|DISTRICT 4 GIRLS TRACK & FIELD: GAMBRELL, LUNGER WIN GOLD ON DAY 1 — GAMBRELL BREAKS TWO DISTRICT RECORDS (14 PHOTOS) (2017-05-18)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
WILLIAMSPORT — Athens junior Breana Gambrell shattered a District 4 record en route to a gold medal, and classmate Emily Lunger also brought home a gold on Day 1 of the District 4 Class AA Track & Field Championships at Williamsport High School on a hot and humid Thursday afternoon.
Breana Gambrell’s gold medal leap in the long jump was a leap of 19-feet, 10 3/4-inches, topping the old mark by 12 /14-inches.
“I’m happy, but it’s definitely not my best,” said Breana Gambrell. “I didn’t hit 20, which was my goal for today.
“Hopefully at States, I can further that,” she added.
Breana Gambrell also posted the fastest time in the 100-meter dash preliminaries and the semifinals. She ran 12.33 seconds in the prelims, and a District 4 record time of 12.11 seconds in the semis.
“It was good, again not my best,” said Breana Gambrell. “I was trying to keep some in the tank for Saturday.
“I’ll get recovered, and go all out, and hopefully leave everything out on the track (Saturday),” she added.
Breana Gambrell was pleased with her team’s performance Thursday.
“Hopefully, we can carry this momentum into Saturday,” she said.
Lunger won gold in high jump, clearing the bar at 5-feet, 4-inches.
“It was a pretty good day,” said Lunger. “I cleared every height on my first jump going up to 5-4.
“I had my chances at 5-6, but I’m happy with 5-4 going into States,” noted Lunger.
“The weather today definitely had a positive effect on my performance today,” she added.
Lunger also ran the second-fastest time in the 200-meter dash preliminaries at 25.88 seconds, and Athens sophomore Rachel Hutchison also qualified for the finals with a seventh-place finish at 26.75 seconds.
Athens sophomore Ariana Gambrell was second in preliminaries in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.32 seconds, and tied for the fastest time in the semis at 15.84 seconds.
Athens sophomore Ariana Gabriel was 11th in the long jump at 15-feet, 11-inches, and Sayre junior Madison Harding finished tied for ninth in the high jump at 4-feet, 8-inches.
Sayre freshman Julia Boyle qualified for the semifinals in the 100-meter hurdles with a 16th-place finish in the preliminaries in a time of 17.64 seconds. In the semis, Boyle finished 15th in a time of 17.52 seconds.
Athens sophomore Paige McCarthy finished 16th in the javelin with a toss of 95-feet, 3-inches, and Sayre senior Molly Ball was 17th at 95-feet, 2-inches.
Action begins Saturday at 9 a.m.
PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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