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Sophie Aglietti Inks NLI With Sacred Heart University

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North Allegheny senior Sophie Aglietti signed her letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon to continue her academic and athletic career at Sacred Heart University.

Aglietti has been a pole vaulter on the indoor and outdoor track and field teams since her sophomore year. She was also a three-year member of the North Allegheny gymnastics team and spent her senior season as a team manager to focus on track.

During her 2023 indoor track season, Aglietti finished in second place at the TSTCA indoor championships at Edinboro University. In the spring of 2023, Aglietti was part of the North Allegheny girls’ squad that won the WPIAL championship. She also placed seventh overall at the WPIAL individual championship in the pole vault at Slippery Rock University.

So far during her senior campaign, Aglietti placed third overall at the TSCTA indoor championships and qualified for states. At the PFTCA championships, Aglietti placed 12th overall and was part of the Tigers team that finished in second place at the event. Shortly after, Aglietti attended the Nike Indoor Nationals at the Armory in New York City where she finished in eighth place.

Aglietti will study Exercise Science at Sacred Heart University and plans on becoming a physical therapist in the future. She is pictured above with her parents Bob and Daphne Aglietti, and her brother Lucas.

Virginia Malkin Chooses Chatham University For Track & Field

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North Allegheny senior Virginia Malkin signed her letter of intent on Monday to continue her track and field career at Chatham University.

Malkin is a hurdler and member of a North Allegheny girls’ track and field team that won its second consecutive WPIAL Class AAA championship in 2023. The Lady Tigers also placed seventh in the state championships a season ago.

At Chatham, Malkin will join a Chatham women’s track and field program that claimed seven gold medals at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships last spring. Chatham also produced a two-time All-American last season in the form of Aurielle Brunner, who finished fourth in the Triple Jump and fifth in the Long Jump at the NCAA Division III National Championships.

Malkin will major in Marketing and Immersive Media at Chatham University. She is pictured above with her parents Christina and Brian Malkin, head coach John Neff and assistant coach Tad Thayer.

Eva Kynaston Gives Verbal Commitment To Penn State

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North Allegheny senior Eva Kynaston will continue her academic and track and field career at Penn State University. Kynaston announced her commitment via social media on Saturday.

Kynaston is a three-sport athlete at North Allegheny, competing for the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field teams. In cross country, Kynaston is a two-time All-State selection and has been a part of three PIAA championship teams at North Allegheny. Among many accolades individually, Kynaston has placed as high as fifth as a sophomore at the PIAA championships and took ninth place last season as a junior.

Photo courtesy of Pavely Photography.

Over the winter months, Kynaston runs for the NA indoor track and field team where she helped the Tigers win the TSCTA Indoor championship in 2023. Individually, she placed fourth in the Mile and was part of the Distance Medley Relay team that took first place at the TSCTA championships. At the state championships, Kynaston placed sixth in the Mile.

In the spring, Kynaston has been a part of two PIAA track and field championship teams at North Allegheny in 2022 and 2023. Individually, she is a three-time medalist at the WPIAL individual medalists, including a seventh-place effort in the 1600m and 3200m as a junior.

“Throughout my running career at North Allegheny, I have been encouraged and supported by incredible coaches and my wonderful teammates, so in my college search, a strong team culture was something that was important to me,” said Kynaston. “When I met the team and coaching staff at Penn State, I felt a great connection and knew it was for me.”

At Penn State, Kynaston plans to major in Geography (BSc).