Bobcats And Lady Cats Fare Well At District Track And Field Meet, Several Advancing To States (05/23/17)

The Clarion Area Track and Field Teams had a solid showing at the District Nine Class-AA Championships on Friday, April 19th, at Brookville, with the Bobcat Boys finishing in fifth place with 44 team points and the Lady Cats finishing ninth, with 26.5 team points. A number advanced to the PIAA State Meet.


Brendan Zerfoss led the way, finishing first in both the 100 and 200 and was also a member of the first place 4×100 relay team, along with Marhall Powers, Archer Mills and Ty Burford. Zerfoss ran an 11.0 in the 100 and 22.32 in the 200. The relay team recorded a time of 44.32.

(Photo by Clarion Area AD Nancy Mills) State Qualifiers: Front (L-R) Lexie Lauer, Forest Madison Mills. Back (L-R) Ty Burford, Archer Mills, Marshall Powers, Brendan Zerfoss (also qualifying, but not in photo, Austin Hummel).

Austin Hummel finished third in the 800, with a time of 2:03.88 and Adam Bettwy took third in the 1600, with a time of 4:46.34 and a fifth in the 3200, with a time of 10:40.10.

Burford had an eighth in the triple jump, going 41-3.75 and also competed in the long jump with a leap of 19-6.25. The 4×800 relay, consisting of Nathaniel Lerch, Nick Schill and Daniel Ketner finished eighth, with a time of 9:12.78. Jimmy Smathers was ninth in the javelin at 147-9. Mills tied for tenth in the high jump at 5-6 and Lerch also competed in the 1600, with a time of 4:58.92.

Jacob Burns competed in the 300 hurdles, turning in a time of 44.22 and also had a 19-3 long jump and a 39-1.5 triple jump. Nick Schill also competed in the 1600, turning in a time of 5:04.25 and Powers also competed in the 300 hurdles where he  ran 46:33.


Forest Madison Mills and Lexie Lauer each had second place finishes in individual events, with Mills bringing home silver in the 800 with a time of 2:27.60 and Lauer tying for second in the high jump at 4-8.

Laken Lewis placed in three events. She tied for third in the pole vault, going 9-6. Lewis also finished sixth in the 100 hurdles at 17.78 ( 17.32 in the preliminaries) and tied for sixth in the long jump, going 15-8.5). Gabby Weaver was fifth in the 300 hurdles, with a time of 50.09 and seventh in the 100 hurdles, recording a time of 17.46.

Wendy Beveridge was sixth in the triple jump, going 33-1.25 and eighth in the long jump with a 15-5. Chelsea Mason was eighth in the 3200, at 13:27.08 and ninth in the 1600 going 6:08.75.

Hannah Phillips ran a 1:04.62 in the 400, to place eighth. Phylicia Hockman was eighth in the 800, with a time of 2:35.03. Kyara Girvan competed in the 200, recording a time of 28.25 and Katie Craig recorded atime of 6:23.80 in the 1600.

All three of the Lady Cat relay teams had top 10 finishes, with two of them earning points. The 4×800, with Ailish Nagy, Mason, Hockman and Mills, finished fifth, with a time of 10:50.59. The 4×400, consisting of Weaver, Hockman, Phillips and Mills, finished sixth, turning in a time of 4:22.91. The 4×100, with Girvan, Mills, Weaver and Beveridge, was tenth with a 54.01 clocking.

PIAA STATE MEET QUALIFIERS (Seth Grove Stadium – Shippensburg University, Friday and Saturday, May26th and 27th)


Brendan Zerfoss qualified in the 100, where he is seeded third and 200, where he is seeded fourth. The 4×100 relay, including Marshall Powers, Archer Mills, Ty Burford and Zerfoss, qualified and is seeded sixteenth.

Austin Hummel qualified in the 800 and is seeded twenty-third.


Forest Madison Mills qualified in the 800 and is seeded twenty-first. Lexie Lauer qualified in the high jump and has a twenty-sixth seed.

(Thanks to Coach Nate McClaine for this information. Good work, Cats and the best to those moving on to States!!!!)