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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' GAMBRELL HEADLINES SUPER 7 AS "FEMALE TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE OF YEAR" FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR (2017-06-14)

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THE VALLEY — Athens junior Breana Gambrell won two more PIAA gold medals and another silver medal in Shippensburg this season, and is the 2017 Valley Sports Report “Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year” for the third consecutive year.

Breana Gambrell, who set an unofficial state record in the long jump with a leap of 20-feet, 8 1/2-inches at the Wyalusing Lasagna Invite, set school records this season in the long jump, triple jump, and the 100-meter dash.

She won NTL gold in the 100-meter dash in a school-record time of 11.96 seconds, and in the triple jump with a school-record mark of 38-feet. She also won the long jump with an NTL-meet record of 20-feet, 4-inches. She was second in the 200-meter dash.

Breana Gambrell won District 4 gold with a D4-record long jump of 19-feet, 10 3/4-inches — topping the old mark by 12 1/4-inches, and won gold in the 100-meter dash, running a D4-record time of 12.11 in the preliminaries. She also won gold in the triple jump with a school-record effort of 38-feet, 2 1/4-inches — 25 inches better than the runner-up.

At the state meet, Breana Gambrell won her third career gold medal in the long jump with a mark of 19-feet, 5-inches, and won her first triple jump medal, also a gold, with a school-record mark of 38-feet, 8 3/4-inches. She also won a silver medal in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.1 seconds.

Breana Gambrell now has seven PIAA medals in her career, including four golds, two silvers, and a fifth-place medal.

The Athens foursome of junior Emily Lunger, senior Shanell Baglini, and sophomores Ariana Gambrell, and Rachel Hutchison won a PIAA bronze medal in the 1,600-meter relay to earn “Relay of the Year” honors.

The foursome won NTL gold, and District 4 silver, before finishing third at States in a school-record time of 4:02.34.

Sayre freshman Julia Boyle was the 2017 “Newcomer of the Year” after finishing 15th in the 100-meter hurdles at the District 4 Championships.

Boyle finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles at the NTL Championships. She also ran a leg on the third-place 400-meter relay team.

All-Valley Super 7 Girls Track & Field:
Breana Gambrell, junior, Athens:
See above.

Emily Lunger, junior, Athens: After taking a year off from the sport, Lunger returned this season and qualified for the PIAA Championships in four events.

She won four gold medals at the NTL Championships, winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes, and the high jump. She also ran a leg on the winning 1,600-meter relay team.

Lunger won District 4 gold in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-feet, 4-inches. She finished second in the 200-meter dash, and third place in the 400-meter dash — qualifying for the PIAA Championships in both events.

Lunger also ran a leg in the silver-medal winning 1,600-meter relay in a school-record time of 4:04.71.

At the state meet, Lunger earned a sixth-place medal in the 200-meter dash in 25.85 seconds, and ran a leg on the bronze-medal winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran a school-record time of 4:02.34.

During the season, Lunger also established a school record in the high jump at 5-feet, 5-inches. She is currently second all-time in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes.

Ariana Gambrell, sophomore, Athens: Ariana Gambrell established a new school-record during the season, and earned her second PIAA medal.

Ariana Gambrell won gold in the 100-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 15.73 seconds at the NTL Championships. She also ran a leg on the winning 1,600-medal relay team.

At the District 4 Championships, Ariana Gambrell ran a leg in the silver-medal winning 1,600-meter relay in a school-record time of 4:04.71. She finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and was 11th in the long jump

At the PIAA meet, she ran a leg on the bronze-medal winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran a school-record time of 4:02.34.

Rachel Hutchison, sophomore, Athens: Hutchison earned her second PIAA medal and also qualified in the 400-meter dash for the second consecutive year.

At the NTL Championships, Hutchison ran a leg on winning 1,600-meter relay. She was second in the 400-meter dash and third in the 200-meter dash.

Hutchison finished fourth in the 400 at the District 4 meet, but qualified for States. She also ran a leg in the silver-medal winning 1,600-meter relay in a school-record time of 4:04.71. She was seventh in the 200.

At the PIAA meet, Hutchison ran a leg on the bronze-medal winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran a school-record time of 4:02.34.

Shanell Baglini, senior, Athens:
Baglini earned her second PIAA medal, and also advanced to States in the 800-meter run.

Baglini won the 800-meter run at the NTL Championships, and also ran a leg on winning 1,600-meter relay.

She finished fourth in the 800-meter run in a school-record tie of 2:22.56, which qualified her for the PIAA meet after two runners ahead of her scratched out of the state meet. She also finished sixth in the 400.

Baglini also ran a leg in the silver-medal winning 1,600-meter relay at the D4 meet in a school-record time of 4:04.71.

At the State meet, Baglini ran a leg on the bronze-medal winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran a school-record time of 4:02.34.

Elle Nittinger, junior, Waverly:
Nittinger was a consistent point-getter — both on the track and the field — for the Lady Wolverines the entire season.

At the IAC Championships, Nittinger won a gold medal in the discus, and finished fourth in the 800-meter run. She also ran a leg on the silver-medal winning 3,200-meter relay team, and ran a leg on the fourth-place 1,600-meter relay.

At the Class B Championships, Nittinger won a silver medal in the 800-meter run, and finished fourth in the discus. She also ran a leg on the third-place 3,200-meter relay.

At the Section IV Championships, Nittinger won a fourth-place medal in the discus, and finished 10th in the 800-meter run. She also ran a leg on the eighth-place 1,600-meter relay.

Holly Passetti, senior, Tioga: Passetti was among the top point-getters for the Lady Tigers this season.

She finished second in the 2,000-meter steeplechase and was eighth in the 1,500-meter run at the IAC Championships.

Passetti won the steeplechase at the Class C Championships, and was eighth in the 1,500-meter run

She finished 10th in the steeplechase at the Section IV Championships.

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IN PHOTO: Athens’ Breana Gambrell.


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