PIAA Preview: Girls' Sprints

Championship season is upon us. The PIAA state championship is this weekend and we're rolling out previews for all of the hotly contested jumps, throws, and races.

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AA Girls 100m

The girls 100m features some of the fastest girls in the state with top seed going to Hayzes Robinson of Avonworth / Northgate. She was your district VII champion on 12.01. Her lead isn't too large though. 

Sydney Rush (Somerset Area) comes in exactly one one hundredth behind after winning district V in 12.01. 

Kaila O'Connor (Jim Thorpe Area) owns the third seed coming into the final in 12.20 but has run the fastest time amongst all AA competitors so far this season. She sits at the top of the season AA rankings after having the only sub 11 effort of 11.97. 

Tatum Norris (Susquehanna) was last year's champion and will make her return with a seed of 12.61. Some other names to watch that are all within a few tenths of a second: Hailey Jenkins, Viktorya Luckenbach, Izzy Slezak, Eva Denis

AA Girls 200m

Perhaps one of the most impressive girls in the state, Ka'Nai Bey-English (Mastery Charter Schools) sits atop of the standings with the best time of 24.72. The junior swept up the competition at District XII and ran away from start to finish. 

Kaila O'Connor returns for a shot at a double title with the second fastest seed of 24.80. This season she ran the fastest time amongst AA with a 24.64 in a win at the Schuylkill League meet. That time sits 8th amongst all of PA. 

Tori Atkins (Laurel) and Viktorya Luckenbach (Pine Grove) both come in with the next best times after both running 24.89.

Tatum Norris was last year's champion in the 200m as well and will make her return. 

AA Girls 400m

Ka'Nai Bey-English has the best shot at completing a sprint double after earning top seeds in the 200m and 400m. She won district XII with the fifth fastest time in the whole state of 55.30.

Tori Atkins will need to shave off a few seconds but she has a good shot and the experience to challenge Bey-English. She's seeded at 57.28 and placed third in this event at the state meet last year. 

Viola Clay (Bartram Motivation) was fourth in this event last year and this season she comes as the third seed in 58.18.

AA Girls 4x100m 

The fastest time and best seed goes to Central Columbia after they ran 48.79 to win District IV. They don't hold much of an edge over West Catholic though after they won District XII ub 48.97. West Catholic has also run 48.20 this season which is the fastest amongst AA. 

Carlynton enters as the third seed at 49.23. Bartram Motivation will need a good effort to challenge the top three after running 49.31. Rounding out the top five, Paul Robeson will look to climb up the podium with their seed of 49.49.

Somerset Area will also be a name to watch as they've run the third fastest time amongst AA this season in 

AA Girls 4x400m 

One team stands out amongst the rest of the field: Central Columbia. They won district IV after running 3:54.51. This time gives them a solid lead over the rest of the field by almost seven seconds. 

West Catholic will be the next closest squad with their best time of 4:01.55. Bartram Motivation is third at 4:03.14.