Belle Vernon’s Hunter Martin and Waynesburg Central’s Daniel Layton headline the list of strong performers on the 2019 Herald-Standard Boys All-Area Track & Field Team.
3,200 relay: Elizabeth Forward.
Honorable mention: Connellsville, Uniontown, Ringgold, Mount Pleasant, Southmoreland, Brownsville.
110 high hurdles: Daniel Layton, Waynesburg Central.
Honorable mention: Iliesa Salauca, Laurel Highlands; Hunter Martin, Belle Vernon; Isaiah Melvin, Uniontown.
100: Eli Mitchell, Laurel Highlands.
Honorable mention: Ahmad Hooper, Uniontown.
1,600: Charles Roberts, California.
Honorable mention: Brendan Kopich, Laurel Highlands; Lucas Pajak, Ringgold; Logan Maust, Uniontown.
400: Caleb Blair, Waynesburg Central.
Honorable mention: Bodee Stonebraker, Connellsville; Jake Gorman, Ringgold.
400 relay: Connellsville.
Honorable mention: Uniontown, Southmoreland, Beth-Center.
300 intermediate hurdles: Isaiah Melvin, Uniontown.
Honorable mention: Hunter Martin, Belle Vernon; Robert Hrabosky, Elizabeth Forward; Ryan Balentine, Frazier.
800: Isaac Evans, Belle Vernon.
Honorable mention: Dominic Prestipino, Connellsville; Stephen Frost, Elizabeth Forward; Eric Obringer, Ringgold.
200: Bodee Stonebraker, Connellsville.
Honorable mention: Ahmad Hooper, Uniontown.
3,200: Lucas Pajak, Ringgold.
1,600 relay: Waynesburg Central.
Honorable mention: Connellsville, Ringgold.
Discus: Ryan Marek, Belle Vernon/Jordan Blackburn, Beth-Center.
Honorable mention: Avery McConville, Waynesburg Central.
Shot put: Aden Bruich, Connellsville/Jelani Stafford, California.
Honorable mention: Chase Calhoun, Southmoreland; Chris Smiley, Connellsville.
Javelin: Scott Benco, Waynesburg Central.
Honorable mention: Cameron Sapola, Connellsville; Chase Whatton, Elizabeth Forward; Hunter Bakewell, Yough.
High jump: Darnel Howell, Monessen.
Honorable mention: Jayden Thomas, Uniontown; Isaiah Melvin, Uniontown; Kenny Fine, Frazier; Michael Berdar, Beth-Center; Brandon Peterson, Southmoreland; Josh O’Bradovich, Yough; Dane Anden, Belle Vernon.
Triple jump: Hunter Martin, Belle Vernon.
Honorable mention: Julian Muccioli, Frazier; Nicholas Seto, Brownsville.
Long jump: Hunter Martin, Belle Vernon.
Honorable mention: Julian Muccioli, Frazier.
Pole vault: Daniel Layton, Waynesburg Central.
Honorable mention: Hunter Ribarchak, Elizabeth Forward.
Most Outstanding Overall Performers: Hunter Martin, Belle Vernon/Daniel Layton, Waynesburg Central.
Class AAA Most Outstanding Field Performer: Aden Bruich, Connellsville.
Class AAA Most Outstanding Track Performer: Bodee Stonebraker, Connellsville.
Class AA Most Outstanding Field Performers: Scott Benco, Waynesburg Central/Jelani Stafford, California.
Class AA Most Outstanding Track Performer: Charles Roberts, California.
Most Outstanding Coaching Staffs: Class AAA, Connellsville (Pat Mullaney); Class AA, Waynesburg Central (Rick Layton).
NOTES: Layton overcame the much-publicized controversy over a inadvertent entry into the WPIAL championship to win WPIAL and PIAA Class AA gold in the 110 high hurdles. ... The William & Mary recruit also overcame a shoulder injury to finish first in the pole vault at the district meet, needing all three attempts to clear the winning height of 13 feet. ... The senior was not as fortunate in the PIAA finals, though, failing on all three attempts at his opening height of 13-6. ... Layton also helped the Raiders’ 1,600 relay team finish sixth in the WPIAL finals, missing an automatic berth into the state meet by .58 seconds. He was also solid in the 300 intermediate hurdles as the Raiders won the Section 6-AA title. ... Hunter Martin had an outstanding spring for the Leopards. The senior repeated as the All-Around MVP at the WCCA Track & Field Championships with first-place finishes in the 300 intermediate hurdles and triple jump, a second in the 110 high hurdles and third-place in the long jump. ... He also earned All-Around MVP honors at the Big South Conference Meet. ... The Seton Hill University recruit won four WPIAL Class AAA medals, despite suffering a hip injury during the meet. Martin won silver in the 110 high hurdles, fifth in the 300 intermediate hurdles, seventh in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump. ... He advanced to the 110 high hurdles semifinals at the state meet, finishing 11th overall. He was .18 seconds shy of earning a berth into the finals on time. ... Local male athletes won 38 WPIAL medals and five state medals. ... Layton (110 high hurdles; pole vault), Jelani Stafford (shot put), Darnel Howell (high jump), and Scott Benco (javelin) won gold medals, Jordan Blackburn (discus), Martin (110 high hurdles), Isaiah Melvin (300 intermediate hurdles), Jayden Thomas (high jump), and Aden Bruich (shot put) were silver medalists, and Josh O’Bradovich (high jump), Julian Muccioli (long jump), Hunter Bakewell (javelin), Melvin (high jump), Ryan Marek (discus), and Cameron Sapola (javelin) secured bronze medals at the WPIAL meet. ... Local athletes also secured four fourth-place medals, five fifth-place medals, six sixth-place medals, two seventh-place medals, and five eighth-place medals in the district finals. ... Stafford (4, shot put), Benco (5, javelin), Howell (7, high jump), and Muccioli (7, long jump) also won PIAA medals. ... Mullaney and Layton, and their respective staffs, led their teams to section titles. ... Stonebraker repeated as the FCCA Track MVP, while Muccioli and Nicholas Seto shared Field MVP honors. ... Connellsville successfully defended its FCCA team title. ... Stafford won a WPIAL title and state medal despite never competing in track before this season. The senior augmented his coaches’ training with watching YouTube videos. ... Eli Mitchell didn’t start running the 100 until the section schedule was well underway, but he finished sixth in the district meet and advanced to the state finals ... Local athletes did particularly well in the field events, winning 26 medals in the jumps and throws. The amassed seven WPIAL jumping medals (including one gold, a silver and two bronze) and five in the javelin (gold and two bronze). ... Muccioli was medal contention in the triple jump, as well, at the state meet, finishing ninth. ... Charles Roberts placed sixth in the Class AA 1,600, missing the automatic berth into the state meet by .38 seconds. ... Thomas finished tied for ninth in the high jump at the PIAA Class AAA meet, losing a jump-off for eighth place. ... Berdar finished tied for sixth in the Class AA high at the WPIAL meet, losing a jump-off for fifth place and a spot in the state finals. ... Melvin missed qualifying for the WPIAL Class AAA 110 high hurdles final by .21 seconds after finishing ninth. ... Although he finished 13th in the 800 at the WPIAL Class AAA meet, Dominic Prestipino was pleased he finally cracked the 2-minute barrier with his time of 1:59.54. ... Belle Vernon, Waynesburg Central and Elizabeth Forward all won WPIAL six medals. Uniontown totaled three district medals. Frazier, California, Laurel Highlands, Connellsville, Yough, Beth-Center and Southmoreland all finished with two WPIAL medals. Brownsville and Mount Pleasant both won one medal.