Two local boys bring home state medals.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | May 28, 2017 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees

 

Two local boys bring home state medalsNeither Towanda's Griffin Sites nor Northeast Bradford's Casey Ellis even expected to be racing on Saturday.

By the time the day was over, both were going home with state medals.

After his preliminaries, Sites thought he was going to miss out on the final.

When he found out he was in, he just knew he wanted to run his best.

"I was thinking 'I have another chance, I want to try and get my best time,' which I did," Sites said.

Before Saturday, the Towanda junior had never gone under two minutes in the 800.

On Saturday, he ran 1:57.80 to finish in eighth place in the event.

"It feels really good," he said. "It's a very nice way to end my junior year. I was just hoping to break two. I didn't realize I ran 1:57 until they showed it."

The race was a very competitive one with 10 runners under two minutes and the top eight all between 1:55.12 and 1:57.80.

Sites knows that competition made him better.

"I know that's what pushed me," Sites said. "Coming around the corner, I was sitting eight or ninth or 10th, so that's when I made my move and passed one or two people."

Now that Sites has gotten a state medal and gone under two minutes, he is ready for more next year.

"It motivates me a lot," he said.

And, he has a new number in mind for next year: "55, 55 (1:55)," Sites said. "I think it's possible."

At districts, Ellis was a third-place finisher in the 3200, and ended up qualifying for states when Milton's Tyler Leeser chose not to run the race at states.

"It's really good from not even knowing if I'm going to qualify to getting a medal," Ellis said.

And, Ellis moved up from being the 13th seed to taking eighth place in 9:41.96, nearly 16 seconds better than his seed time.

"I'm pretty excited because I was seeded 13th and I took eighth," Ellis said. "I got a medal in cross country and track, so it's pretty good. It feels a lot better knowing I ran faster than my seed and got a good PR."

Loyalsock's Quinn Serfass took fifth and Ellis knew if he could stay near him he'd have a shot to medal.

"I figured Quinn is fast, if I can stay at least in contact with Quinn, I can stay close," Ellis said.

And, as the race got to the last lap, Ellis knew he had to go hard.

"I don't have the best kick, so I knew when I hit the 300, I had to start going," Ellis said.

 

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