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Track Classic painted Green

| Tuesday, April 28, 2009

CARROLL TOWNSHIP -- Last year Belle Vernon Area track coach Chris Stasicha had to wait until the final event to see his boys win their fourth straight Mid Mon Track Classic by 1/4 point.

It was a different story Monday at Ringgold's Joe Montana Stadium.

The Leps coasted to the easiest victory in the meet's eight-year history with a record 184 points, 87 ahead of runnerup Monessen.

"I felt pretty comfortable coming in, but never thought we'd win by such a large margin," said Stasicha, whose team went unbeaten for the first time during the regular campaign.

"Our kids really want to win this," he added. "It's a nice tradition and a date we circle on our calendar."

Although he went home sick, no one had a better day in the near-90 degree temperature than Leps' sophomore Matt Green.

Green won three events with record performances and finished third in the 100 meter dash.

Green took firsts in the long, triple and high jumps.

He long jumped 22 feet and 10 3/4 inches to break the mark of 20 feet and 10 3/4 inches set by Brownsville's Doug Patterson in 2002, and his triple jump of 43 feet and three inches erased the mark of 40 feet and 11 1/2 inches set by the Falcons' Joe Feick in 2005.

With a high jump of six feet, Green tied the mark shared by Bentworth's Don Truesdell and Charleroi's Jared Dumm.

BVA's 1600 meter relay team of Nick Gruber, Cody Williams, Tyler Pirilla and Mark Tomich set a new record at 3:35.16.

The Leps' other winners were Andrew Gagliardi (110 hurdles), Tomich (400), Brett Perry (300 hurdles) and Grant Curran (discus).

Monessen took four firsts with records in each one.

Terrell Irwin copped the 100 and 200 and was on the winning 400 relay team with Trae Cook, Kevin Suber and Emmanuel Nwabuogo.

Irwin was clocked at 22.22 seconds in the 200 to break his own mark of 22.47 and tied the 100 standard of 11.02 seconds set by Charleroi's Ethan Hank.

The relay team was clocked at 44.59 seconds to erase its own mark of 44.85 seconds.

The Greyhounds' Lorenzo Newsuan won the shot put at 45 feet and six inches -- nine inches better then the record held by Beth-Center's Jeff Paletta.

After finishing fifth last year, Monessen coach Ramont Small didn't expect to come in second,

"I was surprised to finish second," he smiled. "Our seniors were really dedicated and this is probably the biggest meet we look forward to."

Elizabeth Forward's Josh Hough set a new pole vault mark at 11 feet and six inches, a foot over the record.

Small wasn't the only coach surprised by his team's finish.

So was Joe Caruso whose Charleroi girls won for the first time since 2004 with 136 points, seven more than defending champion Belle Vernon Area.

"I told my girls we finished second or third," he said. "It looked like Belle Vernon Area and Elizabeth Forward were one-two. We second, third and fourth placed them."

The unbeaten Lady Cougars took three firsts with Chaniece Tarpley winning the 100 and 200 and anchoring the winning 1600 relay team of Shannon Flament, Gina Stefan and Chelsea Grant.

Tarpley broke her own school record in the 200 at 26.55 seconds.

Hayley Shannon (discus), Jessica Bastin (3200) and Flament (400) had the other Charleroi firsts.

Belle Vernon Area's Shaina Vasquez won both hurdle events with record times.

Vasquez was timed at 15.69 in the 110 and 47.50 in the 200. Brownsville's America Cardine held the marks at 15.96 and 47.51.

Elizabeth Forward's Tori Paterra set the other record in the shot put at 36 feet and six inches. Charleroi's Lauren Dumm had the mark of 34 feet and 11 1/2 inches.

BVA's other winner was the 3200 relay team of Caitlyn Pasternak, Taylor Zuchowski, Shelby Homanics and Lauren Seitzinger.

Jackie Barner was Ringgold's lone winner in the 1600 with the 400 relay team of Shaniqua Hall, Molly Carter, Passion Harrison and Taniesha Anderson taking Monessen's first.

Beth-Center's Lindsey Coffey was a triple winner in the three jumping events.

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