Central York track standout Jay Stone will experience a new venue and new event on Saturday.
Stone earned an invitation to the prestigious Penn Relays, which will mark its 119th running Thursday through Saturday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
The Panthers' junior, who has recorded the best York-Adams League times so far this season in the 110 hurdles (14.2 seconds) and 300 hurdles (:38.58) , will compete for the first time in the 400 hurdles.
The 400 hurdles, normally a collegiate event, is like its high school counterpart in that it requires stamina, jumping ability and coordination. However, the 400 features two more hurdles than the 300, and, of course, requires an athlete to run an extra 100 meters.
"I'm pretty excited about it," Stone said. "I'm going to run against the Jamaicans and other great runners. I'm going to give it my all."
Seven hurdlers from Jamaica are entered in the event, along with a group of talented athletes from the United States, including two from Pennsylvania: Wellington Zaza of Garnet Valley High School and Todd Townsend of Philadelphia's Neumann-Goretti.
Zaza won the state Class AAA triple jump title last year, along with finishing second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 110 hurdles. Townsend captured the Class AA 110 hurdles and gained a bronze medal in the 300 hurdles.
Stone isn't the only York County athlete who has an invitation to an individual event.
Red Lion's two Amandas -- Myers and Young -- will compete in the girls' high school javelin and pole vault, respectively. Myers is the defending York-Adams champion in her event, and Myers placed second in the pole vault at last season's league championship meet.
This year, Myers has recorded a league-best throw of 124 feet, 4 inches in the javelin, and Young is tied for the second-high pole vault at 10-6.
The Penn Relays entry list also includes teams from Central, Red Lion and South Western in the boys' 1,600 relay, a team from Central in the boys' 400 relay, and girls' teams from York High, Susquehannock, York Suburban, Central and Red Lion in the 400 relay and teams from Red Lion, York Suburban, South Western and Central in the 1,600 relay.
Big meet: Stone, Myers and Young will begin focusing on Penn Relays later in the week.
Right now, their focus in on Tuesday, when Central travels to Red Lion for boys' and girls' York-Adams Division I meets. The boys' meet is a showdown, with the Lions entering the competition with a perfect 4-0-0 record, and Central checking in at 3-0-1.
The Red Lion girls, seeking to win a second-straight crown, are unbeaten so far at 4-0-0. Central is 2-2-0.
Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-5407.