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Brookville impressive during sweep of ECC

April 12, 2011

Brookville's Francheska Smith lands in the long jump pit during the Lady Raiders' 84-65 win over Elk County Catholic Tuesday in Brookville. Smith finished in second place in the long jump with a leap of 14-10. (Photo by Josh Rizzo/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — Brookville boys' track and field head coach Dan Murdock knows that senior Dylan Buffington works hard.

Tuesday afternoon, Buffington pushed himself and won the 100-meter dash, was a member of the 4x100 relay team that won and finished second in the 800-meter run.

While Murdock said he was proud of his performance on the track, he also noted what he left on the field.

"Buff always works so hard. He ran until he threw up on the field today," Murdock said with a laugh. "He ran a few good races today, and he has qualified for districts in the 800."

Buffington was one of the many Raiders (1-1) who won an event and helped Brookville earn a 91-58 win over the Crusaders.

Murdock said that he was surprised with the outcome of the meet, but believes that dual meet scores are misleading.

"I thought that it would be a lot closer, but dual meet scores can be deceiving," Murdock said. "We lost by a similar score to these guys in the meet last year. Once you get to districts and invites, being deep doesn't necessarily help you because a lot of those kids won't be competing."

The Raiders won 11 of the 18 events. Justin Ransel, competing in his first meet of the season, won the 400-meter dash (56.5), while Grady Canavan picked up his first win of the season in the discus (102-4).

The Lady Raiders (2-0) also were able to beat Elk County by a surprisingly lopsided score.

Brookville beat the Lady Crusaders 84-65, with the teams splitting the meet's 18 events.

"I thought the girls stepped it up this week because they went out, sucked it up and ignored the weather," Lady Raiders head coach Doug Roseman said. "We were expecting a close meet today, and we went out and performed well."

The Newsome twins — Lanae and Aisha — combined to win five events. Both were members of the 4x100 relay (52.1) and 4x400 relay (4:38.2), while Lanae won the 200-meter dash (27.4) and triple jump (34-4 1/2), and Aisha won the 300 hurdles (47.9).

The Lady Raiders also earned a sweep in the javelin led by Sam Byerly (88-1), Ashley Foulkrod (73-10) and Hannah Fleming (69-11).

"Sweeping the javelin was big for us," Roseman said. "We moved some girls around and tried to create better match ups.

"Lanae winning the triple jump was a big bonus, and we had a lot of seconds and thirds," he said.

Roseman said that he can't wait to see how his team does when the weather improves.

"We haven't beaten Elk in some time," Roseman said. "District meets are a lot different from dual meets, but we have a good team, and I'm excited to see how we match up with other teams in District IX."

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