2017-2018 Game Summaries
Senior Ayden Owens was crowned state champion when he won the 60m Hurdle race at the PTFCA Indoor Championship Meet held at Penn State University. His time of 7.74 seconds is a new meet record. Ayden also placed second in the 200m Dash and the Long Jump, only a ¼ inch short of winning the event. Daniel McGoey also medaled in the meet by finishing 8th place in the 3000m Run. Other qualifiers who competed in the meet included Donovan Rice in the 60m Hurdles, and Jono Pelusi in the Pole Vault and 400m Dash. The Boy’s team finished 2nd overall with a total of 27 points. Saint Joesph Prep was the state champion with 37 pts.
Clara Savchick (3000m Run) and Casey Burton (60m Dash & Long Jump) were the only females to compete for NA in the meet. Casey medaled with a 6th place finish in the 60m Dash.
The future looks bright for these individuals as they now prepare themselves for the outdoor season. Congratulations to all NATF participants on a highly successful season.
The NA Boys Track team had a dominating performance Saturday at the TSTCA Indoor Championship Meet and brought home the Championship Trophy. Senior Ayden Owens led the charge, being the only individual to win three events in the meet. He won the 200m Dash and broke the current school records in the 60M Hurdles and Long Jump. Dan McGoey also led a charge of his own as he raced for a first place medal in the 3000m Run. Other individuals placing in the meet included Donovan Rice in the 60m Hurdles (7th), Jono Pelusi in the Pole Vault (6th), Connor Ditka in the Shot Put (6th), and Richie Pajak in the High Jump (8th).
The NA Girls Track team put together one of the finest performances throughout their team history in this meet but ultimately fell a few points shy of meet champion and sectional rival Butler. Individual performances that led to the Runner Up Trophy included Clara Savchik and Hannah Lindgren taking 2nd and 3rd in the 3000m Run, Vittoria LaRosa and Yulia Yatsenko taking 6th and 7th in the Pole Vault, and Casey Burton medaling 2nd in the 60m Dash and a school breaking 3rd place medal in the Long Jump.
Several NA athletes will be competing in the Indoor State Championship Meet on Sunday at Penn State University.
NATF athletes competed in the final TSTCA open Meet on Saturday at Edinboro University. Several athletes placed and posted personal best performances in hopes of qualifying for next week’s Championship Meet.
The girls’ distance crew ran extremely well as senior Clara Savchik placed 2nd in the 3200m Run while shortly behind her was teammate Hannah Lindgren finishing 3rd. Keeley Mitsuka finished 8th overall in the Mile Run. Casey Burton continued to improve in the sprints as she won the 60m Dash and placed 6th in the 200m Dash. She also jumped to a 2nd place finish in the Long Jump. Vittoria LaRosa vaulted her best performance of the season placing 2nd overall in the Pole Vault.
On the boys’ side, Jono Pelusi scorched around the track as he earned a 2nd place in the 400m Dash. In the field events, high jumpers Richie Pajak (5th) and Joseph Wanalwa(8th) both posted their season best performances. Connor Ditka placed 6th in Shot Put and newcomer Turner White was able to leap to a 5th place finish in the Long Jump.
The Tigers will return to Edinoboro University on Saturday to participate in the TSTCA Championship Meet.
The Tigers competed in the TSTCA Meet #2 make up meet on Friday at Edinboro University. Several NA athletes placed in multiple events.
Casey Burton scorched around the track winning the 60m Dash and placing second in the 200m Dash. She also long jumped with a second place leap and was a leg of the 4x200m Relay finishing fourth that day, along with teammates Rachel Giger, Bailee Miara and Emily Naughton. Donovan Rice sprinted to a seventh place finish in the 200m Dash and second in the 60m Hurdles. Jono Pelusi raced to an eighth place finish in the 200m Dash and later in the evening secured fifth place in the Pole Vault. Ayden Owens had a PR performance in several events as he won the 200m Dash, placed second in the High Jump, seventh in the Shot Put, and finished the night in fourth place in the Pole Vault.
NA’s pole vaulters Vittoria LaRosa and Yulia Yatsenko vaulted to fourth and sixth place, respectively. In the 3000m Run Dan McGoey raced to a fourth place finish and close behind was teammate Ethan James placing seventh overall. And placing in the Shot Put event for the second meet in a row, Connor Ditka was able to capture a fifth place finish.
NATF will return to Edinboro University on February 10 to compete in the third TSTCA meet this season.
The North Allegheny Indoor Track & Field Team took part in the TSTCA Meet #3 at Edinboro University on Saturday. The day was highlighted by Ayden Owens winning performance in the 60m Hurdles, running a time not only the best in the state, but one of the best high school times in the nation. Owens also won the Long Jump.
Other North Allegheny multiple event performers were Casey Burton winning the 60m Dash and Long Jump. She also placed third in the 200m Dash. Donovan Rice placed 2nd in the 60M Hurdles, third in the 60m Dash, and seventh in the 200m Dash. Other notable performances on the track include Savannah Benko placing 7th in the 60m Hurdles, and the distance crew of Zach Ehling winning the 800m Run, Dan McGoey running second in the 3000m Run, and Stephan Nalepa placing eight in the 3000M Run.
In the field events, pole vaulters Jono Pelusi, Vittoria LaRosa, and Yulia Yatsenko each placed 2nd, 5th, and 7th, respectively. Triple Jumpers Joseph Wanalwa and Alex Dunmyre finished 6th and 8th. Connor Ditka also secured a fourth place finish in the shot put. Stay tuned, the future looks bright for these young athletes.
North Allegheny will return to Edinboro University on Friday Afternoon to participate in another TSTCA Indoor Meet.