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D9 Class 3A Track and Field Championships: DuBois’ Nedzinski, Bradford’s Confer lead teams to titles

KANE — Streaks must come to an end at some point.

In the team title races at Wednesday night’s District 9 Class AAA Championships, the DuBois boys ended Bradford’s 15-year run as champion while the Bradford girls ended DuBois’ six-year reign.

Individually, the James Manners Award winners for outstanding performances were DuBois senior Matthew Nedzinski for the boys and Bradford senior Ann Confer for the girls.

Nedzinski won the 100- and 400-meter dashes, ran a leg on the winning 4×100 relay and placed second in the 200 dash. Confer won the 100 dash with a meet-record time, the high jump and finished second in the long jump by ¼ of an inch. She also ran a leg on the runner-up 4×100 relay.

Nedzinski’s efforts helped the Beavers end the Owls’ title run and give DuBois its first team title since 1992. Punxsutawney was the last team other than Bradford to win the team title back in 1998.

Other Beavers titles came from Micah Cantaral in the 800 and 1,600 runs, Curt Norris in the discus and Gabe French in the javelin. Wesley Russell, Kevin Foley and Dante Dawson joined Nedzinski on the winning 4×100 relay.

Runner-up Bradford got titles from Noah Whittemore in the 200 dash, Zeshon Veite in the high jump and Justin Keller in the pole vault.

Punxsutawney had Thomas Renwick defend his long jump title and Ryan Presloid win the triple jump. The Chucks also won the 4×400 and 4×800 relays. Seth Burkett and Eric Ingros were in both relays, joining Hughes and Zach Moore in the 4×400, and Jared Meterko and Luke Fugate in the 4×800.

For St. Marys, Ryan Burns was a double-winner in both hurdles races and Thomas Bojalad won the shot put.

The Lady Owls won seven other events to go along with Confer’s resume. Ali Rinfrette won the 300 hurdles, ran a leg on the winning 4×400 relay with Haley Vinelli, Kristen Gardner and Brianna Wells, and finished second in the 100 hurdles and third in the long jump.

Makaila Banka doubled with wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, defending her title in the 3,200. Liz Coppella won her third straight pole vault title, Gardner won the 800 run and Chelsea Madore won the javelin.

The runner-up Lady Beavers got a double-win effort from Dayna DeSalve, who won the long and triple jumps. Chereese Langley won the 200 dash, but also qualified for states on time with a runner-up finish in the 100 dash. Courtney Kunselman won the shot put and Cassidy O’Donnell won the 100 hurdles.

Punxsutawney got a pair of wins from Alexis Minich, who defended her discus title, and Juliann Boddorf, who won her second straight title in the 400 dash.

Clearfield’s lone win came from its 4×800 relay of Lauren Conrad, Rachel Glenny, Sierra Luzier and Claire Mikesell.

All champions and qualifiers advance to the PIAA Championships May 23-24 at Shippensburg University.


Complete Results

Team Standings: DuBois (122), Bradford (95), Punxsutawney (93), St. Marys (3, 5), Clearfield (30).

100 dash: Matthew Nedzinski (DuBois), 11.09.

200 dash: Noah Whittemore (Bradford), 23.08.

400 dash: Matthew Nedzinski (DuBois), 52.46.

800 run: Micah Cantaral (DuBois), 2:02.89

1,600 run: Micah Cantaral (DuBois), 4:42.39.

3,200 run: Alec Freeman (Clearfield), 10:29.79.

110 hurdles: Josh Burns (St. Marys), 14.95.

300 hurdles: Josh Burns (St. Marys), 40.86.

4×100 relay: DuBois (Matthew Nedzinski, Wesley Russell, Kevin Foley, Dante Dawson), 45.68.

4×400 relay: Punxsutawney (Seth Burkett, Eric Ingros, Zach Moore, Kevin Hughes), 3:35.35.

4×800 relay: Punxsutawney (Seth Burkett, Jared Meterko, Luke Fugate, Eric Ingros), 8:27.79.

High jump: Zeshon Veite (Bradford), 5-11.

Long jump: Thomas Renwick (Punxsutawney), 20-5.75.

Triple jump: Ryan Presloid (Punxsutawney), 42-3.50.

Pole Vault: Justin Keller (Bradford), 13-3.

Shot Put: Tom Bojalad (St. Marys), 45-3.

Discus: Curt Norris (DuBois), 134-9.

Javelin: Gabe French (DuBois), 165-2.


Complete Results

Team Standings: Bradford (110), DuBois (92), Punxsutawney (40), Clearfield (33).

100 dash: Ann Confer (Bradford), 12.57 (Breaks Meet Record). Also qualifying: Chereese Langley (DuBois), 12.60.

200 dash: Chereese Langley (DuBois), 26.36.

400 dash: Juliann Boddorf (Punxsutawney), 58.86.

800 run: Kristen Gardner (Bradford), 2:25.48.

1,600 run: Makaila Banka (Bradford), 5:36.5.

3,200 run: Makaila Banka (Bradford), 12:33.80.

100 hurdles: Cassidy O’Donnell (DuBois), 15.95.

300 hurdles: Ali Rinfrette (Bradford), 47.68.

4×100 relay: DuBois (Dayna DeSalve, Courtney Chandler, Tanya Davies, Chereese Langley), 50.99.

4×400 relay: Bradford (Haley Vinelli, Kristen Gardner, Brianna Wells, Ali Rinfrette), 4:10.2.

4×800 relay: Clearfield (Lauren Conrad, Rachel Glenny, Sierra Luzier, Claire Mikesell), 10:20.49.

High jump: Ann Confer (Bradford), 5-1.

Long jump: Dayna DeSalve (DuBois), 15-11.25.

Triple jump: Dayna DeSalve (DuBois), 33-9.75.

Pole vault: Liz Coppella (Bradford), 9-6.

Shot put: Courtney Kunselman (DuBois), 33-7.5.

Discus: Alexis Minich (Punxsutawney), 99-5.

Javelin: Chelsea Madore (Bradford), 115-0.


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