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Bradford Reigns Again in AAA Boys’ Track & Field

KANE, Pa. – Thanks to a pair of individual titles from Mitch Vleminckx and Alex Colosimo and a sweep of the relays, Bradford won the 2016 District 9 Class AAA boys’ track and field title Wednesday at Kane High School.

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The Owls, who won the title for the 17th time in 18 years, scored 130 points easily outdistancing second-place Punxsutawney, who had 85 points, in the five-team field.

Vleminckx won the 100-meter dash (11.66) and the 200-meter dash (23.23), while Colosimo won the 110-meter hurdles (15.37) and the 300-meter hurdles (41.28).

Colosimo was also part of the Bradford 4×100-meter relay team that won in a time of 44.97. He was joined on the team by Jacob Soto, Andy Pantuso and John Eakin.

Vleminckx was a member of the winning 4×400-meter relay team (3:37.80), which also consisted of Tyler Nuzzo, Vinnie Bizzaro and Jaron Ambrose.

Bizzaro was also on the champion 4×800-meter relay team (8:32.39) along with Nuzzo, Bizzaro and Max Paterniti.

Paterniti also won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:40.80, while Jacob Soto gave the Owls nine champions by winning the pole vault going over the bar at 13 feet, 9 inches.

Tom Bojalad of St. Marys was also a double winner with a pair of PIAA qualifying distances in the shot put and the discus. He set the meet record in the discus with a throw of 171 feet, 2 inches, which was two inches better than the previous meet mark of 171-0 set by Aaron Ross of Bradford in 2000. Bojalad also had a PIAA throw in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 7 ½ inches

Clearfield’s Matt Collins also had a PIAA throw in the discuss at 162-06 finishing second to Bojalad.

Punxsutawney had four champions.

Matthew Wehrle won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:02.63, Ethan Riley won the long jump with a leap of 21-feet, 4 ½ inches, Jared Manners was the champion in the triple jump (41 feet, 7 inches) and Ryan Jones took the javelin title (155 feet, 2 inches).

Clearfield had two winners with Kyle Biancuzzo taking the 3,200-meter run in a time of 10:33.09, while David McKenzie took the high jump (5 feet, 11 inches).

Parker Smith joined Bojalad as a St. Marys champion winning the 400-meter dash in a time of 52.35.