Burgettstown and Fort Cherry are two of the best track programs in Section 5-AA. Unsurprisingly, a portion of the boys’ “second place postseason rights” came down to the meet yesterday between Burgettstown and Fort Cherry. (South Fayette’s boys are undefeated and sit atop 5-AA.)
The Burgettstown boys did beat Fort Cherry yesterday 79-62. (The meet had also been with Monessen, and Burgettstown beat Monesen 92-49. Fort Cherry also beat Monessen -- 99-42.) So, it appears there's now a three-way tie for second place in Section 5-AA. It's between Burgettstown, Chartiers Houston, and Fort Cherry.
The interesting thing in track is that the overall numerical records are used to break ties. For example, Burgettstown’s boys lost to Chartiers Houston last week, but the tiebreaker doesn’t come down to head-to-head contests between tied teams. And if a tie cannot clearly be broken all teams will enter the postseason.
Although the Burgettstown boys lost to Chartiers Houston last Tuesday, both the Burgettstown boys’ and girls’ programs have been making fast tracks. The boys were 116-25 over Carlynton that day, and the Burgettstown girls were 88-54 over Chartiers Houston and 90-48 over Carlynton.
Head coach Kelly Ward commented on some of the teams’ key scorers:
“Marco Bennett is a 3 time state runner in cross country and he’s wanting to go again in track this year. He is on target, but could go in possibly 3 events. Josh Mack set a new discus record at Burgettstown with a throw of 128-10 on Thursday, April 18. Our new 4-by-100 team with Kara Wright, Tabitha Camp, Paula Smith and Mareena Smith has taken first places in our last three meets.”
Ward further developed Burgettstown’s team with a list of athletes gunning for WPIAL finals:
Bryan Dupain (sprinting, relays)
Scott Ward (400-meter dash, relays)
Cody Divecchio, Luke Bennett, Graham Lescallette (relays)
Paul Lecker (javelin)
Josh Mack (discus and shot)