Jordan Geist and Madison Wiltrout were two of the WPIAL's biggest track and field stars the last few years and basically had their pick of any college in the country.
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens could be in that same situation.
Like Knoch's Geist (Arizona) and Connellsville's Wiltrout (North Carolina), Owens is a big-time recruit coveted by many of the top programs from around the country. A rising senior, Owens has recently made unofficial visits to USC, UCLA and Duke, and has garnered interest from Michigan, Penn State, Stanford, Texas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina and Miami, just to name a few.
Owens, the 2017 PIAA Class 3A champion in the 110- and 300-hurdles, said he will star narrowing down his list of choices soon and then begin taking official visits.
"There are a good bit that I can choose from," Owens said. "A lot of them are talking about home visits. It's going to be a busy house the next few weeks."
The question is: Will he compete in the hurdles or decathlon in college?
"A decathlete that can hurdle," Owens said.
As talented as Owens is in the hurdles, his versatility has allowed him to excel in the decathlon. He won a gold medal in the decathlon earlier this month at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.