Ben Heim was one of the top middle distance runners in WPIAL Class AA last season.
Now a little more seasoned, Heim is hopeful to achieve even more this season.
Heim, a junior at Washington, last season placed fourth in the 800-meter run at the WPIAL championships, which qualified him for the PIAA championships. Two of the three runners ahead of him return, one being Beaver Falls star Dom Perretta, a Penn State recruit who is the two-time defending PIAA champion in the 800 and 1,600.
In his first invitational of the season, Heim finished second in the 800 at the Warrior Classic at Central Valley. He ran a time of 2:04.58. Perretta won the race with a mark of 1:59.69. Heim also competed in the 1,600 and placed ninth after posting a time of 4:49.25. Perretta won that event also, running 4:28.90.