Punxsutawney Third, Brookville Fourth at D9 Class 2A Girls’ Track & Field Championships


BROOKVILLE, Pa. (D9Sports) – Punxsutawney’s Kate Horner and Sam Dyson both qualified for the PIAA Track & Field Championships in two events at Friday’s District 9 Class 2A Championship at Brookville High School.

(Photo of Sam Dyson of Punxsutawney. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa’s work here)

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Horner won the District 9 title in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:01.84 and also ran a leg of the second-place 4×800-meter relay squad that also consisted of Elyse White, Alyse Whitman and Olivia Roberts and finished in a time of 10:17.27.

Dyson was second in the discus to automatically qualify with a throw of 130-feet, 4-inches and also threw a qualifying throw in the shot put taking third with a toss of 37-1 ½.

Punxsutawney’s second-place 4×800-meter relay team (from left) Olivia Roberts, Elyse White, Kate Horner, Alyse Whitman

Also for Punxsutawney, Leah Miller is headed to the PIAA meet after taking second in the high jump going over the bar at 5-4.

Brookville’s 4×400-meter relay team of Rylee Stancliffe, Madison Johnson, Morgan Johnson and Dani MacBeth also took home a District title in a time of 4:10.35. MacBeth is also headed to state in the 300-meter hurdles, where she finished second in a time of 48.58.

Also headed to the PIAA meet from Brookville are Mattisen Drake, who was third in the pole vault with a qualifying vault of 10-6, Brooke Quairiere, who was second in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.65.

Elk County Catholic won the team title for the third time in the last five years and for the 13th time since 2001 with 72 points. Johnsonburg was second with 64.50 points, Punxsutawney third with 52.50 points and Brookville fourth with 49 points.

Oswayo Valley’s Sara McKean took home the James Manner Award as the meet’s MVP after winning three events.

McKean took home championships in the 200 (26.80), the long jump (17 feet, 7 ¼ inches) and the triple jump (36-5 ½). She was also a member of the second-place 4×100-meter relay team that qualified for the PIAA meet in a time of 50.79 joined on that squad by Shayla Bickel, Faith Coole and McKenzie Gross).

Additional strong performances were put in by Brookville’s Madison Johnson in the long jump (3rd, 16-7 1/4) and Punxsutawney’s Makena Nesbitt in the 100-meter hurdles (3rd, 17.92).


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