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District 9 3A Track & Field Athletes Set for 2021 Championships Wednesday Powered by Janney Montgomery Scott in Clarion

The boys Class 3A 4x400-relay in 2019 was a great race. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa's work here

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BROOKVILLE, Pa. – After a year hiatus, the District 9 Class 3A boys’ and girls’ track and field championships are set for Wednesday, May 18, at Brookville High School.

The field events will start the event at 3 p.m. followed by the track events getting underway at 4 p.m. Cost is $3 for students and $6 for adults and tickets are available at the gate.

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BOYS

There will be a new champion in District 9 3A boys this season, as the 2019 champion, Punxsutawney, is now competing at the Class 2A level leaving just four teams – Bradford, Clearfield, DuBois, and St. Marys – to battle it out for the 2021 crown.

Prior to the Chucks taking the 2019 title, Bradford was the dominant force in 3A having won the previous four titles. The Owls still have claimed 19 of the past 21 championships dating back to the start of the run in 1999.

Based on seedings, this year’s title will be battled out between DuBois and Bradford with the Beavers seemingly the favorites with seven top seeds, five No. 2 seed,s and nine No. 3 seeds entering the championship.

Bradford has five top seeds, eight second seeds, and five third seeds. Clearfield also comes in with six top seeds, but the depth drops off after that with the Bison only have three No. 2 seeds and two No. 3 seeds.

Returning Individual State Medalists from 2019

None

Returning Individual District Champions from 2019

Alex Liners – Sr., Bradford, 300-meter hurdles – Seeded 2nd this year

Top seeds, notes by event

4×800 relay: Bradford is the top seed with a time of 8:34.64. The Owls will be pushed by a DuBois team that has a season-best time of 8:36.51
110 hurdles: Karson Kline of Clearfield is the top seed at 15.60 seconds. He finished fourth as a freshman two years ago. Liners, who was third as a sophomore, is seeded second at 16.19, and Jason Plubell, of Clearfield, who was sixth two years ago as a sophomore, is seeded third at 16.25.
100 dash: Erich Benjamin of DuBois is the top seed at 11.63 in a race that has six athletes seeded within 0.25 of a second of each other. Clearfield’s Logan Firanski is second (11.73), DuBois’ Jacdon Yarus is third (11.83) followed by Bradford’s Andrew Kane (11.84) and Gabe Mitchell (11.84), and DuBois’ Jake Krause (11.88). Firanski is the only returning place winner having taken fourth as a sophomore in 11.88.
1,600 run: Joseph Foradora of DuBois is the top seed at 4:43:07, Ian Pilon of Bradford, only a freshman, is second at 4:49.24. The top returning place winner from two years ago, Ryan White of DuBois is third at 4:50.89. White finished fifth in 2019.
400 dash: Clearfield’s Firanski is the top seed at 52.28 followed by DuBois’ McKellen Jaramillo (54.70). Firanski was third in the event two years ago as a sophomore
4×100 relay: DuBois is the top seed at 45.54 seconds with Bradford nipping at the Beavers tails with a time of 45.94
300-meter hurdles: Liners, the defending champion, is seeded second at 41.84 just behind Clearfield’s Plubell (41.79). Plubell was fifth two years ago as a sophomore
800 run: The freshman Pilon from Bradford is the top seed at 2:06.24 but St. Marys’ sophomore Alex Amador is right there with him at 2:06.53. Luke Winters from Clearfield is the top returning finisher having taken fifth as a sophomore. He is seeded eighth (2:10.35)
200 dash:Yarus, the sophomore from DuBois, is the top seed at 23.40 with Bradford’s Jerid Wilmoth second at 23.64.
3,200 run: DuBois’ AC Deemer is the top seed at 10:28.00 and it should be a great race between him and second-seeded Wyatt Foster of St. Marys, who enters at 10:28.84. Ryan Cottillion from Bradford is the highest returning place winner having taken fifth as a sophomore in 2019. He is seeded fourth (10:54.53).
4×400 relay: Clearfield is the top seed at 3:35.10 with Bradford second at 3:37.64 and DuBois is third at 3:38.02
High Jump: Andrew Shaffer-Doan of DuBois is the top seed at 6-feet, while Tanner Shenk of DuBois is second at 5-feet, 10-inches.Bradford’s Gavin McGee is the highest returning place winner having taken sixth in 2019. He is seeded third (5-8).
Pole Vault: Zach Shilala of DuBois is the top seed at 12-feet, while Ian Paterniti is second at 11-feet, 6-inches, the only other vaulter over 11 feet. Shilala was third and Paterniti was fifth two years ago
Long Jump: Bradford’s McGee is the overwhelming favorite and is the top seed at 21-feet, 8-inches. Ian Billotte of Clearfield is the only other jumper over 20 feet this season at 20-feet, ½-inch. Luke Sturrock of DuBois is the top returning jumper having finished seventh in 2019. He is seeded sixth this year at 18-7.
Triple Jump: McGee is even a bigger favorite here with a top jump of 45-feet, 10-inches. Billotte is second at 41-feet, 8-inches. Shilala of DuBois finished third in 2019 and is seeded third this year at 40-6.
Shot Put: Clearfield’s Zane Inguagiato is the heavy favorite with a throw of 48-feet, 2.25-inches. The second seed is Ryan Hughes of Bradford at 40-8. Inguagiato was third in 2019, the highest returning place winner
Discus Inguagiato again is the heavy favorite with a throw of 138-feet, 2-inches. The second-best throw belongs to Daniel Raiford of DuBois (118-6). Iguagiato was eighth in 2019.
Javelin:/strong> Caden Fox of Bradford and DuBois’ Raiford will battle for this one with both coming in with throws of 129-feet on the season. Inguagiato is the third seed at 123-2. Hughes from Bradford is the top returning thrower having finished seventh in 2019. He is seeded fourth at 120-11.

