Boys Track & Field: 2017 South Season Recap

Written by Brad Everett on .

With one attempt remaining, Upper St. Clair's Harvey Kane sat in fourth place in the long jump at the PIAA Class 3A championships.

Kane sure did make the most out of that final try.

Kane, a senior, jumped 23-0 ΒΌ to win the gold medal, the first by an Upper St. Clair athlete at the PIAA championships in 13 years. Kane, the runner-up at the WPIAL championships, also claimed a state title during the indoor season.

"For some reason, pressure helps me," Kane said. "I'm not sure what it is. I always jump well my last jump, too, for whatever reason. Both indoor and outdoor it was my final jump that won it."

Kane was the only South boys athlete to win a PIAA gold medal, but two claimed first-place finishes at the WPIAL Class 3A championships. Thomas Jefferson's Zach Wagner won the 200 and Baldwin's Nick Lachut captured the pole vault title. Bethel Park's 400 relay team also won a gold medal. The team consisted of Ken Barnhart, James Krandel, Terron Murphy and Zach Taylor.

In addition to Kane, six athletes medaled at the PIAA championships. In Class 3A, Krandel placed sixth in the 100, Taylor finished eighth in the long jump, Mt. Lebanon freshman Mason Ventrone finished third in the high jump, Baldwin's Dave Johnston finished eighth in the pole vault and Elizabeth Forward's Daniel Jacobs finished fifth in the javelin. In Class 2A, Washington's Isaiah Robinson placed second in the triple jump.