SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The Brookville boys’ track team finished second at the PIAA Class 2A Track & Field Championships Saturday at Shippensburg University.
The Raiders scored 34 points behind only Hickory, which had 40 points.
The meet came down the to 4×400-meter relay team for Brookville, which ended up finishing seventh. If the 4×400 had pulled off a second-place finish the Raiders would have tied Hickory for the team title and if Brookville would have won the race, the Raiders would have won the team title. Brookville had run the third-fastest time in the prelims so it wasn’t out of the question.
The Raiders team of Ian Thrush, Jack Krug, Kyle MacBeth and Dillon Olson finished in 3:32.42, which was nearly eight seconds slower than its prelim time. Central Columba won the race in 3:20.64 followed by Riverside in the second in 3:21.65.
Earlier, Thrush and Krug had teamed up with Cabe Park and Bryan Dworek in the 4×100-meter relay, and the foursome finished second in a time of 42.04 being edged at the line by Motivation out of Philadelphia, which ran in 41.98. Aliquippa was third in a time of 42.04. Brookville had entered the meet with the fastest time in the state (42.02) and had run the fastest time in the prelims at 42.54 only to see Motivation trim nearly a second off its prelim run of 42.86.
For Thrush, it was a strong meet. He also finished second in the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.91 and was fourth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.13 in what turned out to be a photo finish for two through seven with both the second- and third-place runners crossing at 11.12, the fifth-place runner crossing at 11.14, the sixth-place runner at 11.17 and the seventh-place runner at 11.19.
Keystone’s Brody Coleman also had a strong meet with a pair of medals. He was second in the triple jump (44-feet, 9 ¼- inches) and third in the 300-meter hurdles (39.66).
Coleman was joined on the triple jump medal stand by Cranberry’s Cameron Russell who took sixth with a leap of 43-3 ½ and on the 300 hurdles medal stand by Brookville’s Olson, who was seventh in a time of 39.86.
Olson was also fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.89 with Johnsonburg’s Ethan Kemmer finishing seventh in a time of 15.36.
In the 400-meter dash, Karns City’s Hunter Jones finished fourth in a time of 49.42, while Kane’s Bailey Blint finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 51-1. Kane’s Teddy Race tied for eighth in the pole vault with a vault of 13-6. Moniteau’s Kyle Norling also went over the bar at 13-6 but lost out on a medal via a tiebreaker finishing 10th.
The Elk County Catholic’ boys’ 4×800-meter relay team of Joe Wolfe, John Wittman, Ben Hoffman and Jacob Carnovale finished eighth in a time of 8:15.73.
In boys’ Class 3A action, St. Marys’ Adam Park was third in the discus with a toss of 166-07.
In girls’ Class 2A action, Clarion’s Laken Lewis finished tied for third in the pole vault at 12-0, while Moniteau’s Kendall Grossman was sixth in the event going over the bar at 11-0.
In the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, Brookville’s Brooke Quairiere was sixth at 16.18, and in the 300-meter hurdles, Chloe Trumbull of Johnsonburg took seventh in a time of 47.24.