GIRLS

St. Marys is the defending champion from 2019, and while the Lady Dutch have the most top seeds with eight, Bradford’s depth could make the Lady Owls the favorite. While Bradford has just three top seeds, it has eight second seeds (compared to six for St. Marys ) and nine third seed (compared to just two for St. Marys).

Returning Individual State Medalists from 2019

None

Returning Individual District Champions from 2019

Emily Bosworth – Sr., Bradford, 800-meter run – seeded 4th this year
Kyla Johnson – Sr., St.Marys, 3,200-meter run – seeded 3rd this year

Top seeds, notes by event

4×800 relay: St. Marys is the top seed at 9:58.83 followed by Bradford at 10:06.24
100 hurdles: Lydia Brown of Clearfield is the top seed at 16.60 with DuBois’ Kamryn Fontaine second at 16.73, the only two under 17 seconds. Morgan Allman of DuBois is the top returning place winner having taken fifth two years ago. She is seeded sixth (18.58) this year
100 dash: Isabelle Caskey of St. Marys is the top see at 13.28 and it should be a great race between her and second-seeded Antonia Fenice of DuBois (13.29). Caskey finished second two years ago and Fenice was fourth
1,600 run: Samantha Hayes of St. Marys is the top seed and favorite at 5:07.50. Only DuBois freshman Morgan Roemer is also under 5:20 having run 5:14.20.
400 dash: This appears to be a two-woman race between Abbigail Schleicher of Bradford (1:01.59) and Emily Bosworth of Bradford (1:01.87), the lone senior entered in the event.
4×100 relay: DuBois is the top seed at 52.61 followed by St. Marys, 53.40, and Bradford at 53.54
300-meter hurdles: Amana Hazel of Clearfield is the top seed at 48.48 followed by Maura Caskey of St. Marys (48.94). Hazel is the lone senior in this race and was fifth in Class 2A two years ago.
800 run: Hayes from St. Marys is the top seed and overwhelming favorite at 2:19.03. Brianna Grotzinger of St. Marys is seeded second at 2:25.19. Bosworth, the defending champion, checks in seeded fourth at 2:28.94
200 dash: Isabelle Caskey of St. Marys is the top seed at 27.19 and will be pushed by Schleicher of Bradford (27.74) and Fenice of DuBois (27.94). Fenice is the top returning place winner from two years ago having finished third, while Caskey was fourth as a freshman.
3,200 run: Morgan Roemer of DuBois is the top seed at 11:42.72 with the second seed 30 seconds behind her, Korie Dixon of Bradford (12:13.49). Johnson, the defending champion from St. Marys, checks is at 12:17.51 and is seeded third. It should be noted that Johnson ran an 11:54.82 as a sophomore two years ago.
4×400 relay: St. Marys is the top seed and heavy favorite at 4:12.10. Bradford is seeded second at 4:18.05
High Jump: Madelyn Crabtree of DuBois, Leah Colville of DuBois, and Kayelyn Eschrich of Bradford have all jumped 4-feet, 10-inches this year with Isabella Geist-Salone of DuBois having cleared 4-9. Geist-Salone was sixth and Colville seventh two years ago.
Pole Vault: Abigail Nuzzo of Bradford has cleared at 8-feet, 6-inches and is the top seed while Kara Longo and Mackenzie Lucas of Bradford, and Maddy Wittman of DuBois have all gone over at 8-0 this year. Lucas was third and Nuzzo fourth two years ago.
Long Jump: It’s an all underclassmen field with DuBois sophomore Peyton Grimm the top seed at 16-feet, 4-inches followed by a pair of freshman, St. Marys’ Maura Caskey (16-1) and DuBois’ Lauren Stroka (15-8 ½).
Triple Jump: Morgan Allman of DuBois, the lone senior, is the top seed at 33-feet, 3-inches with Taylor Hudson of Clearfield second (32-6) and Nuzzo of Bradford third (32-4). Allman was second as a sophomore two years ago.
Shot Put: Payton Bauer of St. Marys is the top seed and favorite with a top throw of 38-feet, 9-inches. Allyson Luke of Bradford is seeded second at 33-8. Luke was third and Bauer fourth two years ago.
Discus Bauer is an even bigger favorite here with a top throw of 107-feet, 7-inches. No one else is within 20 feet with Sophia Asp of Bradford seeded second at 85-10 and Luke third at 82-10. Bauer is throwing over 40 feet farther than her 10th-place throw of 63-4 as a freshman in 2019. Luke was ninth in 2019 and is the highest returning finisher.
Javelin:/strong> Nuzzo of Bradford is the top seed at 101-feet, 4-inches followed by Rylee Nicklas of St. Marys (95-5). Nuzzo was sixth in 2019.

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