Yasmin Brooks Will Chase State Record: Top 500 Returnees in the Girls' 300mH

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Yasmin Brooks (Susquehanna Township) / Photo by Don Rich

Yasmin Brooks will be tough to beat in AAA, and in AA the race for first will be fierce


Girls' 300m Hurdles Preseason Rankings By Classification: AAA | AA | Independent

Last year, we watched Yasmin Brooks of Susquehanna Township become one of the state's most exciting and versatile athletes. The TCU signee will make a big impact in the heptathlon at the collegiate level, but before that, we have one last season to watch Brooks tear up the track and field.

Brooks won her first state title last spring, taking first in the 300 meter hurdles and dropping one of the state's fastest all-time times with a 41.71 in the finals. According to our records, that's the third fastest time in state history, behind just Ryann Krais (41.20 in 2008) and Leah Nugent (41.10 in 2011). Nugent raced in the final at the Rio Olympics this past summer. Can Brooks creep closer to Nugent's record? We'll see, but we do know she'll be the strong favorite in AAA.

Hickory's Heather Grober (right) and Neumann Goretti's Sydni Townsend (left) race to the line in last year's AA state final (Photo by Don Rich)

In Class AA, we should see a good battle between the reigning state champ and the reigning state runner-up. Hickoy's Heather Grober took home the state title last year in 42.67. Grober improved from fourth a year before. Neumann Goretti's Sydni Townsend was second in 42.93. These two will likely meet again in the state final and it should be a good one.

Penn Wood's Janae Pitt is the only returner from the 300 hurdles final last spring in AAA, where she earned an eighth place medal. Pitt ran a best of 43.96 at the District 1 champs last year and with another year under her belt, should be a factor to improve quite a bit. Upper Dublin's Madison Langley-Walker will also be strong. Langley-Walker beat Pitt for the District 1 title last year, running 43.41. Langley-Walker will certainly have a busy state meet between hurdles and jumping, but look for the junior to be a factor here.

Madison Langley-Walker, an Upper Dublin transfer this year, beats out Penn Wood's Janae Pitt at last year's District 1 AAA final (Photo by Patty Morgan)

A couple others from District 1--Taylor O'Brien of Plymouth Whitemarsh and Sheila Day of Norristown---will be on the radar this year as well. O'Brien was fourth at districts last spring. Day just missed a state berth, but should come back stronger this spring.

Bonner and Prendie's Alaina Johnson will be one to watch this spring. Johnson won District 12 last year in the event. She's coming off a strong indoor season in the 60 meter hurdles and should in contention to make the AAA final at states this spring. Hempfield Area's Gabby Holmberg, Delaware Valley's Kara Gearhart, and Carlisle's Najae Nickerson should also factor into AAA this season.

Others to keep an eye on from AA are United's Michaela Bracken and Lakeland's Madison Harding. Both are returners from last year's state final. Pine Grove Area's Maddie Frew, Mifflinburg's Malayna Rowe, Beaver Area's Olivia Neeley, and Susquehanna Community's Skyla Wilson all just missed the state final last year and will look to get a medal this time around.

Check out the list of the top 500 returnees in the girls' 300 meter hurdles and watch an interview after the state meet with Hickoy's Grober below:

