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DuBois Wins D9 Class AAA Girls’ Track & Field Title

KANE, Pa. – Led by Dayna DeSalve taking both the long jump and the triple jump title, DuBois had five champions on its way to winning the 2016 District 9 Class AAA girls’ track and field title Wednesday at Kane High School.

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DuBois, which has won eight of the past nine titles, scored 119 points easily ahead of Bradford and St. Marys, who tied for second in the five-team meet with 82 points.

DeSalve won the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 5 ¾ inches while taking the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, 1 inch. She also ran the second leg on the winning 4×100-meter relay team (51.54) that also consisted of Chelsea DeSalve, Brooke Leithner and Reese Sayers.

Also winning titles for the Lady Beavers were Jessica Smith in the 800-meter run (2:26.27) and Ashley McCluskey in the javelin with a throw of 111 feet, 6 inches. In fact, DuBois took the first three spots in the javelin with Brandi Johnson finishing second (110-07) and Nicole Schalk third (105-3).

St. Marys also won five champions, four individual and a relay, but didn’t have the depth scoring displayed by DuBois.

Michelle Bauer and Amanda Foster were both members of the winning 4×800-meter relay team (10:05.95), while Bauer won the 3,200-meter run (11:38.61) and Foster the 1,600-meter run (5:19.08). They were joined on the relay by Jenna Cherry and Kaitlyn Barackman.

Arianna Kleppinger took home the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.78, and Rachel Bauer won the pole vault going over the bar at an even nine feet.

Bradford had four champions including Ashton McGriff, who won the 200-meter dash (26.67) and the 400-meter dash (1:00.16), while Rachel Borland won the 300-meter hurdles (46.88) and Brooke McGriff the 100-meter hurdles in the only PIAA qualifying time of the day (15.65).

Punxsutawney had a strong day in the field winning titles in the high jump, shot put and discuss.

Two of those titles came from Sam Dyson, who won the shot put (34 feet, 3 inches) and the discuss (113 feet, 11 inches) while also taking fourth in the javelin (103-0).

The Lady Chucks also had a clean sweep in the high jumps taking first, second and third.

Leah Miller won with a leap of 4 feet, 11 inches, which was matched by teammate Midori Bridges, who needed more jumps than Miller and thus finished second. Cassidy Reed tied DuBois’ Jerica Fischer for third with a leap of 4 feet, 9 inches, which was also accomplished by Borland, who needed more jumps and finished fifth.

Clearfield’s lone title came in the 4×400-meter relay where the team of Macy Forrest, Rachel Glenny, Katrina Spencer and Madison Jones ran a time of 4:14.01.

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