TRACK & FIELD: Sheffield suffers road sweep

TYLERSBURG – Despite suffering a sweep at the hands of North Clarion, both the Sheffield boys’ and girls’ track teams showed a great deal of promise during Monday’s season opener at North Clarion High School.

The boys, faced with the unenviable task of replacing two-time PIAA champion Kalil Slaughter, battled to the bitter end of an 81-69 defeat while the Lady Wolverines came out on the short end of a 109-36 score.

For one day at least, Sheffield’s Dylan Reynolds did a perfect job of filling Slaughter’s shoes. The senior was a four-time winner on Monday, helping Sheffield come within mere points of the victory.

Reynolds started his day with a win in the 100, finishing in 11.9 seconds and he followed that up with a victory in the 200 in 23.9 seconds. Reynolds’ other victories were in the long jump (18 feet, six inches) and the 4X100 relay alongside teammates Kevin Cromwell, Jimmy Vile and Dylan McNeal.

The Wolverines also got an individual victory from Vile who won the high jump and qualified for districts by clearing five feet, 10 inches.

“While we were defeated, I saw a ton of positives today,” said Sheffield boys track coach Rusty Barr. “We know what we need to work on now and I think we will see more and more district qualifiers with each meet we go to.”

Despite it being the first meet of the season, the Wolverines did see several athletes qualify for districts on Monday. In addition to Vile, Reynolds qualified in the 200, the 4X100 relay team beat the needed time and Jesse Ranowicki qualified in the javelin.

On the girls side, North Clarion limited the Lady Wolverines to just three victories. Jen Isenberg was a winner in the javelin, qualifying for districts as well with a winning toss of 106 feet and five inches. Joining Isenberg as a winner on Monday was shot put standout Brittany Fritz. Fritz, just a freshman, won the event with a throw of 29 feet. Jade Moore led a Sheffield sweep in the high jump at 4-7.

Several Sheffield girls had runner-up finishes in Monday’s meet, including Hannah Vile in the 100 hurdles, and Isenberg in the discus and shot.

Both Sheffield teams are back in action Tuesday, April 16, when they host Cameron County.