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Girls Track & Field: 2017 North Season Recap

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

North Allegheny's Clara Savchik finished her junior year with an extended season. Savchik finished in eighth place in the 3,200-meter run at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle. Weeks prior she won the PIAA Class 3A title, missing the state record by less than a second. She also took second at WPIALs. The Tigers had several athletes medal at WPIALs, including freshman Casey Burton, who took second in the 100-meter dash and ninth place in the long jump. Senior Melina Owens grabbed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, while junior Vittoria LaRosa took fifth in the pole vault.

The switch to Class 3A didn't affect Avonworth/Northgate. The Antelopes took fourth place at the PIAA championships this year. Hunter Robinson swept the sprint events at the WPIAL Class 3A championships. The junior went on to win the 100 and 200 at PIAAs and took second in the 400.

Butler took eighth place at PIAAs. The Golden Tornadoes benefited from the performances of senior Taylor Weaver (pole vault, eighth place), senior Alexis Leech (400-meter dash, fifth place), and junior Jena Reinheimer (discus, fifth place). Weaver took second place in the pole vault at WPIALs, while Reinheimer snatched third in the shot put and won the discus title. Senior Taylor Jackson took seventh place in the discus, while Maggie Welty took seventh in the 1,600-meter run.

In Class 2A, Vincentian will say goodbye to Marianne Abdalah. Committed to West Virginia, Abdalah leaves the Royals with three WPIAL titles and two PIAA titles in the 3,200-meter run. She rounded out her senior year taking a PIAA silver and WPIAL gold medal in the 3,200. Sophomore Marissa Canzian took eighth place in the 3,200 at WPIALs.

As a team, Quaker Valley tied for eighth place at PIAAs. Junior Franzi Nace made leaps in her triple jump, advancing from last year's 14th place to second place this year. She also took silver at WPIALs. Freshman Annie Wicker ended her track debut with a PIAA fifth-place finish and WPIAL silver in the 1,600-meter run. Senior Berrett Tarris and junior Audrey Durbin competed in the 800-meter run, taking fourth and sixth place at WPIALs, respectively.

Freeport also sported some fresh young legs. Freshman Sidney Shemanski grabbed the WPIAL title in the 800 run, before taking fifth place at PIAAs.