Towanda's Sites makes final in 800.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | May 27, 2017 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees

 

Towanda's Sites makes final in 800SHIPPENSBURG — Things didn't go exactly as Towanda's Griffin Sites had hoped on Friday, but in the end he did enough to get himself into today's final in the 800 meters.

Sites ran a 2:01.31 to earn the second to last spot in today's final.

"Not my greatest, I didn't get any of my PRs, overall it wasn't a great day," Sites said. "This year I really wanted to make a final, and I don't think I did it."

But, when the final list came out, Sites had accomplished his goal and will be running for a second straight day today.

For Sites getting back to states this year was a great experience.

"It was pretty fun being back at states," he said. "I have one more year, hopefully next year I can come back and do even better."

While Sites made states as a sophomore last year, this year was different as he ran in two events. Sites was fifth in his heat in the 400 in 51.78.

"This is a lot different, it's a lot more exciting knowing after one race you have another to come back on," Sites said.

After making it last year, Sites was more prepared this year.

"It's a big learning experience," Sites said. "It's not as nerve-wracking. This year is not as nerve-wracking as last year."

After missing states last year, Athens' Kalen Keathley was happy to be back at states in AAA for the 100 and 200.

However, his body wasn't up to the task as he suffered an injury in practice this week and wound up finishing the 100 in 11.51 and he scratched in the 200.

"Tuesday at practice we were doing some 110 sprints and I was going and all of a sudden I had a sharp pain go up my leg and I kind of fell over. I ended up straining my hamstring," Keathley said. "I have been trying to fix it this whole week, I've been trying to get healthy. It's definitely better than it was, but when I'm running like that it puts so much force and power, it hurts, it hurts a lot."

This wasn't how Keathley saw his senior year of track and field ending.

"It's really frustrating," he said. "It's my senior year, it's not like I get another chance at it. But, it's just one of those things I can't control. I can't look back and be angry at it. My career was fantastic, I am thankful for everything I accomplished. Today wasn't my day, this week wasn't my week, it happens."

While Friday wasn't what he wanted Keathley was happy to be at states this year and to win a pair of district titles last week.

"It is really nice," he said. "I am really proud of myself for being able to get back here. I just have to focus on getting ready for my next steps in life — college football.

"It is a nice way to end things. I have to look at the positive side of things, not just me getting hurt. There are positive things in everything. Getting here was a difficult journey, I'm really proud of myself getting here, that's what I have to look at."

While he was clearly hurting as he ran, Keathley was happy he was able to finish in the 100.

"It really hurt, it's been hurting me," he said. "I'm just glad I could finish my last race and I can say I ended trying as hard as I can."

Canton's Connor Hess finished tied for 10th in the high jump with a height of 6-feet on Friday.

"It was fun, the whole weekend," he said. "I still have tomorrow to come watch some morning events. It was a blast."

While the finish isn't what Hess wanted, he enjoyed his first experience at states.

"It was really fun, I'm hoping to come back next year," he said.

Getting to states this year has Hess even more excited for next year.

"Definitely, especially staying at the hotel for the weekend, it was just awesome," he said.

Competing at the state meet was a whole new experience for the Canton jumper.

"It was definitely nerve-wracking," he said. "I didn't feel as pumped as I did at districts for sure."

While he didn't hit the heights he wanted, Hess was happy to clear a couple heights at the state meet.

"It was nice, every time I cleared a height I felt great," he said. "I just didn't clear what I wanted today."

Wellsboro's Dupree Hosey finished 25th in his first trip to the state meets.

Hosey jumped 19-feet, 10-inches in the long jump on Friday morning.

Today Hosey's sister Dahlia will be competing at states in the girls' triple jump.

 

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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.