Brown turns in big effort when it counts most
Not too many people had heard of Cherel Brown before Wednesday night.
But the sophomore from Jeannette was determined to change that at the 78th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Track and Field Championships at Derry Area High School.
Brown breezed to victories in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and she let the rest of the girls in Class AA know she's got her eyes on bigger things.
"I'm moving up," Brown said. "I showed people today what I'm made of. People know who I am now."
Brown won the 100 in 12.7 seconds and followed that with a 26.3 time in the 200.
"A lot of people didn't think I had it in me to win the sprints," Brown said. "I've worked hard, and I need to continue to work hard to achieve my goals."
Brown would like to do well in the WPIAL championships and qualify for a trip to Shippensburg in late May for the PIAAs. Brown hasn't been beaten in the sprints this season.
Brown wasn't the only double winner last night.
The other double winners were Matt Evans of Hempfield Area, Aaron Argenta of Greater Latrobe, Joey Tutchstone of Kiski Area, and Mycaiah Clemons of Valley.
Argenta, who was named the boys' outstanding field performer, placed first in the long jump and triple jump, and fifth in the high jump. His jump of 43 feet, 4 inches in the triple jump was his personal best.
"I'm looking forward to the WPIALs," Argenta said. "My goal is to qualify for states. I'm pleased with my performance."
Evans, who won the 800- and 1,600-meter run, was named the boys' outstanding runner. He also anchored the winning 3,200-meter relay team.
Tutchstone won the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Mycaiah Clemons grabbed the 100 and 300 hurdles.
Her sister, Mycah Clemons, was named the Most Valuable Performer in the meet, accumulating 24 total points. Elena Resovich of Hempfield was named the top girls runner, while Leah Stern of Greensburg Central Catholic was named top performer in the field events.
Greensburg Salem was the top Class AAA boys team with 89 points. Kiski Area finished second with 87. The top Class AA boys team was Southmoreland with 56 points. Greensburg Central Catholic finished second with 42.
Hempfield was the top Class AAA girls team with 129 points. Norwin was second with 78 points. Valley was the top Class AA team with 56 points, while Mt. Pleasant finished second with 35.
Greensburg Salem's first-place finishers were Jeff Hite (3,200), Charles Dawson (200), and the 1,600-meter relay. Greg Hutcherson won the 100 and was on the winning 400-meter relay team.
Evan Shawley of Mt. Pleasant won the shot put with an impressive throw of 55 feet, 7 inches.
"I haven't reached my goals yet," Shawley said. "I want the school record (57), and I want to place higher than I did at states this year."
Shawley placed sixth last year at Shippensburg.
Jeff Garrison of Greensburg Central Catholic won the high jump, Dan Johnson of Franklin Regional won the pole vault, Adam Hadbavny of Norwin the discus, and Joe Smolenski of Hempfield won the 400. His teammate Shawn Brisbane won the javelin.
The Hempfield girls won all three relays (3,200, 1,600 and 400) and also got wins from Lauren Bricker in the triple jump and Resovich in the 400.
Other girls winners were Winter Bey-Hall of Jeannette in the shot put, Ann Gagliardi of Franklin Regional in the 1,600, Amy Egan of Greater Latrobe in the 800, Suzy Bossart of Greensburg Salem in the 3,200, Ravan Webb of Greensburg Salem in the discus, Ashley Cochran of Kiski Area in the long jump, Chrissy Fiok of Ligonier Valley in the pole vault, Becky Hardy of Norwin in the javelin and Rachel Iams of Kiski Area in the high jump.