Girls shine at invitational

The mile relay team -- from left, Lauren Pflueger, Hunter Robinson, Megan Wisniewski and Hayden Robinson -- not only won their event, but shattered meet, school and WPIAL records. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

As the Avonworth/Northgate track and field teams competed at the Pine Richland Invitational last Friday, a veritable monsoon couldn't stop Hunter Robinson's relentless assault on the sprints in Western PA. The Avonworth senior stormed her way to first place gold in the 100 m and 200 m dashes, setting a meet record in the latter event. Her time in the 100 is ranked second in the state, and her time in the 200 is the number-one time in the state.

Avonworth junior Hayden Robinson was nipping at her sister’s heels, though, coming in second in both the 100 and 200.

Northgate junior Megan Wisniewski grabbed a second place silver in the mile, and a fourth place medal in the half-mile.

Hunter, Hayden, Megan and Avonworth sophomore Lauren Pflueger saved their best race for last, as the four girls put together a gold-medal mile relay that demolished the meet record, broke the school record and is the number-one time in the WPIAL.

The girls’ two-mile relay also ran well, as Northgate junior Kayley Wisniewski, Northgate senior Jenna Gobrecht, Avonworth freshman Catherine Penrod and Avonworth sophomore Anna Igims placed third.

All of those high places added up to the second-best team score out of all 55 teams in attendance.

For the boys, Avonworth sophomore Luke Wagner leapt to a sixth place medal in the triple jump. Luke also anchored the mile relay to a fourth place finish, with Avonworth freshman Anthony Mundorf, Northgate senior Jonas Jason and Avonworth junior Jacob Noethiger running strong legs as well.