Sisters team up for medals

The Avonworth-Northgate girls’ track team celebrated once again when senior Hayden Robinson (pictured second from left above) took home the gold medal in the 100m dash at the PIAA’s statewide championships last weekend. Hayden is one of two sets of sisters (from left, Kayley Wisniewski, Hayden, Megan Wisniewski and Hunter Robinson) who have left their mark on both the WPIAL and PIAA track records in recent years.

To nobody’s surprise, Avonworth/Northgate track team senior Hayden Robinson finished her career with a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class 3A state title in the 100m dash, running in state competition last week at Shippensburg University. While there, she also grabbed a PIAA silver medal for her second place finish in the 200m dash.

Coach Brian Veshio noted that Hayden has amassed eight WPIAL medal -- seven of which are WPIAL championship golds -- one all-time WPIAL record, seven PIAA state medals, one PIAA state gold, one PIAA state team runner-up trophy in 2016 and one PIAA state team championship trophy in 2018.

Also worth noting is the list of winning accomplishments tallied by Hayden and older sister Hunter, who is now running for Tulane University, along with another dynamic duo sister act, Megan and Kayley Wisniewski. In all, the four athletes have brought home 30 WPIAL medals, 13 WPIAL championships, and three WPIAL all-time records. At the state level, they account for 24 PIAA medals, six PIAA individual state titles, the 2016 PIAA team runner-up trophy, and the 2018 PIAA team state championship trophy

Veshio said, “Those totals, I would assume, would outrank any quartet in a four-year span in WPIAL history.

Looking back on the season, Hayden, who will attend Quinnipiac University in Connecticut where she will be a Bobcat majoring in communications, said, “This track season has been so fulfilling and full of amazing memories. I’m going to miss my team and my coaches, but I am happy to have had the experience.”