For Shenango High’s six senior girls track and field athletes, it’s been a perfect four years at the Tri-County Track and Field Championship meet.

An MVP performance by freshman Emma Callahan certainly helped continue the streak. Callahan won all three throwing events for the Lady Wildcats to claim the girls field MVP award at Saturday’s meet. Her performance helped ensure the senior class of Addie George, Chaslyn Hoover, Carlie Cardella, Melina Mangino, Jenessa Houk and Haley Earl finish their careers going 4 for 4 at the Tri-County meet.

“She’s a freshman,” Shenango coach John Montgomery said of Callahan. “She did it all indoor season. She was out here all fall. She’s going to be really, really good. She had a bad elbow today. She wasn’t going to throw (javelin) and I just said if you could just lob out a 90-footer to break up the points for us. She just took a couple throws and called it quits. She’s a gamer. She’s going to be special.”

Callahan won the javelin with a throw of 104-6, ran away in the discus competition with a 107-5 marker and held off Union’s Madi Wynn in the shot put with a toss of 36-00.75. Callahan, who topped 40 feet during the indoor season, was ranked as the top freshman in the nation in the shot put.

“I just came off from an injury on Wednesday (at the MAC championships), so I was just trying to take it slow and not injure myself,” Callahan said. “I threw 41-4 in indoor, so now to have only thrown 40-4, it’s a process. I’m just trying to get back up there for WPIAL and states.”

The Lady Wildcats won eight events on the day. Winning individual titles were Haley Morgan in the 100 dash, Mangino in the 300 hurdles and Carmen Medvit in the 3200 run. Shenango’s 3200 relay of Emily Olcott, Angelica Klein, Earl and Medvit held off a challenge from Riverside, while the quartet of Hannah Yeykal, Mangino, Morgan and Klein ran away from Ellwood City to win the 400 dash.

Shenango hosts Hopewell and Riverview in tomorrow’s WPIAL semifinal meet. Montgomery said Hopewell, a section champion, is a tough team. Shenango won the WPIAL team title last year.

“If we do what we’re capable of doing, we should be able to beat them,” Montgomery said. “We’re going to have to do well and perform. We set the bar pretty high last year when we won the WPIAL, so finals is the goal. We want to hold the trophy down in Peters Township.”

Mohawk’s Sabrina McClain was the overall MVP of the day as the senior completed a distance double by taking the 800 and 1600 championships. She was second to Medvit in the 3200 and ran the anchor leg on the Lady Warriors’ winning 1600 relay team. She scored 30.5 of Mohawk’s 95.5 team points, which placed the Lady Warriors’ second in the team standings.

McClain and the other athletes had to contend with cooler temperatures on Saturday and a strong wind.

“It’s like running through sand in a way,” McClain said. “You have to fight the whole way through. Going around that bend there, I felt like I ran head-first into a wall. It’s really rough.”

McClain said her goals as she finishes out the rest of her high school career are to improve her times.

“If I can get to state, that would be great in any of my races,” McClain said. “Also just to get the best times I’ve ever had in track. That’s my goal really.”

Mohawk’s Nadia Lape won the long and triple jumps and ran a leg on her team’s 1600 relay. Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay was a double winner, taking the 200 and 400 dashes, while teammate Katie Walzer won the high jump. Riverside’s Aubriante Cleckley won the 100 hurdles. 

On the boys side, Riverside ran away with the team victory, winning 12 of 18 events for 190 points as Colby Belczyk claimed the boys overall and track MVP award. Belczyk accounted for 32.5 of his team’s points. 

Alex Fotia’s (Ellwood City) victory in the 100 dash was the only track event keeping Riverside from a sweep of the running events. 

Laurel and Mohawk each won two field events. The Spartans’ Mitch Miles won the shot put, was third in the javelin and third in the discus to claim the boys field MVP award. Teammate John Magee won the triple jump. 

For Mohawk — which finished second team scoring with 108 —  Travis Butch won the javelin and Ayden Leslie took the pole vault. Shenango’s Jake Stephenson won the discus. Riverside’s Nate Sciarro won both the high and long jumps. 

