BROOKVILLE — One couldn’t complain at all about the weather conditions at Saturday’s DeMans Team Sports Track and Field Invitational at Brookville Area High School. And judging by the performances, none of the athletes had an issues either.
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.
Junior Ian Thrush and senior Bryan Dworek starred for the host 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Two other records fell Saturday that didn’t involve Brookville athletes. 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.
The other meet record broken came from Bradford’s 4x400 girls’ relay of Erica Marshall, Mikah Watkins, Hannah Lary and Emily Bosworth. Their time of 4:10.78 clipped DuBois’ record of 4:11.54 from 2009 by almost a second. Bradford holds the facility record with a 4:05.52 at the D-9 Class 3A meet in 2007.
Thrush was the boys’ winner of the Clint Puller Memorial Award for the outstanding performance of the meet. The girls’ nod went to Oswayo Valley’s Sara McKean, who 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’ foursome of Morgan Monnoyer, Madison Johnson, Dani MacBeth and Morgan Johnson. They crossed the line in 51.12 seconds.
Area teams or athletes won six other events on the boys’ side, three of them from Elk County Catholic.
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.
For the girls, area teams or athletes won five other events, three of them by the host Lady Raiders. Brooke Quairiere won the 110 hurdles in 16 seconds, MacBeth won the 300 hurdles in 49.3 seconds and Mattisen Drake cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault.
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 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).
For the girls, 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).
For complete results, check the Scoreboard on Page B6.