Skyler Mason threw the javelin farther than any other athlete at last year's WPIAL championships.
The West Allegheny senior now looks to win the Class AAA title for the second consecutive year.
Mason will have a target on his back at Thursday's championships. The reigning champion has had an outstanding season, one he hopes to cap with a WPIAL gold medal and a strong showing at the PIAA championships. He threw 179-7 at qualifiers and enters the finals as the No. 3 seed behind Hempfield's Hayden Fox (192-1) and North Allegheny's Andrew Manz (186-6). It's no surprise that those three are the top three seeds. Mason, Manz and Fox finished 1-2-3 at last year's championships. Mason won with a top throw of 200-1.
Mason will attend the Naval Academy and plans on joining the track and field team. It's a family affair for Mason at West Allegheny. His brother, Spencer, is a sophomore who also throws the javelin. Their father, Rick, is the javelin coach.