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Locals place at Tri-State meet

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Plum senior Anthony Morinello was the only local athlete to bring home a title at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Championships Saturday at West Mifflin High School's Titan Stadium.

Morinello, who recently set a Plum school record in the 300-meter hurdles, won that event in 39.98 seconds. That mark was almost two seconds better than second-place Tyler Orchowski of Upper St. Clair.

In the girls meet, Fox Chapel sophomore Mara Miller placed in three events -- 300-meter hurdles (2nd, 48.62; long jump (3rd, 16-3) and triple jump (5th, 32-4).

Other local boys placewinners were:

Fox Chapel -- Scott Fortune (3rd, 800), Matt Rudzki (3rd, 3,200), Joe Meyers (7th, discus) and the 1,600-meter relay team (5th).

Plum -- Chris DeRiggi (4th, 800), Tracy Wilburn of Plum (6th, 100 and 200), Nick Croasdaile (5th, 3,200) and the 400-meter relay team (8th).

Local girls placewinners were:

Plum -- Rachel Twigg (6th, 1,600), 3,200 relay (4th).

New coach

The new boys and girls track coach at Springdale is Wesley Hicks.

It is the second head coaching job for Hicks, who was an assistant Springdale track coach last year.

The other head coaching job was at Cheswick Christian Academy for boys basketball.

Hicks also was an assistant track coach and assistant girls basketball coach at Valley.

"I am very excited about coaching at Springdale," Hicks said. "They welcomed me with open arms. I think it's a good fit."

Both Springdale teams picked up their first wins on Monday against Ford City.

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