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Track: West Allegheny’s Mason will try to make it two WPIAL titles in a row

Written by Brad Everett on .

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.

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Softball: West Feature Athlete - West Allegheny's Lexi Cogis

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Lexi Cogis
High School: West Allegheny
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball
Position: Shortstop

Background: West Allegheny is heading into the WPIAL postseason with a head of steam. The Indians finished the regular season 16-1 overall and won the Section 2-AAA title with a 9-1 record. They closed the season with 13 consecutive wins. Cogis is leading one of the WPIAL's best teams in the most significant offensive category. She is batting a team-best .489. She played and started in all 17 games this year. Cogis is 22 of 45 but neither of those lead the team, mostly because she has been walked 22 times, more than double the next highest total on the team. Cogis has six doubles, one home run, 13 RBIs and five stolen bases. Her on-base percentage of .662 and OPS of 1.351 are also team bests.

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Alumni Update - Zack White (Saint Francis)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Zack White had a strong freshman campaign as a member of the Saint Francis University cross country team.White SFU

The West Allegheny graduate made his collegiate debut at the Father Bede Invitational and finished seventh with a time of 17:53.8.

White also recorded finishes of 219th at the Paul Short Invitational with a time of 27:10, 24th at the Penn State Open with a time of 28:26, 26th at the Northeast Conference Championships with a time of 26:55.8, 134th at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships with a time of 34:13.9 and 86th at the ECAC Championships with a time of 27:45.2.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Francis University)

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Track: West Feature Athlete - West Allegheny’s Maddie Salek

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Name: Maddie Salek
High School: West Allegheny
Grade: 10
Sport: Track and field
Events: 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200

Background: Salek is running healthy this spring and helped lead her team to an undefeated section championship. Salek is a team player and strong leader on the team and runs multiple events to help her team win meets. She uses these events as a workout to help prepare her for later in the year for her individual events. While running several events, Salek has clocked 5:25 in the mile and 2:20.44 in the 800 meters. She has also run 1:00.1 in the 1,600 meter relay. She plans to focus on individual events later in the year and will hope to hit the state standard of 2:18 for the PIAA Class AAA championships.

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Track: West Feature Athlete - West Allegheny’s Brionna Jordan

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Name: Brionna Jordan
High School: West Allegheny
Grade: 11
Sport: Track and field
Events: 100, 200, 400, relays

Background: Jordan has taken over as West Allegheny's top sprinter. Jordan leads by example through her races. Jordan is soft spoken and humble, but is running blazing-fast times on the track. She has run times of 12.7 in the 100 and 61.4 in the 200. Jordan runs with a very smooth stride and looks like she is running effortlessly. She hopes to focus on the 100 and 400 at the end of the year and place high at the WPIAL Class AAA championships.