300 Meter Hurdles

Rank Time Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 41.71
Susquehanna Township
2017
2 42.67
Hickory
2017
3 42.93
Neumann Goretti
2018
4 43.41
Upper Dublin
2018
5 43.96
Penn Wood
2017
6 44.50
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2018
7 44.73
Norristown
2017
8 44.90
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2017
9 44.97
Carlisle
2017
10 45.12
Hempfield Area (7)
2017
11 45.18
Pine Grove Area
2017
12 45.27
Pope John Paul II
2017
13 45.31
Susquehanna Community
2018
14 45.45
United
2018
14 45.45
State College Area High School
2020
16 45.47
Delaware Valley
2018
17 45.51
Hempfield (3)
2018
18 45.68
Chichester
2017
19 45.72
Manheim Central
2018
20 45.82
Central Cambria HS Red Devils
2018
21 45.94
Governor Mifflin
2017
22 45.95
Lakeland
2017
23 46.08
Hampton
2017
24 46.11
Great Valley
2017
25 46.15
Conestoga
2017
26 46.25
Upper Darby
2017
27 46.29
Forest Hills
2017
28 46.33
Mount Lebanon
2019
28 46.33
Stroudsburg
2017
30 46.34
Quakertown
2017
31 46.39
Mars Area
2017
32 46.40
Penn Hills
2019
33 46.46
Greenwood
2019
33 46.46
Wyomissing Area
2018
35 46.47
Harbor Creek
2017
36 46.49
Methacton
2018
37 46.50
Mifflinburg
2017
38 46.53
Beaver Area
2017
39 46.56
Montoursville Area
2018
40 46.58
Council Rock North
2017
41 46.60
General McLane
2017
42 46.65
Mars Area
2017
43 46.71
Lower Dauphin
2018
43 46.71
Pine Grove Area
2017
45 46.76
Manheim Township
2018
46 46.79
Cheltenham
2017
47 46.84
Harrisburg High School
2017
48 46.91
North Penn
2017
49 46.92
Plum
2019
50 46.97
Friends' Central
2018
51 46.98
Milton Hershey
2017
52 47.01
Hempfield Area (7)
2018
53 47.13
Penn Wood
2018
54 47.16
Schuylkill Valley
2017
55 47.21
DuBois Central Catholic High School
2017
56 47.24
Slippery Rock Area
2017
57 47.27
Unionville
2017
58 47.28
North Hills
2017
59 47.34
Holy Redeemer High School
2017
60 47.35
Ellwood City
2017
61 47.36
Penn Trafford
2018
62 47.37
Canon-McMillan
2019
63 47.38
Shikellamy
2017
64 47.44
Norristown
2019
65 47.46
Shenango
2018
66 47.49
Allegheny Clarion Valley
2018
67 47.54
Riverside (7)
2017
68 47.55
Cocalico
2017
69 47.60
Dallas
2018
70 47.62
Montoursville Area
2018
71 47.63
Blue Mountain
2019
72 47.65
Butler
2017
73 47.66
Trinity (3)
2019
74 47.68
Mount Carmel Area
2018
75 47.79
Lancaster Catholic
2018
75 47.79
Hickory
2018
77 47.81
Saint Basil Academy
2017
77 47.81
Manheim Township
2019
79 47.82
Bensalem
2017
80 47.86
Penn Manor
2017
81 47.87
Bradford Area
2018
82 47.88
Pennridge
2019
83 47.89
Canon-McMillan
2017
84 47.98
Neshaminy
2017
85 47.99
Scranton
2017
86 48.13
Strath Haven
2019
87 48.18
Somerset Area
2018
88 48.23
Nazareth Academy
2018
89 48.24
Martin Luther King HS
2017
90 48.27
Greensburg Salem
2018
91 48.29
Millville
2018
92 48.30
Wyomissing Area
2017
93 48.33
West Chester East
2018
94 48.36
Norwin
2019
95 48.41
Dover
2018
95 48.41
Saucon Valley
2017
97 48.44
Neshaminy
2018
98 48.46
Upper Dauphin HS
2017
99 48.49
Council Rock South
2017
100 48.51
Chambersburg
2019
100 48.51
Mars Area
2018
102 48.57
Solanco
2017
103 48.58
