When Dorian Jackson steps onto the track at Shippensburg University on Friday, he won't be looked at as being a serious title contender.
There are 26 runners entered in the Class 3A boys 100-meter dash.
Jackson is the No. 26 seed.
It's an underdog role Jackson hopes to thrive in. The Obama Academy sophomore comes in with a lot of momentum. He is fresh off the best showing of his career, winning gold medals in the 100 and 200 at the City League championships. His time of 11.29 in the 100 qualified him for the PIAA championships. His 23.30 in the 200 did not.
Jackson will run in a preliminary heat on Friday. Among the other runners taking part in the event will be WPIAL champion Isaac Elliott of Ambridge, WPIAL runner-up Darius Wise of Beaver Area, and defending PIAA champion Journey Brown of Meadville.
It wasn't all that long ago that a City League athlete won a PIAA title in the 100. Peabody's Pierre Carr claimed the gold medal in 2009.