was 55.16 at the Danny Curan Invitational. His best 800 finish was 2:05.56 at the Messiah Multi-Invitational.

• Derek Guissanie, freshman, Messiah College

Lewisburg Area High School

Guissanie clocked a 29:46.3 in the 8K at the LVC Last Chance Invite. At the SU Invitational, he took 12th in the 5K with a time of 18:20.05. He clocked a 10:17.25 in the 3K at the Mini-Dip Invitational (Franklin and Marshall).

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