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BROOKVILLE â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Crusader and Lady Crusader track and field squads competed along with the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch and the Johnsonburg Area Rams and Ramettes in the District 9-AA track and field championships at Brookville Area High School on Friday afternoon.
The Lady Crusaders placed second in the team race with 77 points while Johnsonburg Area was fourth with 50 and St. Marys Area was seventh with 35. The Brookville Area Lady Raiders won the girls' title with 108 points, followed by Elk Catholic 77, Kane 61, Johnsonburg 50, Northern Potter 42, Cranberry 36, St. Marys Area 35, Clarion Area, Karns City 26, DuBois Area Catholic 15, Moniteau, Coudersport 11, North Clarion and Port Allegany 10, Cameron County 8, Clarion Limestone and A-C Valley 6, Keystone 5, Curwensville 4, Sheffield 2.5, Redbank Valley 2, and Smethport and Oswayo Valley 1.
The Crusaders placed third in the team race with 48 points while Johnsonburg was 11th with 29.5. The Kane Area Wolves won the team title with 55 points, followed by Port Allegany 50, Elk Catholic 48, North Clarion and Clarion Area 44, Sheffield 42, Oswayo Valley 40, Cranberry 34, Moniteau 31, Brookville 30, Johnsonburg 29.5, Keystone and Redbank Valley 25, Karns City and Northern Potter 19, Coudersport 17.5, and Union and Otto-Eldred 2.
Elk County Catholic finished the day with three District champions. Sophomore Kennedy Weisner won both the 800 meter run and the 1600 meter run, setting new district records in both events. In the girls' 800 run, Weisner finished with a time of 2:12.59, besting the record she set last year of 2:17.84. In the girls' 1600 run, Weisner had a time of 4:56.84, beating the previous record of 4:58.64 that had stood since 1989.
Freshman Nicole Florio also won her first District title as she finished in first place in the girls' high jump with a height of 5'2". Florio was also part of the relay team that finished third in the girls' 4x400 meter relay in a time of 4:11.76. Other members of the team were sophomore Emma Daghir, and freshmen Sydnie Stauffer and Kirstie Wehler.
The lone District champion for the Crusader squad was senior Jake Herbstritt, who won the boys' high jump with a height of 6'5". Herbstritt was also sixth in the boys' long jump with a distance of 19'4.5".
The Lady Dutch finished the day with one individual District championship and a relay team championship.
Junior Adair Gennocro won the girls' 3200 meter run in a time of 11:13.99. She also was a district qualifier in the girls' 1600 meter run, finishing second behind Weisner. Additionally, Gennocro was a member of the St. Marys Area relay team that won the District title in the 4x800 meter relay in a time of 9:44.24. Other members of the relay team are senior Sloan Foster, junior Shannon Bridges, and freshman Lauren McAnany. Bridges and Foster also finished third and sixth, respectively, in the girls' 800 meter run.
Lady Crusader Abbi Petrosky, a senior, also qualified for the PIAA state meet with a runner-up finish in the girls' 100 meter hurdles in a time of 16.57. Petrosky was also third in the girls' 300 meter hurdles in a time of 47.93.
Lady Crusaders Victoria Dippold, a freshman, and Maggie Sorg, a senior, were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the girls' 3200 meter run. Sorg was also a part of the girls' 4x800 meter relay team that finished third in a time of 10:09.11. Other members of the team were juniors Cassie Thompson and Morgan Onink, and sophomore Danielle Healy.
Lady Crusader senior Jess Franco was sixth in the girls' pole vault with a high of 9'.
Freshman Kirstie Wehler was fourth in the girls' triple jump for ECC with a distance of 34'5.75', and fourth in the girls' long jump with a distance of 16'1.75".
ECC's Elizabeth Nicklas was third in the girls' shot put with a distance of 35'6.5".
Crusader junior Ryan Detsch qualified for the PIAA state meet with a runner-up finish in the boys' 800 meter run in a time of 2:04.7.
Senior Caleb Lecker also gave the Crusaders another state qualifier with a second place finish in the boys' 3200 meter run in a time of 10:05.27.
Lecker and Detsch also qualified for states as members of ECC's boys' 4x800 relay team along with senior Joe Hoffman and freshman Drew Bille. The team finished second in their event in a time of 8:21.37.
The Crusader 4x100 relay team of seniors Sam Mosebarger, Michael Jacob, Jake Herbstritt, and Joe Georgino finished fourth in their event in a time of 45.96.
Georgino and Jacob were also part of ECC's 4x400 relay team, along with Lecker and Detsch. The team finished fourth in a time of 3:37.09.
ECC sophomore Corey Koss was fourth in the boys' pole vault with a height of 12'6".
Johnsonburg senior Michael Shuey qualified for the PIAA state meet in two events. He was the runner up in both the boys' high jump with a height of 6'2", and in the boys' javelin with a throw of 189'08". Shuey was also third in the boys' discus with a throw of 134'10".
Junior Rhianon Fowler also qualified for states with a second place finish in the girls' long jump with a distance of 16'8.25". Fowler was also third in the 100 meter dash in a time of 13:03.
Freshman Rachel Guyer was third in the girls' 3200 run in a time of 11:40.98.
Chelsea Benson, a sophomore, was third in the girls' 100 meter hurdles in a time of 16.88 and fifth in the girls' 300 meter hurdles in a time of 49.52.
The Rammettes were fourth in the girls' 4x100 meter relay in a time of 52.12. Members of the team were senior Kiesha Dornish, juniors Rhianon Fowler and Marianne Aboussou, and sophomore Emily Dubler.
Johnsonburg was also fourth in the girls' 4x400 meter relay in a time of 4:18.53. Members of the team were junior Abby Lampman, sophomores Chelsea Benson and Gabbi Benninger, and freshman Taylor Wolfe.
The Ramettes were also fourth in the girls' 4x800 meter relay in a time of 10:25.78. Members of the team were sophomores Kathryn Polaski and Angela DeAngelo, and freshmen Taylor Wolfe and Rachel Guyer.
Benninger was also fifth in the girls' triple jump with a distance of 34'0.25".
Freshman Ashley Imbrogno finished fourth in both the girls' discus and girls' javelin. In the discus, Imbrogno had a throw of 99'06", while in the javelin she had a throw of 113".
Johnsonburg senior Cody Schreiber tied for fifth in the boys' pole vault with a height of 12'06".
A complete list of Friday's District 9-AA track and field championship results will be published in Monday's edition of The Daily Press.