Wolves Junior High Track And Field Teams Conclude Season With Good Showing At Moniteau Invitational

(Images by Christie Datko – Above: Mason Burford effortlessly clears a hurdle while racing to a victory in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.8. Jayden Becker also seen finished third.)

The North Clarion Junior High Track and Field Team wound up their 2022 season, competing in the Moniteau Invitational on Tuesday, May 17th and had a number of fine performances in both the Boys and Girls competitions.


Mason Burford led the way with three first and a second in individual events. Burford won the 110 hurdles (16.8), 300 hurdles (49.1) and the triple jump (38-5.5), and finished second in the 100 (11.8).

Grayson Aaron captured first place in the high jump (4-10). He was also second in the long jump (16-10). Also finishing second were Jonas Wilshire in the 800 (2:25), Logan Bish in the javelin (113-9) and Michael Swanson who tied Logan Heath from Cranberry in the high jump (4-8).

Picking up thirds were Jayden Becker in the 100 hurdles (20.28), Jackson Nicewonger in the 800 (2:36) and Brady Guth in the triple jump (32-2).

The Wolves had two relay teams record first place finishes: the 4X800, consisting of Wilshire, Nicewonger, Jack Pappas and Dean Sliker (12:00), and the 4X400, which included Burford, Aaron, Wilshire and C. J. Zacherl (4:25).

(Grayson Aaron hands off to Jonas Wilshire during the 4×400 relay in which the team claimed a first place finish!)

Others competing for North Clarion included Sammy Ochs, Jonas Gourley and Leroy Ochs.


Grace Carroll was a double-winner in individual events, taking both the high jump (4-6) and long jump (14:3). Abigail Hastings also captured a first place, taking the 3200 (14:56).

(Grace Carroll claiming victory in the high jump!)

Abigail Hastings also captured a first place, taking the 3200 (14:56).

(Abby Hastings ran to a first place finish in the 3200!)

Eliza Datko finished third in the 400 (1:14.2) and Adi Best in the 300 hurdles (61.7).

The Wolves’ 4X100 relay team, made up of Best, Carroll, Emma Fitzsimmons and Sydney Baumcratz finished first (56.7) as did the 4X800, which included Datko, Hastings, Callie Snodgrass and Maggie Snodgrass (12:51).

(Emma Fitzsimmons runs the first leg of the first place 4×100 team that also included Adi Best, Sydney Baumcratz, and Grace Carroll.)

The 4X400, consisting of Callie Snodgrass, Eliza Datko, Maggie Snodgrass and Grace Carroll finished second (4:53).

Also competing for the Wolves were Jadyn Reisinger, Lilly Shirey, Olivia Boddorf and Abby Felmlee.

Wolves’ Coach Dan Patton had this to say about his team’s fine season, “Overall, I thought it was a great season. It was fun to watch these young athletes, who didn’t have a lot of experience with track and field, figuring out what events they wanted to compete in. One parent stated their kid was ‘totally energized’ after one of meets. What more could you want as a coach?!  I wish the best of luck to the eighth graders on the varsity team next year and I am looking forward to working with the seventh graders again.”

(Great showing, Wolves!!!! Thanks to Christie Datko for the pics.)