The Blue Devils have 12 girls going to PIAA state championships for track this weekend.
“We scored a medal in all 11 events on the track,” said Mt. Lebanon girls’ coach Ken Wentzel. “We’re the strongest team on the track this year.”
Wentzel was proud and ecstatic about all of the different athletes on Mt. Lebanon’s girls’ track team. However, he noted that this is a particularly big year for some of the Blue Devils’ veteran distance runners.
“Julie Kocjancic – we’re going to miss her leadership [when she graduates],” said Wentzel. “She models the toughness and spirit that I want the girls to aspire to. [Kocjancic] is also a state qualifier - that has credibility.”
Wentzel added that Kocjancic will run for Penn State University next year, and that she is the current record holder for Mt. Lebanon in the 800-meter race.
Rounding out the list of strong distance runners Wentzel mentioned were Jillian Hunsberger, Audrey Gordon, and Kelsey Potts. Potts, a freshman, took second in the 1600-meter race at WPIAL championships with a 4:55.17.
“Her best races are ahead,” Wenztel said of Potts.