SHIPENSBURG — Elk County Catholic senior Kennedy Weisner successfully defended her two state titles and led a District 9 Class AA contingent that collected 11 medals at this weekend’s PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.
Weisner became the fifth girl in district history to win at least four gold medals in track and field. She won the 800-meter run in 2:09.46 and the 1,600 run in 4:45.99, the 800 win by almost four seconds and the 1,600 win by almost nine seconds. Weisner also won one state title in cross country in 2012.
Brookville’s Lanae Newsome won three triple jump titles in a row, ending that run last year, and added a long jump crown last year. Smethport’s Brandy Colley won three 3,200 run titles from 1996-98 and ran on the 1997 4×800 relay state championship relay.
Clarion-Limestone’s Patty Davis won two discus titles (1983-84), one javelin (1983) and a shot put (1984) title.
At the top of the mountain is Kane’s Olympian Amy Rudolph, who won three straight state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs from 1989-91. Rudolph also won two cross country titles.
Also for the D9 girls, Weisner’s junior teammate Victoria Dippold was third in the 3,200 run. Friday, ECC junior Nicole Florio placed third in the high jump.
Saturday, two D9 duos medaled in the javelin and triple jump. In the javelin, Johnsonburg’s Ashley Imbrogno and Kane’s Morgan Nicholson were third and fourth respectively in the javelin. In the triple jump, Coudersport’s Jenna Gabreski was third while Johnsonburg’s Gabbi Benninger, last year’s state runner-up, tied for sixth.
For the boys, four D9 athletes brought home medals. Clarion’s Ian Corbett was fifth in the 100 dash and Brookville’s Braiden Smith finished fifth in the 110 hurdles. Karns City’s Logan Moroney was sixth in the 200 dash and Redbank Valley’s Korbin Hornberger finished seventh in the discus.
District 9 did not win any medals in Class AAA.