OLSH’s Antonio Votour claims state gold in 110 hurdles

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Saturday, May 27, 2023 | 5:27 PM


SHIPPENSBURG – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart senior Antonio Votour came into the PIAA track and field championships coming off a record performance at the WPIAL championships May 17.

He showed the others in the state he wasn’t joking around.

Votour broke his own personal record in winning the Class 2A 110-meter hurdles Saturday at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium. His own PR is now 14.28.

Three years ago, Votour did the hurdles for fun. He quickly learned that he was pretty good, and with a little push from his trainer, Roger Cowell, he’s a two-time WPIAL champion and a state champion.

“Winning the WPIAL and setting a record was an amazing feeling,” Votour said. “Coming out here and running with these guys, we all made friendships. It’s amazing running against them and winning the race, and seeing my name on the scoreboard was such a relief.”

Votour said he’s perfected his technique.

“I may not be the fastest runner, but I’ve got my technique down,” Votour said. “That’s the difference in close races. You have to be so technically sound. You have to keep moving over the hurdles and run faster.”

Votour said he plans on competing in either the Nike or New Balance nationals. After that he’ll be attending High Point University.

“I want to keep building on my success,” Votour said. “My coach influenced me a lot, and he pushed me a lot. He pushes me to my limit.”

Votour won the Adidas Indoor Nationals in March.

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 pschofield@triblive.com.

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