Hempfield earns 3-peat at WPIAL AAA track and field team championship
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There was no suspense in who was going to win the WPIAL Class AAA girls track and field team championship Monday at Baldwin.
Hempfield breezed to its third consecutive title by rolling over North Allegheny (102-48), Mt. Lebanon (99-50) and Shaler (121-28). It was just another dominating performance by the premier girls team in the WPIAL. North Allegheny finished second.
North Allegheny clinched the boys Class AAA title by taking second (Bobby Upton) and third (Robbie Wanner) in the final event, pole vault, to edge Mt. Lebanon, 751⁄2-741⁄2.
“It couldn't have got any closer,” NA coach John Neff said. “We had to make it fun.
“We had a lot of confidence in our guys. We're proud of them. There's a lot of pressure under the lights with a WPIAL championship on the line.”
Canon-McMillan and Mars were also in the finals.
Hempfield coach Ron Colland said he felt comfortable midway through the meet.
“All we told the girls was to come out and do their jobs,” Colland said. “Do what you're capable of doing and good things will happen.
“We have a tremendous group of girls, talented, and a great coaching staff. We're blessed to have the depth to move kids around.”
Maddie Holmberg (100 and 300 hurdles, long jump, 400-meter relay) and Jasmine Jones (100, 200, 400) paced the Spartans.
Other winners included Jess Beal (shot put), Bridget Guy (pole vault) and Morgan DeFloria (javelin). Holmberg jumped 19 feet, 1 inch in the long jump, and DeFloria broke the school record in the javelin (146-11).
The Class AA winners were the South Fayette girls for the second consecutive season and the Beaver boys for the first time in years, according to coach Jason Gallagher.
“When we won last week at Shenango, the boys had the bus bouncing,” Gallagher said. “I can't imagine what's going to happen this time.”
Riley Lamison paced Beaver by winning the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Alex Tolbert won the 300 hurdles and Chris Dinuzzo the javelin.
“I knew the boys were determined,” Gallagher said. “Depth was the key. Every point counted in this meet.”
Beaver beat Mohawk, Riverside and South Side Beaver. Riverside was second.
South Fayette got double wins by Natalie Hilton (1,600, 3,200), Nicole Egan (long jump, high jump) and Amanda Oliver (100, 400-meter relay). Tori Valachovic didn't win an event, but she did break the school record in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, placing second and third, respectively.
South Fayette defeated Beaver (82-68), Freeport (98-52) and Mohawk (101-49).
“The girls stuck together and we ran well and jumped well,” South Fayette coach Joe Winans said. “Winning this for a second time is bittersweet because I'm retiring after the season. My wife is expecting a baby in July, but I've been with this program since its infancy eight years ago. And I'm proud of where it's at.”
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.
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