NEW CASTLE —
Maxwell ran to the mountaintop of WPIAL cross country this year at Laurel.
The Laurel star led the pack in the district championships at Cooper’s Lake in the fall, leaving the competition with gold around her neck.
With a time of 20:14, Maxwell became the first girl to win the WPIAL individual championship in Laurel history. She also became the first girl in school history to make the state meet four years in a row.
Led by Maxwell, the Lady Spartans also earned their first WPIAL team title in school history. The team finished the regular season with a perfect 9-0 record.
At the state meet, Maxwell also performed well, wrapping up a fifth-place finish in 19:53. Her team placed sixth with 179 points.
Through the course of her senior season, Maxwell was able to trim her fastest time to 19:36 heading into the WPIAL Championship, knocking almost two minutes off her time as a freshman.
Maxwell will compete in cross country at Youngstown State University. She’ll likely participate in track and field there as well.
McCowin used her height to rise above the competition her senior season.
The 5-foot-11 athlete played volleyball, basketball and ran track and field in her final year at Ellwood City Lincoln.
McCowin’s best sport was track and field, where she competed in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and high jump.
This season, she claimed the 100 hurdles and high jump crowns at the Tri-County Track and Field Championships. She also earned a medal at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship, placing eighth in the 100 hurdles.
McCowin went undefeated in section play in individual events during the season. In the process, she broke her previous school record of 16.8 in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.8. She had the best distance for girls in Lawrence County this year in the high jump at 5-2.
On the court, McCowin was a key contributor for the Lady Wolverines, notching 4.7 points a game. However, the team finished with a disappointing 9-13 record.
She also was a first-team all-section member of the Ellwood City volleyball squad.
McCowin will attend Seton Hill University on an academic and athletic scholarship in the fall. She hopes to become an elementary education teacher.