Alumni Update - Savon Salter (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ALLENDALE, Mich. – California University of Pennsylvania sophomore Savon Salter competed in theSalter CalU preliminaries of the 400-meter hurdles during the first day of the NCAA Championships on Thursday evening.


Salter crossed the finish line in 54.35 seconds to place fifth in his heat and 17th overall. The finals of the event, which will feature only the top-nine overall finishers, is scheduled for Saturday, May 23.


Junior Elijha Ownes of Ashland posted the top time during the preliminaries by over two-tenths of a second by registering a time of 52.11 seconds.

A product of Penn Hills, Salter entered the race seeded sixth in the country after resetting his own school record during the finals of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships with a time of 52.14 seconds. 


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Track: East Feature Athlete - Jasmine Baxter, Penn Hills

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Jasmine Baxter
High School: Penn Hills
Grade: 12
Sport: Track

Background: Baxter has excelled in the discus and javelin since her freshman year, with her senior year being her finest. She is the most decorated thrower in Penn Hills history, earning 20 medals in four years. She has a 2.8 GPA and is planning on attending Notre Dame College in Ohio. She placed third in the discus at the WPIAL championships, being the first Penn Hills thrower to go to states in 10 years. She also placed eighth in the javelin.


Track: Penn Hills sophomore hopes to peak

Written by Justin Criado on .

Justin Criado profiles Penn Hills track standout Isaiah Bailey.

"The sport of running is a marathon, not a sprint.

That's maybe a more obscure twist on the old adage, but what Penn Hills track coach Lee Zelkowitz explained is that runners must build their way toward adding mileage throughout the season in hopes of peaking at the right time, which in this case is the WPIAL and, hopefully, the PIAA championships, and that means sometimes not officially running a certain event until later in season.

That's the case with sophomore runner Isaiah Bailey.

He may be one of Class AAA's top 800-meter runners, but he hasn't officially recorded a time in the event, something that will change tonight at the Butler Invitational, according to Zelkowitz."



Baseball: Penn Hills struggling in the early going

Written by Brad Everett on .

With some key performers back from a team that came up just short of making the playoffs last season, Penn Hills entered this spring with plenty of optimism.

Unfortunately for the Indians, positive results have not yet come.

Penn Hills has gotten off to a 1-4 start. Its only win came against McKeesport, 13-3. The Indians have been outscored, 48-11, in their losses.

The Indians haven't played a game in Class AAAA Section 3 play. They are scheduled to travel to Central Catholic today for the opener.

If the Indians are to turn their fortunes around, senior outfielder-pitcher Mason Murray-McDonough will likely be leading the way. Murray-McDonough made the all-section team last season when the Indians went 9-8 overall and 6-4 in the section. The Indians fell one win shy of reaching the playoffs.


Track: Penn Hills off to a solid start

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Penn Hills was strongly represented on the field at the South Hills Classic on Saturday.

Team captain Seraya Steward placed third in the long jump with a leap of 16-01.5. Brionna Nelson landed in sixth place with a distance of 15-11.75.

Jasmine Baxter and Brianna Pawlowski made headway in the discus, placing third and fourth, respectively. Baxter went on to win gold in the javelin. The senior out-threw her competition by two feet with a distance of 106-09.

Isaiah Bailey took action on the track. He finished third in the 800-meter run, while Isaiah Jones took third in the 300-meter hurdles.

Bailey joined Denzel Beeman, Marshall Murray and Duwon Terrell on the winning 3,200-meter relay team.