Six Girls Under At Sub-9: Top 250+ Girls 60m Hurdles Returnees

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Cheltenham built quite the dynasty over the past few years. Two of the stars from that dynasty---Ciara Leonard and Chanel Brissett---helped lead the charge with their dominance in the hurdles. Leonard broke the indoor 60-meter hurdle state record in 2015. Then Brissett added the hurdles to her already impressive sprinting repertoire, breaking Leonard's state record and becoming the third fastest 60-meter hurdler in US high school history.

But with Brissett's graduation (she's at USC now), it will be a changing of the guard. Brissett's dominance can't be understated, but what's worth noting is that the other top hurdlers in the state (many of which are returning this year) were very fast, too. Which girls should you be watching out for this winter?

At the top of the returner's list is Madison Langley-Walker of Upper Dublin. The Oklahoma recruit has the potential to win three events at states this season, which would be remarkable. She ran 8.57 at indoor states last year and then8.62 in the finals to take third overall. Taking third was Perkiomen Valley's Christina Warren, who ran her season best of 8.65 at states. We already discussed how Langley-Walker and Warren will be the ones to beat in the triple jump, but they are also the favorites in the hurdles. Both should have exciting seasons in the hurdles.


The other two returning medalists in the hurdles are Conestoga Valley's Jane Livingston and Oakland Catholic's Jayla Ellis. Livingston had a strong sophomore campaign that landed her sixth in the state. She went sub-9 at states in the prelims, going 8.99. She continued to progress when outdoors came around and should be in line for another solid season. Ellis, who transferred from Penn Hills before the start of last season, is a versatile athlete. She's earned back-to-back medals in the 60 hurdles and should be in line for her third this season.

Bentworth's Brenna Cavanaugh is also a strong long jumper, but look for her to be in the mix in the hurdles. She took home the AA state title in the high hurdles this past spring and could certainly contend this winter with the top names. North Hills' Amberly Valeriano hasn't raced much indoors the past few season, but the junior, who was eighth in AAA at outdoor states in the high hurdles, could be a factor this winter.

Hempfield Area's Bailey Traczynski, Cheltenham's Brianna Smith, Exeter's Symone Foster, Manheim Township's Mackenzie Horn, and Council Rock South's Elke Knecht are others that should make a run at the state finals and a medal this winter in what will be a much more open competition than we've seen in the past few years.

Watch Brissett's record 60-meter hurdle run from the PTFCA Indoor State Championships last year and check out the top 250 returners in the event below:

