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2022-2023 Game Summaries

Two School Records Broken At PIAA Championships

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Two North Allegheny school records fell on Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University. Senior Alaina Fantaski won state silver with a record-breaking performance in the Javelin Throw. Fantaski’s throw of 143-3 shattered a record that stood for 22 years. The former mark of 134-8 was set in 2001 by Missy Cekan.

Sophomore Robin Kucler set a new school record in the 3200m run.

Sophomore Robin Kucler placed fourth in the 3200-meter run and set a new school best in the process. Robin Kucler’s time of 10:21.38 broke Clara Savchik’s former school-record time of 10:21.65 set in 2017.

In addition to Robin Kucler’s fourth-place finish in the 3200m, her twin sister Wren Kucler followed right behind with a fifth-place medal-winning performance. In day one of the PIAA Championships, Wren Kucler also took eighth place in the 1600m Run.

Rounding out the podium-performances for the Lady Tigers was sophomore Isabella Costa with a fifth-place effort in the Long Jump with a leap of 17-11.50. Overall, the NA Girls totaled a team score of 22, good for seventh place and just 29 points shy of state champion Haverford.

The NA Boys also had a medal-winning performance courtesy sophomore Jack Bertram, who placed eighth in the 3200m Run with a time of 9:09.64.

Additionally, during the course of the weekend’s festivities, head coach John Neff was formally inducted into Pennsylvania High School Track and Field Hall of Fame.

The PIAA championships concludes another outstanding season for the North Allegheny track and field team, which included a WPIAL championship for both the NA Boys and Girls teams. Congratulations to head coach Neff and the entire team for a memorable 2023 season.

(Photo above of WPIAL medal winners in the 3200m courtesy of the WPIAL).

Four Gold Medal Performances Turned In by NA At WPIAL Individual Finals

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North Allegheny accrued four WPIAL gold medals on Wednesday afternoon at the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships at Slippery Rock University.

Isabella Costa won three medals, including two gold at the WPIAL individual finals.

Sophomore Isabella Costa earned three medals on the day, including a first-place effort in the 400m Dash with a personal best time of 57.30. Costa was also a part of the 4×400 quartet, along with senior Arianna Tegtmeier, freshman Maya Currie and freshman Mackenzie Winning, that won WPIAL gold. Senior Alaina Fantaski claimed WPIAL gold in the Javelin Throw.

The trio of Wren Kucler, Robin Kucler and Eva Kynaston dominated the 1600m and 3200m Run. In the 1600m, all three clocked in a new personal best as Wren Kucler took third, Robin Kucler finished fifth and Kynaston crossed the finish line in seventh place. In similar fashion in the 3200m, Wren Kucler took second place with a new personal best and Robin Kucler took fourth with a personal best as well. Kynaston checked in with a seventh place showing for a podium finish.

WPIAL bronze medal performances were turned in by Costa in the Long Jump and freshman Lindsay Breneman in the Pole Vault. Also reaching the podium in their respective events were Currie (4th Place – 400m Dash), Tegtmeier (5th – 200m Dash), Wren Kucler (6th – 800m Run), junior Jamie Frisco (PR 7th Place – Shot Put) and senior Allie Burns (7th – Long Jump).  A seventh-place effort was delivered by the quartet of Currie, Tegtmeier and seniors Chloe Reed and Maddie Wombles in the 4×100 Relay.

The NA Boys were led by senior Owen Curran, who won WPIAL gold in the 110m Hurdles. The 4×800 Relay combination of senior Jackson Pajak, sophomore Jack Bertram, senior Gregory Kossuth and senior Nicholas Betler won WPIAL silver. Bronze medal performances were turned in by Bertram in the 3200m Run and senior Ryan Handron in the Pole Vault.

Also reaching the podium were sophomore Jack Yatchenko (PR 4th Place – Shot Put), sophomore Dylan Langdon (4th Place – High Jump), sophomore Zachary Nash (6th Place – 400m Dash), Pajack (8th Place – 800m Run) and Kossuth (8th Place – 3200m Run).

For a look at the girls’ results from the WPIAL Class individual championships, click here. For a look at the boys’ results from the WPIAL Class individual championships, click here.

Up next for NATF is the PIAA Class team championships on May 26-27 at Shippensburg University.

NATF Boys, Girls Both Win WPIAL Titles

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The North Allegheny boys’ and girls’ track and field teams both won WPIAL Class AAA titles on Tuesday afternoon at West Mifflin High School. For the boys’ team, it’s a league-high 14th WPIAL crown and first since 2019. The Tigers were 84.5-66.5 winners over Mt. Lebanon, 84-66 victors against Seneca Valley, and won 94-56 versus Butler.

The Lady Tigers laid claim to their second consecutive WPIAL championship and 13th overall. The NA Girls were 87-63 winners over Norwin, 87-63 victors against Canon-McMillan, and won 107-43 versus South Fayette.

Individually for the NA Boys, first-place performances were turned in by senior A.J. Foulk (300m Hurdles), sophomore Jack Bertram (800m Run), senior Ryan Handron (Pole Vault) and sophomore Jack Yatchenko (Shot Put). The 4×800 Relay and 4×100 Relay combos also took first place.

