Thrush Moves into 400-meter Finals at PIAA Championships; Earns Medal

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SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (D9Sports) – Brookville’s Ryan Thrush has his medal, now he will run for Gold Saturday after claiming a spot in the 400-meter dash finals with the second-fastest time in Friday’s preliminaries at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

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Thrush ran the second-fastest time in the preliminaries (48.57) behind only Javon McIntyre of Columbia, who ran a 48.45. McIntrye and Trush were the only racers to go under 49 seconds in the prelims.

PIAA results

Thrush was one of seven District 9 athletes to claim medals Friday – although he won’t technically get his until Saturday – with the other six coming in the field events.

Brooke Hinderliter of Redbank Valley came up just short in her quest for back-to-back PIAA Class AA girls’ javelin titles settling for second behind last year’s runner-up Maura Fiamoncini of Mount Carmel.

Fiamoncini threw 155 feet, 1 inch to win this year’s title, while Hinderliter’s best toss came in at 145 feet, 1 inch, which was 10 feet shy of her seed throw, which was 155-1.

Hinderliter was joined on the javelin medal podium by Moniteau sophomore Cambrie Campbell, who was the surprise D9 medalist of the day finishing third with a throw of 140 feet. Campbell came in seeded 10th with a season-best throw of 123-1. The toss of 140 feet set the Moniteau school record.

Moniteau’s Maura Kimmel won the PIAA 2A girls’ title in the discus.

Also in the boys’ javelin, Cameron County senior Trae Smith claimed a medal by placing sixth in Class AA with a throw of 181 feet, 3 inches. Kane junior Austin Labesky was eighth at 166 feet, 6 inches.

In Class AAA, St. Marys’ Tom Bojalad claimed a fourth-place medal in the shot put with a throw of 56 feet, 2 inches.

Three others kept their medal hopes alive as Kane junior Joe Newton and Karns City senior Collin Dunmyre advanced to Saturday’s semifinals in the 110-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash respectively needing to post a top-eight time there to advance to the finals as did Karns City senior Evan Stitt in the 200-meter dash.

NOTES – Redbank Valley’s Wyatt Hetrick, the D9 champion in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles, scratched out of the PIAA championships because of a hamstring injury suffered in the 4×100-meter relay at last week’s D9 championships … Rain postponed the girls’ 3A, boys’ 2A and boys’ 3A 4×400-meter relays until Saturday, where they will be run as heats with the top eight times winning medals.

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