Mid-Mon Track Classic named for Scott Frederick
The arrival of spring means the largest track and field event in the Mon Valley is upon us.
Only this time, it has a new name.
Originally the Mid-Mon Track Classic, the event will now be named the Scott Frederick Mid-Mon Track Classic. Events kick off 12:30 p.m. Monday at Ringgold's Joe Montana Stadium.
Frederick was Ringgold's track and field coach for more than 35 years and founded the event.
“He's put so much time and effort in founding the event,” Ringgold Athletic Director Ron McMichael said. “It really showcases the talent that we have here in the Valley.”
Donors, along with Monongahela Valley Hospital, foot the bill of holding the event.
“It's a great opportunity for the athletes to showcase to colleges how good they really are,” McMichael said. “To have this many quality athletes in one venue is a great opportunity.”
Athletes will include Ringgold's defending champions Christina Wills (100m/200m/400m), Kirsten McMichael (1600/3200m), and Jessie Martin (pole vault). Belle Vernon Area's Jessica Slagus, who has signed to play basketball and throw javelin at Seton Hill University, returns after winning the girls' javelin throw last year. Little sister Kaitlyn Slagus will defend her title in the discus. California's Kailyn Clancy looks to repeat as the girls' shot put champion and the Monessen boys will look to add to the six winners they had last year.
The BVA boys are seeking their ninth straight overall title, while the Elizabeth Forward girls team will look to win their third title in four years.
As in past years, the girls' mile run will be in memoriam of Alexzandra Loos, a former Bentworth runner struck and killed by a speeding vehicle in August of 2004. The boys' mile run will be dedicated to the loss of former Belle Vernon Area runner Ryan Moravec, killed when a motorist collided with his motorcycle on Route 51 in Perryopolis May 22, 2012.
Joining Ringgold and Belle Vernon Area in the event will be athletes from Bentworth, Beth-Center, Brownsville, Charleroi, Elizabeth Forward and Monessen.
Other sponsors are Dr. Brad Ferrara, Dr. William Reisinger, Dr. Geo Toomey, Volker Auto Repair and Vitale Insurance.