Stronger, Faster Athletes Put Track and Field in Good Position for WPIALs

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The goal of any coach is to have their athletes peak at the exact right time. That’s especially true in track and field and exactly what’s happening as the athletes prepare for the upcoming WPIAL Class 3A championships on May 15 at Slippery Rock University. 

Seedings have been announced, and coach Tom Moul says the Foxes have a lot of high seeds and, perhaps, one of the largest contingent of individuals he’s had during his tenure. 

Among the athletes who have top-10 seedings are sophomore Claire Conti in the discus (3rd) and senior Anna Troutman in her signature event, the high jump (tied for 2nd). She is also ranked 10th in the 100-meter hurdles. The girls 4 x 1 relay team was assigned the 7th seed, and junior Alyssa Quackenbush advances to the championships in the 200-meter dash (8th) and the 100-meter dash. Junior Maya DiPasquale will race in the 800-meter event.

Additionally, Claire will participate in the shotput, and junior Anna Kintner in the triple and long jump. 

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The 4 x 1 broke a school record twice this season and is comprised of Anna Troutman, Alyssa, Anna Kintner, and freshman Taylor Wilkinson. 

The boys top seeds went to senior Rowan Gwin in both the 1,600 and 3,200 (4th), races that are loaded with elite talent. Junior Ethan Vaughan returns in the 1,600 (8th), and juniors David Black (7th) and Nicky Clump also qualified in the 3,200. Senior Stephen Schrim’s time in the 400-meters qualified him for a return trip.

Senior Mason Miles qualified in the shotput (4th) and the discus (7th); and, additionally, Elliot McCann, a senior, qualified in the triple jump. 

The boys 4 x 4 and 4 x 8 relays will also compete at the championships. 

The racers on the 4 x 4 relay include Stephen, freshman Harrison Parker, sophomore Eddie Diaz, and junior Owen Zaremby. Freshmen Nolan Gwin and Nolan Horne, sophomore Michael Costello, and freshman Victor White will run the 4 x 8.