Track: Penn Hills showcases its young stars at South Hills Classic

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Penn Hills showed off their young talent at the South Hills Classic last Saturday.

Freshmen Terri Collington and Jayda Berry placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 200-meter dash in what was the Indians' first meet of the season. Collington went on to place third in the 400.

Both played a part in the first-place 1,600 relay team alongside sophomore Kristen Osunkwo and junior Seraya Steward. Their final time was 4:18.

The Indians won the PIAA Class AAA championships in 2010, and they hope to win it again.


Alumni Update - Savon Salter (California University of Pennsylvania)

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CALIFORNIA – The California University of Pennsylvania men's track & field won a combined eightSalter CalU events and qualified 13 entries for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships on Saturday while opening the outdoor season by hosting the Early Bird Invitational.

Freshman Savon Salter, a Penn Hills graduate captured three victories (two individual, one relay) and reached a pair of league-qualifying marks at Roadman Park.

He won the 110-meter hurdles by just thousandths of a second after crossing the finish line in 15.42 seconds and claimed the victory in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.30 seconds.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Alumni Update - Walt Hadjuk (La Roche)

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PITTSBURGH, PA – La Roche Baseball registered their third top 25 victory of the season after splittingHadjukLa Roche with No. 11 Marietta College 7-1 (L), 6-3 (W) on a cold Thursday at John Arnold Sr. Memorial Field.

The Redhawks earned a 6-3 game 2 victory thanks timely hitting and great pitching by Walt Hadjuk.

Hadjuk, a Penn Hills graduate, had an outstanding outing and allowed just three runs while striking out six batters in 7 innings.


(photo courtesy of La Roche College)


Alumni Update – Alexis Rectenwald (Chatham)

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GREENVILLE, PA – The Chatham University diving trio of Kianna Hedjazi, Emily Hinson, and AlexisRectenwald Chatham Rectenwald were each named to the 2013-2014 All- Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Swimming & Diving First Team.

At the PAC Championships last week, Rectenwald, a Penn Hills graduate, won the one-meter diving event and placed fifth in the three-meter event. She met the regional qualifying score in both events. She also placed fifth as a member of the 400 yard freestyle relay and eighth as part of the 800 yard freestyle relay.


(photo courtesy of Chatham University)


Alumni Update – Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh)

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PITTSBURGHThree University of Pittsburgh football products will participate in the 2014 NFLDonald Pitt Scouting Combine held this month in Indianapolis, Ind.                             

The former Pitt standouts to receive invitations are defensive lineman Aaron Donald, quarterback Tom Savage and wide receiver Devin Street.

Donald, a Penn Hills graduate, was the most decorated — and dominant — defensive player of the 2013 college football season. A unanimous first team All-American, he totaled 59 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 16 QB hurries, four forced fumbles and a blocked extra point in 13 games.


Donald finished as the NCAA statistical champion in tackles for loss, averaging an FBS-best 2.2 per game. He also ranked 13th nationally in sacks (0.85 avg.) and 13th in forced fumbles (tied, 0.31 avg.).

The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald was selected the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. He was also named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and media, making him one of the most decorated players in Pitt football history.


(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)