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BROOKVILLE, Pa. – It was a fantastic day to be a Brookville Raider.
The host school dominated the District 9 Class 2A track and field championships, with the boys outdistancing second-place Coudersport, 111.5-80, and the girls comfortably winning as well with 81 points, nearly 20 ahead of second-place Punxsutawney at 61.33.
They also swept the Jim Manners MVP awards, with Kyle MacBeth taking home the boys’ honors and Morgan Monnoyer on the girls’ side.
The title was the fourth in a row for the boys and the second straight for the girls.
“It was frustrating (not to compete last year),” MacBeth said. “Today we put it all together. Already on a day like today, you want to give it your all, but then you think about not having last year and there’s just all this build-up, it really does make a difference.”
MacBeth shined on both the track and the field, winning the 400 and javelin, and also was on the winning 4×100 relay team with Brayden Kunselman, Jack Krug, and Jace Miner. He was also on the 4×400 relay team that finished third.
Monnoyer, meanwhile, was a force in the sprints. She won the 100 and 200 and was also on the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. She was joined on the 4×100 team by Rylee Stancliffe, Julie Monnoyer, and Emily Martz and the 4×400 team with Sadie Shofestall, Stancliffe, and Martz.
“It feels really good,” Monnoyer said. “I was really nervous about all my events. There was definitely more competition than I thought there was going to be.”
Macbeth edged David Stamm of Moniteau 179-6 to 178-4 in the javelin and beat Dalton Keglovits of Coudersport, 51.17 to 51.74. Keglovits went on to win the pole vault by clearing 13-0, topping Kane’s Josh Greville, winning on fewer misses.
The 4×100 team ran a time of 43.76, besting second-place Coudersport (44.47).
Monnoyer, meanwhile, ran a time of 12.93 in the 100 to beat Cranberry’s Lailya Russell by .15 and followed that up with 26.86 in the 200. Annasophia Stauffer of Johnsonburg (27.38).
The 4×100 team coasted to victory, while the 4×400 team closed the day with a time of 4:17.08, with Johnsonburg right behind at 4:17.08.
Monnoyer and MacBeth were brilliant, and there were others as well.
For the girls, Oswayo Valley’s Cheyenne Mehl won the 800 by over two seconds and outlasted Punxsy’s Olivia Roberts (who also took second in the 800) 5:22.75 to 5:24.55.
Johnsonburg’s Chloe Trumbull won the 100 hurdles (16.60) by nearly a full second over Stancliffe, who she again beat in the 300 hurdles for first.
Then, there were the freshmen, three of whom – Sheffield’s Emily Foster (high jump), Redbank Valley’s Claire Henry (pole vault), and Elk County Catholic Tori Newton (javelin) – won gold.
Foster cleared 5-2 in the high jump to win by two inches, while Henry cleared 9-0 in the pole vault and Newton uncorked a throw of 122-4 in the javelin to beat second-place Ashley Fox of Karns City by over four feet.
North Clarion’s Evelyn Lerch, meanwhile, ran a blistering time of 1:01.29 to win by almost two full seconds over Martz (1:03.21).
Cranberry’s Kalynne Ziegler (11:55.33) won the 3200 by nearly 10 seconds.
Back to the field, Clarion-Limestone junior Brooke Kessler won the long jump with a leap of 16-4 ¾, beating A-C Valley’s Baylee Blauser 15-7 ¾ , who was battling an injury.
Moniteau’s Rylee Long (34- ¾) edged Brookville’s Laynee Sorbin (33-9 ¼) to win the triple jump, while Punxsutawney’s Mackenzie Martin had a throw of 40-1 ¼ to top Coudy’s Roz Page.
Page went on to win the discus with a throw of 116-10, with Sheffield’s Emily Leichtenberger coming in second at 105-6.
Back to the boys, Macbeth’s teammate, Jack Krug was another standout performer.
Krug won the 100 (11.01) over teammate Jace Miner (11.22) and again edged Miner in the 200, 22.54 to 22.92.
Keystone’s Koby Buzard won a pair of thrilling races in the 1600 and 800. He came from behind to win the 1600 in 4:33.32 over Elk County Catholic’s Joe Wolfe (4:33.79) and Cranberry’s Matt Woolcock (4:33.90).
In the 800, he ran a time of 2:04.60 to beat Aaron Myers of Johnsonburg (2:05.54) and Landon Schamder of DuBois Central Catholic.
Much like the girls’ side, the hurdles were a clean sweep, courtesy of Punxsutawney junior Tyler Elliott, who ran a time of 15.31 in the finals, with Brookville’s Ian Pete coming in second (15.90). In the 300s, he clocked in at 40.90, with Moniteau’s Alex Bell coming in second at 41.74.
The 3200 was another race that came right down to the finish. Wolfe once again came in second (9:58.87) to Punxsutawney’s Aiden McLaughlin (9:57.52).
The Kane team of Jack Bell, Josh Buhl, Greville, and Zuke Smith was impressive in winning the 4×400 with a time of 3:30.65, with Coudersport (3:33.10) coming in second.
Just like in the girls’ meet, it was a freshman who won the high jump, Union’s Hayden Smith, who cleared 6-4. Johnsonburg’s RJ Miller came in second at 6-3.
Tanner Merwin of A-C Valley won the long jump at 21-11, won of three to meet state qualifying standards, along with Kane’s Smith (21-7 ¼) and Cranberry’s JT Stahlman (21-7).
Cam Russell of Cranberry won the triple jump with an impressive leap of 44-8, with Smethport’s Ryli Burritt coming in second with a state-qualifying standard of 44-1.
Coudersport’s Cale Ayers uncorked a personal best throw of 57-2 ¼ to beat Karns City’s Nathan Waltman for the shot put title.
Ayers came in second to Redbank Valley’s Cam Wagner in the discus, with both having throws that would make them contenders at the state championships next Friday. Wagner went 157-1 and Ayers 152-1.
The PIAA championships in Class 2A will all take place on one day, next Friday, May 28 at Shippensburg University, beginning at 9 a.m.