California Area High School
2017
104 48.59
Southern Lehigh
2017
104 48.59
Lakeview
2018
106 48.61
Academy of Notre Dame
2018
106 48.61
Governor Mifflin
2018
108 48.65
Western Wayne
2019
109 48.66
Chester
2017
110 48.67
Eisenhower
2019
111 48.68
Mount Saint Joseph Academy
2017
112 48.69
Haverford Township HS
2017
112 48.69
Meadville Area
2019
114 48.70
Gwynedd-Mercy Academy
2017
114 48.70
Middletown Area
2017
116 48.71
Williamsport Area
2017
117 48.73
Williamsport Area
2017
118 48.74
Shamokin Area
2017
118 48.74
Central Cambria HS Red Devils
2019
120 48.78
Hollidaysburg Area
2019
121 48.79
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
2019
121 48.79
Western Wayne
2018
123 48.80
Fairfield Area
2018
124 48.88
Cheltenham
2017
125 48.90
Donegal
2018
126 48.91
Spring Grove
2017
127 48.94
Wallenpaupack
2019
128 48.95
State College Area High School
2018
129 48.96
Wissahickon
2019
130 49.03
Villa Joseph Marie
2017
131 49.04
Seneca Valley
2017
132 49.05
Chichester
2017
133 49.07
Bethel Park
2017
134 49.08
Windber Area
2019
135 49.09
Bethlehem-Center
2018
136 49.10
Germantown Academy
2017
136 49.10
Hazleton Area
2019
138 49.12
Thomas Jefferson
2017
139 49.14
Wilson (3)
2018
140 49.16
Perkiomen Valley
2019
141 49.22
Gwynedd-Mercy Academy
2017
142 49.24
Pottsville Area
2017
142 49.24
Fairview
2018
142 49.24
Pocono Mountain West
2017
142 49.24
Hampton
2019
146 49.25
Downingtown East
2017
147 49.27
Mahanoy Area
2019
148 49.28
Upper Dublin
2018
148 49.28
Pennsbury
2017
148 49.28
Brentwood
2017
151 49.32
Cumberland Valley
2019
152 49.34
United
2018
153 49.37
Dallastown
2018
154 49.42
Whitehall
2018
155 49.44
Palisades
2017
155 49.44
West Mifflin
2019
157 49.50
Episcopal Academy
2017
157 49.50
Central Bucks East
2019
159 49.56
Episcopal Academy
2018
160 49.57
Deer Lakes
2019
161 49.58
Central Bucks South
2017
162 49.59
Dock Mennonite Academy
2018
163 49.60
Owen J. Roberts
2017
164 49.63
Hickory
2019
165 49.64
Slippery Rock Area
2018
166 49.65
North Allegheny
2017
167 49.68
Council Rock North
2019
167 49.68
Parkland
2018
169 49.70
Girard
2017
169 49.70
Manheim Central
2017
171 49.71
Penn Charter
2017
172 49.72
West Allegheny
2018
172 49.72
Central Bucks West
2018
174 49.74
Tamaqua Area
2017
175 49.77
Athens Area
2017
176 49.78
Mount Lebanon
2017
177 49.79
Moon Area
2019
177 49.79
Franklin Regional
2019
179 49.80
Canon-McMillan
2019
180 49.81
York Suburban
2017
181 49.82
Upper Dublin
2017
181 49.82
Dock Mennonite Academy
2019
181 49.82
Owen J. Roberts
2017
184 49.86
Wissahickon
2018
185 49.87
Delaware Valley Charter
2017
186 49.89
DuBois Area
2017
187 49.91
Bedford
2017
187 49.91
The Hill School
2018
189 49.94
Kane Area
2018
190 49.95
Wilson (3)
2018
191 49.96
Marion Center Area
2018
192 49.98
Apollo-Ridge High School
2018
192 49.98
Marple Newtown
2017
194 49.99
Exeter
2018
195 50.00
Harry S Truman
2019
196 50.01
Butler
2019
197 50.03
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2018
198 50.04
Lehighton
2017
198 50.04
Martin Luther King HS
2019
198 50.04
Northern Bedford
2018
