Sheffield Senior Emily Foster earned the bronze medal at the North East Invitational Saturday May 4, 2024. Photo courtesy Jason Snell.

Sheffield Brings Home a Dozen Medals from the Grape Picker Invitational

May 5, 2024

HARBORCREEK, Pa. – Sheffield’s track and field teams brought home a dozen medals from the North East Grape Picker Invitational on Saturday.

Madison Snell and Sarah Hoffman led the Wolverines at the event, held at Harbor Creek High School due to field renovations at North East, with three medals each.

Hoffman took seventh in the 100 hurdles (17.97) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (53.02). She was also part of the 400 relay team, along with Raelyn Wightman, Katie Finch, and Snell, who finished eighth (56.33). In addition to the relay, Snell also medaled in the shot (eighth – 27’ 11”) and was part of the sixth-place 3200 relay with Finch, Kayle Bell, and Chloe Robinson (13:57.22).

“For a team of three freshmen and Sarah participating for the first time without our speedster Emma Roell to make the podium at an invite with many D10 powerhouses was amazing,” Sheffield coach Jason Snell said. “I was and am so proud of those young ladies!”

In the boys’ 3200 relay, Marc Lewis, Alex Eaton, Chase Kyler, and Dylan Hardwick, finished fourth (9:16.14). Hardwick finished seventh in the 800 (2:12.41)

The Wolverines also earned some hardware in the field events. Aamond Bowman was sixth in the triple jump (38’11”), and Wyatt Newark was eighth in the javelin (123’9″) for the boys.

On the girls’ side, Emily Foster finished third in the high jump (4’11”).

“She was just edged out of the silver and had great form in all of her jumps,” Jason Snell said. “‘Em’ is peaking at the right time as we head towards that familiar district stage in the near future she performs so well at!”

Roell was sixth in the discus (92’10”), and Emily Davidson was sixth in the javelin (82’11.75″)

“It was such a productive day for the entire team,” Jason Snell said. North East’s Track and football field are being reconstructed, so the event was moved to Harbor Creek High School. It was such a great venue and facility that we all enjoyed and liked! So many young underclassmen stepped up and excelled in a very top-tier talented event and competed so well! It was a great step in the right direction competing with tough competition as we head into the busiest and toughest week of the season!”

That stretch begins Monday as the Wolverines travel to Shinglehouse for a tri-meet with Oswayo Valley and Otto-Eldred. They return home Tuesday for Senior Day action with Eisenhower and round out the week at Coudersport’s CARP Park complex Friday at the 2024 Northern Tier League Championships.

“Three more opportunities for PRs, team camaraderie, fun, and more district qualifiers to join some of their teammates for another week of opportunity on the biggest stage most of our tracksters will ever get to see,” Jason Snell said. “Fingers crossed for the best yet to come!”

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