Olivia Arizin continued her dominance in the 800, winning the event for the fourth consecutive year, as Cardinal O’Hara captured the District 12 Class 3A girls track and field championship Thursday, extending the Lions’ string of district titles to eight.
Among the other highlights for O’Hara, Schola Eburuoh picked up her third gold medal of the two-day competition by adding the triple jump (38 feet, 2¼ inches) to the long and high jumps she claimed on Wednesday. Lorielle Laforest, meanwhile, followed up her shot put win by prevailing in the discus, and the Mancini sisters represented the Lions well as twins Liz and Eleanor finished 1-2, respectively, in the 3,200, and younger sibling Christine placed second in both the 400 and 800.
Arizin, Eburuoh, Jesikah Boykin and Sephora Senestant teamed up on O’Hara’s runner-up finish in the 4 x 400.
The top two in each event automatically qualified for the PIAA championships while other finalists must meet state qualifying standards to advance.
Archbishop Carroll’s quartet of Caroline Bateman, Maeve Buchanan, Elizabeth Carpenter and Tess Gibbons ensured their trip to states by snapping O’Hara’s five-year reign in the 4 x 800 with a time of 9 minutes, 59.20 seconds.
Bonner & Prendergast saw Alaina Johnson notch her second consecutive 300 hurdles crown, Jewel Ford win the 100, Jenna Rastatter finish second in the 1,600 and Hannah Bierling — while not qualifying for states — impress with her eighth-place showing in the discus along with her running the anchor leg in the 4 x 800.
On the boys’ side, Derrick Patrick (300 hurdles) and Ryan James (3,200) produced wins for O’Hara while Bonner & Prendergast scored second-place finishes by David Whitfield (800) and Ethan Cook (200).