198 50.04
Shikellamy
2017
198 50.04
State College Area High School
2019
198 50.04
Plum
2017
198 50.04
Pittston Area
2018
205 50.06
New Oxford
2017
205 50.06
Holy Cross High School
2018
205 50.06
Montoursville Area
2019
205 50.06
Seneca Valley
2019
209 50.07
Spring Ford
2018
209 50.07
Chartiers Houston
2018
211 50.08
Academy of Notre Dame
2017
212 50.09
West Chester Rustin
2018
213 50.11
Eastern York
2017
213 50.11
Pennridge
2018
215 50.12
Fort Leboeuf
2017
216 50.13
Owen J. Roberts
2018
217 50.14
Easton Area
2019
218 50.16
Penns Valley Area
2018
219 50.18
Rockwood
2017
219 50.18
Garnet Valley
2018
221 50.19
Unionville
2017
222 50.24
Cumberland Valley
2018
223 50.27
Shikellamy
2017
224 50.28
Elk Lake High School
2018
224 50.28
Shady Side Academy
2018
226 50.29
Elizabeth Forward
2019
227 50.30
Loyalsock Township
2019
228 50.31
Middletown Area
2017
229 50.33
Mohawk
2019
230 50.34
Scranton
2018
231 50.35
Williamsport Area
2017
231 50.35
Wyoming Area
2018
233 50.36
Thomas Jefferson
2017
233 50.36
Delaware Valley
2018
233 50.36
Bishop McDevitt
2018
236 50.37
Lower Dauphin
2017
237 50.38
Palmerton Area
2019
238 50.39
Downingtown East
2017
238 50.39
Hollidaysburg Area
2017
238 50.39
North Allegheny
2017
241 50.40
Mount Saint Joseph Academy
2017
242 50.44
Richland
2017
242 50.44
Downingtown East
2017
244 50.46
Lower Moreland
2017
244 50.46
Upper Darby
2018
246 50.47
DuBois Area
2018
246 50.47
Juniata
2018
248 50.54
Charleroi Area High School
2018
248 50.54
Northern
2017
248 50.54
Carlisle
2018
251 50.59
Strath Haven
2019
251 50.59
Dallastown
2017
253 50.62
Cambria Heights
2017
254 50.64
Mount Carmel Area
2018
254 50.64
Carlisle
2018
254 50.64
Northern Lehigh
2018
257 50.65
Delone Catholic
2019
257 50.65
DuBois Central Catholic High School
2017
257 50.65
Abington Heights
2017
260 50.66
Boiling Springs
2019
260 50.66
Bradford Area
2017
262 50.69
Moon Area
2018
263 50.70
Pocono Mountain West
2018
263 50.70
Phoenixville Area
2018
265 50.72
Warwick
2019
265 50.72
Wilson (3)
2018
267 50.75
General McLane
2017
267 50.75
Hempfield Area (7)
2017
269 50.76
Friends' Central
2017
270 50.82
Perkiomen Valley
2019
271 50.84
Notre Dame Green Pond
2018
271 50.84
Rochester
2019
271 50.84
Baldwin School
2019
271 50.84
Fleetwood Area
2018
275 50.85
Council Rock South
2019
276 50.88
North Pocono
2019
276 50.88
Eastern Lebanon County
2018
278 50.89
Woodland Hills High School
2018
279 50.90
Methacton
2018
279 50.90
Ridley
2017
281 50.91
McDowell
2019
282 50.92
Pleasant Valley High School
2018
283 50.94
World Communications Charter School
2018
284 50.99
Brookville Area
2019
284 50.99
Clarion Area
2018
286 51.00
Southmoreland
2019
286 51.00
Southmoreland
2019
288 51.04
Northern Lehigh
2017
288 51.04
Salisbury Township
2017
288 51.04
Trinity (3)
2018
291 51.05
Downingtown West
2018
292 51.06
Westmont Hilltop
2018
293 51.08
Chambersburg
2019
293 51.08
Northern Bedford
2019
295 51.09
Holy Cross High School
2018
296 51.10
Warren Area
2019
296 51.10
Ambridge Area
2018
296 51.10
Central York
2018
299 51.14
