TJ officials

Triple jump officials at the recent PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University. Barb Dzuricsko is second from right in the front row. Bill Dzuricsko is back row, far right.

Barb and Bill Dzuricsko were honored to represent Mercer County and District 10 and serve as officials for the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University on May 28-29.

The Dzurickos were part of an 8 person crew, with other officials from Districts 3 and 6, needed to officiate the triple jump.

Members of the crew rotated through the positions of: Wind Gauge Operator, Flight Coordinator, Tape Puller, Recorder, Board Judge, Marker, and Two Rakers.

All of the officials helped with checking-in and inspecting the athletes and their spikes, thumb-tacking down two runway tape measures, one for each jumping board, and carefully placing two new boards at the appropriate distances with levels and shims. 

This was the sixth year for Bill and the third year for Barb in working the triple jump event at the state meet.

The Dzuricskos are members of the Lawrence County Chapter of PIAA Track & Field and Cross Country Officials. The Lawrence County Chapter serves the northern part of District 7, as well as the southern part of District 10.

This year, the couple has worked meets as far north as Meadville, Cochranton, Titusville, and Jamestown, and as far south as Mohawk, Ellwood City, and Seneca Valley.

They also worked the 2019 PIAA Cross Country Championships, as well as several NCAA Division II meets at Slippery Rock University, and TF meets for the NCSAA (National Christian School Athletic Association) at Grove City College and Geneva College.

Bill has recently completed his 21st year of officiating track and field and his 10th year as the Rules Interpreter for the Chapter. He also worked the AA and AAA Girls Shot Put events at the District 7 meet this year. 

Barb has completed her 5th year as a TF and CC Official and is the former District 10 Meet Director for TF (20 years) and CC (2 years).

For the last four years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have attended a variety of TF & CC workshops at the PIAA Officials Convention in Harrisburg, and in 2016 Bill gave a one hour power-point presentation entitled “Officiating the Triple Jump.”

Each year all of the officials in the Lawrence County Chapter attend 6 continuing education meetings and 1 mandatory Rules Interpretation Meeting.

District 10 was also represented at the PIAA State Track & Field Meet by Steve Snyder and Duane Northrop.

Steve is a member of the Lawrence County Chapter, retired as an elementary teacher from Grove City, and regularly works meets in Mercer County. He has been one of the starters for the District 10 Meet and worked the shot put at Shippensburg.

Duane is a member of the Gem City Chapter in Erie and worked the discus at both the District 7 and District 10 meets. He served as a Track Umpire in Shippensburg.

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