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McDowell’s Knott Shatters Butler Invitational Meet Record in Pole Vault

Photo courtesy Oil City Track & Field

BUTLER, Pa. – McDowell’s Kalli Knott smashed the meet record in the pole vault, capping a banner day for District 10 and District 9 athletes at the 56th annual Butler Invitational Girls Meet on Saturday. 

Knott cleared 12-5, shattering the previous record of 11-11 set by Taylor Weaver of Butler in 2017. Oil City’s Emma Horn was fourth in the event. 

Six other District 10 athletes – Grove City’s Abby Steffler, Fairview’s Maddison Hayes, Hickory’s Aniyah Anderson, Slippery Rock’s Gianna Bedel, and Maryann Ackerman and North East’s Mercede Myers all took first-place finishes. 

Anderson won the 100 hurdles (15.11), Steffler the 800 (2:17.14), Hayes the 1600 (5:06.27), Bedel the high jump (5-5), Myers the shot put (36-3), and Ackerman the javelin 140-1. 

Anderson added a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles. 

The 800 was dominated by D10 and D9, as St. Marys’ Samantha Hayes was second, Fairview’s Isabel Owens third, Wilmington’s Grace Mason fourth and St. Marys’ Samantha Grotzinger sixth. 

Slippery Rock’s Anna Kadlubek was fourth in both the 100 and 200 and seventh in the 400. Ackerman added a fifth in the discus. 

Hickory’s Christie Boren was fourth in the 400 and Paige Griffith third in the high jump. 

Wilmington’s Lindsey Martineau was fifth in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles. Wilmington added a second-place finish in the 1600 relay. 

Slippery Rock finished third in the team standings among 41 teams, while Wilmington was sixth and Hickory seventh. 

Full results can be found here.

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