Kerr third-best, Newsomes still alive at Class AA PIAAs

SHIPPENSBURG — Five individual performers for the Brookville track and field teams participated in Friday's events at the PIAA Class AA Track and Field State Championships in Shippensburg, with one walking away a medalist and two advancing beyond the preliminary rounds to today's action.

Ryan Kerr — a thrower for the boys' track and field team — earned a third-place finish in the finals, which were held Friday, with a throw of 194-8. While Kerr's seed throw of 207-2 would have been enough to eclipse the first-place mark, finishing third at the state meet is still quite an accomplishment.

In addition to his feat, two Lady Raiders — twin sisters Aisha and Lanae Newsome — also put themselves in position to vie for their own medals today.

Aisha Newsome advanced in a pair of events — the 100-meter and 300- meter hurdles.

The 100-meter hurdles was the event in which she had her best showing, winning her heat in 15.9 seconds and finishing third overall to advance to today's semi-finals.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Newsome also finished well enough to advance, taking second overall but qualifying on time with a time of 45.16 seconds.

Lanae Newsome also advanced in a pair of events, matching her sister's feat of winning a heat and taking the third-best time — she won the 100-meter with a time of 12.47 seconds.

In the 200-meter dash, she finished second in her heat in 25.60 seconds — sixth best overall — to advance to the semis today.

Lanae will also defend her state title in the triple jump today — an event in which she holds the state record but is actually seeded second.

Her seed jump of 39-9 is just inches off Paige Lumley's top-seeded jump of 40-2.25, though, which should make for an interesting final.

The 4x100-meter relay team for the Lady Raiders also competed but failed to advance to today's finals.

Two other individuals — Ashley Wolfe and Emily Rickard — competed for the Lady Raiders Friday, as well.

Wolfe competed in two events, with her best finish coming in the long jump (16-3, 14th place). She also competed in the 100-meter dash, but did not qualify to advance.

Rickard competed in her best event, the high jump, and ended up tying for 12th by clearing the same height as her seed height, 5-0.

One final Brookville competitor, Brandy Cooper, will debut at the tournament this morning when she competes in the pole vault.