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Weekend track and field: Thrush crushes 800 at Butler

Here is a roundup from track and field invitationals involving District 9 teams and individuals over the weekend:


Butler Invite results

BUTLER, Pa. — Friday at the 53rd Annual Butler Invitational, Brookville senior Ryan Thrush, the reigning PIAA Class 2A 400-meter champion, bested a field that included reigning WPIAL Class 3A 800 run champion Isaiah Bailey of Penn Hills by running a school-record time of 1:50.89.

Thrush, Brookville’s lone entry, beat the runner-up Bailey (1:55.49) by almost five seconds. Thrush’s time was the top time in the state going into the weekend and the seventh in the nation as per

D9 had other high placewinners at Butler, which featured mostly WPIAL Class 3A teams, Moniteau’s Kendall Grossman was second in the pole vault (10 feet, 7 inches) and Karns City’s MaKenzie Craig was sixth in the javelin (108 feet, 3 inches) for the girls.

For the boys, Moniteau’s Jacob Patton (15.83) and Dalton Anderson (15.97) were fourth and sixth respectively in the 110 hurdles while Clarion’s Brendan Zerfoss finished fifth in the 100 dash (23.26).


Kane Invite results

KANE, Pa. — Saturday at the Kane Invitational, both Class 3A Bradford squads ran away with overall team titles while the Brookville boys and Elk County Catholic girls were runners-up and the top scoring Class 2A squads at the 14-team invitational.

One day after his 800-meter title at Butler, Brookville’s Ryan Thrush won the 200, 400 and 800 runs with times of 22.91, 50.46 and 2:05.89. His senior teammate Seth Ray won the triple jump (42 feet, 9 inches) and high jump (6 feet).

Bradford won the boys’ team title with 172 points, well ahead of Brookville’s 97 points in what was a mostly Class 2A meet.

Winning for the Owls were Mitch Vleminckx in the 100 dash (11.31) and long jump (20 feet, 6 inches), Logan Caruso in the 1,600 run (4:41.94), Jaron Ambrose in the 110 (16.33) and 300 (41.96) hurdles, John Eakin in the shot put (52 feet), along with the 4×100 (45.64) and 4×400 (3:38.12) relays.

Elk County Catholic’s boys won three events with Zach Wortman in the 3,200 run (9:55.83), Ben Koss in the pole vault (12 feet, 9 inches) and the 4×800 relay (8:26.44).

Johnsonburg’s Ryan and Drew Kilhoffer finished 1-2 in the discus with Ryan winning with a throw of 146, 9 inches. Kane’s Austin Labesky won the javelin (174 feet, 4 inches).

Bradford’s girls won four events with Ashton McGriff doubling in the 200 dash (26.26) and 300 hurdles (47.21). The Lady Owls also won the 4×100 (51.73) and 4×400 (4:18.02) relays.

Elk County Catholic had two wins from Lauryn Wortman in 800 run (2:30.20) and Taylor Newton in the high jump (5 feet, 1 inch). Northern Potter also won twice with Amanda Ford in the 3,200 run (11:55.51) and its 4×800 (10:28.79) relay as did Punxsutawney with Sammy Dyson doubling in the shot put (37 feet, 7 1/2 inches) and discus (116 feet, 2 inches).

Also winning were DuBois Central Catholic’s Riley Meyers in the 100 hurdles (16.37), Port Allegany’s McCauley Fox in the pole vault (9 feet, 3 inches), Brookville’s Dani MacBeth in the long jump (15 7 3/4 inches), Cameron County’s Kamme Guisto in the triple jump (34 1 1/2 inches) and Johnsonburg’s Skylar Sherry in the javelin (128 feet, 3 inches).


City of Hermitage Invite results

HERMITAGE, Pa. — Moniteau’s Dalton Anderson and Cambrie Campbell won javelin titles at Saturday’s 18th City of Hermitage Invitational.

Anderson won the javelin with a throw of 162 feet, 5 inches. He was also second in the high jump and finished fourth behind third-place teammate Jacob Patton in the 110 hurdles.

Campbell won her javelin title with a throw of 136 feet, 1 inch. She was also fourth in the shot put and fifth in the discus.

Redbank Valley also had both teams at the meet. Jared Kespelher was fifth in the 110 hurdles, Nathan Roy was fifth in the javelin, Keaton Kahle was sixth in the 100 dash and the 4×100 relay was fourth for the boys. Katlynn Traister was fifth in the 200 dash for the girls.


LHU Bald Eagle Invite results

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — Clearfield, DuBois and Punxsutawney had teams running at Saturday’s 19th LHU Bald Eagle Invitational and combined for three wins.

Clearfield had two wins with Matt Collins winning the discus (162 feet, 4 inches) while finishing fourth in the shot put and Mason Royer winning the 110 hurdles (15.97). Punxsutawney’s Matt Wehrle won the 800 run (2:01.78).

Other high placewinners had DuBois’ Rick Lines finishing third in the javelin, Punxsutawney’s Antonio Stello finishing fourth in the 100 and 200 dashes and Clearfield’s David McKenzie placing fourth in the high jump.

For the girls, the highest finisher was DuBois Ashley McCluskey, who was runner-up in the javelin (117 feet, 1 inch). DuBois’ Crystal Clinger was third in the shot and Jessica Smith was third in the 800 run while its 4×800 relay also finished third. Clearfield’s Nicolette Broussard was fourth in the high jump as was Mikayle Rebo in the javelin.

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