2017-2018 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny boys’ track field team earned a state championship on Saturday afternoon at Shippensburg University. The Tigers earned a team score of 32 points, finishing in a first place tie with Bishop Shanahan. The Lady Tigers claimed an 18th place finish with a team score of 14 points.
Several NA Lady Tigers competed in the meet, including the 4x100m Relay team of Bailee Miara, Rachel Robertson, Rachael Giger, and Morgan McConnell. Senior Clara Savchik raced to a ninth place finish in the 3200-meter run. Sophomore sensation Casey Burton stood on the podium twice with All-State honors as she placed third in the 100-meter dash and second in the Long Jump. Her jump of 19’6” shatters NA’s school record of 18’4 ¾ “ set back in 1993 by Melissa Dicicco.
In the preliminary events, Zach Ehling raced in the 800-meter and Donovan Rice hurdled in both the 100-meter High Hurdles and 300 Intermediated Hurdles races. Jono Pelusi competed in the Pole Vault and was a leg in the 4x400m Relay with teammates Ehling, Sean Bartholomew, and Rice. The 4×800-meter relay team of Cam Phillips, Luke Turkovich, Connor Foody, and Dan McGoey advanced to the finals and finished 12th in the state. Dan McGoey had a podium finish in the 3200m and earned a fifth place medal in the meet. Ayden Owens finished his high school career in stellar fashion as he placed second in the Long Jump and defended his state titles in the 300-meter Intermediate Hurdles and set a new meet record winning the 110m High Hurdles with a time of 13.69 seconds (see video courtesy of Trib Live HSSN below.) His time in the high hurdles broke his own PIAA record of 13.76, set a year ago.
Congratulations to head coach John Neff and the entire North Allegheny track and field team for a championship season.
It was a perfect weather day to showcase the finest track and field athletes in western Pennsylvania and the NA Tigers performed brilliantly at the WPIAL Individual Championship Meet. Most athletes ran their season best performances, if not their person best. Senior Clara Savchik placed 2nd in both the 1600m and 3200m Runs. Hannah Lindgren finished 5th in the 3200m Run. Mikayla Logan earned a 6th place medal in the Shot Put. Casey Burton was the only female crowned WPIAL Champion for the Lady Tigers as she jumped further than any other contestant in the Jong Jump. Casey also finished second in the 100m Dash finals. The 4x100m Relay team of Bailee Miara, Morgan McConnell, Casey Burton, and Emily Naughton stood on the podium smiling with 6th place medals hanging on the necks.
Two NA boys came home with 4 medals draped over their necks. Junior Donovan Rice earned 3rd place honors in the 300m Hurdles, a 4th place medal in the High Hurdles , a 5th place medal alongside teammates John Vardzel, Precise Colon, and Joey Porter in the 4x100m Relay, and a gold medal in the 4x400m Relay. Senior Ayden Owens captured gold and improved his personal best records in all 4 of his events, winning the High Hurdles, the 300m Intermediate Hurdles, the Long Jump and was the anchor leg of the winning 4x400m Relay team with Donovan Rice, Zach Ehling, and Jono Pelusi. Zach also finished 7th in the 800m Run. Winning the Jump-Off Tiebreaker to his rival from Butler, Jono Pelusi was crowned WPIAL Champion in the Pole Vault. Other notable track finishes for the Tigers included Dan McGoey earning runner up honors in the 3200m Run, Joey Porter placing 6th in the 200m Dash Finals, and the team of Dan McGoey, Luke Turkovich, Cam Phillips, and Connor Foody placing 4th in the 4x800m Relay. In the field events Liam Nobbs placed 7th in the Pole Vault and 6th in the Javelin. Richie Pajak finished 5th in the High Jump and 24th seeded Joseph Wamalwa tripled jumped to finish 6th place overall.
Several of these Tigers qualified for the PIAA State Championship Meet which will be held at Shippensburg University on May 25th and 26th.
The North Allegheny boys’ track and field team won the WPIAL Class AAA championship on Monday afternoon at Baldwin High School and the Lady Tigers were WPIAL runners-up. The NA boys defeated Butler, 94-56; Hempfield, 112-38; and Norwin, 112-38; to win the championship for the 13th time. Senior Ayden Owens won four events and set the school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.64 seconds. The USC commit also won gold in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump.
The Lady Tigers defeated Hempfield, 79-71, and Norwin, 79-71, to finish second. It came down to final event of the night, the 4x400m Relay, to determine the outcome for the Girl’s meet. Butler won the WPIAL girls’ title for a second straight season by defeating the Tigers, 99-51.
The next meet will be the WPIAL Individual Championships (state qualifiers) which will be held at Baldwin High School Thursday, May 17. The PIAA state meet will be held on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 at Shippensburg University.
North Allegheny hosted the WPIAL Team Semifinals on Wednesday afternoon at Newman Stadium. The NA Boys team cruised to victory as they defeated Mt. Lebanon, Beaver, and Connellsville. The NA Girls team upset #1 seed Mt Lebanon and also posted victories against Hampton and Connellsville. Both NA teams advance to the WPIAL Team Championship Meet which will be held on Monday at Baldwin High School.
Senior distance runner Clara Savchik dominated the track winning both the 1600m and 3200m Runs. In the field events Mikayla Logan won the Shot Put, as did Vittoria LaRosa in the Pole Vault and Casey Burton in the Long Jump. On the boy’s side, individual event winners included Zach Ehling in the 400m Dash, Donovan Rice in the 300m Hurdles, Joey Porter in the 200m Dash, and Dan McGoey in the 3200m Run. Ayden Owens won the High Hurdle race and the Long Jump. Field events winners included Jono Pelusi in the Pole Vault, Josh Sanders in the Triple Jump, and Richie Pajak in the High Jump.
Several Tiger athletes will either participate in the Baldwin Invitational or Pine Richland Invitational, both held on Friday. Good luck Tigers and congratulations on advancing to the finals.