2021-2022 Game Summaries
A pair of school records fell at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships this weekend in Hershey. Senior Kena Shannon set a new North Allegheny best in the 300m Hurdles with a time of 44.35. Shannon bested the previous school record of 44.64 set by Kim Markel in 2003. The effort by Shannon was good for a PIAA silver medal and was also one of the top 10 best times in the state.
The quartet of Shannon, Mia Tuman, Arianna Tegtmeier and Isabella Costa set a new program record in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:53.33. This record-breaking performance earned the NA combo a fifth-place medal at states and helped the Lady Tigers to a 28th place finish overall. The previous school record of 3:57.3 in the 4×400 relay was set by Kelly Langhans, Katie Elmore, Lindsay Appel and Molly Friel in 2004.
The top performance for the NA Boys was turned in by senior Dwayne Taylor in the Triple Jump with a mark of 46-2.25, earning him a fourth-place showing on the podium. Overall, the Tigers took 47th place at the PIAA championships.
For a complete look at scores and times, click here.
Congratulations to Coach John Neff and the entire North Allegheny track and field team on an outstanding performance in 2022.
Senior Dwayne Taylor set a new school record in the Triple Jump and won WPIAL gold for the second consecutive year on Wednesday at the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Championships at Slippery Rock University. Taylor’s jump of 46-10.00 broke previous mark of 46-9.00, set by Fritz Isaac at the PIAA championships in 2014. Taylor’s effort was one of four gold medal performances by the Tigers on the day.
The North Allegheny girls’ combination of Mia Tuman, Lola Akindele, Isabella Costa and Kena Shannon took first place in the 4×400 Relay. In the 4×800 Relay, the quartet of Rachel Hockenberry, Maura Mlecko, Robin Kucler and Wren Kucler earned WPIAL gold. Shannon also picked an additional WPIAL gold medal in the 300m Hurdles.
With Taylor’s performance in the Triple Jump leading the way, the NA Boys had a bevy of medalists on the day, including junior Rohan Gupta who took third place in the same event. In the High Jump, junior Owen Curran took third place and senior Kolin Dinkins followed closely behind in fourth place. Dinkins also placed fifth in the Long Jump and Curran took seventh place in the High Jump. In the Pole Vault, senior Christian Duckworth earned WPIAL silver in the Pole Vault and junior Ryan Handron took fifth place in the same event. Senior Eric Ghilani took the podium with an eighth-place finish in the 300m Hurdles. An impressive showing in the 3200m Run was delivered by senior Graham Wolfe, freshman Jack Bertram and senior Ryan Podnar with a 5-6-7 showing. The collaboration of senior Zane Kinne, junior Jackson Pajak, junior Gregory Kossuth and senior Danny Robles won a WPIAL bronze in the 4×800 Relay.
For the Lady Tigers, sisters Wren and Robin Kucler took second and third place in the 3200m Run, while also placing third and sixth in the 1600m Run, respectively. Senior Evelyn Wiethorn earned a fourth-place medal in the Javelin Throw and also took seventh place in the High Jump. Senior Jackie DiGiacomo won a WPIAL bronze in the Discus Throw, while junior Rachael Johns took fifth place in the High Hurdles. Junior Ava Como took the podium for a sixth-place effort in the Pole Vault. Seventh-place showings were turned in by Jamie Frisco in the Shot Put and Costa in the Long Jump. Additionally, the quartet of Shannon, Costa, Akindele and junior Arianna Tegtmeier took fourth place in the 4×100.
For full results from the WPIAL Individual Championships, click here.
The PIAA championships are set for May 27-28.
The North Allegheny girls’ track and field team defeated Butler (98-52), Norwin (109-41) and South Fayette (93-57) to win a 12th WPIAL championship on Wednesday afternoon at West Mifflin High School. The Lady Tigers’ Class AAA crown is their first since 2005, which was the fifth of five in a row for NA at that time.
The North Allegheny boys’ team topped Norwin (112-38) and Mt. Lebanon (101-49) but couldn’t prevent Butler from winning a second consecutive WPIAL title. The Tigers fell to their section rival, 97-53.
For the Lady Tigers, the quartet of Robin Kucler, Wren Kucler, Rachel Hockenberry and Maura Mlecko took first place in the 4x800m relay. Wren Kucler, Robin Kucler and Mlecko dominated the 1600m run and claimed a 1-2-3 finish at the top of the podium. Wren Kucler also won WPIAL gold in the 800m run and 3200m run, while sister Robin took bronze in both events. Other first-place performances were turned in by Jackie DiGiacomo in the Discus Throw, Mia Tuman in the 400m dash and Kena Shannon in the 300m Hurdles.
Isabella Costa won a pair of WPIAL silver medals in the 400m dash and Long Jump, while Ava Como took second place in the Pole Vault and Rachael Johns did the same in the 100m Hurdles. The combo of Lucia Wells, Arianna Tegtmeier, Natalie Figura and Lola Akindele took second place in the 4x100m relay. Additionally, the grouping of Tuman, Akindele, Shannon and Costa won silver in the 4x400m relay.
