Daily Courier roundup: Track athletes move on after WPIAL qualifiers
Many area track and field athletes made the cut at the WPIAL individual qualifiers Tuesday.
In Class AAA at Norwin, Connellsville had six athletes advance to the WPIAL championships, which will be contested May 16 at Baldwin. Connellsville's Ashton Grimm made the cut with a fifth-place showing in the 200 (26.94) and a seventh-place effort in the 400 (1:00.9). Jacob Nichelson finished second in the discus (156-6), and Matt Cramer was sixth in the javelin (145-0). Jordan McCrae was seventh in the 200 (23.27), and Jason Burkus finished seventh in the long jump (24-1). Marissa Adams took eighth in the 300 hurdles (48.47).
Mt. Pleasant had a strong showing at West Mifflin. Cody Monroe qualified in the long jump and javelin. Robbie Bailey and Kadey Donitzen each made the cut in the high jump. Eric Klejka, Eileen Brady and Katie Biller advanced in the shot put. Kerri Kunkle earned a qualifying spot in the javelin, and Jordan Toohey qualified in the 200. Trevor Salopek advanced in the triple jump, and Tyler Kolar qualified in the pole vault.
The Vikings' Chelsea Houser, Bria Rogers, Kylie Hissem and Toohey made the cut in the 400 relay.
In Class AA, Southmoreland represented itself well in the qualifier at Shady Side Academy. Hannah Porter, Riley Beistel, Vayda Farino and Paige Weaver finished first in the 3,200 relay (10:12). Emily Myers, Julia Claycomb, Lauren Virgin and Brooke Zimmerman qualified with a fifth-place showing in the 400 relay (52.7). Porter, Farino, Weaver and Kaylee Cummins qualified in the 1,600 relay (4:21) with a sixth-place effort.
Zimmerman was first in the long jump (15-9), and Farino was second in the 800 (2:25). Beistel was seventh in the 3,200 (12:13), and Emily Zelenka took eighth in the javelin (102-11). Emily Lessman, Abby Opts and Sarah Opts each qualified with an identical mark in the high jump (4-10).
Southmoreland's Randy Ohler notched sixth-place finishes in the 200, 400 and long jump. Josh Dei was seventh in the 800, and Ben Bickerton placed eighth in the 3,200. Dei, Bickerton, Ryan Allem and Brandon Melillo qualified in the 3,200 relay.
Frazier had four athletes advance from the qualifier at South Side Beaver. Drake Bucci, Matt Brown and Ethan Weiser finished second, fourth and sixth, respectively, in the javelin. Lauren Timko qualified in the high hurdles.
Quaker Valley 4, Southmoreland 1 — The Scotties were eliminated from the WPIAL Class AA playoffs after dropping a decision to Quaker Valley in a quarterfinal match at Greensburg Racquet Club. Kevin Bundridge scored a win at second singles to account for Southmoreland's lone point. The Scotties finished the season with a 16-1 record.
Jeremy Baumwell and David Alloda won at first and third singles, respectively, for Quaker Valley. Dante Piccolo and Winter Fondi won first doubles. Cameron Fadzen and Hugh Rice were winners at second doubles.
Connellsville 6, Baldwin 5 — The Falcons used a five-run fifth inning to climb above the .500 mark with a nonsection win over host Baldwin. J.T. Stevenson singled twice, and belted a two-run homer for Connellsville (8-7). Evan Onusko and Grant Wortman each doubled and singled, and Mike Parlak singled twice. Darrell Ross racked up 11 strikeouts to get the win. Ryan Huey earned the save.
Alex Pantuso hit a solo homer, doubled and singled twice for Baldwin (5-12). Nick Bernick was the losing pitcher.
Laurel Highlands 11, Mt. Pleasant 1 — Drew DeBerry had three singles, and the Mustangs (6-12, 3-9) tallied five runs in the fourth inning on their way to a Section 2-AAA win over host Mt. Pleasant in five innings. Colin McKee struck out nine and was the winning pitcher.
Mitch Matlas tripled for the Vikings (8-10, 5-7). Joey Paul was the losing pitcher.
Graphic Images 9, Bud Murphy's 6 — Winning pitcher Zane Addis struck out four and doubled, as Graphic Images topped Bud Murphy's in Connellsville Little League action. Camden Gonzalez and Billy Metts each doubled for Bud Murphy's. Losing pitcher Micah Small struck out two.