Moon’s Mia Cochran earns state’s top honor from track and field coaches

Friday, June 10, 2022 | 1:46 PM

Moon senior Mia Cochran turned in quite a performance at the PIAA track and field championships the weekend of May 27-28.

She won three distance races — 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters — in Class 3A, and for that effort she was named the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association’s Girls Athlete of the Year. The three wins also earned her first-team honors in each event.

Her coach, Kyle Burgess, was named Girls Track Coach of the Year. Butler coach Michael Seybert was named Boys Track Coach of the Year.

Three other WPIAL athletes — Shenango’s Emma Callahan (shot put), Hempfield’s Liz Tapper (discus) and Butler’s C.J. Singleton (3,200) — earned first-team honors.

Named to the second team were Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo (1,600 and 3,200), New Castle’s Maria Owens (long jump), Obama Academy’s Leslie Manson (triple jump), Tapper (shot put), Singleton (1,600) and Ligonier Valley’s Miles Higgins (javelin).

The third team stars consisted of Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera (100 hurdles and triple jump), North Allegheny’s Kena Shannon (300 hurdles), the South Fayette girls 400-meter relay team, Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy (800), the Central Catholic boys 1,600 relay team, the Butler boys 3,200 relay team, Butler’s Tristan McGarragh (pole vault) and Shenango’s Will Patton (discus).

Honorable mention honors went to Pine-Richland’s Natalie McLean (3,200), Sharp (discus), North Allegheny’s Dwayne Taylor (triple jump) and the Moon boys 3,200 relay team.

Paul Schofield is a TribLive reporter covering high school and college sports and local golf. He joined the Trib in 1995 after spending 15 years at the Daily Courier in Connellsville, where he served as sports editor for 14 years. He can be reached at

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