The Elk County Catholic Crusaders and Lady Crusaders both claimed District 9-AA Track and Field titles on Friday afternoon at the Kane Area High School Track and Field complex.
The Crusaders scored 61 points in the boys' meet to claim the title over second-place finisher Brookville Area with 55 points. Clarion Area was third with 49 points, followed by North Clarion 43, Kane Area 42, Port Allegany 41, Sheffield 38, Johnsonburg Area 32, Northern Potter 30, Cranberry 28, Karns City 27, Oswayo Valley 26, Coudersport 19, Clarions Limestone 18, Moniteau 17, Smethport Area 16, Keystone 9, Redbank Valley 4, DuBois Area Catholic 2 and A-C Valley 1.
The Lady Crusaders won the girls' division by a single point over the Brookville Lady Raiders. ECCH recorded 98 points to finish first, while Brookville came in with 97 points to finish second. Kane Area was third with 58 points, followed by Northern Potter 48, St. Marys Area 44, Clarion Limestone 26, Johnsonburg 25.33, Cranberry 25, Karns City 25, Oswayo Valley 22, DuBois Area Catholic 20, North Clarion 12, Moniteau 11.33, A-C Valley 9, Clarion 9, Coudersport 8, Cameron County 6, Smethport 6, Redbank Valley 4.33, Port Allegany 3 and Keystone 1.
The Lady Crusaders qualified nine people for the PIAA State Tournament next weekend in Shippensburg, while the Crusaders qualified four people. St. Marys Area's Lady Dutch qualified five people for the state tourney, while Johnsonburg qualified three.
"I would like to say how proud I am of all of the team members for their fine performances today," said John Schneider, ECCHS head coach. "Special acknowledgement goes to the young men and ladies who advanced to states. Everyone on the team shares in our teams' victories tonight, with some of the heroes of the night being those individuals picking up the third, fourth, fifth and sixth places. Their efforts made a big difference in the team competition. "Special acknowledgement also goes to Megan Dornisch for her new record in the discus, surpassing a 1984 record. We have another week to work to improve before the state meet next week. I am looking forward to some good results there," added Schneider.
The Lady Dutch recorded three first places on Friday as Shelby Zomcik won the pole vault, Adair Gennocro the 3200 run and the team of Megan Barber, Gennocro, Sloan Foster and Shannon Bridges claimed first place in the 4x800 relay. Gennocro also qualified for the state tournament in the 1600 as she finished second.
The Lady Crusaders won four first places, with Megan Dornisch and Kennedy Weisner both winning two firsts. Dornisch set a new district record in winning the discus and also won the shot put event. Weisner won both the 1600 and 800 runs. Lady Crusaders qualifying for the PIAA event with second-place finishes were: Molly Eshbach in the long jump, Abbi Petrosky in the 100-meter hurdles, Ellie Petrosky in the shot put, and the 4x400 relay team of A. Petrosky, Emily Gregory, Tess Onink and Helen Danz.
The Crusaders claimed two first places, with Jared Schaut winning the 300-meter hurdles and the 4x400 team of Dan Steudler, Schaut, Michael Jacob and Mitchel Haberberger taking first in their relay.
Johnsonburg's Trevor Miller (shot put) and Michael Shuey (javelin) won first places, while Kiesha Dornish claimed a second in the javelin to qualify for the State Tournament.
More details and photos will be published in Monday's edition of The Daily Press.