Track and Field

From left, Pine-Richland’s Angelina Hunkele, Elizabeth Hunkele, Audrey DeKunder, Natalie McLean and Meredith Price ran at indoor nationals last month in Virginia.
5 Pine-Richland runners test themselves at indoor nationals
March 6, 2021
Five distance runners from Pine-Richland traveled to Virginia last month to test themselves against some of the best high school competition in the country and came home with solid results.

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Plum’s Logan Parker tossed a school indoor record of 57 feet, 6 ½ inches in the shot put at Youngstown State on Feb. 13, 2021.
Plum’s Logan Parker improves on indoor shot put record
February 20, 2021
At the third Youngstown State open high school meet of the indoor season Feb. 13, Plum senior Logan Parker threw further than anyone else in the shot put.

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WPIAL’s Finest, an unattached 3,200-meter relay team consisting of, from left, Riverside senior Colby Belczyk, Greensburg Salem senior Quintin Gatons, Knoch senior Mike Formica and Deer Lakes junior Carson McCoy, set the top high school indoor time in the country, a 7:50.60, at the Youngstown State Open/High School Meet #3 on Feb. 13, 2021, at YSU’s WATTS Indoor Track Facility.
WPIAL distance running all-star team clocks nation’s best time
February 15, 2021
When Knoch senior Mike Formica and Deer Lakes junior Carson McCoy, two of the top distance runners in the WPIAL, got to talking at the Spire Ohio Championship Preview Meet in Geneva, Ohio, on Jan. 30, they discussed plans to break away from the usual individual races they had run for several weeks this winter and see what an all-star relay could accomplish.

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Shaler Area’s Keenan balances basketball, indoor track
February 14, 2021
Jack Keenan didn’t seek an opportunity to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

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Shaler’s Eloise Facher (right), with teammate Karina Zwicker, competes at an indoor meet Jan. 16, 2021, at Youngstown State University.
Strong showing has Shaler sprinter eager to compete again, make states
January 24, 2021
Eloise Facher lined up at the starting line, peering down at a black shirt and shorts before the start of her 60-meter sprint at Youngstown State University.

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Longtime Hempfield track coach Roger Sullenberger died Wednesday at age 75.
Roger Sullenberger, coach with encyclopedic knowledge of Hempfield track, dies at age 75
January 16, 2021
Roger Sullenberger was a math teacher at Hempfield, but if anyone wanted to know the history of the school’s track program, Sully was the guy to go to.

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens competes in the Class AAA boys 110 meter high hurdles during the 2018 PIAA track and field championships.
North Allegheny track star Ayden Owens discusses decorated high school career
January 12, 2021
In May and June, the TribLive High School Sports Network held a fan vote to determine the Best of the Century among the district’s top male and female athletes.

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South Park’s Maura Huwalt competes in the girls Class AA shot put finals during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
South Park’s Maura Huwalt featured in Trib HSSN Best of the Century podcast series
January 10, 2021
Through the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, the Rebel Yell podcast will feature chats with some of the top WPIAL athletes from the first 20 years of this century.

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Quaker Valley’s Tabitha Bemis wins a 110-meter hurdle semifinal during the 2010 WPIAL Class AA qualifying meet.
Quaker Valley grad Tabitha Bemis discusses decorated high school career
January 5, 2021
In May and June, the TribLive High School Sports Network held a fan vote to determine the Best of the Century among the district’s top male and female athletes.

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Shaler’s Andrew Dadowski competes in the AAA boys 400 meter dash during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock. Shaler’s Andrew Dadowski competes in the Class AAA boys 400 meter dash during the 2019 WPIAL outdoor championships.
Shaler indoor track working hard, hoping for chance to compete
December 13, 2020
Shawn Ryan sees the challenges ahead of him for the Shaler indoor track team.

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Hempfield’s Isabella Gera
Hempfield track standout Bella Gera commits to Wake Forest
September 15, 2020
There are days that Hempfield throwing coach Dave Murray gives his athletes off to rest.

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Bethel Park’s Emily Carter gets a hug from an opponent at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet Oct. 17, 2019, at Cal (Pa.).
Bethel Park’s Emily Carter commits to run at Oklahoma State
August 14, 2020
Emily Carter is heading west to continue her cross country and track and field pursuits.

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The new, resurfaced track at Jeannette’s McKee Stadium.
Walkers, runners take to refurbished track at Jeannette’s McKee Stadium
August 13, 2020
A social media post about the completion and opening of the new track at Jeannette’s McKee Stadium Monday was viewed over 11,000 times.

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Greensburg Central Catholic junior Corinn Brewer
Even with many meets canceled, GCC’s Corinn Brewer finds a way to win this summer
August 12, 2020
Corinn Brewer went into her first — and last — track competition of the summer with an all-or-nothing approach.

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Former Greensburg Salem runner Maddy Murtland is recovering from a serious ATV accident.
Supporters rally behind Greensburg Salem champion runner after ATV crash
July 15, 2020
The Greensburg Salem track and field and cross country community, along with program supporters and friends alike, are rallying around recent alum Maddy Murtland, who was involved in a near-fatal ATV accident on July 6.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his goal against Iroquois during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Westmoreland County boys athlete of the year: GCC’s Nate Ward showed will to win in 4 sports
June 27, 2020
Nate Ward scored goals in soccer, kicked extra points and caught passes in football, hit 3-pointers on the basketball court and carried the baton around the track oval. With each sport, he made his mark.

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Trib HSSN Best of the Century winners Spencer Lee and Maura Huwalt joined the Rebel Yell podcast.
Rebel Yell Podcast: Best of the Century salute to Spencer Lee and Maura Huwalt
June 26, 2020
The WPIAL Battle of the Century was born during a pandemic as a combination to fill the void of the missed March Madness and a way to salute many of the great area scholastic athletes from the now-completed first two decades of the 21st century.

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South Park’s Maura Huwalt vs. North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale
Trib HSSN June Madness finals: Maura Huwalt, South Park vs. Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny
June 23, 2020
We have finally reached Championship Week in June Madness as we determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson vs. North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale
Trib HSSN June Madness semifinal: Amani Johnson, East Allegheny vs. Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny
June 19, 2020
Over the course of the next week, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson celebrates with C’Keiyah Marshall during the Class 3A WPIAL girls basketball final March 3, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
Amani Johnson recalls busy East Allegheny athletics career
June 11, 2020
Trib HSSN has been fortunate to cover a lot of great athletes the last two decades. While the ‘Best of the Century’ contest continues, HSSN now feature some of these high school stars from the last two decades Mondays and Thursdays on the Rebel Yell podcast.

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