Girls take first place out of 57 at invitational

Taking first place at Pine Richland Tournament, from left: Anna Igims, Lindsey Hartle, Kayley Wisniewski, Megan Wisniewski, Hayden Robinson, Lauren Pflueger, Lydia Valeriano. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

The Pine-Richland Invitational Track and Field Tournament held last Friday brought together athletes from 57 schools competing in all of the standard events that the sport offers. From that 57-school roster, the Avonworth/Northgate girls’ team ended the day by walking off with first place honors.

The boys did not do quite as well, but topped 37 of the competing teams, taking home 20th place, as a team.

Among the notable wins:

Kayley Wisniewski, Anna Igims, Megan Wisniewski, Lindsey Hartle took first place in the 4 x 8 relay, posting a season-best time of 9:45;

Hayden Robinson: first in the 100, 12.01 seconds, WPIAL leading time;

Hayden Robinson: first in the 200, 24.87 seconds, WPIAL leading time;

Megan Wisniewski: first in the 800, 2:16.67, number three in the WPIAL;

Lydia Valeriano: second in the 2-mile, 11:44;

Girls 4x4: Kayley Wisniewski, Megan Wisniewski, Lauren Pflueger, Hayden Robinson, second place, 4:02.

And to make the day complete, Hayden Robinson was named track MVP.

While the boys did not capture any firsts, they did bring home some medals, with Noah Clickett placing sixth in the 400, posting a 51.34 time; Jackson Habala, Jacob Noethiger, Eli Kauer, and Jonah Brandt earning fifth place, running an 8:33 4x8; and with Nate O'Mara, Noah Clickett, Jonah Brandt, and Luke Wagner earning third place, posting a 3:30 time in the 4 x 4.

Speaking with pride of his team’s accomplishments, Coach Brian Veshio said, “Coming off of winning a PIAA team championship, we knew the team would be different. But this group of girls is laying down great performances at the right time of the season. It’s a testament to their maturity and resilience that they’re performing so well after the highs of last season.”