SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Brooke Hinderliter of Redbank Valley came up just short in her quest for back-to-back PIAA Class AA girls’ javelin titles settling for second behind last year’s runner-up Maura Fiamoncini of Mount Carmel.
Fiamoncini threw 155 feet, 1 inch to win this year’s title, while Hinderliter’s best toss came in at 145 feet, 1 inch, which was 10 feet shy of her seed throw, which was 155-1.
Hinderliter was joined on the javelin medal podium by Moniteau sophomore Cambrie Campbell, who was the surprise D9 medalist of the day finishing third with a throw of 140 feet. Campbell came in seeded 10th with a season-best throw of 123-1. The toss of 140 feet set the Moniteau school record.
The two javelin throwers were among six District 9 athletes to medal on the first day of the championships led by Moniteau’s Maura Kimmel, who won the PIAA title in the discus.
Also in the boys’ javelin, Cameron County senior Trae Smith claimed a medal by placing sixth in Class AA with a throw of 181 feet, 3 inches. Kane junior Austin Labesky was eighth at 166 feet, 6 inches.
In Class AAA, St. Marys’ Tom Bojalad claimed a fourth-place medal in the shot put with a throw of 56 feet, 2 inches.
One other D9 athlete claimed a top-eight medal finish by qualifying on Friday as Brookville junior Ryan Thrush ran the second-fastest time in the 400-meter dash preliminaries at 48.57 seconds. He will run for gold Saturday.
Three others kept their medal hopes alive as Kane junior Joe Newton and Karns City senior Collin Dunmyre advanced to Saturday’s semifinals in the 110-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash respectively needing to post a top-eight time there to advance to the finals as did Karns City senior Evan Stitt in the 200-meter dash.
NOTES – Redbank Valley’s Wyatt Hetrick, the D9 champion in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles, scratched out of the PIAA championships because of a hamstring injury suffered in the 4×100-meter relay at last week’s D9 championships … Rain postponed the girls’ 3A, boys’ 2A and boys’ 3A 4×400-meter relays until Saturday, where they will be run as heats with the top eight times winning medals.