|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' GAMBRELL NAMED GIRLS 'TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR;' WAVERLY'S SMITH ALSO HONORED (2018-06-19)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — A once-in-a-lifetime talent, Athens senior Breana Gambrell added two PIAA gold and two silver medals to her collection, and has earned the 2018 Valley Sports Report girls “Track & Field Athlete of the Year.”
Breana Gambrell won her fourth gold medal in the long jump, setting a Class AA state record in the process, and also won her second triple jump gold medal. She also won her third silver medal in the 100-yard dash.
Breana Gambrell’s other silver medal this spring was in the 400-meter relay with junior Ariana Gambrell, junior Rachel Hutchison, and senior Emily Lunger. The foursome ran a school-record time of 47.75 seconds to earn “Relay of the Year” honors. The foursome also set a new District 4 record at 48.42 seconds in a gold-medal performance.
Breana Gambrell now has 11 career PIAA medals, including six gold and four silver. Her other medal was a fifth-place medal in the 400 relay her sophomore year.
Breana Gambrell won four more District 4 gold medals to bring her career D4 medal haul to 15 — 14 golds and one bronze.
Waverly sophomore Cora Smith finished third in the 3,000-meter in in a school-record time of 10:42.75, and ran on the second-place 3,200-meter relay at the Section IV State Qualifier. She is the 2018 “Newcomer of the Year.”
At the Class B Championships, Smith won the 3,000-meter run, and was third in the 1,500-meter run. She also ran on the winning 3,200-meter relay team.
She won the 3,000-meter run in the IAC Championships, and was fourth in the 1,500-meter run. She also ran on the second-place 3,200-meter relay.
The remainder of the All-Valley Super 7 are:
Emily Lunger, senior, Athens: Lunger qualified for the PIAA, Class AA Championships in three events, and brought home a pair of silver medals.
Lunger, who set a new school record in the long jump at the District 4 Championships, won a silver medal in the high jump at the state meet, and was part of the silver-medal winning 400 relay team. She now has five PIAA medals, including two silver and a bronze.
Lunger won three gold medals at the District 4 Championships to end her career with 10 medals — six gold, two silver, and two bronze.
Ariana Gambrell, junior, Athens: Ariana Gambrell won a silver medal on the 400 relay, and finished ninth in the 100-meter hurdles the PIAA Class AA Championships.
Ariana Gambrell won two gold medals and a fourth-place medal at the District 4 meet to bring her career total to eight, including three gold, one silver, and two fourth-place.
Rachel Hutchison, junior, Athens: Hutchison won a silver in the 400 relay at the PIAA, Class AA Championships. She also qualified in the 400-meter hurdles, but clipped a hurdle and fell. She got up to finish sixth in her heat.
Hutchison won two gold medals and one bronze at the District 4 meet to bring her career total to eight, including three gold, one silver, and two bronze.
Elle Nittinger, senior, Waverly: Nittinger won a Division 2 gold medal in the discus to earn a berth at States. She also ran on the fourth-place 3,200-meter relay team.
At the Class B Championships, Nittinger won the discus with a school-record throw of 116-feet, 7-inches, and was third in the 800. She also ran on the winning 3,200 relay, and the second-place 1,600 relay.
At the IAC Championships, Nittinger won the discus, finished fifth in the 800, and ran on the second place 3,200 relay, and the third-place 1,600 relay.
Cora Smith, sophomore, Waverly: See above.
Martha Schumacher, senior, Tioga: Schumacher finished third in the 400-meter dash in a school record time of 1:00.78 at the Section IV State Qualifier. She was 11th in the 200-meter dash.
At the Class C Championships, Schumacher finished second in the 200- and 400-meter dashes.
At the IAC Championships, Schumacher won the 400-meter dash, and was third in the 200-meter dash. She was also on the third-place 400-meter relay team.
Honorable Mention: Sayre senior Madisyn Wheeler, Tioga senior Joanna Wood, and S-VE’s Jenna Squires.
IN PHOTO: Athens' Breana Gambrell.
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