Six Dragons Qualify for PIAA Track and Field Championships

May 19, 2024

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Six Warren Dragons punched their tickets to states at the PIAA championships on Saturday at the District 10 Class 2A track and field championships at Slippery Rock University.

Laney Gatto cleared 10-9 in the pole vault, finishing second, while Kylie Fehlman followed with a personal best in the javelin of 112-4 to punch her ticket to Shippensburg.

That was followed by the 4×100 relay team of Maddie Nosel, Lindsay Madigan, Lilly Newton and Gatto placing third with a state qualifying time of 50.36, a personal best.

“We had an awesome day,” said Warren coach Kevin Dustin. “We ended the day with six kids going to the PIAA championships and tons of medals and a host of personal best. A day like today is what makes all the rainy meets, cold practices and hours of work worth it. It was great to see the kids have so much success.”

For the boys, Sam Lindell was second in the 3200 (9:56.52), narrowly behind Franklin’s Caleb Prettyman (9:53.25), earning his way to states.

“Outside of the state qualifiers we brought home medals in the girls 4×800 relay (Morgan Alexander, Riley Evan, Lilly Newton, Brynn Norris), girls 4×400 relay (Maddie Nosel, Addison Cullers, Tori McMichael, Lilly Newton), and Morgan Alexander in the 3200. Lindsay Madigan (100, triple jump) and Quinn Norris (1600) also had personal bests with some big runs or jumps on the day. It was great to see everything come together on the right day for these kids. Great work by the coaching staff to get the kids ready and great work by the kids for competing at such a high level. Cannot wait to see how they do at the state championships next weekend.”

For Youngsville’, Riley Robinault earned a fourth-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5-0.

For the Youngsville boys, Ethan Beers was fourth in the high jump (5-11), fifth in the long jump (21-5) and sixth in the triple jump (41-5), while Eisenhower’s Case Seymour was eighth in the triple jump (40-7).

Eisenhower’s Joe Mistretta was also third in the 800, narrowly missing out on a state qualifying time. Mistretta ran 1:59.79 (state qualifying standard is 1:59.70).

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