BROOKVILLE, Pa. – It wasn’t the ideal ending to the season, but the Sheffield Wolverines still gained valuable experience at the District 9 Class 2A track and field championships on Friday.
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For the boys, Dylan Hardwick finished tenth with a personal best time of 2:10.95 in the 800, while Colby Barr was 14th in the 400 (56.93) and Collin Brown was 13th in the 200 (24.68) and 14th in the 100 (12.17).
The 4×400 relay team of Brown, Jaylen Dougherty, Hardwick, and Barr was eighth in 3:46.21, the 4×100 relay team which included Barr, Brown, Leihden Wotorson was ninth in 47.16 and the 4×800 relay team of Emree Morgan, Alex Eaton, Trenton Mead, and Hardwick was 10th.
For the girls, the 4×100 relay team of Bryana Butler, Kadence Steffan, Kassidy Orinko, and Emma Roell were 13th in 55.93, while Orinko was 14th in the long jump (14-8) and Roell was 14th in the discus (86-4).
“It’s one of those punched in the gut feeling when you have to scratch those names,” said Sheffield coach Jason Snell of McNeal and Foster, the latter of whom is a two-time state qualifier in the high jump. “These younger guys and gals now got to compete on the second biggest stage in the state. They saw how crazy talented our district is. They now know the times and distances it takes and requires to medal and get to that next level. Knowing these kids drive, it will only motivate and make them hungrier for the future.
“Every athlete that ran, jumped, or threw wasn’t far off of their PR and qualifying time or distance. They gave their all and won’t forget the experience. The competitors they are, some were disappointed, but that will now be the fuel for summer workouts, great camps at local universities, and off-season weight room and gym time. So many wonderful accomplishments this year to be extremely proud of. As every year, the seniors will be extremely missed. They have now passed the torch and the new leaders have stepped up. We aren’t done. We will only get better.”