By: Tim Birney | | May 28, 2021 | Photo courtesy Joe Carreon


SHIPPENSBURG — Athens’ Asher Ellis capped a stellar senior season throwing in two events here Friday in the PIAA Class AA Track & Field Championships at Seth Grove Stadium on the campus of Shippensburg University.

“(Asher) threw well today,” said Athens coach Scott Riley. “For it being his first time there, it’s a different environment.

“Not having invites this season really put a lot of kids at a disadvantage,” noted Riley.

“He had a great season that really had a huge impact for the team and he should be proud of all that he accomplished,” he added.

Ellis was well off his season-best throws in the javelin and discus on Friday.

The javelin competition took center stage in the morning. The event was broken into three flights, and Ellis, who was the seventh seed, had to wait until the third heat.

He finished 16th with a throw of 155-feet, 9-inches, well off his season-best of 174-feet, 8-inches last weekend at the District 4 Championships.

Bedford senior Elija Cook won PIAA gold in the javelin with an effort of 192-feet, 5-inches.

The javelin competition went long, so meet organizers pushed the discus competition along at a brisk pace.

Seeded 16th, Ellis finished 15th with a toss of 138-feet, 2-inches —  more than 11 feet off his seed distance of 149-feet, 10-inches.

Only three of the 25 throwers in the discus beat their seed distance, and many were more than 12 feet short. The tops seeds both were both 30 feet under their season-best throws and finished 17th and 19th, respectively.

Wyomissing senior Rob Williams won PIAA gold in the discus with a mark of 169-feet, 7-inches — topping his seed by more than 10 feet.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).