TSTCA Meet #3 - Meet Recap
North Allegheny's Casey Burton dropped a PA#3 time of 7.73 to win the 60 meters. That's a huge PR for Burton, who is suddenly a very serious threat for a high placing at states in the short sprint. Burton then came back to win the long jump with a leap of 17-10.5. Forest Hills' Zoe Roush also jumped 17-10.5, but took second.
Sharon's Gianna Labbiento continued her terrific and busy freshman campaign. Labbiento earned the win in the mile in a time of 5:12.50 (PA#8), outlasting Oakland Catholic's Hannah Schupansky (5:15) for the win. She then returned to capture the 3,000 meter win in a convincing 10:13.46 (PA#2), just missing the state lead in the event.
Oakland Catholic's Jayla Ellis earned a solid win in the 60 meter hurdles. Ellis bested a strong field to win in a PA#4 9.10. In a close 800 meters, South Fayette's Rachel Helbling edged out Butler's Liz Simms for the win. Helbling ran 2:21.78 for the win.
In the shot put, Baldwin's Laurel Bristow came out on top of a very close competition. The senior PR'd by over two feet over her previous all-conditions PR. She moves up to PA#6. South Park's Maura Huwalt and Butler's Jena Reinheimer both threw 40 feet even to finish second and third, respectively.
North East's Carlye Zahner won the high jump with a clearance of 5-3, a PA#8.
Ayden Owens proved he's ready to contend not just on the state scene, but also the national scene this winter. The North Allegheny senior carried that momentum he built in the high hurdles in the spring over into the winter. Owens clocked a major PR in the 60 meter hurdles. He ran a very solid 7.86 in the prelims without blocks, and then came back to dominate the finals in a US#2 time of 7.77. That moves him ahead of GA's Kyle Garland (US#1 55mH; US#3 60mH), as this is shaping up to be one of the premiere matchups to watch for at next month's state meet.
Owens wasn't done. He came back to jump 22-5 in the long jump. That moves him up to PA#5 on the season and also betters his own indoor personal best in the event.
James Krandel of Bethel Park made his entrance to the indoor scene. The sprinter and senior was yet to appear in an indoor meet before Saturday, but he showed he is ready and capable of competing for a state title. Krandel won both the 60 meters and the 200 meters. He became the first Pennsylvania boy under 7 seconds in the 60, running a state-leading 6.99 for the win. He added a PA#9 time of 22.61 in the 200.
South Fayette's Sam Snodgrass ran well in the 3,000 meters, posting a PA#3 time of 8:56.47 for the win. In the 800, NA's Zach Ehling took the win in 2:01.57. Butler looked strong in the DMR, winning in 10:57.38.
Former Cathedral Prep thrower Nolan Landis transferred to the Madison (Ohio) in the offseason. He won the shot put with a toss of 55-5. Bradford Area's John Eakin was the top PA thrower in the field, throwing a PA#5 52-5 for second.