KANE — This year’s District 9 Class AAA Track and Field Championships will be held Wednesday at Kane Area High School.
Athletes compete for a berth at the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University May 23-24 by either winning one of the 18 events or qualifying by reaching a state qualifying standard.
Not counting the three relays, only three of the remaining 15 events have defending champions — Punxsutawney’s Thomas Renwick and Perry Arrington in the long jump and pole vault respectively, and St. Marys’ Josh Burns in the 110-meter hurdles.
100 dash: DuBois’ Matthew Nedzinski (11.38) is the top seed. He was second last year after winning as a sophomore in 2012. Bradford sophomore Noah Whittemore is seeded second.
200 dash: Nedzinski is also the top seed at 22.78 seconds. He was runner-up last year after winning the race in 2012 as a sophomore. He’s the only runner under 23 seconds so far and as in the 100 dash, Bradford’s Whittemore is the second seed.
400 dash: Nedzinski is the top seed at 51.19 seconds. Whittemore is the top returning finisher after placing third last year as a freshman. He’s the third seed at 51.95 seconds. DuBois’ Dante Dawson (51.84) is the second seed while 2012 champion Kevin Hughes of Punxsutawney is seeded fourth.
800 run: DuBois’ Micah Cantaral is the top seed and only runner under 2:00 this year at 1:59.54. Punxsutawney’s Eric Ingros, last year’s runner-up, is seeded fourth.
1,600 run: DuBois’ Cantaral is the top seed at 4:28.8 by almost 12 seconds over second-seeded Alec Freeman of Clearfield.
3,200 run: Clearfield’s Freeman is the top seed at 10:18 by over 18 seconds over Punxsutawney’s Bo Dinger, last year’s runner-up.
110 hurdles: St. Marys’ Josh Burns is the defending champ and the top seed at 15.27 seconds. No other runner has gotten under 16 seconds this year.
300 hurdles: Burns is also the top seed at 41.27 seconds. Last year’s sixth-place finisher is the lone hurdler under 42 seconds.
4×100 relay: DuBois (45.5), the defending champion, is the top seed.
4×400 relay: Bradford (3:36.4) is the top seed.
4×800 relay: Punxsutawney (8:35.24) is the top seed.
Long jump: Punxsutawney’s Renwick is the defending champion and top seed at 21 feet, 8 inches. Four other jumpers are over 20 feet — Punxsutawney freshman Ethan Riley, Bradford’s Zeshon Veite, Punxsutawney’s Brycen Lunger and DuBois’ Dante Dawson.
Triple jump: Punxsutawney’s Ryan Presloid is the top seed at 41 feet, 6 inches. Punxsutawney’s Lunger is seeded second at 41-3 and Clearfield’s Grant Climie is the third seed at 40 feet, 11 ½ inches.
High jump: Bradford’s Veite is the only jumper to clear 5 feet, 11 inches so far. Punxsutawney freshman Brady Snyder and Clearfield’s David McKenzie have cleared 5 feet, 10 inches.
Pole Vault: Punxsutawney’s Arrington is the defending champion and he’s seeded second at 12 feet, 6 inches. The top seed is Bradford’s Justin Keller at 13 feet, 1 inch. He lost to Arrington in the finals last year on the less misses tiebreaker.
Shot put: Freshman Thomas Bojalad of St. Marys is the top seed at 44 feet, 9 inches. DuBois’ Curt Norris is second at 44 feet, 7 inches. They’re the only two over 43 feet this year.
Discus: DuBois’ Norris is the top seed at 134 feet, 9 inches. Bojalad is seeded second and last year’s runner-up Jeremy Athlestone of DuBois is seeded fifth.
Javelin: DuBois’ Gabe French is the top seed at 161 feet, 2 ½ inches. He was runner-up last year by two inches. DuBois’ Athelstone is seeded second. Punxsutawney’s William Curtis is the only other thrower over 150 feet.
Plenty of champions return, 12 of the 15 individual events, giving the meet some star power.
100 dash: DuBois’ Tanya Davies is the defending champion and she’s seeded fourth this year. Bradford’s Ann Confer is the top seed at 13.03 seconds with DuBois’ Chereese Langley, the 2012 champ, seeded second at 13.04 seconds.
200 dash: DuBois’ Langley is the top seed at 26.64 seconds and the only runner under 27 seconds. Two-time defending champion Brianna Heichel is seeded third and Punxsutawney’s Juliann Boddorf is the second seed.
400 dash: Punxsutawney’s Boddorf is the defending champion and the top seed at 59.93 seconds. She’s the only runner under 1:01.
800 run: DuBois’ Kate Sutter is the defending champion and seeded seventh. Bradford’s Kristen Gardner, third last year, is the top seed at 2:19.34 by over seven seconds over Clearfield sophomore Claire Mikesell.
1,600 run: DuBois’ Sutter is the defending champion but isn’t running in the event this year. Bradford’s top-seeded Makaila Banka, last year’s runner-up, is seeded by 17 seconds over second-seeded Payton McAninch of DuBois.
3,200 run: Bradford’s defending champion Banka is the top seed by 19 seconds over teammate Riley Crissman. Last year’s runner-up Kayla Brennan of DuBois is the third seed.
100 hurdles: Bradford’s Ali Rinfrette, third last year, is the top seed at 16.59 seconds. Second-seeded Cassidy O’Donnell of DuBois, second last year, is seeded second at 16.74 seconds.
300 hurdles: O’Donnell and Rinfrette finished 1-2 last year and they’re seeded in reverse order this year, Rinfrette at 47.06 and O’Donnell at 50.32.
4×100 relay: DuBois is the returning champion and Radford last year’s runner-up. They share the same time of 51 seconds.
4×400 relay: Bradford and DuBois finished 1-2 last year and they’re seeded the same way this year at 4:12.55 and 4:18 respectively.
4×800 relay: Clearfield and DuBois finished 1-2 last year and they’re seeded the same way this year at 10:03.54 to 10:10.77.
Long jump: DuBois’ Dayna DeSalve is the top seed at 16 feet, 10 inches. Punxsutawney’s Alli Lunger is the only other jump over 16 feet at 16 feet, 1 ½ inches.
Triple jump: DuBois’ DeSalve is also the top seed at 35 feet, 1 inch. She’s the only jumper over 33 feet. Bradford’s Liz Coppella is seeded second at 32 feet, 9 inches.
High jump: Bradford’s Ann Confer is the defending champion and shares the top seed with teammate Haley Vinelli at 4 feet, 11 inches.
Pole vault: Bradford’s Coppella is the two-time defending champion and heavily favored to win again as the top seed at 10 feet, 9 inches. No other vaulter has gone over eight feet.
Shot put: Punxsutawney’s Alexis Minich is the defending champion and second seed at 32 feet, 6 inches. DuBois’ Courtney Kunselman (33-4) is the top seed who finished second to Minich last year. They’re the only putters over 32 feet.
Discus: Punxsutawney’s Minich is the defending champion and top seed at 108 feet, 6 inches. She’s the only thrower over 100 feet. DuBois’ Kunselman is seeded second.
Javelin: Clearfield’s Sarah Lash is the defending champion and seeded second at 111 feet, 1 inch behind top-seeded Chelsea Madore of Bradford. She owns the top throw at 112 feet, 6 inches. Punxsutawney’s Rachel Barnett (102-8) is the only other thrower over 100 feet.