North Clarion Track And Field Athletes Turn In A Number Of Fine Performances At Redbank Valley Invitational

(Above image by the Armstrong’s: Brenna Armstrong with her second place medal in the shot put. She had a new Personal Record throw of 35-9.)

The North Clarion Track and Field Team participated in the Redbank Valley Invitational on Thursday, May 12th, with some solid performances being turned in by the Wolves.


Emily Best captured the Girls’ 300 hurdles, recording a 49.33. Emily added a third place finish in the 100 hurdles, with a time of 17.41.

With a throw of 35-9, Brenna Armstrong took second in the shot put, with Rebekah Ketner taking fourth in the event with a 32-5. Evelyn Lerch came away with third in the 100, going 13.30. Sophie Babington ran a 2:36.05 to place fourth in the 800. Brynn Siegel ran a 12:28.36, to finish fourth in the 3200 and Katie Bauer finished sixth with a time of 12:59.78.

Two of the Wolves relay teams finished in the Top 5. The 4X800 relay, which included Bella Scott, Sophie Babington, Brynn Siegel and Gia Babington took home gold, with a 10:22.50, for first place. Taylor Sherbine, Olivia Siegel, Kylie Disney and Evelyn Lerch joined forces to take fifth in the 4X100 at 4:34.89.


Dawson Hochkiss won the championship in the 200 with a time of 23.56. Dawson also took second in the 400 at 52.60. Kaine McFarland finished fifth in the 1600, with a time of 10:52.08. He also finished sixth in the 3200, running a 10:52.08. Allen Johnston finished sixth in the long jump at 19-2.

Wolves’ Head Coach Doug Jackson shared, “Not unlike every meet this season the North Clarion teams showed up to perform. Many athletes earned their personal records and raised their seedings heading into the D9 Track and Field Championships.

“The girls’ 4×800 team (undefeated throughout the dual season and in three invites) set the tone by winning the race with a PR of 10:22. 

“That was soon followed up by Emalie Best taking 3rd in the 100 hurdles. She blew the competition away in the 300 hurdles earning 1st place and setting a new PR by breaking 50 seconds for the first time. 
Brenna Armstrong had her best throw of the year in the shot put and placed 2nd. Rebekah Ketner earned 4th in the event.

“Sisters Gia and Sophie Babington earned 5th place in the 400 and 4th place in the 800, respectively.

“Brynn Siegel set a new PR for herself while taking 4th in the 3200. Teammate Katie Bauer was still looking to qualify for districts going into the race. She set a new PR by running 31 seconds under the district mark and finished 6th. 

“On the boys side, Dawson Hotchkiss set a personal record, in the 400, a race he has run few times during the season, and took 2nd. His PR time of 52.6 definitely made him a runner to be reckoned with at districts in the race. Dawson later returned to the track and won the 200.

“Kaine McFarland had another strong showing with personal records in the 1600 and 3200. He earned a 5th place in the 1600 and 6th place in the 3200.” 

“Allen Johnston is finishing up his fourth year of competing with the North Clarion track and field team as part of our co-op with Forest Area. I know his head coach, Andy Bish, and his jump coach, Paula Judy, will agree with me when I say that Allen is an unassuming, hardworking athlete and very talented. He’s been a great role model for our younger athletes.

(Way to go, Wolves!!!!!)

Link to results: