BROOKVILLE — Combining for 12 wins and a handful of school, meet and facility records at last Saturday’s annual DeMans Team Sports Invitational, it was an obvious good day at the track for the hosts.
Most of those records belonged to Brookville athletes, so one couldn’t complain at all about the weather conditions. In all, five meet records were broke or tied and four of those broke facility marks, so the sun-splashed day with a slight tail-wind on the front-stretch made for an entertaining 20-team event.
But they weren’t able to follow anything up with a scheduled trip to Bradford canceled on Tuesday. Both teams are now off until next Tuesday’s meet at St. Marys.
At the Invite, the Raiders won eight events while the Lady Raiders captured wins in four events.
Junior Ian Thrush and senior Bryan Dworek starred for the Raiders. They finished 1-2 in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. They ran the fastest two times in meet, facility and team history in the 100 at 10.82 and 10.84 seconds.
In the 200, Thrush and Dworek ran the fastest two times in meet and school history at 21.75 and 22.08 seconds. Both surpassed Dave Andrews’ 19-year-old school mark of 22.14 and C-L’s Dan Alderton’s 18-year-old meet record of 22.64. Thrush was just shy of former Sheffield state champion Kalil Slaughter’s facility record of 21.70 seconds, although both Thrush and Dworek bested Slaughter’s facility record in the 100 of 10.88 seconds.
“I’m not sure if anyone fully understands how lucky that sprint group is to have each other to push them every day,” Raiders head coach Dan Murdock said. “Ian and Bryan both crushing the school records in the 100 and 200 in mid-April is fantastic. Again, it’s ahead of where I thought they would be. It changes my plans for the state meet a little. This is where I was hoping they would be in early to mid-May.”
Dworek, a returning state medalist in the long jump, set meet and facility records with a leap of 22 feet, 2 1/2 inches. He’s three inches shy of Vinny Dougherty’s school mark from 2011.
“We changed Bryan’s approach in the long jump to take advantage of his speed,” Murdock said. “He actually used a much shorter approach indoors, so there is some adjustment and it is just taking some time to get this new approach run. When we talk after the long jump each meet, he always says he feels like he can jump a foot farther. I think he can. He wants to jump 23 feet. A 10.84 100-meter run can do that.
“You have to consider he broke Vinny’s meet record by almost a foot and Vinny jumped 22-5 that year. Bryan is strong enough this year that meet where he gets six jumps will be helpful and allow him to hit one or two big jumps. He’s already at the point where he’s not happy with a 22-foot jump, so that’s a good problem to have.”
Then Thrush and Dworek combined with sophomore Jack Krug and senior Cabe Park to break the meet, school and facility marks in the 4x100 relay with a blistering time of 42.34 seconds. The foursome’s best going into the meet was 43.14 seconds. Thrush, Krug and Dworek return from last year’s fifth-place state medalist relay that ran its best time of 43.02 in the finals.
“The 4x1 guys asked me what national qualifying entailed,” Murdock said. “I told them it was 42.65, so they wrote that on the white board in the weight room and the amount of time they needed to drop to qualify each week. I’m not sure what they will put on there now.
“We have been talking about being in the hunt to win the 4x1 for a long time. That’s the ultimate goal. They are certainly in that picture. There are a few things to do, but they are setting themselves up to have a very good shot at that.”
Raiders senior Dillon Olson tied the meet record in winning the 300-meter hurdles in 39.92 seconds, equaling Port Allegany’s Nick Conway’s mark from 2012. Olson also won the 110 hurdles in 14.91 seconds, moving him up from No. 4 to No. 2 on the team’s honor roll.
“Dillon is running very well,” Murdock said. “Sub-15 and sub-40 were goals for him. I know he wanted sub 40 at this meet. He can break both school records. He’s definitely going after state medals. After being 11th and 9th last year, he knows what it takes and has put the work in. I enjoy watching him run. He continues to run solid lead-off legs in the 4x4, actually splitting faster than he did last year except for districts and states.
Olson, Thrush, Krug and senior Addison Singleton finished off the meet with a win in the 4x400 relay, crossing the line in 3:30.89. Jack Krug also won the 400 dash (52.07).
Also with high finishes were Park’s third-place finish in the 100 dash, Singleton’s fourth in the 300 hurdles, and a trio of top-four finishes from Cameron Hooven in the high jump (fourth), long jump (fourth) and triple jump (fifth).
“I’m very pleased with how Addison responded after the false start in the 110 hurdle finals. Once I talked with him, I realized that is on me,” Murdock said. “Despite that, he came back and ran his fastest 300 race of his life then split about 2.5 seconds faster than he has ever run in the 4x4. Coming back from a disappointment like that shows a lot about a kid. That was great to see.
“Cameron continues to be a factor in all three jumps. His high jump is just a matter of timing. He has the hops to be a 6-4 or better jumper. His technique is progressing. Long and triple, we are working out his approach run. He has the potential to do very well in those events and get to states in all three. He hasn’t had his breakthrough day yet, but that’s OK. It’s still pretty early.
Bryce Baughman had the Raiders’ other top-six finish in the 3,200 run. The Raiders were without their top distance runner in returning state qualifier Ethan Brentham (injury) and Kyle MacBeth (school function), a 4x400 relay regular who would’ve been the top seed in the javelin.
