NEW BETHLEHEM — Redbank Valley’s Sam Hetrick and Frankie Dinger won titles at last Thursday’s 14-team Redbank Valley Invitational.
Hetrick, a returning state medalist gearing up for another postseason run, continued his strong performance in the high jump by winning after clearing 6 feet, 2 inches.
Dinger, seeded second in the javelin, won with a toss of 103 feet, 6 inches to beat runner-up Maddy Craig of Clarion-Limestone by 11 inches.
Overall, the Lady Bulldogs turned in 21 top-six finishes which was one more than Brookville. However, the Lady Raiders won six events with three other runner-up finishes.
For the Lady Bulldogs, their only runner-up finish came from the 4x800-meter relay of Quinn Fricko, Emma Huffman, Ryleigh Smathers and Carley Shick. That foursome finished in a season-best 10:54.34, just under 10 seconds behind DuBois and 13-plus seconds ahead of third-place Brookville.
Shick, Paiton Rizzo and Lindsay Evans turned in a trio of thirds. Shick ran a season-best 1:03.71 in the 400 dash, Rizzo ran a 17.75 in the 100 hurdles and Evans went 103 feet, 4 inches in the discus.
Two of their four fourths came from the other two relays, the 4x100 relay (53.69) of Rizzo, Elisabeth Hook, Katie Davis and Mariah Clark and the 4x400 relay (4:37.61) of Davis, Smathers, Clark and Claire Clouse.
Rizzo added a fourth with a season-best in the long jump (15 feet, 11 inches) and Hope Spence in the pole vault (8 feet, 3 inches).
Finishing fifth were Smathers in the 800 run (2:46.72), Fricko with a season-best in the 1,600 run (5:53.76), Gourley in the 300 hurdles (55.04), Lauren Smith in the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches), Taylor King in the discus (season-best 98 feet, 7 inches) and Lillian Shaffer (98 feet, 7 inches).
Sixth-place finishes came from Huffman in the 800 run (2:50.43), Gourley in the 100 hurdles (18.46), Rizzo in the triple jump (31 feet, 5 inches), MacKenzie Young in the pole vault (7 feet, 3 inches) and Karlee Wells in the javelin (94 feet, 11 inches).
The Bulldogs had three third-place finishes. Keaton Kahle ran a strong 11.38 in the 100 dash, finishing behind Brookville’s Bryan Dworek and Ian Thrush. Kahle also joined Hetrick, Javen Brentzel and Joe Mansfield on the third-place 4x100 relay that crossed the line in 45.98 seconds.
Fricko finished third in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches.
Hetrick added a fourth in the 200 dash (24.12). Finishing fifth were Mansfield in the triple jump (39 feet, 5 inches) and Austin Rupp in the javelin with a season-best and district-qualifying throw of 145 feet, 5 inches.
Trenten Rupp cleared 10 feet, 6 inches to finish sixth in the pole vault as did the 4x800 relay of Kyle Watkins, Owen Fricko, Declan Fricko and Nick Smith.
For Union, Nolan Cumberland broke his own school record in the pole vault, clearing 13 feet and finishing second behind Moniteau’s Kyle Norling who cleared 13 feet, 6 inches.
Quintin Weaver ran a season-best 2:07.25 in the 800 run and finished fourth. Doug Huffman was eighth in the 110 hurdles (17.58) and 10th in the 300 hurdles (46.14).
The Damsels didn’t finish in the top six in any event. The highest finisher was Lainey Stockdill’s 11th in the 800 run. McKayla Deitz was 12th in the 200 dash while Nora Mason was 13th in the 400 and 800, and Dominika Logue was 13th in the shot put.
Both Brookville combined to win 13 events, the boys seven and the girls six.
The Raiders broke two meet records as senior Bryan Dworek had a hand in both of them. Dworek’s winning long jump of 22 feet, 2 inches broke an eight-year-old record (21 feet, 2 1/4 inches) owned by former Raider Vinny Dougherty.
And holding form as it has all year, the Raiders’ 4x100-meter relay of Dworek, Ian Thrush, Jack Krug and Cabe Park broke Clarion’s 18-year-old record with a time of 42.28 seconds. The Bobcats’ record was 43 seconds from 2001.
Dworek made it a triple-win day by racing to a win in the 100 dash in 11.05 seconds, just ahead of the runner-up Thrush (11.07) with Park placing fourth.
The other Raiders wins came from Dillon Olson, who doubled in the 300 hurdles (39.93) and 110 hurdles (15.11).
Olson, Krug, MacBeth and Thrush finished the night off with a win in the 4x400, crossing the line in 3:29.54.
The Lady Raiders won two of the three relays. The 4x100 relay of Morgan and Madison Johnson, Morgan Monnoyer and Dani MacBeth won in 51.49 seconds. The 4x400 relay of Emily Martz, MacBeth and both Johnsons won in 4:21.3.
Morgan Johnson won the 200 dash (27.65). Madison Johnson won the long jump, going 16 feet, 7 inches and beating Clarion’s Laken Lewis and DuBois’ Jerica Fischer by one-half inch.
Also for the Lady Raiders, Madison McAninch won the 300 hurdles in 51.05 seconds.
The other meet record came in the pole vault where Clarion’s Laken Lewis and Kendall Grossman both cleared 11 feet, 3 inches with Lewis winning by the fewest misses tiebreaker.
Other winners, for the boys:
— Clarion’s 4x800 relay of Nick Schill, Don Cunningham, Daniel Ketner and Noah Schill and 8:39.7. Nick Schill also won the 1,600 run (4:45.2). Noah Schill won the 800 run (2:05.39).
Also for the Bobcats, Nathaniel Lerch won the 3,200 run in 10:18.86.
— Karns City’s Hunter Jones won the 400 dash in 50.29 seconds.
— Keystone’s Brody Coleman won the triple jump (44 feet, 2 1/4 inches).
— Moniteau’s Kyle Norling won the pole vault, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches.
— Kiski Prep’s Jaylen Cooper won the shot put with a toss of 51 feet, 4 inches.
— Moniteau’s James Parenti won the discus with a throw of 155 feet, 2 inches.
— C-L’s Ian Callen won the javelin with a throw of 175 feet, 6 inches.
Other winners, for the girls:
— North Clarion’s Cierah Manross won the 100 hurdles in 17.68 seconds.
— Cranberry’s Kalynne Ziegler won the 1,600 run in 5:46.22 and 3,200 run in 12:40.58.
— Clarion’s Laken Lewis was a triple-winner in the javelin as previously mentioned, triple jump with a leap of 34 feet, 5 1/2 inches and high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches. Evelyn Lerch won the 400 dash in 1:01.97 while Phylicia Hockman won the 800 run in 2:24.27.
— Sara Knox was a double-winner in the throws, taking the shot put (34 feet, 3 inches) and discus (113 feet, 1 inch).