Hannah Seitzinger and Sydney Baciak may only be freshman, but they have wasted little time in becoming key contributors for the Belle Vernon track and field team.
Seitzinger and Baciak were very good at last Wednesday's Big South Invitational, so good that they walked away from West Mifflin High School with gold medals. Seitzinger won the title in the 800-meter run and Baciak finished in first place in the high jump.
It was a particular impressive performance for Seitzinger, who finished in a personal-record time of 2:19.18. Only seven WPIAL Class 3A athletes have run faster this season. Seitzinger topped runner-up Kayla Polakovic of Thomas Jefferson (2:30.48) by 11 seconds.
Baciak claimed high jump gold with a leap of 5-1 and also posted fourth-place finishes in two other events. She had a mark of 32-8 ½ in the triple jump and 15-4 in the long jump. Baciak's high jump was a personal-best and the eighth-best in Class 3A.