Lampeter Strasburg
2017
300 51.17
Armstrong HS
2017
301 51.18
Pittston Area
2019
301 51.18
Grove City Area
2019
303 51.19
Carrick
2018
304 51.20
Kutztown Area
2019
305 51.21
Wissahickon
2017
306 51.22
Clarion Limestone
2019
307 51.24
Blue Mountain
2017
307 51.24
Liberty
2018
309 51.27
Schuylkill Valley
2018
309 51.27
McDowell
2019
309 51.27
Montour
2019
312 51.28
Selinsgrove
2019
312 51.28
South Williamsport
2017
314 51.29
Phoenixville Area
2017
315 51.31
Fairview
2019
315 51.31
Valley
2017
317 51.32
Wallenpaupack
2018
317 51.32
Baldwin
2017
319 51.34
Midd-West High School
2017
319 51.34
Hopewell
2019
321 51.35
Trinity (7)
2017
321 51.35
Columbia
2018
321 51.35
Great Valley
2017
324 51.36
Wyomissing Area
2018
325 51.37
Episcopal Academy
2017
326 51.38
Laurel
2017
326 51.38
Milton Area
2017
328 51.39
Garnet Valley
2018
328 51.39
Loyalsock Township
2017
330 51.44
Jersey Shore Area
2017
330 51.44
Saucon Valley
2017
330 51.44
Parkland
2019
330 51.44
Ephrata
2017
330 51.44
Seneca Valley
2019
335 51.46
Strath Haven
2019
335 51.46
Exeter
2019
337 51.47
Twin Valley
2019
338 51.48
Clearfield Area
2018
338 51.48
Saint Basil Academy
2018
338 51.48
Central York
2019
341 51.49
Susquehanna Township
2017
341 51.49
Highlands
2017
343 51.51
Penncrest
2018
343 51.51
Lakeview
2017
343 51.51
Hazleton Area
2017
346 51.52
Selinsgrove
2018
347 51.53
Upper Saint Clair
2019
348 51.54
Northampton Area
2017
348 51.54
New Oxford
2018
350 51.59
Somerset Area
2018
351 51.60
Penn Charter
2017
351 51.60
Shade HS
2017
351 51.60
Youngsville
2019
351 51.60
Butler
2019
355 51.64
Freedom (11)
2017
355 51.64
Mifflin County High School
2018
357 51.65
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2019
358 51.66
Bedford
2017
358 51.66
Greater Latrobe
2019
358 51.66
Bellefonte Area
2018
361 51.67
Wilson (3)
2018
362 51.68
Homer Center
2017
363 51.72
Elk County Catholic
2018
364 51.73
Exeter
2017
365 51.74
Berlin Brothersvalley
2017
365 51.74
Owen J. Roberts
2018
367 51.75
East Pennsboro Area SD
2018
368 51.76
Lower Merion
2019
369 51.77
Yough
2017
370 51.78
Lampeter Strasburg
2018
370 51.78
Mechanicsburg Area High School
2019
372 51.79
Ridley
2017
373 51.80
Sharon
2019
374 51.81
Council Rock North
2018
375 51.83
Upper Perkiomen
2017
376 51.84
Blue Mountain
2018
376 51.84
Nazareth Area
2018
376 51.84
Penncrest
2017
379 51.85
Meyersdale Area
2017
380 51.86
Greater Latrobe
2017
381 51.87
Bishop Shanahan
2019
381 51.87
George School
2019
381 51.87
Perkiomen Valley
2018
384 51.88
Chambersburg
2018
384 51.88
Upper Dublin
2019
386 51.90
Altoona Area
2018
387 51.91
McGuffey
2018
388 51.93
Huntingdon Area
2019
388 51.93
Fels High School
2017
390 51.94
Bishop Shanahan
2019
390 51.94
Pen Argyl Area
2017
390 51.94
Northwestern Lehigh
2018
390 51.94
George School
2018
394 51.95
Unionville
2019
395 51.96
Riverside (7)
2018
396 51.97
Wyoming Valley West
2018
397 51.98
Bishop Shanahan
2017
398 52.01
Windber Area
2019
399 52.02
Quaker Valley
2019
400 52.03
Meadville Area
2018
400 52.03
Bangor Area
2019
400 52.03
Cranberry
2018
