When Austin Kratz crossed back into Pennsylvania on Sunday, the Dock senior returned as the state’s fastest indoor 200-meter sprinter ever.
For good measure, he also moved up to No. 2 all-time in Pennsylvania in the 60 meters.
Kratz won the 200 meters at the highly regarded SPIRE Scholastic Showcase in Geneva, Ohio, in 21.04 seconds. The time eclipses the former state record 21.22 set in 2010 by Brady Gehret of Altoona Area. Kratz had crept within one-hundredth of a second of the record in his previous race, but crushed that time in his latest 200.
Kratz also jumped nationally to No. 8 all-time, tied with Ryan Clark of Banneker, Ga., who hit the 21.04 mark in 2004. And Kratz’s time is a new high school facility record at Spire by four-hundredths of a second.
Nearly overlooked in the excitement of the 200 record was an equally dazzling performance in the 60 meters. Kratz tied his personal best in his preliminary heat with a 6.92-second clocking. That time proved just to be a warm-up when he won the final in 6.78 seconds to move to No. 1 this season and No. 2 all-time in Pennsylvania. Kratz is tied nationally for No. 2 currently with Eric Allen of Bullis (Md.) School.
Kratz also shared in another No. 2 ranking when he combined with Nick Smith, Dylan Rush and Austin Nice for a new season best 1:31.13 finish in the 4×200 meters. The Dock relay placed seventh in the Spire meet, but moved up to second in the current Pennsylvania season rankings.
Smith had a memorable day as well. In addition to his relay contributions, he set a new personal record of 8.71 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles.
Closer to home on Saturday, Alex Martin led a contingent of Dock competitors to standout performances at the PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival at Lehigh University.
Martin, a senior, earned second in the shot put with a throw of 50-feet-4½. The mark is only six inches off his best.
Abbie Woods ran 9.91 seconds for a new personal record in the girls 60-meter hurdles. Thomas Schreiber did the same on the boys side with a 9.32-second finish for his personal best.
Nick Halstead ran 56.13 seconds for the 400 meters. The boys 4×200 ran 1:41.64, and the boys 4×400 clocked 3:54.19 as athletes continued to build toward a strong spring season.
Cover photo courtesy @OHMilesplit