BROOKVILLE — Here is a closer look at this Friday’s District 9 Class 2A Track and Field Championships held at Brookville Area High School. It’ll be a combined event this year with Class 3A, which will run concurrently:
SCHEDULE — Unless rain changes things — the backup date is Saturday — field events begin at 1 p.m. (girls’ high jump and shot, and boys’ high jump and shot put), as well as the preliminary races for the sprint hurdles. With both Class 2A and 3A meets going at same time, the order will be Class 3A then 2A girls followed by boys in the same order. Events continue through the final scheduled time of the 4x400 relay at 8 p.m.
WHAT’S AT STAKE? A berth in the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University May 24-25. A top-two finish guarantees a spot while athletes can also qualify by making state-qualifying standards.
TEAM LINEUP — It’s back to the traditional groupings of classifications. It’s Class 2A as usual with Bradford, Clearfield, St. Marys, DuBois and Punxsutawney in Class 3A. However, for the girls, it’s Clearfield in Class 2A this year.
TEAM TITLE FAVORITES — The Raiders are overwhelming favorites to win the boys’ title with Elk County Catholic the best of the rest followed probably by Smethport and Moniteau. By seeding, the Lady Raiders are the favorites with Johnsonburg and Clarion following. From there, it’s Clearfield and defending champion Elk County Catholic.
ATHLETES TO WATCH — For the boys, in addition to the Bulldogs’ Sam Hetrick’s seventh-place medal in the high jump, eight other returning state medalists will be in the mix Friday.
— Brookville has four returning state medalists with Ian Thrush (James Manners Award winner at D9 meet, 6th in 200 dash), Bryan Dworek (7th in long jump) and the 4x100 (5th) and 4x400 (8th) relays.
— Half of last year’s ECC fifth-place 4x800 relay with Jacob Carnovale and Ben Hoffman.
— Keystone’s Brody Coleman, who was fourth in the triple jump. He and Brookville’s Dillon Olson were 11th and 9th respectively in the 300 hurdles, just missing a medal.
— Kane’s Bailey Blint, who was fourth in the shot put.
— Moniteau’s James Parenti, who was also fourth in the discus.
ECC has won the last four 4x800 district titles, Brookville is gunning for its fourth straight district title in the 4x400 relay, the Raiders’ 4x100 is looking for second straight title and Dworek seeks his third straight long jump title. In the 15 individual events, nine return champions. The other eight are Thrush in the 100 dash, Smethport’s Christian Tanner in the 800, ECC’s Hoffman in the 3,200 run, Coleman in the triple jump, Hetrick in the high jump, Kane’s Teddy Race in the pole vault, Blint in the shot put and Parenti in the discus.
For the girls, three returning state medalists lead the way. The fourth one that would’ve been back was last year’s Manners Award winner and two-time medalist Sara McKean of Oswayo Valley, but she scratched out of the meet and will not participate. She was fourth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump. She was looking for a third straight district long jump title while trying to repeat in the triple jump and 200 dash.
Two state runners-up are back with Moniteau’s Kendall Grossman in the pole vault and two-time silver medalist Skylar Sherry of Johnsonburg in the javelin. Grossman, a junior, seeks her third straight district title while Sherry, a senior, throws for her second after winning two years ago as a sophomore.
Taylor Newton tied for fourth in the high jump and she’ll try to win her second district title.
Clarion’s Laken Lewis tied for ninth at states in the pole vault, just missing a medal.
Of the 15 individual events, seven have returning district champions. In addition to McKean, Grossman and Newton are ECC’s Olivia Sorg in the 100 dash and Johnsonburg’s Amanda Williams in the 800 run. Punxsutawney’s Kate Horner won the last two 400 dash titles, but she’s running in Class 3A this year.
100 dash: 3. Keaton Kahle.
200 dash: 8. Keaton Kahle.
800 run: 15. Declan Fricko.
4x100 relay: 4. Keaton Kahle, Javin Brentzel, Sam Hetrick, Joe Mansfield, Declan Fricko, Nick Smith.
4x800 relay: 8. Kyle Watkins, Jacob Faulk, Bryce Morgan, Nick Smith.
Long jump: 6. Sam Hetrick, 9. Joe Mansfield.
Triple jump: 5. Joe Mansfield.
High jump: 1. Sam Hetrick, T6. Declan Fricko.
Pole Vault: T8. Trenten Rupp.
Discus: 4. Anthony Baileys, 14. Tanner Kerle.
Javelin: 9. Austin Rupp, 14. Anthony Baileys.
100 dash: 11. Katie Davis, 15. Elisabeth Hook.
200 dash: 12. Carley Shick.
400 dash: 5. Carley Shick.
800 run: 11. Ryleigh Smathers, 12. Emma Huffman.
1,600 run: 11. Quinn Fricko.
3,200 run: 14. Quinn Fricko.
100 hurdles: 6. Paiton Rizzo, 12. Megan Gourley, 22 Maggie Kinnard.
300 hurdles: 9. Megan Gourley.
4x100 relay: 5. Paiton Rizzo, Elisabeth Hook, Katie Davis, Mariah Clark.
4x400 relay: 7. Claire Clouse, Ryleigh Smathers, Elisabeth Hook, Carley Shick.
4x800 relay: 2. Quinn Fricko, Ryleigh Smathers, Emma Huffman, Carley Shick.
Long jump: 5. Paiton Rizzo, 12. Raegen Beamer.
Triple jump: 4. Elisabeth Hook, 5. Paiton Rizzo.
High jump: T5. Brooke Eberle.
Pole Vault: T5. Hope Spence, T8. MacKenzie Young.
Shot put: 6. Lindsay Evans
Discus: 3. Lindsay Evans, 6. Taylor King, 10. Kaitlyn Draa.
Javelin: 7. Frankie Dinger, 10. Karlee Wells, 13. Lillian Shaffer.
800 run: 9. Quintin Weaver.
110 hurdles: 8. Doug Huffman.
300 hurdles: 15. Doug Huffman.
Triple jump: 12. Quintin Weaver.
Pole Vault: 3. Nolan Cumberland.
4x100 relay: 12. Mariah Ashbaugh, McKayla Deitz, Alayna Ford, Lainey Stockdill, Kennedy Andrae.