Sheffield boys take 2nd at NTL meet

Hardwick captures 800-meter title in Coudersport

Submitted photo Sheffield’s Dylan Hardwick won the 800 meters at the Northern Tier League championship meet over the weekend at Coudersport.

COUDERSPORT — The Sheffield Wolverines competed in their final opportunity to qualify individuals for the District 9 championships over the weekend in the Northern Tier League Championships at Coudersport.

“Their determination and effort are as bright as the northern lights that were on display over the weekend,” said Sheffield head track coach Jason Snell.

The Wolverines boys finished second in team points behind Port Allegany and 15 points ahead of regular-season champion Coudersport.

The Sheffield girls also had a strong day with numerous podium finishers as well.

For the Sheffield girls team, the podium place winners began with the 3,200-meter relay team of Madison Snell, Katie Finch, Chloe Robinson and Kayle Bell, who took fourth place. The 400-meter relay team continued the march to the podium with a fifth-place finish by Sarah Hoffman, Bell, Finch and Snell.

Hoffman went directly from the early relay success into the hurdle events where she nailed a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles (18.10) and a fourth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (54.51). Hoffman, while just a junior, would later add a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 29.78 seconds. Snell would continue her strong freshman campaign with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.20.

In the girls field events, Emily Foster placed second in the high jump (4-11) and took fifth in the shot put (29-8.5). Emma Roell placed third in the discus (89-10). Emily Davidson rounded out the girls event placers by taking sixth place in the javelin with a throw of 84 feet, 1 inch.

The lone Northern Tier League champion for the boys was Dylan Hardwick in the 800 meters. Hardwick not only pulled off the win, but also did it with a career-best time of 2:08.59.

“That was such an exciting race to watch,” Snell said. “Just a cool moment see a young man reach one of the goals he set for himself early in the season.”

Hardwick was also on the podium for the relay events as Sheffield finished second in all three of them. Hardwick was joined by Christopher Joblon, Alex Eaton and Chase Kyler in the 3,200-meter relay; and Colby Barr, Joblon and Austin Fiscus in the 1,600-meter relay; while Alex Marfink, Chase Fetzek, Isaac Hammerbeck and Barr won the 400-meter relay. Barr also placed third in the 100-meter dash (12.3) and the 400-meter dash (57.15).

The Wolverines also did well in the hurdle events. Marfink was second (19.76), Hammerbeck placed third (20.31) and Fetzek placed fourth (20.33) in the 110-meter hurdles. Hammerbeck and Fetzek also placed second and third, respectively, in the 300-meter hurdles.

First-year sophomore track competitor Aamond Bowman placed in all three jumping events. He finished sixth in the long jump (17-3), fifth in the triple jump (37-6) and fifth in the high jump (5-0).

Rounding out the podium visitors was sophomore javelin thrower Wyatt Newark, who placed fourth at 113 feet.

“Just a rewarding night for our program,” Snell said. “There is nothing better than seeing these athletes’ goals come to fruition. Hopefully this set us up perfectly for district competition. Just a proud night to be a Wolverine.”

Sheffield gets some much-needed time to prepare for the District 9 championship meet, which is Saturday at Brookville High School starting at 1 p.m.


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