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HS TRACK AND FIELD: Knezovich, DaBella lead Penns Manor

by The Indiana Gazette on April 16, 2013 10:30 AM

BEDFORD — Jennifer Knezovich and Sarah DaBella each won an event for the Penns Manor girls’ track and field team to highlight the local athletes’ showing at the Bedford Invitational on Saturday.

A medalist at the PIAA meet last year in the triple jump, Knezovich won the event Saturday with a jump of 34 feet, 9ᄑ inches, and DaBella won the discus with a throw of 97-1.

Knezovich earned a medal in all three jumping events, adding a third-place finish in the long jump (15-2ᄑ) and fourth place in the high jump (4-7). DaBella also took fourth in the javelin (104-3).

Also placing for the Penns Manor girls were Devon Bratton (third, pole vault) and Maggie Spiaggi (fifth, 400). The Comets’ 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams placed sixth. Penns Manor took seventh in the team standings with 43 points.

Pacing the Purchase Line girls was Courtney Boyer, who took third in the discus (94-7). Melanie Hilliard added a fourth-place finish in the 800, and Morgan Scalese took sixth in discus (84-2). The Red Dragons’ 3,200 relay team also took sixth.

Purchase Line’s Joe Price won the shot put to lead the local boys.

A qualifier for the PIAA meet in the discus last season, Price won with a throw of 51-1. His teammate, Josh Pierce, placed third in the same event.

Purchase Line placed sixth in team standings with 28 points, and Penns Manor took seventh with 26.

Cameron Troupe placed fifth in the 400 (54.5 seconds) and sixth in the 800 (2 minutes, 12.9 seconds) for Purchase Line, Alec Sunderlin took fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.4) and sixth in the triple jump (35-7) and Price added a fourth-place finish in the discus (131-0).

Cody Bytner placed in a pair of field events to lead Penns Manor. He took second in the triple jump with a jump of 42-4, missing out on first place by less than an inch. He also took sixth in the long jump (17-8).

Danny Ferens took fourth in the long jump (18-1) and fifth in the shot put (43-6ᄑ), Corey Brown placed third in the discus (132-6) and fourth in the javelin (139-5), and J.T. Horwat took sixth in the 3,200-meter run (10:52.7) for the Comets.

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