|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' GAMBRELL TOPS "ALL-VALLEY SUPER 7" GIRLS TRACK & FIELD TEAM (7 PHOTOS) (2015-06-25)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens freshman Breana Gambrell burst onto the scene in late March as a triple-winner in her first varsity meet, then closed out her first high school campaign by winning PIAA gold and silver to earn the 2015 Female “Track & Field Athlete of the Year.”
Gambrell. who is also “Newcomer of the Year,” qualified for States in four events after winning three gold medals and a bronze at the District 4 Championships.
She scratched out of the 200-meter dash at the PIAA Championships, then won gold in the long jump and silver in the 100-meter dash. She finished 12th in the triple jump.
She won the 100 at the NTL Championships and was second in the 200, long jump and triple jump.
The All-Valley Girls Track & Field Super 7:
Breana Gambrell, freshman, Athens: See above.
Emily Lunger, freshman, Athens: Lunger also enjoyed an outstanding freshman campaign for the Lady Wildcats, qualifying for the PIAA Championships in three events.
Lunger won District 4 gold in the 400-meter dash, silver in the 200-meter dash and bronze in the high jump. At States, Lunger earned a fourth-place medal in the 400.
She was also a four-time winner at the NTL Championships.
Kaylee Uhl, senior, Waverly: Uhl will graduate as one of the most decorated track & field athlete in Waverly High School history.
This year, Uhl won the 400-meter dash at the Section IV, Class B Championships and and was on three winning relays, She was third in the 400 at State Qualifier and was on a second-place 1600 relay team and a third-place 400 relay team.
At the IAC Championships, she was on the winning 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams and finished third in the 400-meter dash and the 400-meter hurdles.
Malley Bowen, junior, Tioga: Bowen posted a strong junior season, topping it off with a school-record performance in the 100-meter hurdles at the Class C Championships.
After winning the 100 hurdles, finishing second in the long jump and sixth in the pole vault at the Class C meet, Bowen finished third in the 100 hurdles and 10th in the pole vault at the State Qualifier.
Bowen won the long jump and pole vault and was second in the 100-meter hurdles at the IAC Championships.
Kate Oteng-Bediako, freshman Waverly: After struggling with injury for much of the season, Oteng-Bediako won the 100-meter dash, was second in the long jump, fourth in the high jump and was on the winning 400-meter relay team at the Class B Championships.
Oteng-Bediako was on the third-place 400 relay at the State Qualifier and was fifth in the long jump. She was also on the winning 400 relay at the IACs and finished third in the triple jump.
Elle Nittinger, freshman, Waverly: Another outstanding newcomer, Nittinger had a tremendous season for the Lady Wolverines.
Nittinger was on the winning 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams and also won the 800-meter run. At the State Qualifier, she was on the second-place, 1600 relay and was third in the 800.
At IACs, Nittinger was on the winning 1,600-meter relay team and finished second in the 800 and fifth in the 400.
Shanell Baglini, sophomore, Athens: Baglini had her shot at winning a PIAA berth derailed by a leg injury at the District 4 Championships.
She won the 800-meter run and was on the winning 1,600-meter relay at the NTL Championships and finished third in the 400 and sixth in the long jump.
IN PHOTO 1: Athens’ Breana Gambrell. IN PHOTO 2: Athens’ Emily Lunger. IN PHOTO 3: Waverly’s Kaylee Uhl. IN PHOTO 4: Tioga’s Malley Bowen. IN PHOTO 5: Waverly’s Kate Oteng-Bediako. IN PHOTO 6: Waverly’s Elle Nittinger. IN PHOTO 7: Athens’ Shanell Baglini. … VSR STOCK PHOTOS.
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