The PA State Meet Is Here. These Athletes Are Set To Star.

* Avery Lewis is looking to finish off her legendary indoor career at the PTFCA Indoor Championships on Sunday 

Photo Credit: Derrick Dingle/MileSplit

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Pennsylvania is absolutely loaded with top-end talent in 2024. 

On Sunday, we could foresee not just one, but a few state records going down at the PTFCA Indoor State Championships set for State College. 

Who are the top athletes to watch out for? 

We outlined eight stars inside the Keystone State who are tailor-made for big moments over the weekend. 



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Drew Griffith, Butler (PA)

Events: Mile, 4x800


After some discussion and back-and-forth, Griffith is in the boys mile and he is the prohibitive favorite to win the race. Will he go after Gary Martin's state record of 4:02.34?

That's debatable. Griffith could hold off and wait for the national championships and instead load-up on events for Butler, which is hoping to win a team title on Sunday. Griffith could potentially also race in the 4x800 and DMR. 

Avery Lewis, Friends' Central (PA)

Events: 60m, 200m, LJ


The Southern California recruit set the state record last year at this meet, clocking a career best time of 7.22 seconds. That performance finished the year at U.S. No. 6 all-time in the record books. 

Next up? Could Lewis could after Thelma Davies' state record of 23.51?

Sunday is going to be a busy day for Lewis, who's competing in three events, but if anyone can conjure up the energy needed, it's her. She currently owns state records in the 60m and long jump.

Laila Campbell, Spring Grove (PA)

Events: 60m


One athlete who could upset Lewis in the 60m? It's Campbell. The LSU signee hasn't run since January, but she owns a season-best time of 7.58 seconds. 

The 60m is one of those races where, if all the boxes check into place, anything can happen. Campbell has the talent, technique and top-end speed to make this a race against Lewis. All she has to do now is prove it. 

Jayden Horton-Mims, Imhotep Charter (PA)

Events: 200m, 400m, 4x400


You might be surprised to learn that Horton-Mims didn't even run at the indoor state championships last year -- he did, however, continue his season at adidas Track Nationals, where he finished third in the 200m (above).

Today, he's arguably the country's most surprising athlete, having registered a handful of national-class times in the 200m, 300m and 400m. 

What's more, he could reasonably chase after state records on Sunday. Horton-Mims' 200m PR of 21.20 is just 0.19 seconds shy of Austin Kratz's top mark of 21.01 from 2018. In the 400m, the Philadelphia athlete is less than a second off William Reed's 38-year-old record of 46.84. 

Horton-Mims is the fastest quarter-miler this century, though. He'll likely also feature for Imhotep Charter in the 4x400. 

Alli DeLisi, Penn Charter

Events: 800m


Without having to worry about Olivia Cieslak, DeLisi can claim her second straight title at the distance after her performance of 2:11 last year.

Let's talk about that race last year. 

DeLisi beat Cieslak by a hundredth-of-a-second. That's just insane.

While Cieslak could have made it a round two, she opted for the mile this year. That leaves DeLisi as the clear favorite with a PR of 2:09.38 from Ocean Breeze in February -- ironically, she lost to Cieslak in that race. 

DeLisi currently owns a U.S. No. 2 time; here, she could chase after Cieslak's No. 1 mark of 2:08.32 on Sunday. 

Olivia Cieslak, Haverford Township/Logan St. John Kletter, Mt. Lebanon

Events: Mile


The race of the weekend. How will these two play this race out? That's the most fascinating element to this battle.  

Downingtown West (PA)

Events: Boys 4x400


The boys from Suburban Philadelphia are ranked No. 5 in the country with their 3:19.51 from the Garden State Invitational in February. That also puts them at No. 8 all-time in Pennsylvania. 

The state record is 3:16.08, held by Saint Joseph's Prep, which ran that performance in 2018 at New Balance Nationals Indoor. 

Will they get it done on Sunday? 

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