NEW BETHLEHEM — In damp and cold weather, Brookville’s Ryan Thrush turned in another head-shaking performance at Thursday’s Redbank Valley Invitational.
The reigning PIAA Class AA 400-meter state champion actually ran his best outdoor time of his high school career at Redbank Valley High School, breaking his own school record set in the preliminary race at states last year and naturally the meet record with a time of 48.53 seconds.
Thrush ran a 48.57 in the 400 prelims at Shippensburg University last year, then won in the finals with a time of 48.71 seconds. During the indoor season over the winter, Thrush ran a 48.52 time.
Along with his blasting 400, Thrush won the 200 dash in 22.83 seconds then ran a 49.5 split in anchoring the Raiders’ 4x400 relay’s win in a second-best time of 3:31. Joining him on that foursome were John Frank, John Matheny and his freshman cousin Ian Thrush.
The Raiders had the best day among the area teams at the 16-team meet that also included DuBois and DuBois Central Catholic. They won six events with Bryan Dworek doubling in the long jump (20 feet, 9 inches) and the 4x100 relay with John Frank, Brandon McGranor and Ian Thrush. That relay also turned in a season-best time of 44.73 seconds.
Also winning for the Raiders was Seth Ray, who cleared 6 feet in the high jump. Ray was fourth in the long jump with another Raider, De-Angelo Coffey, finishing second behind Dworek by just 4 3/4 inches.
DuBois and DuBois Central Catholic each picked up a win. Beavers pole vaulter Matt Holben cleared 12 feet 3 inches for his win while DCC’s Linkin Nichols won the 800 run in 2:05.15. He was also sixth in the 3,200 run.
On the girls’ side, all three area teams picked up wins. Brookville’s Brooke Hummel was a triple-winner as the Lady Raiders won four events overall. Hummel won the 100 (13.14) and 200 (27.02) dashes while joining Dani MacBeth, and freshman twins Morgan and Madison Johnson on the winning 4x400 relay (4:17.68).
The other Lady Raiders win came from Madison Johnson in the long jump. She leaped 15 feet, 7 1/2 inches to tie Clarion’s Laken Lewis’ best mark, but won the tiebreaker with the next-best jump.
The Lady Beavers won two of the three relays and finished second in the other. The 4x800 relay started the day with a win in 10:35.49 and the foursome included Julie Marchioni, Trulee Stainbrook, Kyra Hoover and Jessica Smith. They also won the 4x100 in 53.28 seconds with the team of Izzy Beers, Maddy King, McKensy Peles and Reese Sayers. The runner-up 4x400 relay was comprised of Lauren Usaitis, Hoover, Smith and Sayers.
Both of DCC’s wins came from jumper Haley Frey, who took the triple jump (32 feet, 7 inches) and high jump (4 feet, 9 inches).
Other top-six finishers in the meet that did not award team titles:
— Brookville boys: Bryce Hooven threw a career-best 128 feet, 6 inches to finish second in the discus while pole vaulters Zak Gilbert and Zach Wildeson tied for second behind the Beavers’ Holben. Coffey was third in the triple jump while Dworek added a fourth in the 100 dash as did John Matheny in the 800 run. Levi Roseman qualified for districts in the 1,600 run with his fourth-palce finish. Braden MacBeth was fifth in the javelin and Ian Thrush finished sixth in the 200 dash.
— DuBois boys: Rick Lines was runner-up in the javelin with a throw of 159 feet, 10 inches, just over four feet shy of winner Dalton Anderson of Moniteau. Ken Garvey and Kyle Frantz were third and fifth in the 100 dash, Jeremy Fischer was fourth in the 3,200 run, and Jordan Meinard tied for fourth in the high jump and sixth in the long jump.
“Matt, Rick, and Kenny have been the strength of the team this season and today was no different,” said DuBois coach Brian Clinger. “I’m excited to see them perform at districts on Wednesday.”
— DCC boys: Ryan Little and Noah Vokes each had three top sixes. Little finished third in the 200 dash, fifth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 100 dash while Vokes was third in the long jump, fourth in the 110 hurdles and sixth in the triple jump.
— Brookville girls: MacBeth added a runner-up finish in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the long jump while Morgan Johnson was fourth in the 400 dash. Mattisen Drake and Megan Grant finished third and fourth in the pole vault, and Jillian Taylor was fourth in the 200 dash and sixth in the 100 dash. Kira Powell qualified for districts with her fourth in the shot put, Megan Grant was fifth in the high jump and Maley Zents finished sixth in the 200 dash.
— DuBois girls: Sayers added a second and third in the 100 and 200 dashes respectively while Beers was third in the 200 dash and Hoover finished sixth in the 400 dash. The Lady Beavers picked up two runner-up finishes from Jerica Fischer in the high jump (4 feet, 9 inches, more misses than DCC’s Frey) and Ashley McCluskey in the javelin (128 feet, 8 inches).
Brooke Quairiere was third in the 100 hurdles, Usaitis was fourth in the 800 run, Marchioni finished fifth in the 3,200 run, and Emalee Horner was runner-up in the 3,200 run (12:39.11) and third in the 1,600 run. In the 300 hurdles, Peles and King were fifth and sixth.
Crystal Clinger picked up two top-six finishes in the throws with a third in the shot put and sixth in the discus.
— DCC girls: Riley Meyers was runner-up in the 100 hurdles (17.07) and third in the 100 dash while Silvia Pisarchick was sixth in the 1,600 run.