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Montgomery’s Forrestal and Hughesville’s 1,600 relay team win gold

By Staff | Jun 1, 2016

RUTH FRY/The Luminary Hughesville's Heather Merrifield finished the day with three District 4 medals including two gold and one silver this past weekend at the PIAA Class AA District tournament. Merrifield advances to the state tournament this Friday in Shippensburg.

The PIAA District 4 Class AA Track and Field championships were held Sunday in Williamsport with area athletes placing in the top eight. The top two place winners and/or qualifying times advances to this weekend’s PIAA state championships in Shippensburg.

Montgomery’s Lexy Forrestal will be heading to the PIAA Class AA State Championships in Shippensburg when she cleared 5’4″ and winning the gold medal in the high jump. Forrestal will be joined by her teammate, Morgan Johnson, who qualified after placing fifth in the pole vault and clearing a state qualifying jump at 10-6. Hughesville’s 1,600 relay team of Jennifer Pidcoe, Alivia Braunbeck, Autumn Avery, Heather Merrifield took home the District 4 gold and advances to the state tournament as they edged the team from Montoursville with a time of 4:03.19. Merrifield also won the 300 hurdles finished second in the 100 hurdles.

Place winners include: Girls: 100 hurdles: 2nd Heather Merrifield, Hugh, 15.20; 100: 3rd Jennifer Pidcoe, Hugh, 12.81; 300 hurdles: 1st Heather Merrifield, Hugh, 45.10; 800: 2nd Autumn Avery, Hugh, 2:18.79; Discus: 8th Kayla Stackhouse, Hugh, 89-5. Javelin: 6th Samantha Thompson, Hugh, 110-11; 7 Triple jump: 6th Larissa Getz, Hugh, 34-1 1/2; 8 Jessica Umstead, Montg, 33-9 1/4; High jump: 1 Lexy Forrestal, Montg., 5-4; *5 Morgan Johnson, Montg, 10-6. Boys: 110 hurdles: Brenden Gardner, Hughesville, 4th, 16:01 and 300 hurdles 6th- 42.33: ; 1,600: 4th Abien Berry, Montgomery, 4:33.29; 200: 7th Wyatt Spring, Hughesville, 23.73; Javelin: 8th Melvin Derhammer, Hughesville, 142-8.