Chartiers Valley senior Jared Nelson is expected to push for a top-three finish at WPIALs and a state championship berth. So far, so good.
Nelson had a fine day at the Mt. Lebanon Invitational two weekends ago, winning the long jump and triple jump. His leap in the long jump (19-11) edged Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Kimball (19-6 1/2). Nelson placed seventh in the long jump at last year's WPIALs. Nelson had a winning leap of 41-8 at Mt. Lebanon, topping a field that included second-place finisher Brendan Todd of Bethel Park, who jumped 38-8 1/4.
Another Chartiers Valley athlete shining at the Mt. Lebanon Invitational was freshman Elias Zajicek, who claimed the title in the 800-meter run. Senior Sean Parenti won the 400 and was the runner up in the 100. Freshman Aaron Tate was third in the 110 hurdles.
For the girls, senior Amy MacFarlane paced Chartiers Valley by finishing third in the 400. Senior Molly Beattie tied for third in the 300 hurdles.