Westmoreland County track and field notebook: Sellitto, Sullenberger mourned at WCCA event
Sunday, May 2, 2021 | 7:34 PM
Before the running finals at Saturday’s Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field championships, a moment of silence was held in honor of association president Larry Sellitto and Hempfield coach and historian Roger Sullenberger, who passed away this past year.
Sellitto was a strong president and a fighter for all the county athletes. He also was an assistant football coach at Franklin Regional.
Sullenberger was a longtime coach at Hempfield and had every track and field athlete’s runs, throws and jumps in school history.
Gene Brisbane, acting president, said he was impressed with the moment before the finals. It was the WCCA’s first event since the coronavirus canceled things in March 2020.
Tunkhannock junior Matthew Prebola has the best throw in the state at 205-6.
“I’m excited that we have Miles back for another season,” Rams coach Tim Dumas said. “We’re excited about what he can achieve.”
Looking to Baldwin
The annual Baldwin Invitational will be Friday (boys) and Saturday (girls).
One big anticipated matchup on the boys’ side will be in the shot put, where the top two throwers in the state will go head-to-head.
Wilmington senior Connor Vass-Gal is No. 1 with a throw of 63-2 1/2, and Hempfield senior Daniel Norris is No. 2 with a throw of 62-4. Norris has the best throw in the state in the discus of 190-2.
A pair of Greensburg Central Catholic athletes also are looking forward to the competition.
“I’m excited to see how I rank up against the runners from bigger schools,” junior Joe Blahovec said. “I was happy how I competed at the (Westmorelan) county meet. I just want to continue to improve.”
Blahovec won the 200- and 400-meter dashes and finished sixth in the 100.
GCC junior Corinn Brewer was a triple winner at the county meet, taking the title in the 800 and 1,600 and the pole vault. She placed sixth in the high jump.
“Every time I compete I want to win everything,” Brewer said. “I just want to continue to improve, and I know my times will get better against better competition.”
WPIAL team playoffs
The WPIAL Team playoffs begin 3 p.m. Tuesday at eight locations.
Boys Class AAA
Boys Class AA semifinals
Girls Class AAA semifinals
Girls Class AA semifinals
Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Paul by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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