400 52.03
South Side
2018
404 52.04
Emmaus
2018
404 52.04
Tyrone Area
2017
404 52.04
Camp Hill
2018
407 52.06
Montoursville Area
2018
407 52.06
Carlisle
2018
409 52.07
Downingtown West
2017
410 52.08
Souderton Area
2017
410 52.08
Youngsville
2019
412 52.12
Bermudian Springs
2019
413 52.13
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2017
413 52.13
Eastern York
2018
415 52.14
Parkland
2017
416 52.15
Shenandoah Valley
2017
416 52.15
West York Area
2019
418 52.16
Shaler Area
2018
419 52.17
Trinity (7)
2018
419 52.17
Red Lion
2019
421 52.18
General McLane
2019
422 52.20
Oakland Catholic
2019
423 52.22
Blackhawk
2018
424 52.24
Hughesville
2019
424 52.24
Gettysburg Area High School
2017
426 52.26
Northwestern Lehigh
2017
427 52.29
Christian School of York
2018
428 52.30
Methacton
2017
429 52.31
Athens Area
2019
430 52.32
Berks Catholic
2018
431 52.33
Neshaminy
2018
432 52.34
Liberty
2019
432 52.34
Montoursville Area
2021
432 52.34
Danville Area
2019
435 52.38
Chartiers Valley
2017
435 52.38
Ringgold
2019
437 52.41
Bishop Carroll
2018
437 52.41
Central Tech
2018
437 52.41
Ephrata
2017
440 52.44
Mount Carmel Area
2017
440 52.44
Bishop Shanahan
2019
442 52.45
West Chester Henderson
2019
443 52.46
Valley View
2018
444 52.47
Trinity Christian
2019
445 52.51
Bishop McCort
2017
446 52.53
Mercyhurst Preparatory
2018
447 52.54
Northampton Area
2019
448 52.56
Dunmore
2017
449 52.57
Mount Lebanon
2019
450 52.59
DuBois Area
2018
450 52.59
North Allegheny
2018
452 52.60
Northwestern Lehigh
2017
452 52.60
Susquehanna Township
2018
454 52.63
Indiana Area
2018
455 52.64
Mechanicsburg Area High School
2017
455 52.64
Milton Hershey
2017
455 52.64
Oley Valley
2019
458 52.68
Elmer L. Meyers
2019
458 52.68
Warwick
2019
460 52.69
Bangor Area
2017
461 52.71
Southern Columbia Area
2019
462 52.73
Reading
2017
463 52.74
Altoona Area
2019
464 52.75
Villa Joseph Marie
2019
464 52.75
Chambersburg
2019
466 52.77
William Tennent
2018
467 52.79
Hempfield (3)
2018
468 52.84
William Allen
2018
468 52.84
Wilson Area (11)
2019
468 52.84
Pocono Mountain West
2018
471 52.85
Christian School of York
2017
471 52.85
Garden Spot
2019
473 52.86
Slippery Rock Area
2018
473 52.86
The Hill School
2018
475 52.88
Central Bucks West
2018
476 52.91
Cedar Crest
2019
477 52.92
Northwest Area
2017
478 52.93
Quaker Valley Middle School
2019
479 52.94
Villa Maria Academy
2017
480 52.95
Bethel Park
2018
480 52.95
West Perry
2017
482 52.98
Big Spring
2018
482 52.98
Lancaster Catholic
2018
484 52.99
Seneca
2019
484 52.99
Cedar Crest
2019
486 53.00
Wilmington
2017
487 53.04
Mifflin County High School
2017
488 53.05
Lewisburg Area
2017
488 53.05
Franklin Area
2019
490 53.06
West Chester Rustin
2019
490 53.06
Lower Dauphin
2018
492 53.08
Twin Valley
2019
493 53.09
Shade HS
2019
493 53.09
Tyrone Area
2018
493 53.09
South Park High School
2018
496 53.14
Easton Area
2019
496 53.14
Jersey Shore Area
2018
498 53.15
Hazleton Area
2019
499 53.16
Pine-Richland
2018
500 53.17
Red Lion
2017

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