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Naava Richlin highlights 7 district track and field golds


A busy week for track and field started last Tuesday and Wednesday at Blue Mountain High School, site of the District 11 championships.

In Class 2A competition, Palisades senior Trevor Johnson came home with a gold in the triple jump (43-10.5) and a third place in long jump (21-3.5).

At Saturday’s PAISSA meet in Mercersburg, Solebury senior Aum Desai closed his decorated career with a pair of bronze medals: in the 1,600 meter (4:24.92) and 3,200 meter (9:39.12).

District One also held its championships on Friday and Saturday at Coatesville.

In 3A girls, Central Bucks West senior Mimi Duffy won gold in the 400 meter with a 55.25 and won bronze in the 100 meter (12.15). Both marks qualified for PIAAs.

Central Bucks East junior Mia Rivera won silver with a 126-0 javelin throw. She will head to states along with the Patriots’ 4x800 team, who finished third with a 9:23.08 time.

Central Bucks South junior Riley Rooney qualified for PIAAs in two events. Rooney took silver in the 1,600 meter (4:52.32) and also qualified in the 400 meter.

In 2A girls, junior Naava Richlin anchored a strong performance for New Hope-Solebury. She won gold in the 800 meter with a 2:26.85 and helped the Lions’ 4x800 relay team win gold with a 10:00.65 time. The NH-S 4x400 girls relay team (4:22.01) took home a silver. Individually, Lions sophomore Ruby Keddie won silver (12:15.01) in the 3,200 meter and bronze (5:40.39) in the 1,600 meter.

For Faith Christian, sophomore Sophia Dennis (51.55) finished second in the 300-meter hurdles. Freshman Caitlin Stefenack won bronze in pole vault (6-0). Senior McKayla Vetterani came in third (28-4.5) in shot put. Faith’s 4x800 girls relay team earned a bronze with an 11:00.66 clocking.

In 3A boys, Council Rock North senior Brady Ott took home a silver in the 1,600 meter (4:13.65) and a bronze in the 3,200 meter (9:10.33), qualifying for states in both. His teammate, sophomore Lucas Poliseno, also qualified for states in two events – the 1,600 meter and the 800 meter, where he took a bronze with a 1:53.53.

CB East senior Roman Messina will go to states after winning a silver in the 300-meter hurdles with a 38.65 time. Senior Jacob Tannenbaum will join him in PIAAs, after Tannenbaum’s silver medal in discus (159-10).

The CB West boys 4x800 meter team won gold with a 7:41.79 time. Individually, Buck senior Nate Fehrman won a silver and a PIAA berth with a 1:53.53 time in the 800 meter.

CB South senior Lucas Knappenberger won a bronze in pole vault with a 13-foot leap.

In 2A boys, Faith Christian senior Robert Ulsh won the 110-meter hurdles in 16.65 and took silver in the 300-meter hurdles with a 42.81. Faith freshman Tommy Vesey pole vaulted 8 feet, 6 inches to win gold. Faith’s 4x100 meter team claimed a silver (46.18) while the 4x800 meter relay team won a bronze (8:56.87).

Plumstead Christian senior Tobias Link earned a silver with a shot put of 43 feet, 2 inches.

Three New Hope-Solebury Lions won bronze medals: senior Heath Miller (52.19) in the 400 meter, senior Jack Redfield (124-3) in the discus throw and senior Mitch Miller with a javelin throw of 146 feet, 8 inches.

The PIAA state championships will take place at Shippensburg on Friday and Saturday.

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