Kane boys track team earns D9 crown

BROOKVILLE – On a beautiful evening for track and field at Brookville, the Kane Boys Track team put it all together and came up with a hard fought, well deserved team title, scoring 55 team points.  The lead in this meet must have changed hands a dozen times as Elk County Catholic, Port Allegany, Clarion, Cranberry, Sheffield and North Clarion, and Kane kept putting points on the board as event after event was contested. Towards the end of the meet the 3200-meter run, the 200 dash, the pole vault and the 1600 relay results were still coming in. When the smoke had cleared from these events, Kane's vaulters had taken first, second and fifth, good for 20 team points. Avery Colson, who had earlier in the day ran the race of his life in the 1600-meter run coming in second, ran another great race in the 3200-meter, placing fourth (10:28.66) and good for four team points. He scored 12 team points on the day.Kane's 1600-meter relay team of Jonah Smith, Ryan Peterson, Will Carley, and Nathan Moore stepped to the line as the No. 5 seed at 3:38 and ran a race they’ll all long remember and won the event in a time of 3:33.28, and clinched the District 9 title. In that race all four boys ran their fastest split times of the season. Jonah, Kane's leadoff man, ran a 52.7, running down at least four teams over the last 100 meters to put Kane in second. Ryan Peterson, who’s just now getting healthy, ran a 55 (his fastest of the season by two seconds) and kept it close enough for Kane's third runner, Will Carley, who took the baton in fourth and then just put on a dominating performance, passing everyone by the time he handed off in a blistering 51.2 split time. He gave the baton to Kane's anchorman, Nathan Moore, who widened the lead in a split time of 53.3. It was a great performance by these four athletes.  To be No. 5 seed (3:38) behind No. 1 seeded Keystone (3:32) and win in that fashion is just a great accomplishment by four very determined young men. I just cannot say enough about their effort in this race. I did think that our guys watching our girls 1600 relay team win in similar fashion right before their race really fired our guys up going into the race.We had these types of performances happening all day for us. A great example was Avery Colson, who went into the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:44 and ran a 4:36.31, good for a hard fought second-place, which advances him to states as the top two athletes in each event advance to states in each event. We advance two in District 9 because there are 23 team in AA; and District 0 is one the toughest, if not the toughest AA district meet to get out in the state, due to the level of competition. Many of the athletes that performed Friday will be state medalist and even state champions. Back to Avery’s race, the second-place finish did not come easy for Avery as he was coming down the final home stretch an Oswayo Valley runner (Gabe Rees) put a final surge on to try to pass Avery (in track it’s called an “attack”).  In practice, Coach Smelko practices these types of situations with his runners so when it happened to Avery he knew what to do and held Rees off all the way to the finish line.See full article by purchasing the May 21 edition of The Kane Republican.