WPIAL bronze was won by Wells in the 100m dash, Akindele in the 200m dash, Madelyn Wemble in the Triple Jump, Evelyn Wiethorn in the Javelin Throw and Jamie Frisco in the Shot Put.
Aiding the NA Boys in their effort as WPIAL runners-up was Owen Curran with a gold medal finish in the High Jump, along with a pair of silver medals in the 110m and 300m Hurdles. Dazzling performances were provided by Kolin Dinkins and Dwayne Taylor, who took home first-place gold in the Long Jump and Triple Jump, respectively.
The quartet of Zane Kinne, Jackson Pajak, Gregory Kossuth and Danny Robles claimed second place in the 4x800m relay. The combo of Kinne, Pajak, Zach Nash and Renuk DeAlmeida also took home WPIAL silver in the 4x400m relay. Individually, second-place finishes were turned in by Christian Duckworth in the Pole Vault and Jack Yatchenko in the Shot Put.
Earning bronze medals were Jack Bertram in the 1600m run, Pajak in the 800m run, Ryan Handron in the Pole Vault and Kaden Velasquez in the Discus Throw. The combination of J.R. Burton, Taylor, Jacob Porter and Brandon Farr came in third place in the 4x100m relay.
Up next is the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Championships on Wednesday, May 18.
The North Allegheny track and field teams both advanced to the WPIAL Championships next week by defeating Hempfield and Kiski on Wednesday afternoon at the WPIAL Class AAA Team Semifinals. The NA Boys beat Hempfield, 110-40, and topped Kiski Area, 118-32. The Lady Tigers secured a 109-41 win over Hempfield and defeated Kiski by a 129-21 decision.
The NA boys received first place performances in both meets from junior Owen Curran in the High Hurdles and High Jump, senior Jacob Porter in the 100m Dash, sophomore Michael Gauntner in the 1600m Run, senior Eric Ghilani in the 300 Int Hurdles, junior Jackson Pajak in the 800m Run, senior Brandon Farr in the 200m Dash, senior Graham Wolfe in the 3200m Run, junior Andrew Gavlik in the Javelin, senior Kolin Dinkins in the Long Jump, senior Dwayne Taylor in the Triple Jump and junior Ryan Handron in the Pole Vault. First place efforts were also turned in for relay teams in the 4×800, 4×100 and 4×400 events.
The Lady Tigers also dominated the competition and saw first-place efforts provided by junior Rachael Johns in the High Hurdles, junior Arianna Tegtmeier in the 100m Dash, freshman Robin Kucler in the 1600m Run, senior Kena Shannon in the 300 Int Hurdles, freshman Wren Kucler in the 800m Run and 3200m Run, senior Lola Akindele in he 200m Dash, senior Evelyn Wiethorn in the Javelin and High Jump and freshman Isabella Costa in the Long Jump. Similar to the boys, first place efforts for the girls were also turned in for relay teams in the 4×800, 4×100 and 4×400 events.
The North Allegheny boys’ team improves to 8-1 on the season, while the NA girls’ team remains undefeated with a 9-0 mark. The NATF teams will take part in the Baldwin Invitation on Friday.
The North Allegheny track and field team concluded section action on Monday afternoon with a boys’ and girls’ sweep over Shaler and Fox Chapel. The NA Boys defeated the Titans, 136-14, and earned a hard-fought victory over the Foxes, 98-52. The Lady Tigers cruised to a 140-5 win over Shaler and was equally impressive in a 128-22 triumph over Fox Chapel. The victory secured a section championship for the NA Girls.
The North Allegheny boys had several outstanding performances, including first-place finishes in both meets by junior Owen Curran in the 110m hurdles and High Jump, senior Brandon Farr in the 100m and 200m Dash, freshman John Bertram in the 1600m run, senior Eric Ghilani in the 300m Hurdles, junior Gregory Kossuth in the 800m run, senior Graham Wolfe in the 3200m run and sophomore Zach Duckworth in the Pole Vault. Other first place efforts were turned in by relay teams in the 4×800 and 4×100.
The Lady Tigers completely dominated their opponents and took first place in every event against Shaler and claimed gold in all but two events against Fox Chapel. In both meets, first-place accolades went to junior Arianna Tegtmeier in the 100m Dash, freshman Wren Kucler in the 1600m Run and 3200m Run, junior Mia Tuman in the 400m Dash, senior Kena Shannon in 300m Hurdles, freshman Elizabeth Pizon in the 800m Run, senior Lola Akindele in 200m Dash, senior Sarah Hart in the Shot Put, senior Jacqueline DiGiacomo in the Discus, junior Alaina Fantaski in the Javeline, senior Evelyn Wiethorn in the High Jump, freshman Gianna Smith in the Long Jump, sophomore Jacqueline Junko in the Triple Jump and junior Ava Como in the Pole Vault. Relay teams in the 4×800 and 4×400 also took home top honors in both meets.
With Monday’s results, the North Allegheny boys’ team improves to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the section, finishing in second place in the standings behind Butler. The Lady Tigers remain undefeated with a record of 7-0 overall and claimed the section crown with a perfect 6-0 mark. The NATF varsity team will return to action Tuesday, May 3 at the WPIAL semifinals.