60 Meter Hurdles

Rank Time Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 8.57
Upper Dublin
2018
2 8.65
Perkiomen Valley
2019
3 8.87
Oakland Catholic
2019
4 8.93
Bentworth
2018
5 8.99
Hempfield Area (7)
2018
5 8.99
Conestoga Valley
2019
7 9.04
Cheltenham
2020
8 9.19
Exeter
2018
9 9.32
Manheim Township
2018
10 9.44
Council Rock South
2019
11 9.52
Slippery Rock Area
2019
12 9.54
Cumberland Valley
2018
13 9.64
Somerset Area
2018
14 9.67
Strath Haven
2019
15 9.71
Lower Merion
2019
16 9.73
Norristown
2019
17 9.78
Wilson (3)
2018
18 9.80
Gateway
2020
19 9.83
Western Wayne
2020
19 9.83
Lower Dauphin
2018
21 9.87
Swenson Arts & Technology
2019
21 9.87
Meadville Area
2019
21 9.87
Plum
2019
24 9.90
Wyomissing Area
2018
25 9.93
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2018
25 9.93
Canon-McMillan
2019
27 9.94
Pine-Richland
2020
28 9.95
Lakeview
2018
29 10.00
Archbishop Ryan
2020
29 10.00
Butler
2019
31 10.02
Norwin
2019
32 10.05
Dover
2018
33 10.09
Pine-Richland
2018
34 10.14
Neumann Goretti
2018
35 10.15
Mount Lebanon
2019
35 10.15
Seneca Valley
2019
35 10.15
Spring Ford
2018
38 10.19
Central Bucks East
2020
39 10.20
Saint Basil Academy
2020
40 10.21
Norwin
2019
40 10.21
Carlisle
2018
42 10.24
Bishop McDevitt
2018
42 10.24
Carlisle
2018
44 10.25
Bethel Park
2019
45 10.27
Trinity (7)
2018
46 10.28
Methacton
2018
47 10.29
Millville
2018
48 10.34
State College Area High School
2020
49 10.35
Western Wayne
2019
50 10.36
Academy of Notre Dame
2018
51 10.42
Villa Maria Academy
2018
51 10.42
Pennridge
2019
53 10.43
Strath Haven
2019
53 10.43
Baldwin School
2019
55 10.44
Cumberland Valley
2019
56 10.46
Mars Area
2018
56 10.46
Upper Merion
2018
58 10.54
Chambersburg
2019
59 10.56
State College Area High School
2018
59 10.56
Hickory
2020
59 10.56
Saint Basil Academy
2018
62 10.57
Chambersburg
2019
63 10.60
Mercer Area
2021
63 10.60
Seneca Valley
2020
65 10.62
Shenango
2019
66 10.63
Coatesville
2020
67 10.64
Neshaminy
2018
68 10.69
Butler
2020
69 10.71
Spring Grove
2020
70 10.72
Fleetwood Area
2018
70 10.72
Altoona Area
2020
72 10.73
Central Bucks West
2018
73 10.74
Altoona Area
2020
73 10.74
West York Area
2019
75 10.76
Belle Vernon
2020
75 10.76
Penn Hills
2020
77 10.84
Hollidaysburg Area
2019
77 10.84
Methacton
2020
79 10.86
Perkiomen Valley
2018
79 10.86
Hopewell
2019
81 10.88
Downingtown West
2020
82 10.89
Methacton
2018
83 10.90
Hempfield Area (7)
2020
83 10.90
East Pennsboro Area SD
2018
85 10.91
North Allegheny
2019
85 10.91
Council Rock South
2020
87 10.93
Loyalsock Township
2019
87 10.93
Upper Merion
2018
89 10.94
Baldwin
2020
89 10.94
Clarion Area
2018
89 10.94
Owen J. Roberts
2018
92 10.95
Upper Darby
2018
93 10.96
Pine-Richland
2020
94 10.97
Shaler Area
2018
95 11.00
Carlisle
2018
96 11.01
Plum
2020
96 11.01
Susquehanna Township
2019
98 11.04
Lower Dauphin
2018
98 11.04
West Chester Henderson
2019
100 11.05
Pennridge
2020
101 11.07
Hampton
2019
102 11.08
General McLane
2019
102 11.08
Butler
2019
104 11.09
Conestoga Valley
2019
104 11.09
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2019
106 11.11
Upper Saint Clair
2019
107 11.12
Kiski Area
2020
108 11.13
Grove City Area
2021
109 11.14
Cheltenham
2020
110 11.19
Hempfield (3)
2018
111 11.21
Central Bucks West
2018
111 11.21
Seneca Valley
2019
111 11.21
McDowell
2019
114 11.22
Haverford Township HS
2018
115 11.23
Hamburg Area
2020
116 11.24
Mifflin County High School
2018
116 11.24
Cumberland Valley
2018
116 11.24
Downingtown East
2018
116 11.24
Hill-Freedman World Academy
2019
120 11.25
Wissahickon
2019
121 11.26
Central Dauphin
2020
122 11.28
Selinsgrove
2018
122 11.28
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
124 11.29
General McLane
2020
124 11.29
Upper Darby
2019
126 11.30
McDowell
2019
127 11.31
Ephrata
2018
128 11.32
Bishop McDevitt
2018
129 11.34
Cardinal O'Hara
2018
129 11.34
Hershey
2018
131 11.36
Shaler Area
2019
132 11.38
Montour
2019
132 11.38
Kennett
