PIAA recap: WPIAL athletes win 11 events at state track championships
Sunday, May 26, 2019 | 11:53 AM
The weekend started slowly but WPIAL athletes rallied on Saturday and won 11 events at the PIAA track and field championships in Shippensburg.
Aliquippa’s M.J. Devonshire and Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins won two events apiece, while WPIAL distance runners Gionna Quarzo of Brownsville, Emily Carter of Bethel Park and Zach Kinne of North Allegheny won three of the four 3,200-meter races.
Riggins, Quarzo and Carter also broke PIAA championship records.
Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo heard a voice from above helping her set a meet record Saturday at the PIAA track and field championships.
All Bethel Park sophomore Emily Carter was expecting at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday was a place on the podium. But the WPIAL Class AAA champion outdid herself. She ended up standing on the top of the podium following the 3,200-meter final.
North Allegheny’s Zachary Kinne was running at Seth Grove Stadium, otherwise the state championship sure felt a lot like the WPIAL meet.
When Waynesburg senior Daniel Layton crossed the finish line after winning the Class AA 110-meter hurdles Saturday, he had a big smile on his face.
Aliquippa has a storied history of all-time great all-around athletes who wore the Quips’ red and black. M.J. Devonshire surely solidified his spot on that list.
Aliquippa’s M.J. Devonshire won the #PIAA Class AA 100-meter dash today, giving him state ?? in track and football ... and a spot among the all-time great Quips athletes?#TribHSSN pic.twitter.com/bW3TBNvll8— Chris Harlan (@CHarlan_Trib) May 25, 2019
There, of course, was happiness and excitement as Hayden Robinson crossed the finish line first at Seth Grove Stadium. But, she said, there was also relief.
Shady Side Academy sophomore Melissa Riggins successfully defended her PIAA 800- and 1,600-meter titles Saturday at the state track and field championships.
A back injury almost kept Riverside senior Calvin Wetzel from competing in track and filed this spring.
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. She didn’t wait long.
Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .