Shue wins Indoor State gold in 800

By on February 27, 2019
Ephrata’s Tyler Shue (second from right) won the State Indoor 800-meter championship this past weekend at the PTFCA Indoor Championships held at Penn State University. He is pictured with (left to right) Coach Mike Delpiano, teammate Andrew Foster and Head Coach Wayne Hooper.

Ephrata’s Tyler Shue (second from right) won the State Indoor 800-meter championship this past weekend at the PTFCA Indoor Championships held at Penn State University. He is pictured with (left to right) Coach Mike Delpiano, teammate Andrew Foster and Head Coach Wayne Hooper.

With two laps to go, Ephrata junior Tyler Shue appeared on his way to winning his first-ever gold medal at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association State Indoor Championships Sunday at Penn State University.

Shue and Patrick Anderson of Mt. Lebanon were going toe-to-toe with Shue holding a slight lead when the runners’ feet tangled and Shue went to the ground.

Instead of reaching the top of the podium, Shue finished the race in 12th place with a time of 4:27.65.

But just like the State outdoor meet this past Spring, when Shue ran an unbelievable 800 to win silver, a few hours after a grueling final leg of the 4 X 800, the junior persevered and reached the podium again.

This time, Shue did claim his first State gold in the 800, passing runner-up David Endres of Central Bucks East with less than 100 meters to go, to post a winning time of 1:54.28.

“When I saw the finish line,” he told LNP’s Tim Gross, “and there was no one in front of me, it just gave me that motivation to go all out with whatever I had left.”

His redemption for his earlier fall to claim gold was the highlight for local performers and the lone medal among Ephrata and Cocalico athletes.

“Going into the race,” he told Gross, “I wasn’t really planning on leading. I was just going to try to sit and kick. Halfway through, I ended up in front and knew I couldn’t slow down.”

Shue’s win was one of six, gold-medal performances by L-L League athletes. Also claiming gold were: Lampeter-Strasburg’s Ezra Mellinger, who set a meet record in the long jump with a leap of 24-1.5); Manheim Township’s Sydney Horn (pole vault), Conestoga Valley’s Jane Livingston (60-meter hurdles), Warwick’s Kate Dickow (3,000-meter run) and the Warwick team of Leah Graybill, Lily Palacio-Lewis, Meghan Quinn and Cassidy Kline (4×200-meter relay).

In addition to Shue, his Ephrata teammate Andrew Foster and Cocalico’s Brock Gingrich also competed at States this past weekend.

Foster placed 12th in the boys 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:28.38.

Gingrich was 11th in the boys’ shot put with a throw of 50-8.75.

 

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