Foster’s career ends with 3rd-place finish

BROOKVILLE — Emily Foster was the top finisher for the Sheffield Wolverines on Friday with a jump of 4 feet, 10 inches, tying her for third place with Oswayo Valley’s Brooke George at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 9 track and field championships.

“Emily Foster may have just missed the second-place nod to send her back to states for a third time, but there is absolutely nothing to be disappointed about with her high school career,” said Sheffield head coach Jason Snell. “It was one of pure dominance. The injuries and setbacks may have been frustrating for her, but I believe that adversity is only going to help her at the next level; there may or may not be an exciting announcement for her in the near future about clearing a bar again at the next tier.”

Sheffield junior Sarah Hoffman came in ninth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.8). Brookville’s Hannah Greer (16.20) took first, followed by teammate Julie Monnoyer (16.27). Hoffman came in 14th in the 300-meter hurdles (53.77).

The boys 3,200-meter relay team consisting of Chase Kyler, Alex Eaton, Marc Lewis and Dylan Hardwick placed eighth (9:09.02). Hardwick also finished the 800 meters in 10th place (2:08.68). Punxsutawney’s Garrett Bartlebaugh (1:58.93) came in first ahead of Brookville’s Jack Gill (1:59.39).

“Our season may have come to a close on yet another rainy, cold, and dreary evening (one of many this year), but our little school was represented very well on the big District 9 platform,” said Snell following Friday’s championships. “If you go to the PIAA Championships next week, you will see how many District 9 kids will place. You can’t even comprehend the amount or level of talent our area puts out year after year. For our team to have so many underclassmen make it to this event to compete with the best says a lot. It will get them the experience and knowledge of what to expect and what work needs done to return and get on the podium in the future. For our seniors who competed in their last districts, Emily, Dylan, Christopher (Joblon), Chase, Alex and Trenton (Mead), they will be missed dearly. They are a huge reason that Sheffield track and field has become as successful as it has in recent years.”

Madison Snell finished 13th in the 100-meter dash (14.06) and 15th in shot put (28-3). The girls 400-meter relay came in 15th (57.0), while the boys placed 14th (48.56). The boys 1,600-meter relay (3:59.51) also placed 14th. Isaac Hammerbeck (48.15) and Chase Fetzeck (49.16) came in 13th and 14th in the 300-meter hurdles. Alex Marfink (20.93) finished 14th in the 110-meter hurdles. Colby Barr came in 14th in the 100-meter dash (12.35) and 16th in the 400 meters (57.69).

“These kids are surrounded by so many great coaches,” said Snell. “From the distance to the relays, to the hurdles, to the sprints, to the field, all these kids are flooded with coaches who care, believe in their athletes, and battle the adversity by their side. There are more than just student athletes’ hearts hurting to see the season come to a close. But that’s what it’s all about. Relationships, fun, hard work, rewards, and most importantly memories. Life lasting memories. These amazing kids and coaches have filled so many pages in the scrapbook of life. The Wolverines will be back and fight harder than ever in 2025.”


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