“We had nice improvements in a lot of other areas, but unfortunately they don’t stand out when those other kids are running those kind of times,” Murdock said. “I was glad to have Braden (MacBeth) back (in the javelin). He’s not comfortable with his release yet, but for a first full throw he’s good. He will be one of the top jav throwers in the district, he just needs more reps.”
win four events
Also turning in a solid day were the Lady Raiders, who got wins from Brooke Quairiere, Dani MacBeth and Mattisen Drake along with the 4x100 relay.
Quairiere won the 100 hurdles (16.0) while MacBeth won the 300 hurdles (49.3) to go along with a third in the long jump.
MacBeth, Morgan and Madison Johnson, and Morgan Monnoyer combined to win the 4x100 in 51.12 seconds, almost a second ahead of Bradford.
“We were hoping for Dani to go under 50 in the 300s and Brooke to get down to 16 and they did,” Lady Raiders head coach Doug Roseman said. “I’m very happy with how they are coming along. Both should be contenders at districts. Our 4x100 continues to look very good and they still haven’t run their best race yet.”
Drake was the lone pole vaulter to get over 10 feet.
“Mattisen in vaulting really well, especially for this early in the year. She put in a lot of work this winter and it shows,” Roseman said.
Although it didn’t win, the 4x400 relay of Emily Martz, MacBeth, and Madison and Morgan Johnson turned in a season-best run of 4:14.05. Bradford won the race with a meet-record time of 4:10.78, breaking DuBois’ record of 4:11.54 from 2009.
“Our 4x4 is looking strong and ahead of last year’s pace,” Roseman said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a team run 4:14 in April before. They have the potential to drop significant time by the end of the year.”
The Lady Raiders had several other top-six finishes, which got award ribbons. No team standings were kept.
On the track, Madison Johnson was fourth in both the long jump and 100 dash while Morgan Johnson added a fifth in the 200 dash. Madison McAninch finished fifth in the 400 dash while the 4x800 relay of Aubrey Noble, Elissa McNeil, Emma Afton and Samantha Hetrick.
Sydney Miller and Cheyenne Gotwald finished 3-4 in the javelin with Gotwald qualifying for districts with her career-best throw of 103 feet, 10 inches, just behind Miller’s 105-4. Laynee Sorbin tied for fifth in the high jump.
“It was a great day the whole way around,” Roseman said. “I thought the sprinters, hurdlers and relays looked especially strong. I was also happy with how the throwers are progressing. I was happy to see Cheyenne qualify in the javelin and move into eighth place on the honor roll, and Syndey continues to be one of the top javelin throwers in the district.
“Our big push now will be to get qualified in a few more events. Our distance runners are getting close. Laynee is very close in the triple. Madison is close in the 400.”
Other odds and ends from the Invite:
— Thrush and Oswayo Valley’s Sara McKean won the Clint Puller Memorial awards for their outstanding performances. McKean won the triple jump (35 feet, 4 3/4 inches) and long jump (17 feet, 1/4 inch) while finishing second to Bradford’s Regan Johnson in the 100 and 200 dashes.
Johnson finished second to McKean in the long jump and ran on the runner-up 4x100 relay that finished behind the Lady Raiders.
— Redbank Valley’s Sam Hetrick, after breaking his own school-record mark in the high jump at 6 feet, 6 inches in last Tuesday’s meet at Moniteau, bested it at Brookville when he cleared 6 feet, 7 inches. That also broke a 14-year-old meet and facility record of 6 feet, 6 1/4 inches held by Kiski Area’s Jared Williams.
— Other boys’ winners: Ben Hoffman and Jacob Carnovale, the returners from ECC’s fifth-place state-medaling 4x800 relay, combined with John Wittman and Joe Wolfe to win the 4x800 Saturday with a 8:25.01. Carnovale also won the 1,600 run (4:39.61) and Hoffman won the 3,200 run (9:56.18).
St. Marys’ Adam Park had a productive day in the throws. He doubled with wins in the shot put (49 feet, 2 inches) and discus (161 feet, 3 inches) while adding a third in the javelin.
DuBois Central Catholic’s Linkin Nichols won the 800 run, finishing in 2:03.91.
Other event winners for the boys were Keystone’s Brody Coleman in the triple jump (43 feet, 5 inches), Bradford’s Steven Kellem in the pole vault (13 feet, 6 inches) and Kane’s Aaron Hottel in the javelin (165 feet, 4 inches).
— Other girls’ winners: Johnsonburg’s returning state runner-up Skylar Sherry won the javelin with a throw of 125 feet, 5 inches. She also added a second in the shot put.
Elk County Catholic’s Taylor Newton, also a returning state medalist, won the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 4 inches.
Other winners were Warren’s Lydia Latimer in the 400 dash (1:01.63) and Naomi Hahn in the 1,600 (5:27.96) and 3,200 (12:02.99) runs. Bradford won the 4x800 relay (10:05.31) while Coudersport’s Rosalyn Page doubled in the discus (106 feet, 1 inch) and shot put (32 feet, 7 1/2 inches).