The collective performances of area athletes at last Saturday DeMans Team Sports Track and Field Invitational in Brookville was a bit mind-boggling.

And at the very least, it bodes well for quite an interesting postseason for District 9 Class 2A athletes.

For Redbank Valley junior Sam Hetrick, he couldn’t have any more support than he did while clearing the No. 1 height in the state so far at 6 feet, 7 inches.

Check out the photo. Those are his competitors and they’re all cheering him on. Those foes and plenty of other fans nearby clapping, motivating and looking for another big jump.

It was quite a scene, very positive and something that you almost always see at big meets when an athlete is going for a big mark, record or time.

How higher Hetrick will go depends on where his body and form can take him, but it doesn’t hurt to have everyone on his side to begin with. And that’ll likely happen again.

To note, as per the latest pa.milesplit.com state rankings, several performances are at or near the top of the list, just from last weekend’s meet. While it’s early and the lists are not conclusive — some performances haven’t found their way onto the milesplit web site – it’s pretty close:

— The Brookville Raiders 4x100-meter relay of Cabe Park, Jack Krug, Ian Thrush and Bryan Dworek’s time of 42.34 seconds ranks No. 1 in the state with District 12’s Motivation High School second at 43.21.

— Thrush (10.82) and Dworek (10.84) rank 1-2 in the state in the 100 dash and only Motivation’s Laminu Abbas has another time under 11 seconds at 10.98.

— Thrush (21.75) and Dworek (22.09) rank 1-3 in the state in the 200 dash with Bishop McDevitt’s Tyler Byrd No. 2 at 21.87.

— Dworek’s long jump of 22 feet, 2 1/2 inches ranks No. 3 behind Southern Columbia’s Julian Fleming (23 feet, 3 3/4 inches) and Athens’ Ben Gambrell IV (22 feet, 3 1/2 inches).

— Brookville’s Dillon Olson ranks No. 2 in the 110 hurdles at 14.91 seconds. He and No. 1 Daniel Layton of Waynesburg (14.66) are the only runners under 15 seconds so far. Olson is also No. 2 in the 300 hurdles (39.92) behind Bermudian Springs’ Payton Rohrbaugh (39.17). They’re the only two under 40 seconds so far.

— The Raiders’ 4x400 relay of Thrush, Jack Krug, Addison Singleton and Olson ran a 3:30.89 at the Invite, which ranks No. 4 in the state.

— Keystone’s Brody Coleman’s triple jump of 43 feet, 5 inches ranks No. 2 behind Montoursville’s Dominic Caputo (42 feet, 8 3/4 inches).

— Elk County Catholic’s Ben Hoffman ran the No. 7 time in the 3,200 run (9:56.18) at the Invite. Hoffman is part of ECC’s 4x800 relay that ran a No. 7 time of 8:25.01.

— Not cleared at the Invite, Moniteau’s Kyle Norling (14 feet, 2 inches) owns the No. 1 spot in the pole vault from the Franklin Invite last weekend. Kane’s Teddy Race (13 feet, 6 inches) shares the No. 4 spot from an earlier meet.

— Not thrown at Brookville but at the Franklin Invite last Saturday was the No. 3 discus throw of 170 feet, 2 1/2 inches from Moniteau’s James Parenti. He also threw the No. 4 shot put at Franklin at 55 feet, 2 3/4 inches.

— Not thrown at the Invite, but earlier in the season was the No. 8 javelin throw of 171 feet, 2 inches by Brookville’s Kyle MacBeth.

For the girls:

— Brookville’s Brooke Quairiere shares the No. 8 spot in the 100 hurdles (16.0).

— Brookville’s 4x100 relay of Morgan and Madison Johnson, Morgan Monnoyer and Dani MacBeth ran a 51.12 time that ranks No. 4 in the state.

— The Lady Raiders’ 4x400 relay of Morgan and Madison Johnson, Dani MacBeth and Emily Martz ran a No. 9 time of 4:14.05 at the Invite.

— Johnsonburg’s Skylar Sherry’s javelin throw of 125 feet, 5 inches ranks No. 4 in the state.

— Elk County Catholic’s Taylor Newton’s 5 feet, 4 inches from earlier this year is one of six jumpers at No. 2 behind No. 1 Emma Pavalek of Beaver Area (5 feet, 6 1/4 inches).

— Oswayo Valley’s Sara McKean’s long jump of 17 feet 1/4 inches from the Invite ranks No. 7, just ahead of No. 8 Maddie Kear of ECC. Kear did hers at the Altoona Igloo earlier this year. McKean’s 34 feet, 4 3/4 triple jump at the Invite ranks No. 7. McKean is No. 9 in the 200 dash (26.55) with her Invite time.

— Neither done at the Invite, Clarion’s Laken Lewis ranks No. 4 (11 feet, 3 inches) and Moniteau’s Kendall Grossman shares the No. 4 spot (10 feet, 6 inches) in the pole vault.

Rich Rhoades is the sports editor of the Leader-Vindicator and Jeffersonian Democrat in Brookville. E-mail: rrhoades@thecourierexpress.com. Follow on twitter @TheSkinny1969.

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