Girls Track & Field: 2017 West Season Recap

Written by Brad Everett on .

When Maddie Salek graduates next year, she could take with her the fastest time ever clocked by a girls 800-meter runner in WPIAL history.

Salek came awfully close her junior season.

Salek was the only girl from the West area to win a WPIAL individual gold medal in 2017. She captured the Class 3A 800 title after finishing fourth a year earlier. Salek went on to finish just fifth at the PIAA championships, but her time was eye-popping. She finished in 2:10.72, which was the fourth-fastest time in WPIAL history. Three of the top nine fastest 800 times in WPIAL history were ran in that race: Pine-Richland's Amanda Kalin (2:10.09) ran the fastest time ever ... and still finished fourth.

Fort Cherry's 1,600 relay team claimed a gold medal at the WPIAL Class 2A championships. The team consisted of McKenzie Faure, Katrina Lepro, Alex Guerra and Bri Daniels.

While gold medals were scarce, a bevy of West athletes earned runner-up finishes at the WPIAL Class 2A championships: Aliquippa's Brittany Carter (200), Riverside's Sydney Wolf (800), Riverside's Elsa Antal (100 hurdles), Ellwood City's Taylor Petrak (300 hurdles) and Riverside's Kara Seebacher (pole vault). Two relay teams also placed second: Aliquippa in the 400 relay and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the 3,200 relay.

Joining Salek as PIAA medalists were Wolf (100 hurdles, eighth place) and Petrak (300 hurdles, eighth place).