SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Brookville’s Ryan Thrush became the first Brookville boys’ track and field athlete to claim a state title when he won the 400-meter dash at the PIAA Class AA Championships Saturday in Shippensburg.
Thrush ran a time of 48.71 besting Javon McIntyre of Columbia by 14/100th of a second. McIntrye was second in a time of 48.85
District 9 has had two state champions this year, as Moniteau’s Maura Kimmel won the discus Friday.
Kimmel’s quest to be a double state champ fell short Saturday when she took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 42-7 just ahead of teammate Brittany Lindsay, who was fifth with a toss of 39-1 1/4. Cassidy Cunningham of Elk County Catholic gave District 9 three medalists in the shot put finishing seventh with a throw of 37-9.
Also Saturday, the Kane twins duo of Tyler and Shane Rolick went two-three in the pole vault with Tyler going second with a vault of 14-0, the same as champion Joe Jardine of Schuykl Kill Valley but needing more attempts. Shane was tied for third with a vault of 13-6. Cole Ruppert of Christopher Dock and Joe Nally of Mountain View both went over at 13-6 as well.
Joe Newton of Kane medaled by taking eighth in the Class AA 110-meter hurdles in a time of 15.33.
In Class AAA, Tom Bojalad of St. Marys was third in the discus with a throw of 172-7. It was his second medal of the championships, he also medaled Friday in the shot put.
In team scoring, the Moniteau girls tied Burrell for sixth in Class AA with 25 points. Hickory won the title with 48 points, two ahead of second-place Avonworth.
Schuylkill Valley won the boys’ Class AA title with 39 points, three ahead of second-place Camp Hill. District 9’s highest finisher was Kane in 12th with 15 points.
In Class AAA, State College edged out Downingtown West for the boys’ title, 54-53. St. Marys tied Greensburg Salem and Kiski Area for 16th with 11 points.
Cheltenham won the girls’ Class AAA title with 48 points, 16 points ahead of second-place State College. District 9 didn’t have a team score in girls’ Class AAA.