WAYNESBURG — Brownsville and Waynesburg Central entered Thursday’s Section 6-AA triangular with West Greene undefeated, and the Lady Falcons remained on track for the section crown with a sweep.
Brownsville defeated the Lady Pioneers, 97-35, and Lady Raiders, 86-59, to improve to 6-0 in the section with a meet at California remaining.
Waynesburg defeated West Greene, 106-38, to go to 4-1 in the section.
Athletes will know where they stand when the first WPIAL performance list is released on Wednesday.
The Lady Raiders’ Madison Brooks took first-place finishes in the shot put (36-3) and discus (118-2). The senior was coming off a record-breaking performance in the discus.
“I set the school record in the discus (with a throw of 125-2), so I decided to take it easy today. We have Tri-States (Tri-State Coaches Invitational) Friday,” said Brooks, who will attend Clarion to throw and major in Early Childhood Education. “Today was a technique day. I still worked hard, of course.”
Brooks medaled in the shot put in last year’s state meet, and feels that performance has carried over to this season.
“I’m really proud of myself. I’m more confident,” said Brooks. “I would really like to place in both the discus and shot put at states, or at least make it.”
Taylor Shriver gave the Lady Raiders first-place points in the 100 high hurdles (18.43) and pole vault (10-6). She finished third overall and second to both Brownsville and West Greene in the 200 (28.33).
The sophomore also ran the second leg of the 400 relay, but the Lady Raiders were disqualified after a bad handoff.
“I wanted to get a mark at my opening height in the pole vault,” Shriver said of her only attempt. “The 200 is more of a conditioning thing for me.”
Shriver finished second in the pole vault in last year’s WPIAL Class AA Championships, so she enters this season as a known quantity. However, she’s usually the only girl vaulting in section meets.
“It definitely hurts to have no competition to push me. I’ll go full out in pole vault at invitationals,” said Shriver.
Shriver has her sights set on Marissa Kalsey’s school record of 12-6.
“My PR is 12-3,” said Shriver. “My goal is to break into 13 (feet) and get the record.”
The Lady Raiders’ Bree Echegaray broke her school record in the high jump when she cleared 5-2. Juliana Fowler finished first overall in the long jump with a leap of 15-7¾.
Brooke Barner excelled in the sprints for West Greene, winning the 400 (1:02.07) and 200 (27.41), and placing second overall in the 100 (13.35). The freshman tied the school record in the 400 and broke the mark in the 200.
Although the Lady Pioneers have a small squad, Barner wanted to perform for her teammates.
“It’s still important to get PRs, but it’s most important to do so teamwise,” explained Barner. “I want to get 12.9 (in the 100). Not for me, but for my team and everyone else.
“I want to have fun and run relaxed. (The season) is going by so quickly. I think if I keep pushing and stay focused, I hope to make the WPIALs and, hopefully, states.”
Teammate Haileigh Thomas had the longest throw in the javelin with a heave of 102-8.