WPIAL silver medals were seized by senior Owen Curran (100m Hurdles), Bertram (1600m Run), sophomore Zach Nash (400m Dash and 200m Dash), senior Jackson Pajak (800m Run) and senior Gregory Kossuth (3200m Run). The 4×400 Relay also placed second. Third-place efforts were delivered junior Khiryn Boyd (100m Dash), Bertram (3200m Run) and Curran (High Jump).

The Lady Tigers saw WPIAL championship performances from sophomore Wren Kucler (1600m Run and 800m Run), sophomore Isabella Costa (400m Dash), senior Grace Rowley (3200m Run), freshman Lindsay Breneman (Pole Vault) and senior Alaina Fantaski (Javelin Throw). The 4×800 and 4×400 Relay teams each took first-place honors as well.

Second-place efforts were provided by sophomore Robin Kucler (1600m Run and 3200m Run), freshman Mackenzie Winning (400m Dash) and Costa (High Jump). The 4×100 Relay quartet also picked up silver medals. Garnering third place was junior Eva Kynaston (1600m Run), junior Erin McGoey (3200m Run), senior Ava Como (Pole Vault), senior Amy Yang (Discus) and junior Jamie Frisco (Shot Put).

For a look at all individual results from the WPIAL Class AAA team championships, click here.


NATF Rolls To Victory At WPIAL Class AAA Team Semifinals

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The North Allegheny boys’ and girls’ track and field teams romped the competition at the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals on Thursday afternoon to advance to the WPIAL finals next week. The NA Boys topped Central Catholic (135-15), Hampton (123-27) and Baldwin (114-36). The Lady Tigers defeated Upper St. Clair (129-21), Hempfield (93-57) and Hampton (140.5-9.5).

Steering the NA Boys toward victory were first-place performances by senior A.J. Foulk (100m Hurdles and 300m Hurdles), sophomore Jack Bertram (1600m Run and 800m Run), sophomore Zach Nash (200m Dash and 400m Dash), senior Nicholas Butler (3200m Run), senior Owen Curran (High Jump), senior Ryan Handron (Pole Vault), sophomore Nicholas Humphries (Long Jump), sophomore Jacob Yu (Triple Jump) and senior Kaden Velasquez (Shot Put). The relay teams in the 4×100 and 4×400 also claimed gold.

Taking silver for the NA Boys were junior Michael Gauntner (1600m Run), senior Jackson Pajak (800m Run), sophomore Dylan Langdon (High Jump), senior Dylan Murray (Triple Jump), Velasquez (Discus) and sophomore Jack Yatchenko (Shot Put). The 4×800 relay team also finished in second place.

Third-place efforts were turned in by Curran (100m Hurdles), sophomore Ben Hickel (300m Hurdles), sophomore Greg Abel (800m Run), senior Joey Rempe (3200m Run), Murray (High Jump and Long Jump), junior Nathan Slade (Pole Vault) and Yatchenko (Discus).

For the Lady Tigers, impressive first-place performances were delivered by senior Lucia Wells (100m Dash), sophomore Robin Kucler (1600m Run), sophomore Isabella Costa (400m Dash and Long Jump), sophomore Wren Kucler (800m Run), freshman Maya Currie (200m Dash), senior Grace Rowley (3200m Run), freshman Lindsay Breneman (Tied for 1st in Pole Vault), senior Ava Como (Tied for 1st in Pole Vault) and senior Alaina Fantaski (Javelin Throw). Relay teams in the 4×800, 4×100 and 4×400 also took first place.

Grabbing silver were junior Eva Kynaston (1600m Run), freshman Mackenzie Winning (400m Dash), junior Erin McGoey (3200m Run), Costa (High Jump), Como (Triple Jump) and sophomore Jamie Frisco (Shot Put).

Bronze medals went to senior Rachael Johns (100m Hurdles), senior Arianna Tegtmeier (100m Dash and 300m Hurdles), Robin Kucler (800m Run), sophomore Camille Swirsding (3200m Run), junior Sophie Aglietti (Pole Vault) and Frisco (Javelin Throw).

North Allegheny will take part in the Pine-Richland Invitational on Friday in a final tune-up for WPIAL team championships on Tuesday at West Mifflin High School.

NA Youngsters Compete at Butler 9th/10th Grade Invitational

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The youngsters of the North Allegheny track and field team took part in the Butler 9th/10th Grade Invitational on Thursday. Below are highlights from the event.

Hallie Dong wins the 1600m  10th grade.
Camille Swirsding wins the 3200m  9th grade.
Lindsay Breneman wins the pole vault.
Nicole Reubi gets 2nd place 3200m.
Elinor Handel gets 3rd place 1600m.

Jack Yatchenko wins Shot Put AND Discus.
Dylan Bobak-Rouce wins Javelin.
Nicholas Humphries wins Long Jump and 4th in the 100m Dash.
1600m sweep with Anthony Miklos winning, Andrew Peigh taking 2nd and Sebastian Klimchak finishing in 3rd place.

North Allegheny will host the WPIAL Team Semifinals on Tuesday, both boys and girls teams.