By winning the boys competition and coming in fourth in the girls standings, Riverside won the trophy as overall champion. 

psirianni@ncnewsonline.com


BOYS

Track events

3200 Relay 1) Riverside (Ty Fluharty, Chase Grinnell, Garrett Safran, Colby Belczyk) 8:52.10, 2) Shenango 9:15.08, 3) Ellwood City 9:32.14, 4) Mohawk 9:44.53, 5) Neshannock 10:04.08

110 High Hurdles 1) Peyton Harris (R) 16.06, 2) Brian Cline (M) 17.61, 3) Milo Sesti (EC) 17.8, 4) Tyler Morosky (S) 18.33, 5) Brody Barton (R) 18.42, 6) Nick Farmer (M) 19.87

100 M Dash 1) Alex Fotia (EC) 11.37, 2) Nate Sciarro (R) 11.57, 3) Vince Argiro (M) 11.81, 4) Nick Viggiano (N) 11.92, 5) Nate Dworsky (M) 11.95, 6) DJ DeBlasio (N) 11.97

1600 M Run 1) Colby Belczyk (R) 5:03.92, 2) Ty Fluharty (R) 5:04.28, 3) Ty Kent (S) 5:07.60, 4) Jack Isaac (M) 5:11.44, 5) Christian Maxwell (S) 5:12.53, 6) Chase Grinnel (R) 5:15.04

400 M Relay 1) Riverside (Calvin Wetzel, Brett Hart, Jackson Coyne, Nate Sciarro) 44.19, 2) Ellwood City 45.79, 3) Neshannock 46.02, 4) Mohawk 46.20, 5) Shenango 48.98, 6) Laurel 49.31

400 M Run 1) Jackson Coyne (R) 52.14, 2) Alex Nour (R) 53.61, 3) Dylan Lloyd (M) 54.04, 4) Ben List (M) 54.06, 5) Nick Viggiano (N) 54.42, 6) Keshawn Gatto (EC) 54.65

300 M Intermediate Hurdles 1) Brett Hart (R) 41.32, 2) Kelton Docchio (EC) 42.24, 3) DJ DeBlasio (N) 43.54, 4) Brian Cline (M) 43.99, 5) Peyton Harris (R) 44.88, 6) Dylan Aquaro (L) 45.74

800 M Run 1) Colby Belczyk (R) 2:11.94, 2) Reed Kissick (L) 2:12.69, 3) Ty Kent (S) 2:13.07, 4) Andrew Daugherty (L) 2:14.27, 5) Blake Lloyd (M) 2:15.35, 6) Nick Viggiano (N) 2:16.02

200 M Dash 1)Calvin Wetzel (R) 22.41, 2) Jackson Coyne (R) 22.91, 3) Kelton Docchio (EC) 23.79, 4) Alex Nour (R) 23.82, 5) Vince Argiro (M) 23.89, 6) Nate Dworsky (M) 24.23

3200 M Run 1) Colby Belczyk (R) 11:01.02, 2) Ty Fluharty (R) 11:05.29, 3) Christian Maxwell (S) 11:08.65, 4) Ian Jackson (N) 11:12.35, 5) Kaleb Lloyd (M) 11:46.33, 6) Lorenzo Scarnati (N) 11:51.34

4X400 Relay 1) Riverside (Brett Hart, Alex Nour, Jackson Coyne, Calvin Wetzel) 3:36.19, 2) Mohawk 3:45.45, 3) Ellwood City 3:50.80, 4) Laurel 3:52.89, 5) Neshannock 4:35.90

Field events

High Jump 1) Nate Sciarro (R) 5-10½ , 2) Cam’Ron Owens (N) 5-10½, 3) Ethan Weatherby (N) 5-6½ , 4) Reis Watkins (S) 5-4½ , 5) Marley Schweiger (EC) 5-4½ , 6) Michael Sandora (M) 5-4½ .

