Row one (left to right): Emre Morgan (3200 relay), Chase Fetzeck (400 relay, 300 hurdles), Christopher Joblon (1600 relay), Colby Barr (100 meter, 400 meter, 1600 relay, 400 relay) , Alex Marfink (400 relay, 110 hurdles), Isaac Hammerbeck (400 relay, 300 hurdles).Row two (left to right): Emily Foster (high jump), Emma Roell (discus), Sarah Hoffman (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 400 relay), Madison Snell (100 meter, shot put, 400 relay, Kaitlyn Finch (400 relay), Raelyn Wightman (400 relay), Kayle Bell (400 relay), Madison Connolly (400 relay).Row three (left to right): Alex Eaton (3200 relay), Aamond Bowman (triple jump, 400 relay), Austin Fiscus (1600 relay), Andrew Kyler (3200 relay), Chase Kyler (3200 relay), Trenton Mead (1600 relay), Dylan Hardwick (800 meter, 3200 relay, 1600 relay).Missing from photo, Marc Lewis (1600 relay, 3200 relay). Photo by Cody Elms.

22 Wolverines Ready to Compete at District 9 Track and Field Championships Friday

May 16, 2024

SHEFFIELD, Pa. – The Sheffield Wolverines are sending 22 athletes to Brookville High School Friday to compete in the District 9 Track and Field Championships.

Leading the pack for the Wolverines is former District 9 champion and two-time State qualifier, senior Emily Foster, who looks to rebound after an injury-hampered junior season.

“I’m as healthy as can be,” said Foster. “I’d say 95, definitely not 100, but we’re gonna make it look like I’m 100.”

“She was in her head a little bit earlier this year because you know, you’re always scared to come back from injury, but she’s getting more confident,” said Sheffield head coach Jason Snell of Foster’s final season thus far.

Foster referenced her busy final week of the regular season as to why she can’t commit to being in perfect health heading into districts, noting that on Friday she was only clearing 4’11” however by this Monday’s practice she was back to normal.

“Monday, I cleared 5’3” so right now in practice, we’re just trying to break every single thing down little by little,” said Foster. “I want it to be a nice day. I want to compete well. The weather is obviously going to be a determining factor, but whatever gets thrown my way I’ll just have to deal with it.”

Foster is tied as the top seed in the high jump with DuBois Central Catholic’s Hope Jacob. Snell feels they have put Foster in the best position to succeed and potentially break a school record.

“She stands a good chance at placing,” said Snell. “We pretty much cut her out of all her other events so she can focus primarily on the high jump and not worry about getting injured. She’s coming up on days off and putting in lots of work. She wants it as bad as anybody else, to get back there and one of her goals always was to medal at the state level. She’s an inch off the school record as well.”

While Foster is hoping to clear the crossbar, teammate Sarah Hoffman has her eyes on clearing the hurdles, as the junior will compete at districts for the second time. The junior Wolverine is currently seeded ninth (17.22) in the 100 hurdles and 13th (51.88) in the 300. Hoffman also will be a participant on the 400-meter relay team with Raelyn Wightman, Kaitlyn Finch, and Madison Snell.

“She runs with her competition which is a great thing,” said coach Snell. “She’s right there. She’s a competitor. She’s a quiet person, but as a competitor, she talks with her effort. That school record obviously tells that story.”

Earlier in this season Hoffman broke the 28-year-old 300 hurdles record previously held by Sheffield graduate Cari Sixt (52.03), running a 51.88. Hoffman acknowledged that her dancing background has certainly given her a flexibility advantage that some others may not have. Something Snell has noticed as well.

“She was a dancer before this, and that’s helped her very much with her balance and form,” Snell said. “Don’t be surprised if you see her on the podium on Friday.”

Madison Snell is seeded 10th (13.24) in the 100-meter and Emma Roell sits at eighth (96’) for discus.

“She dealt with some injuries running this year, so she spent a lot more time focusing on just discus,” said coach Snell. “We’re just hoping to get her consistent, get her to the finals, and there’s no reason she can’t make that podium in Brookville.”

For the boys, the 3200-meter relay team is looking to carry on their season-long progression and not only beat their personal records but also take home a medal. The team made up of Marc Lewis, Alex Eaton, Chase Kyler, and Dylan Hardwick qualified for districts earlier in the season and ran their best time of 9:06 at the Warren County Track Meet.

“Their goal has been to get in the eights,” said Snell. “Do I think they can get in the eights? Not think, I know they can. It all comes down to handoffs and everybody running their best race and not getting pushed in the beginning. They’ve wanted it.”

For Kyler, as a senior, he knows the road to victory in this event will not be easy for the experienced team.
“I’m anticipating it’s going to be competitive,” said Kyler. “There are no write-ins so it’s going to be a really competitive race. I’m just excited of running in that environment and just being able to experience running at districts.”

District 9 Championships begin with field events at 1 p.m. followed by track events at 2 p.m.

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