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Wignot, Kuhl top WVC qualifiers

Royals’ Wignot a top-10 PIAA seed in 3 jumping events. Kuhl of Hawks seeded in 3 sprints.

Holy Redeemer’s Owen Wignot and Hanover Area’s Amanda Kuhl lead a group of 44 Wyoming Valley Conference athletes who will compete in the PIAA Track and Field Championships today and Saturday at Shippensburg University.

The Class 2A and Class 3A championships run concurrently at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium. Events begin at 9 a.m. each day, with preliminaries in the morning and finals in the afternoon. The top eight finishers in each event earn medals.

Wignot claimed three gold medals at last week’s District 2 Class 2A boys championships in the high jump, triple jump and long jump. He’s seeded in the top 10 in all three events for the state competition. Wignot is seeded ninth in the triple jump, second in the long jump and sixth in the high jump.

He finished third in the high jump at the PIAA meet last season.

After posting wins in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes at the District 2 Class 2A meet, Kuhl makes her return to the PIAA championships for the first time since her freshman year in 2006. She also grabbed three top-10 seeds for this weekend’s championships, earning a No. 4 seed in the 100, a No. 10 seed in the 400 and a No. 6 seed in the 200.

Dallas’ Paige Selenski isn’t far behind Kuhl, after picking up second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 at the District 2 meet. The senior is seeded eighth in the 100 and 13th in the 200. Mountaineer javelin thrower Ellen Arnaud will take a No. 4 seed into the PIAA meet one year after finishing seventh as a freshman.

Meyers sophomore Ashlee Ward grabbed the conference’s lone top seed, earning a No. 1 spot in the girls Class 2A high jump after clearing 5 feet, 4 inches to win a District 2 gold medal. Ward was a medalist at the PIAA meet last season, finishing in a five-way tie for eighth place.

Coughlin freshman Shelley Black is also a top-10 seed in two events. Black won the 100 and 300 hurdles in the D2 Class 3A meet, and is seeded seventh in the 100 hurdles and ninth in the 300 hurdles for the state meet.

Crestwood pole vaulter Mandissa Marshall, who is seeded fifth at a height of 12 feet, cleared 12-2 earlier this season. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if the junior goes higher at the state meet.

Pittston Area senior Nate Zondlo, who defeated Crestwood’s Bobby Micikas in the 1,600-meter (one mile) run in the D2 Class 3A meet, is seeded sixth for the state meet. Zondlo also defeated Micikas in the 3,200 to earn a spot at the state meet, but scratched from that event to concentrate on the mile.

Dallas senior Fred Mihal earned a No. 8 seed in the discus after winning a D2 Class 3A gold medal with a throw of 156-8. Berwick senior Randy Pajovich, who won the 100 and 400 races at the D2 Class 3A meet, earned a seventh seed in the 100 and a No. 14 seed in the 400.

PIAA QUALIFIERS

Forty-four Wyoming Valley Conference athletes will compete in the PIAA Track and Field Class 3A and 2A Championships at Shippensburg University today and Saturday. Here’s a look at where each have been seeded.

CLASS 2A GIRLS

3,200 RELAY – 21. Lake-Lehman (Amanda Cooper, Leigh Hillman, Tristan Crawford, Marina Orrson) 9:56.04

TRIPLE JUMP – 11. Jill Dunn, Hanover Area, 36-5.25

100 – 4. Amanda Kuhl, Hanover Area, 12.46; 8. Paige Selenski, Dallas, 12.64

SHOT PUT – 13. Shari Bugnowicz, Hanover Area, 36-10.25

400 – 10. Amanda Kuhl, Hanover Area, 59.14

400 RELAY – 20. Dallas (Alyssa Pyros, Erin Delaney, Ellen Arnaud, Paige Selenski) 50.29

DISCUS – 13. Shari Bugnowicz, Hanover Area, 113-7

LONG JUMP – 11. Kelsey Amy, Lake-Lehman, 17-4.25

800 – 22. Leigh Hillman, Lake-Lehman, 2:25.04

200 – 6. Amanda Kuhl, Hanover Area, 25.76; 13. Paige Selenski, Dallas, 26.40

3,200 – 18. Alyssa Namey, Hanover Area, 11:43.65

JAVELIN – 4. Ellen Arnaud, Dallas, 133-10

HIGH JUMP – 1. Ashlee Ward, Meyers, 5-4

CLASS 2A BOYS

110 HURDLES – 9. Robert Gawlas, Holy Redeemer, 15.14

TRIPLE JUMP – 9. Owen Wignot, Holy Redeemer, 44-0.75; 25. Scott Summa, Lake-Lehman, 41-9.5

100 – 11. Breon Phillips, GAR, 11.20

1,600 – 10. Alec Richardson, Holy Redeemer, 4:33.74

SHOT PUT – 19. Brian Clarke, Hanover Area, 48-6.5

400 RELAY – 20. Wyoming Area (Nate Bowden, John Petrucci, Aiden Marich, Christian Bonito) 44.63

300 HURDLES – 12. Ryan Womack, GAR, 40.67

POLE VAULT – 26. Steven Pask, Hanover Area, 12-0; 24. Jeff Colarusso, Hanover Area, 12-0

LONG JUMP – 2. Owen Wignot, Holy Redeemer, 22-3.25

200 – 9. Breon Phillips, GAR, 22.65; 22. Khalil Lewis, Meyers, 22.40

JAVELIN – 22. Peter Adonizio, Wyoming Area, 168-6

HIGH JUMP – 6. Owen Wignot, Holy Redeemer, 6-6; 8. Dan Laubach, Northwest, 6-4

CLASS 3A GIRLS

100 HURDLES – 7. Shelley Black, Coughlin, 14.94

TRIPLE JUMP – 19. Nikki Pardini, Wyoming Area, 36-8

100 – 12. Dezaray Distasio, Tunkhannock, 12.54

1,600 – 24. Kirstin Schaefer, Crestwood, 5:17.55

300 HURDLES – 9. Shelley Black, Coughlin, 45.62

POLE VAULT – 5. Mandissa Marshall, Crestwood, 12-0

800 – 23. Lauren McGinley, Coughlin, 2:23.49

JAVELIN – 11. Jillian Seamon, Hazleton Area, 124-2

CLASS 3A BOYS

110 HURDLES – 19. Don Pollitt, Hazleton Area, 15.33

TRIPLE JUMP – 22. Jared Berry, Coughlin, 43-9

100 – 7. Randy Pajovich, Berwick, 10.95

1,600 – 6. Nate Zondlo, Pittston Area, 4:18.67

400 – 14. Randy Pajovich, Berwick, 49.95

300 HURDLES – 23. Mike Podolak, Wyoming Valley West, 41.06

DISCUS – 8. Fred Mihal, Dallas, 156-10

LONG JUMP – 23. Ken Alguire, Tunkhannock, 21-5.75

800 – 19. Mike McGinley, Coughlin, 1:59.03

200 – 15. Chris Dailey, Dallas, 22.54

3,200 – 21. Robert Micikas, Crestwood, 9:49.48

JAVELIN – 19. Corey Blannard, Wyoming Valley West, 180-4

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