Triple Jump 1) John Magee (L) 40-1½ , 2) Brett Hart (R) 39-7¾ , 3) Ayden Leslie (M) 38-7¼ , 4) Riley Hilton (N) 37-8¾ , 5) Liam Grinnen (R) 37-¼ , 6) Braden Gennock (N) 36-9

Shot Put 1) Mitch Miles (L) 47-5½ , 2) Parker Lyons (M) 46-0, 3) Jake Stephenson (S) 43-5¼ , 4) Colton Ferrucci (S) 42-0, 5) Reis Watkins (S) 40-11, 6) Jaize Zeigler (M) 40-2

Javelin 1) Travis Butch (M) 129-4, 2) Liam Grinnen (R) 126-3, 3) Mitch Miles (L) 124-11, 4) Colton Ferrucci (S) 124-10, 5) Josh Kurtz (M) 124-4, 6) Jamie McVicker (L) 121-0

Long Jump 1) Nate Sciarro (R) 21-1½ , 2) Cam’Ron Owens (N) 18-10¾ , 3) Jacob Romano (M) 18-7¾ , 4) John Magee (L) 18-6¼ , 5) Matt Chapnell (S) 18-5¾ , 6) Niko Rylott (N) 18- 5½

Discus 1) Jake Stephenson (S) 136-9, 2) Spencer Gierlach (L) 124-4, 3) Mitch Miles (L) 119-0, 4) Anthony Campoli (S) 117-4, 5) Alex McHale (R) 114-4, 6) Carson Bishop (R) 113-4

Pole Vault 1) Ayden Leslie (M) 11-2, 2) Alex Hawrylak (EC) 10-8, 3) Ethan Fritzley (M) 10-8, 4) Jamie McVicker (L) 9-8, 5) Milo Sesti (EC) 9-2, 6) Collin McGrath (S) 8-8

Field MVP: Mitchell Miles Total Points: 22

Track MVP: Colby Belczyk (Riverside) Total Points: 32.5

Overall MVP: Colby Belczyk (Riverside) Total Points: 32.5

Overall Team Standings:

Riverside 190, Mohawk 108, Shenango 71, Laurel 67, Ellwood City 63, Neshannock 57

GIRLS

Track events

3200 Relay 1) Shenango (Emily Olcott, Haley Earl, Angelica Klein, Carmen Medvit) 10:50.93, 2) Riverside 10:55.80, 3) Ellwood City 11:14.74, 4) Neshannock 11:44.07, 5) Mohawk 11:53.19

100 Intermediate Hurdles 1)Aubriante Cleckley (R) 16.14, 2) Melina Mangino (S) 16.41, 3) Kelly Clark (M) 17.13, 4) Megan Zelch (R) 17.58, 5) Joey Frelin (EC) 18.00, 6) Robin Gess (EC) 18.51

100 M Dash 1) Haley Morgan (S) 13.02, 2) Aubriante Cleckley (R) 13.04, 3) Neleh Nogay (N) 13.16, 4) Avory Elchison (EC) 13.22, 5) Gina Janiel (N) 14.03, 6) Joey Frelin (EC) 14.21

1600 M Run 1) Sabrina McClain (M) 5:30.89, 2) Carmen Medvit (S) 5:34.25, 3) Abby Hutchinson (N) 5:59.42, 4) Maddie Spadafore (EC) 6:01.58, 5) Emily Olcott (S) 6:02.31, 6) Madi Hervatine (EC) 6:16.68

400 M Relay 1) Shenango (Melina Mangino, Hannah Yeykal, Haley Morgan, Angelica Klein) 53.52, 2) Ellwood City 54.11, 3) Laurel 59.11, 4) Riverside 59.50 (Neshannock DQ)

400 M Dash 1) Neleh Nogay (N) 60.70, 2) Johanna Kraner (S) 63.64, 3) Nadia Lape (M) 64.32, 4) Mia DeCaria (EC) 68.05, 5) Paige Householder (M) 71.02, 6) Abigail Ellsperman (EC) 72.55

300 M Low Hurdles 1) Melina Mangino (S) 50.13, 2) Madison Sheridan (R) 51.06, 3) Kelly Clark (M) 54.18, 4) Rhyann Kelly (S) 58.42, 5) Sadie Demko (S) 59.49, 6) Olivia Kaminski (L) 62.47

