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Franklin claims D-10 track crown


From left: Caleb Prettyman , Jay Pettyman, Gauge Gierlach and Easton Adamcztyk. (Better shot than the one from X by Christy Fackler.)

Caleb Prettyman was the man for Franklin on May 18. The senior distance runner -- a Penn State recruit -- was a four-event winner, leading the Knights to the District 10 2A track title.

It is believed to be the first district crown for the Knights -- and maybe the only other in boys track -- since 1960.

Prettyman first anchored the Knights to first place (8:18.54) in the 3200 relay behind Jay Prettyman, Gauge Gierlach and Easton Adamczyk.

He later won the 1600 in 4:2247, the 800 in 1:58.82 and finally the 3200 in 9:53.25.

The distance runners accounted for 51 of Franklin's 88 points. Senior hurdler Bryson Watson and freshman thrower Logan Knight were strong in their events as Franklin won -- perhaps -- its first district track crown ever.

Runnerup and defending champion Slippery Rock, led by hurdlers Levi Prementine and Eli Anderson, finished with 73 points.

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School track records and such
  • Franklin's CALEB PRETTYMAN ran a school record 9:04.67 in the 3200 meters in the Butler Invitational on April 19. The Penn State recruit finished fourth in the prestigious event. He also ran a personal best 1:56.09 in the 69-team Pine-Richland Invitational May 4.

  • Oil City's ETHEN KNOX and DeVaughn Griffin were 1-2 in both the 100 and 200 in the Slippery Rock Inivitational on April 20. Knox ran 10.91/22.23 and Griffin 11.28/22.78. Knox's time in the 200 in a "modern" school record. He was at 153-6 in the Oil City Invitational on May 4.

  • Another Franklin record fell at the Butler Invite, this one the 300 hurdles. BRYSON WATSON ran a 39.88 and became the first FHS athlete to break 40 seconds.

  • Freshman REAGAN ANTRILLI cleared 9-6 to break the Cranberry record in the girls pole vault. Junior DANE WENNER went 13-7 in the boys pole vault to tie the school record set last spring by Scott Finch.

  • Keep an eye on another freshman, LOGAN KNIGHT of Franklin who put the shot 52 feet and tossed the discus 144 at Pine-Richland.

  • OIL CITY BOYS won their third straight region title with the May 7 conquest of Franklin. The Oilers are 6-0 overall. SAYYID DONALD sparkled in the jumps (19-11.75 long, 42-1 triple and 6-1 high) in the meet.

  • ELI COLLINS, possibly the one an only Oiler to run the race (Butler Invitational?), has a 7:06.15 in the 2000 steeplechase.

  • One of Oil City's track stars, distance runner ELIJAH BROSIUS, was runner-up at 138 pounds in the Greco Roman wrestling Northeast Regional at Atlantic City. He qualified for nationals in July at Fargo, N.D. for the third straight year.

  • RYLEE COE's walkoff home run gave the Berries an 8-7 victory over Redbank Valley on May 13. Cranberry is the No. 2 seed for the upcoming District 9 2A playoffs.

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  • Cranberry senior AYANNA FERRINGER won the District 9 2A title in the girls javelin, throwing 125-3. She'll have one more chance at the Kate Speerstra's  20-year-old school record of 126-11. That will be in the state meet.

  • Franklin senior CALEB PRETTYMAN was a four-event winner at the District 10 2A meet May 18 at Slippery Rock. He won the 800, 1600 and 3200 and anchored the 3200 relay to first place.

  • Oil City's ETHEN KNOX had a solid outing in the District 10 2A track meet May 18 at Slippery Rock University. He won the discus, took second in the 200, third in the 100 and anchored the 400 relay behind Drayton Dill, De'Vaughn Griffin and Steven Heise to fifth place.

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All-stars (so far)...



Second team

Cranberry -- Kevin Pearsall (javelin), Dane Wenner (pole vault)



First team

Cranberry -- Kelsey Hanna (1600, 3200), Eliama Wry (100 hurdles), Ayanna Ferringer (javelin)

Second team

Cranberry -- Jordan Montgomery (800), Eliana Wry (high jump)



Second team 

Cranberry -- Rylee Coe (P), Avery Coe (INF)

Third team

Cranberry -- Reyna Watson (INF), Jadyn Shumaker (OF)

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Cranberry photos by Kelly Malek

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