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DCC 800 Meter Record Shattered at Districts

Tom Shade, Contributor

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On a pleasant, breezy day in Brookville 6 DCC Cardinal track & field teammates stepped up and took part in post-season competition, with some good news before darkness fell.

Once again sophomore Linkin Nichols set a school mark in the 800 meter
run (2:00.06) by shaving 3 seconds from last year’s big run at districts, and the
historic performance earned him another chance at the PIAA state
championships in Shippensburg on Friday. Nichols led the first 700 yards
before Smethport’s Christian Tanner kicked ahead with a state-ranked 1:58.7 effort.

“Lincoln came out with the same attitude as his 2017 race—-‘go for the win.’
Cutting off 3 seconds is a giant achievement in this race, but it wasn’t without
it’s challenges as Linkin was fighting illness all week. He did the right thing by
taking care of his health first. It was a great effort and one of the best races of the meet by anyone.”

Noah Vokes, capping off a track & field career nearly unmatched in DCC
history, competed in 4 events, medaling in both the 100 dash and the triple
jump. Vokes leaves behind 3 school records and an impressive array of milestones in such categories as season; career points, medals earned, and individual wins. He is one of only three DCC athletes to have ever performed at state-qualifying standards.

“The total breadth of Noah’s accomplishments in this sport are simply
astounding. In boys track & field at DCC he has no equal historically. His
legacy is such that his teammates will boast that they knew him, and future
athletes will be motivated by his legacy. We are all quite proud of Noah’s grit
today as he fought off injuries he sustained earlier in the season. I am happy to
say I can see some members of the team getting in position to challenge the history Noah has made for the school.”

Distance leader Johnny Ritsick had a big day in the 1600 meter run (4:51.42)
as he worked his way to a district medal and a 3-second improvement in his
final race of the season. Ritsick’s run puts him 12 seconds behind the 1977 school record holder, Mark Madere.

“Johnny ran a great race and had his eye on the medal half-way through the run
when he started to make his move. Once he knew he could secure a placement
there was no way he was going to give it up. It is always good to see someone
exceed expectations and run their best when it counts, and to gain the respect of his competitors.”

Three other Cardinals put the effort in for DCC to add status for both teams.
Amanda Rossi ran the 100 meter dash, J.P. Piccirillo competed in the 3200
meter run, and Mariah Alanskas, the season scoring leader for the Lady
Cards, grinded out four events on the track(100, 200, 100/300 hurdles),
coming within 1/100 seconds from medaling in the 200 meter dash.
“Mariah, Amanda, and J.P. were excellent ambassadors for our school in the
post-season in both bearing and conduct. We expect 100% effort and they gave
it. It was a worthy ending of the season and we look ahead to build on the experience gained here.”

The state championships will be held on May 25-26 at Shippensburg University.

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