800 M Run 1) Sabrina McClain (M) 2:31.30, 2) Jenna Hayson (R) 2:43.55, 3) Carmen Medvit (S) 2:45.06, 4) Makena Hall (EC) 2:49.38, 5) Alea Lewis (EC) 2:51.77, 6) Abby Shoaff (M) 2:54.12

200 M Dash 1) Neleh Nogay (N) 26.28, 2) Haley Morgan (S) 27.07, 3) Aubriante Cleckly (R) 27.79, 4) Megan Zelch (R) 30.02, 5) Katie Walzer (N) 30.36, 6) Maddie Deal (S) 30.50

3200 M Run 1) Carmen Medvit (S) 12:05.92, 2) Sabrina McClain (M) 12:27.24, 3) Abby Hutchison (N) 12:42.59, 4) Maddie Spadafore (EC) 13:08.65, 5) Amanda Urban (N) 13:20.97, 6) Tess Hardin (R) 13:28.39

4X400 Relay 1) Mohawk (Nadia Lape, Tori Micco , Alexa Nulph, Sabrina McClain) 4:33.56, 2) Riverside 4:36.48, 3) Ellwood City 4:48.85, 4) Neshannock 5:53.09

Field events

Javelin 1) Emma Callahan (S) 104-6, 2) Faith Gibson 99-9, 3) Addie George (S) 88-10, 4) Kendra Ramey (L) 87-5, 5) Nevada Pacifico (L) 87-1, 6) Kate O’Malley (R) 79-0

Long Jump 1) Nadia Lape (M) 16-9¼ , 2) Julia Janiel (N) 16-2¼ , 3) Abriante Cleckley (R) 15-10¾ , 4) Margret-Rose Russo (N) 14-11½ , 5) Katie Walzer (N) 14-9¼ , 6) Johanna Kraner (S) 14-6

Pole Vault 1) Madison Meyers (EC) 7-8, 2) Faith Gibson (L) 7-2, 3) Hannah Yeykal (S) 7-2, 4) Helena Kalantzsis (EC) 6-8, 5)*Tie Kennedy Vogel (R) Ashely Hepler (M) 6-2

Discus 1) Emma Callahan (S) 107-5, 2) Sydney Hale (R) 90-9, 3) Juliana Cooper (L) 88-8, 4) Madi Wynn (U) 85-10, 5) Madison Burgess (L) 82-0, 6) Jenessa Houk (S) 78-0

High Jump 1) Katie Walzer (N) 4-8½ , 2) Natalie Skerbetz (L) 4-8½ , 3) Avory Elchison (EC) 4-6½ , 4) Tori Micco (M) 4-6½ , 5) Addie Carr (M) 4-6½ , 6) *Tie Sanaa Gregory (U) Madison Sheridan (R) 4-4½

Triple Jump 1) Nadia Lape (M) 34-9¾, 2) Julia Janiel (N) 33-6, 3) Gina Janiel (N) 32-2¼ , 4) Johanna Kraner (S) 31-9¼ , 5) Hannah Yeykal (S) 30-9½ , 6) Madison Sheridan (R) 30-1

Shot Put 1) Emma Callahan (S) 36-¾, 2) Madi Wynn (U) 34-3½, 3) Lexi Shiderly (M) 33-3, 4) Kenzy Kaldy (S) 274-5½, 5) Maura Rosenberger (R) 27-1½, 6) Angel Lindsey (M) 27½

Field MVP: Emma Callahan Total Points: 30

Track MVP: Sabrina McClain Total Points: 30.5

Overall MVP: Sabrina McClain Total Points: 30.5

Overall Team Standings

Shenango 151, Mohawk 95.50, Neshannock 90, Riverside 89, Ellwood City 68, Laurel 45, Union 12.50

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Pete Sirianni is the News' assistant editor and digital editor. He is a proud Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate, earning a degree in journalism and public relations. Contact him at psirianni@ncnewsonline.com or on Twitter at @PeterSirianni.

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