Track and Field

Hempfield Area’s Mackenna Orie wins the shot put during the AAA WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Athlete of the Year
June 29, 2019
Mackenna Orie took up track and field, throwing events in particular, because she watched her sister, Sam, heave heavy objects during meets.

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The 2019 Shady Side Academy boys track team
Injuries derail promising season for Shady Side Academy boys track and field team
June 28, 2019
Although the Shady Side Academy boys track and field team posted an impressive 5-1 record and made it to the WPIAL Class AA team playoffs, it was a season of high hopes that were swept away by injury.

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Thomas Jefferson senior Zach Wagner set a school record in the 200-meter dash at the WPIAL championship meet May 21, 2019, at Slippery Rock University.
Thomas Jefferson’s Wagner leaves mark with school record
Zach Wagner knows how to make a grandiose exit.

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens competes in the Class AAA boys 110 meter high hurdles preliminary Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens leaving Southern Cal after stellar freshman year
June 27, 2019
North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens, who earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year track honors this spring, announced Wednesday that he’s transferring from Southern Cal.

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Shaler Area’s Cam Mbalo competes in the boys Class AAA triple jump during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg. Mbalo finished third at states after winning WPIALs.
Shaler Area’s Mbalo seeks to challenge himself, improve high jump
June 20, 2019
Finding a way atop the medal stand in the WPIAL Class AAA triple jump wasn’t the end of the story for Shaler Area’s Cam Mbalo.

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CJ Hepler placed sixth in the freshman discus competition at the New Balance National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Kiski Area’s Hepler tests mettle against nation’s top freshmen throwers
June 17, 2019
C.J. Hepler emerged this spring as one to watch for the future of throwing events in the WPIAL and beyond.

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Valerie Fischer won the WPIAL title in the 400.
Bucknell commit Fischer caps golden Hampton career at WPIALs
June 13, 2019
It has been at least a decade since Hampton had a WPIAL champion runner. That changed this year.

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Pine-Richland’s Danielle Bryant placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles at the PIAA championships.
Sophomore season a resounding success for Pine-Richland’s Bryant
June 8, 2019
For Pine-Richland track and field athlete Danielle Bryant, her sophomore season wasn’t just encouraging or promising.

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The Fox Chapel 1,600-meter relay team of (from left) Kate Carnevale, Sarena Seeger, Maddy Kieffer and Abby Kieffer set a school record at the PIAA championship meet May 25.
Fox Chapel track and field team’s reasons for optimism are abundant
In terms of qualifiers for the WPIAL and PIAA track and field championships, it was a satisfying year for the Fox Chapel track team.

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Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins win the girls AA 1600m during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Shady Side’s Melissa Riggins among 9 WPIAL girls named PTFCA all-state
May 31, 2019
Shady Side Academy runner Melissa Riggins, who set a meet record at the PIAA Class AA track and field championships last week, earned first-team all-state honors from the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association.

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Obama Academy’s Leslie Manson competes in the girls Class AAA triple jump finals during the PIAA track and field state championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Final results from 2019 PIAA track and field championships
May 26, 2019
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North Allegheny’s Zach Kinne fist-bumps Mars’ Zach Leachman after winning the boys Class AAA 3200 meter run during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
PIAA recap: WPIAL athletes win 11 events at state track championships
The weekend started slowly but WPIAL athletes rallied on Saturday and won 11 events at the PIAA track and field championships in Shippensburg.

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Hempfield’s Jared Bannon runs the PIAA Class AAA 110-meter hurdles final.
Hempfield’s Bannon races to PIAA silver medal in hurdles
May 25, 2019
SHIPPENSBURG — Two races in a short time might have cost Hempfield senior Jared Bannon a gold medal Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships.

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Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins cools off after winning the girls Class AA 1600 meter run final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins repeats at PIAA track championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Shady Side Academy sophomore Melissa Riggins successfully defended her PIAA 800- and 1,600-meter titles Saturday at the state track and field championships.

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Riverside’s Calvin Wetzel clears the last hurdle to win the boys Class AA 300 meter hurdles final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Riverside senior Calvin Wetzel overcomes back injury to win PIAA title
SHIPPENSBURG — A back injury almost kept Riverside senior Calvin Wetzel from competing in track and filed this spring.

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The Burrell girls 4x100 relay team (from left) Jocelyn Vickers, Allee Kuhns, Madi Walsh and Olivia Kelly talk about their race after winning the Class AA final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Burrell 400 relay breaks school record, wins PIAA gold
SHIPPENSBURG — Burrell sprinter Jocelyn Vickers ran her opening leg of the 400-meter relay and then hurried toward the finish line to wait for her team’s baton to arrive.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer (left) catches her breath, as Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins hugs Quaker Valley’s Annie Wicker after they ran the girls Class AA 1600 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
GCC freshman Brewer has memorable day at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Greensburg Central Catholic freshman Corinn Brewer had a busy and productive Saturday at the PIAA track and field championships.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo cools off after setting a new state record to win the girls Class AA 3200 meter run during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo defends 3,200 title in record time at PIAA Class AA championship
Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo heard a voice from above helping her set a meet record Saturday at the PIAA track and field championships.

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Bethel Park’s Emily Carter sprints to the finish line to win the girls Class AAA 3200 meter run during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Bethel Park’s Emily Carter wins 3,200 meters, sets PIAA record in AAA
SHIPPENSBURG — All Bethel Park sophomore Emily Carter was expecting at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday was a place on the podium.

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North Allegheny’s Zachary Kinne competes in the AAA boys 1600-meter run during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
5 things to watch at Saturday’s PIAA boys track and field championships
It’s Day 2 of the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium. WPIAL athletes had a rare Day 1, as no boys claimed gold medals. That should change Saturday. Here are five things to watch at the Class AAA and AA boys championships:

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