2019
134 11.40
Lower Moreland
2020
135 11.42
Kennett
2019
135 11.42
Pine-Richland
2020
135 11.42
Coatesville
2019
138 11.43
Conwell-Egan
2020
139 11.44
Bellefonte Area
2018
140 11.45
York Suburban
2019
140 11.45
New Castle
2018
140 11.45
Pennridge
2019
143 11.50
Hickory
2020
144 11.51
Archbishop Carroll
2018
145 11.53
Bedford
2019
145 11.53
Meadville Area
2018
147 11.54
Altoona Area
2019
147 11.54
Mifflin County High School
2020
147 11.54
State College Area High School
2018
147 11.54
Hershey
2019
151 11.55
Hughesville
2019
151 11.55
Shikellamy
2019
151 11.55
West Chester East
2020
154 11.58
Great Valley
2018
154 11.58
Lower Moreland
2018
156 11.60
Selinsgrove
2019
156 11.60
South Fayette High School
2019
158 11.62
Bishop McDevitt
2019
159 11.63
North Allegheny
2018
160 11.64
Coatesville
2019
161 11.65
Warwick
2020
162 11.69
West Mifflin
2019
162 11.69
Mount Saint Joseph Academy
2018
162 11.69
Boyertown
2020
165 11.70
Archbishop Ryan
2018
165 11.70
Neshaminy
2018
167 11.71
Perkiomen Valley
2020
168 11.73
Swenson Arts & Technology
2020
169 11.75
Central Dauphin
2019
170 11.77
Downingtown East
2019
170 11.77
Gwynedd-Mercy Academy
2019
172 11.79
Central Bucks East
2020
173 11.82
New Castle
2019
174 11.83
Interboro
2018
175 11.84
J.P. McCaskey
2020
176 11.86
West Chester Rustin
2020
177 11.88
Mount Lebanon
2018
178 11.89
Ephrata
2019
179 11.92
Montour
2018
179 11.92
Hill-Freedman World Academy
2019
179 11.92
Upper Saint Clair
2019
179 11.92
Swenson Arts & Technology
2020
183 11.93
Boyertown
2019
183 11.93
Abington Friends
2018
185 11.94
State College Area High School
2020
185 11.94
Altoona Area
2018
185 11.94
Hickory
2018
188 11.95
Milton Hershey
2019
189 11.96
Haverford Township HS
2020
190 11.98
Hampton
2019
190 11.98
Nazareth Academy
2018
192 12.02
Penn Wood
2020
193 12.06
Lehighton
2019
194 12.07
Hempfield (3)
2018
195 12.11
Butler
2019
196 12.13
Bensalem
2019
196 12.13
Ridley
2019
198 12.14
Williamsport Area
2019
199 12.16
Greenville
2020
200 12.26
Conwell-Egan
2018
201 12.28
Peters Township
2019
202 12.29
Upper Darby
2020
203 12.32
Penn Wood
2019
204 12.34
Hatboro Horsham
2020
204 12.34
Interboro
2019
206 12.37
Seneca Valley
2018
206 12.37
Nazareth Academy
2018
208 12.38
J.P. McCaskey
2018
209 12.42
Reading
2020
209 12.42
Villa Joseph Marie
2020
211 12.43
Villa Joseph Marie
2018
212 12.44
Canon-McMillan
2020
212 12.44
State College Area High School
2020
214 12.45
Hamburg Area
2019
215 12.50
Meadville Area
2018
215 12.50
Pennridge
2020
217 12.54
State College Area High School
2020
218 12.64
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2018
219 12.68
West Chester Rustin
2019
220 12.70
Sewickley Academy
2019
221 12.80
Twin Valley
2020
222 12.81
Hamburg Area
2019
222 12.81
York Suburban
2019
224 12.84
State College Area High School
2019
224 12.84
State College Area High School
2019
224 12.84
New Castle
2019
227 12.86
Hatboro Horsham
2020
228 12.90
Archbishop Carroll
2020
228 12.90
Central Bucks East
2020
230 12.93
Penn Wood
2018
231 12.94
McDowell
2020
232 13.01
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy
2020
233 13.04
Bellefonte Area
2020
234 13.08
Archbishop Ryan
2019
235 13.14
Williamsport Area
2020
236 13.19
South Fayette High School
2019
237 13.34
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy
2019
237 13.34
Williamsport Area
2020
237 13.34
Nazareth Academy
2019
240 13.54
State College Area High School
2020
241 13.56
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy
2020
242 13.59
Mount Saint Joseph Academy
2018
243 13.60
Trinity (7)
2020
244 13.72
Sun Valley
2020
245 14.09
Manheim Township
2020
246 14.38
Central Bucks East
2018
247 14.54
Downingtown East
2019
248 14.71
Downingtown West
2020
249 14.89
Boyertown
2020
250 16.58
Perkiomen Valley
2020
251 16.92
Penncrest
2020
252 17.45
William Allen
2019
253 20.18
New Castle
2019
254 20.48
Westtown School
2018

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