Track and Field

Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo runs to a first place finish in the Class AA girls race during the TSTCA cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at California University.
Quarzo, Anderson run personal bests at New Balance Nationals Indoor
March 10, 2019
Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo and Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson, two of the WPIAL’s top runners, set personal bests Sunday at the New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York.

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Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson competes in the Class AAA girls 800 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
4 WPIAL track standouts compete Sunday at New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York
Four WPIAL track standouts will compete Sunday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York.

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Hempfield Area’s Mackenna Orie takes second in the girls shot put Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
WPIAL athletes garner all-state honors for indoor season
March 6, 2019
Athletes from WPIAL schools were lauded by the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association with the organization’s all-state teams for the indoor season.

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Shaler’s Andrew Dadowski, Evan Walsh, Jack Keenan and Josh Maida finished eighth in the 800 relay at the TSTCA championships Feb. 23, 2019, at Penn State.
Shaler’s Mbalo breaks school record in season finale
March 1, 2019
Cam Mbalo made sure the Shaler track and field team received one more accolade before the season ended.

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Penn Hills freshman Pinnix shines on track
February 27, 2019
Penn Hills freshman Miniya Pinnix has set lofty expectations on the track with a strong indoor season.

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Fox Chapel’s girls distance medley relay team of Sarena Seeger, Kate Carnevale, Brooke Krally and Grace Sisson brought home the gold medal at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championships Feb. 17, 2019, at Edinboro.
Fox Chapel indoor track program finishes strong
February 26, 2019
The Fox Chapel indoor track team finished its season on a high note. On Feb. 17, the team ran in the Tri-State Coaches Association championships at Edinboro.

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Kiski Area Jean Starr, pictured during a recent practice at Kiski High School. Thursday April 19, 2018.
Kiski Area thrower commits to Penn State
February 25, 2019
Jean Starr attended a track and field camp at Penn State last summer and knew she wanted to go there. And when the program’s coaches offered her an opportunity to join the team, that made it an even easier decision.

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Hempfield Area’s MacKenna Orie takes second in the girls shot put Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
Hempfield’s Orie wins state indoor shot put title
February 24, 2019
Hempfield senior MacKenna Orie knew if she wanted to win a state indoor title, she needed a quick start.

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North Allegheny’s Zach Kinne
North Allegheny’s Kinne, Hempfield’s Orie celebrate state indoor track titles
North Allegheny’s Zach Kinne and Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie celebrated state track titles Sunday at the PTFCA indoor championship at Penn State.

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Chartiers-Houston girls basketball coach Laura Montecalvo urges on her team during the WPIAL finals Saturday, March 2, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
West Allegheny hires WPIAL champion to replace Bob Palko as track coach
February 22, 2019
West Allegheny lost one WPIAL champion coach but quickly added another.

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Penn Hills runners (from left) Kiera Ward, Drew Hines, Eliza Brennan and Miniya Pinnix competed in the 1,600-meter run at the Tri-State Indoor Track Championships Feb. 16, 2019.
Pinnix leads Penn Hills indoor track into state event
February 21, 2019
Entering the season, Penn Hills indoor track and field coach Lee Zelkowitz didn’t know very much about freshman Miniya Pinnix. However, after a few practices and the first meet, Zelkowitz knew he had something special.

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4 WPIAL athletes win multiple individual golds at TSTCA indoor championship
February 17, 2019
Mt. Lebanon junior Patrick Anderson ran the state’s fastest mile Saturday and four WPIAL athletes won multiple individual gold medals at the TSTCA indoor championships in Edinboro.

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Latrobe's Joe Piper competes at a Tri-State Track and Field Coaches Association indoor meet Jan. 20, 2018, at Edinboro.
Latrobe duo sets school records during indoor meet
January 22, 2018
Three Latrobe athletes set school records at the first Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor meet of the season Saturday at Edinboro. Sydney Mizikar set a

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Penn Hills' Jayla Ellis competes in a track meet at Penn Hills on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
Several WPIAL athletes earn top honors at weekend indoor track events
Athletes from several dozen WPIAL and City League teams descended on Edinboro University on Saturday for the first Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet of the

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2016-2017 MSA Sports Male Athletes of the Year
July 5, 2017
Darius Wise and Austin Butler were both 'Cats in high school, Wise playing for the Beaver Bobcats and Butler for the Latrobe Wildcats. But when it comes to athletes, Wise and Butler are top dogs. Wise and Butler, who both graduated last month, have been selected the MSA Sports Co-Athletes of the Year. The MSA Sports staff selects the athlete of the year from all WPIAL schools. In the days of high school athletes specializing in one sport, Wise and Butler were throwbacks. They were multi-sports athletes - in the same three sports. But it's not just competing in three sports that made them stand out, it's what they achieved in the three sports that made them two of a kind.

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Maddie Holmberg
May 31, 2017
Maddie Holmberg was one of the most accomplished competitors in the history of WPIAL track and field during her time at Hempfield Area, winning more than a dozen gold medals between district and state competitions. Holmberg, now a standout for Penn State's track and field team, is this week's feature for the WPIAL Alum Q&A. Holmberg was a four-year varsity letterwinner for the Spartans track and field team, including her freshman season in 2012. That year, she and the Lady Spartans captured the WPIAL team championship in Class AAA. Individually, Holmberg took first in the long jump, while finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles.

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/08/2017
April 8, 2017
A star hurdler is emerging in girls track and field at Oakland Catholic, but the last time we heard much of her, she was at Penn Hills. Jayla Ellis is a sophomore at Oakland Catholic who has run the 100-meter hurdles in 14.1 seconds this spring. According to WPIAL girls track and field historian Jim Faiella, that is the second-fastest time in the history of the WPIAL. Lindsay Dolan of Center ran 14.1 in 2006. Ellis burst onto the WPIAL track scene a year ago, winning the 100 hurdles as a freshman and finishing fourth in the state. But Ellis attended Penn Hills last year. She transferred to Oakland Catholic for her sophomore year.

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2017
The newest class of the WPIAL Hall of Fame includes a current NFL player, a former NFL head coach and a high school coach who sent almost a dozen players to the NFL. The 2017 class was announced by the WPIAL at a news conference Thursday at the Heinz History Center. This is the 10th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. The inductees with NFL ties are: Terrelle Pryor, who played for the Cleveland Browns last year and has signed with the Washington Redskins; former New York Jets head coach Joe Walton; former Woodland Hills coach George Novak, who sent 11 players to the NFL.

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MSA Sports Top 25 WPIAL Stories of 2016 Recap
January 4, 2017
It case you missed it, here is a look at our annual end of the year countdown of top stories or events from around the WPIAL. As we begin 2017, we look back at some of the top stories from around the WPIAL in calendar year 2016 with the entire countdown. #25 - CROSS-COUNTRY RUN ENDS

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MSA Sports Top 25 WPIAL Stories of 2016 – #5 through #1
January 1, 2017
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holiday season here at the MSA Sports Network. As we close out 2016 and another great high school sports year, we look back at some of the top stories from around the WPIAL in calendar year 2016. We conclude our countdown with #5 through #1. #5 - YOUNG AND OLD FINAL FAIRWELLS

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