Robinson steals PIAA show

By Jack Reed

Avonworth-Northgate track team’s Hunter Robinson stole the show in Shippensburg this past weekend, proving herself to be the best sprinter in the state at the PIAA championship track meets by taking two gold medals and one silver during her three events.

First, early on Saturday morning, she ran the women’s 100 meter dash in 11.93 seconds to win the gold and to break an all-time school record. Only one hour later, she came back to secure second place in the women’s 400 meter dash, missing gold by only 0.7 seconds. That same afternoon, Hunter returned to compete in a stacked field of elite runners from around the state in order to come out on top yet again in the women’s 200 meter dash, both winning the gold medal and breaking yet another school record with a time of 24.25.

After the big wins, Robinson humbly said, “At the end of the day, I felt really proud of myself. It was gratifying to win the two events that I did not think I was going to win going into the meet.”

Robinson’s performance this weekend will go down in PIAA and WPIAL history. She ends her junior-year track season on a high note, but looks to making history during the spring of her senior year.

In addition to Robinson, runners for the boys’ track team also went on to the PIAA track meet and ended up having a successful weekend with a collection of medalists.

To begin, the 400 meter relay team made up of Michael Allen, Dan Brown, Elijah Thomas, and Kyros Thorpe ended the season by earning seventh place in the state. Allen also earned an individual sevnth place medal during the men’s 400 meter dash.

Later on during the meet, Noah Clickett, Kenny Azzarello, Michael Allen, and Elijah Thomas took home a third place medal and broke an all-time school record in the men’s 4 x 400 relay.

Overall, the team won 12 medals at the PIAA meet.