Track and Field

Gateway runners Brady Sundin, left, and Luke Whisel practice May 12, 2021, at Gateway.
Gateway athletes set for WPIAL championship meet
May 16, 2021
The Gateway track and field spring season was one of growth and discovery for a number of athletes breaking into varsity competition for the first time.

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Fox Chapel’s Laura Carter leads the pack en route to winning the 1600 meter run during the Baldwin Invitational on May 8, 2021, at Baldwin High School.
Distance runners Carter, Miller ready for 1st crack at WPIAL girls championships
May 15, 2021
Fox Chapel’s Laura Carter and Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller first meet in competition in fall 2018 as seventh-grade cross country runners.

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Ligonier Valley junior Miles Higgins won the javelin at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet.
Ligonier Valley junior Higgins turning heads in the javelin
Ligonier Valley junior Miles Higgins turned some heads recently.

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Bethel Park’s Isaac Nirella competes at the Baldwin Invitational on May 7, 2021, at South Fayette.
Bethel Park pole vaulter Nirella continues to raise the bar
Isaac Nirella, a junior at Bethel Park, has made great strides in just his second year of pole vaulting competition.

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Butler’s Ally Morro edges out Norwin’s Jordyn Turcovski and North Allegheny’s Lola Akindele in the 100-meter dash during the WPIAL Class AAA Team Track and Field Championships on May 12 at West Mifflin Area High School.
North Allegheny girls pleased with runner-up finish at WPIAL team championships
Only a handful of schools reach the WPIAL team track championships each year, but the meet has become almost an annual tradition for the North Allegheny girls.

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Bethel Park’s Megan Malecki competes during the 2021 season.
Bethel Park’s Malecki, Underwood vaulting to personal best marks
It takes a unique type of high school athlete to compete in the pole vault event.

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Hampton runners, from left, Corey Letterle, Joey Mayer, Gage Galuska and Matt DeMatteo, compete at the Butler Invitational on April 24, 2021, at Butler.
Hampton athletes sprint toward WPIAL track championship meet
The Hampton boys track and field team last month won its first section title in 36 years.

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Riverside’s Colby Belczyk anchors the 4x400 relay team to victory, sealing the Panthers’ fourth consecutive WPIAL Class AA team title on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at Peters Township High School stadium.
Riverside boys, Mohawk girls claim WPIAL Class AA team track titles
May 12, 2021
It takes a complete team effort to win a track and field meet. Every point is important.

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Norwin’s Jordyn Turcovski wins the 100-meter dash followed by Burrell’s Ava Rusiewicz, Hempfield’s Capri DeCaro, Franklin Regional’s Rayna Todero and Hempfield’s Alexa Gray during the WCCA Track and Field Championships on May 1.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 12, 2021: Track powers look for 4-peat
Repeating as a WPIAL champion is tough. A three-peat is even more difficult.

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Apollo-Ridge pitcher Casey Weightman delivers against Ligonier Valley on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
Apollo-Ridge senior Weightman excels doing double duty
May 9, 2021
Casey Weightman is no stranger to success at the WPIAL-championship level.

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Gateway senior Jayson Jenkins, freshman Kiki Pitts and senior Omarion Davidson are hoping for big things in the hurdles at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships May 20 at Slippery Rock.
Gateway hurdlers to be well represented at WPIAL meet
Jayson Jenkins is known in athletic circles at Gateway as a talented place kicker who will head to Robert Morris in August and join the Colonials football team.

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Carlynton girls track having best season in decades
When the 2021 WPIAL track and field regular season ended, there were a lot of familiar schools in first place in their respective sections. Teams that have earned a plaque from the district after earning a spot in the WPIAL team postseason.

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Brentwood’s Aiden Wardzinski (left) and Carter Betz compete against Fort Cherry on April 19, 2021, at Brentwood.
Brentwood track and field making ‘huge strides’
The Brentwood track and field athletes, guided by veteran coach Mike Cramer, are a goal-oriented group.

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Beaver’s Emma Pavelek celebrates after clearing the bar to win the girls high jump during the Baldwin Invitational on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Baldwin High School.
A year after high jumping at home, Beaver’s Emma Pavelek worried another season was doomed
Emma Pavelek had never been to a chiropractor before this past week and was skeptical one could help her painful foot. She’d been diagnosed with a sprain but after five weeks, her injury wasn’t getting any better.

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Deer Lakes Carson McCoy runs in the 800m run during the Baldwin Invitational on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Baldwin High School.
After battle with covid-19, Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy has his eyes set on WPIAL gold
May 8, 2021
Two years ago, Deer Lakes track and field coach Justin Mech took his core group of runners to a meet out in Altoona and came away impressed by a youngster who had joined his squad.

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North Allegheny’s Lola Akindele wins the 200-meter dash past Norwin’s Bernadette Zukina during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational track and field meet on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Memorial Stadium.
North Allegheny’s Akindele among WPIAL’s top sprinters
When North Allegheny sprinter Lola Akindele broke the 60-second barrier in the 400 meters, she was elated.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Robert Hrabosky and West Mifflin’s Dontae Lewis come over the last hurdle but Lewis edges out Hrabosky at the finish of the boys 300m hurdles during the Baldwin Invitational on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Baldwin High School.
West Mifflin senior, PIAA favorite Dontae Lewis sweeps hurdles at Baldwin Invitational
May 7, 2021
Some hurdlers have tunnel vision on the track, focused solely on their lane and uninterested in their competitors.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 6, 2021: Baldwin Invitational is back
May 6, 2021
It has become one of the top track and field high school events in the state.

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Fox Chapel’s Jing McCann was named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Neighbor Spotlight: Fox Chapel’s Jing McCann earns national award for work in weight room
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Norwins’ Jordyn Turcovski edges out Burrell’s Ava Rusiewicz in the 100-meter dash during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational track and field meet April 16, 2021, at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Burrell sprinter Rusiewicz has sights on continuing Bucs’ tradition of strong sprinters
May 3, 2021
While moving through junior high, Ava Rusiewicz made sure to watch the Burrell girls sprinters closely, including the groupings on the annually successful 400-meter relay.

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