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Christian Duckworth, Ryan Podnar Sign Letters of Intent With CMU

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North Allegheny senior track and field athletes Christian Duckworth and Ryan Podnar both signed their letters of intent on Friday evening to continue their academic and athletic career at Carnegie Mellon University.

Duckworth is coming off a second-place performance in the Pole Vault at the WPIAL Class AAA Team Championship on Wednesday. Podnar has also been a contributing member North Allegheny’s WPIAL runner-up squad in 2022. Additionally, Podnar runs Cross Country for NA and took third place in the 3000m run for the NA indoor track and field team at the TSTCA championship in February.

Duckworth and Podnar will join a CMU program that finished in second place in the University Athletic Association.

Duckworth will major in Architecture with a concentration in Real Estate Development and Podnar will major in International Relations at Carnegie Mellon University. Both are pictured above with North Allegheny head coach John Neff.

Sara Hogan, Lola Akindele Sign Letters Of Intent

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A pair of North Allegheny track and field standouts signed their letters of intent Monday to continue their athletic and academic career. Senior Sara Hogan signed her LOI with Division III John Carroll University and Lola Akindele will head to Division III New York University.

Hogan is in the midst of a strong senior campaign in 2022, including a first-place effort in the Triple Jump at the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational in early April. At the same event, Akindele was part of the NA quartet that claimed silver in the 4×100. Last season, Akindele helped the 4x400m Relay Team garner fourth place at the WPIAL individual championship, earning them a spot a states.

At JCU, Hogan will double major in International Business and Spanish. At NYU, Akindele will double major in Economics and Environmental Science.

Jackie DiGiacomo To Continue T&F Career At Allegheny College

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North Allegheny senior track and field athlete, Jackie DiGiacomo, signed her letter of intent on Friday to continue her academic and athletic career at Allegheny College.

DiGiacomo is coming off a strong junior campaign in the discus, which included a third-place finish at the Butler Invitational and a seventh-place showing at the WPAL Class AAA championships with a personal-best throw of 112’0.

DiGiacomo will major in Environmental Science at Allegheny College. She is pictured above with father, Pat DiGiacomo, and mother, Shernaaz Kapadia.