Runner sets top times

Avonworth-Northgate track team runner Hunter Robinson won all three sprints at the Butler Invitational, with times that put her at the top of the times in both the WPIAL and the state.

Avonworth-Northgate track coach Brian Veshio will be the first to admit that at last week’s Butler Invitational, “As a whole, the team didn't fare as well as it did last year, when the girls’ team was runners-up and the boys took home some medals.”

But one bright spot made up for any disappointments.

“With more than 65 schools represented, the spotlight was on the match-up between Hunter Robinson and Nicole Scherer from Burrell. They raced against each other last season at WPIAL finals and PIAA finals in the 100 and 200. At Butler last Friday, the two ran head-to-head in all three sprints, the 100, 200, and 400. And Hunter let everybody know who is queen of the sprints in Western PA by thundering to convincing wins in all three, running 12.17 in the 100, 24.81 in the 200 and 55.43 in the 400. Those times are all tops in the WPIAL and rank in the top five in the state. It was arguably one the all-time best performances by a sprinter in the 53 years the Butler Invitational has been running.”

With good reason, Hunter was pleased with her performance that she hopes will lead to even bigger victories.

“Butler was an amazing experience.” Hunter said. “It set a great tone for the season, and it also set high expectations for the rest of the season. Winning the triple at Butler gave me the extra boost of confidence I wanted and it also gave me confidence for WPIALS and the state meet, not only to get the times I want, but to also to try to win the triple there.”