Norwin relay team looking for state gold
The Norwin girls' 1,600-meter relay team is running on a high after winning a WPIAL Class AAA gold medal May 19.
Now the girls hope to another level at the PIAA Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.
The team of Kylie Veverka, Erica Haitz, Noelle Lyons and Megan Duncan enter this weekend's competition with the second fastest time in the state of 3:57.05. The team from Wissahickon (District 1) is the top team with a time of 3:55.66.
Norwin didn't come into last week's WPIAL Championships with the best time. Penn Hills did, but that didn't stop the Knights from winning. In fact, they used it as motivation.
"It was a good thing that we lost," Veverka said. "It gave us more motivation to win. Our motto is try your best, and that's what we did."
The Norwin girls will try to duplicate their achievement this weekend and their coach, Trinity Morgan, is confident he will see their best effort.
"These girls have been working hard," said Morgan, who was forced to wear a pink t-shirt after the team won the WPIAL gold medal. "If they can run a 3:56 or 3:57, I'll wear anything.
"They don't give up. I was a little worried about their self-esteem after their first loss of the season, but they bounced right back."
One reason for the team's success is speedster, Duncan. She also qualified for the states in the 400-meter dash.
"Megan is amazing," Veverka said. "We have a lot of confidence in her. We know she can pull things out for us."
Morgan said that Duncan set herself up perfectly to win the race for the team.
"I'm very proud the way they pulled together to win it," Morgan said.
Veverka, the only senior on the relay team, said she expects the team to do well again next year. But her goal is to come back with a medal this year.
"This has been amazing," she said. "I do a lot of things for the team. It's the best thing ever."
When Valley's Mycaiah Clemons won the 100-meter hurdles last week in a time of 14.17 seconds, it ranks as the fastest time ever in the WPIAL.
Uniontown's Walter Richardson, who won the gold medal in the Class AAA long jump, ranks as the sixth best jump in the state.