Sara Bronson will compete in Shippensburg at the PIAA Class AA Track and Field Championships after a successful showing at the District IV meet on Saturday.
Bronson qualified for states by finishing second in the 3,200-meter run in a new personal-best time of 11:13.44 to qualify for the meet.
“It feels incredible. Since last year, I’ve wanted to do it, and now that we’re in Class AA, it’s very possible. This has been my season-long objective, so it feels wonderful to achieve it,” Bronson said.
During the first mile of the race, Bronson ran alongside Maizy Aikey of Bloomsburg.
“She was jogging briskly. Bronson stated, “If I adhered to that, I would be able to make it, so I sat directly on her.”
Then, with two circuits remaining, Gracelyn Laudermilch, a star for Bronson and Northeast Bradford, decided to pick up the tempo. Laudermilch would ultimately draw away and win the race in 11:06.66 seconds.
Bronson would also finish sixth in the 1,600-meter race with a time of 5:26.19.
Abby Burgess, a freshman from Athens, nearly qualified for states in the 100-meter dash with a third-place finish of 12.72. She fell just short of the state qualifying time by.02 seconds.
Burgess would also finish third in the 200 meters with a time of 26.35 seconds.
In 53.28 seconds, the Athens quartet of Cassy Friend, Emily Henderson, Addy Wheeler, and Jenny Ryan placed 10th in the 400-meter relay.
Ava Hughes finished her freshman year with a sixth-place medal in the 3,200 with a time of 12:21.77 for Athens.
Emma Bronson finished 15th in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:48.96, while Natalee Watson placed 12th in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 9 inches.
On Saturday, Marco Quiros would have a dominant showing for the Sayre Redskins.
In the 100-meter sprint, Quiros placed ninth with a time of 11.74 seconds. He fell short of a medal by only.03 seconds.
The sophomore from Sayre also finished ninth in the 200-meter race with a time of 23.34 seconds. He would finish thirteenth in 53.25 seconds at 400 meters.
In 52.66 seconds, Rose Shikanga of Sayre finished 18th in the 300-meter hurdles.
Kait Sutton qualified for districts in three events, but this past weekend she was unable to compete.
Athens lads win medals in the AAA meet.
Kolsen Keathley earned an eighth-place medal in the 200-meter dash at the District IV Class AAA competition. He crossed the finish line in 23.15 seconds.
Keathley also placed ninth in the 400 with a time of 52.91 seconds, while Jaden Wright placed twelfth in the 200 with a time of 23.30 seconds.
In a time of 3:46.7, Ethan Denlinger, Ronel Ankam, Peter Jones, and Matt Driesbach placed seventh in the 1,600-meter relay.
Wright additionally teamed up with Kelley Reid, Jack Ryan, and Driesbaugh to finish eighth in the 400 relay in 47.27 seconds.
In the 3,200, Ethan Hicks placed eleventh with a time of 10:35.75. He also placed sixteenth in the 1,600.
Denlinger placed 10th in the 800 meters with a time of 2:04.74 and 15th in the 400 meters with a time of 55.4 seconds.
Ankam placed 15th in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.04, and Josh Martin placed 14th in the javelin with a throw of 133-9.