Brownsville sophomore Gionna Quarzo headlines a strong contingent of athletes on the 2019 Herald-Standard Girls All-Area Track & Field Team.
3,200 relay: Elizabeth Forward.
Honorable mention: Bentworth, Belle Vernon, Connellsville.
100 high hurdles: Makayla Boda, California.
Honorable mention: Neveah Hamborsky, Connellsville; Payton Chester, Laurel Highlands.
100: Skye Eicher, Frazier.
Honorable mention: Makayla Slack, Southmoreland; Jamilah Copeland, Brownsville.
1,600: Gionna Quarzo, Brownsville.
Honorable mention: Grace Henderson, Belle Vernon; Ashton Reposky, Brownsville.
400: Hannah Seitzinger, Belle Vernon.
Honorable mention: Rachael Grimm, Connellsville; Bre Trussler, California; Brooke Barner, West Greene; Kayla Moninger, Mount Pleasant.
400 relay: Connellsville.
Honorable mention: Brownsville, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold.
300 intermediate hurdles: Makayla Boda, California.
Honorable mention: Emily Sanders, Albert Gallatin.
800: Sydney Urbine, Beth-Center.
Honorable mention: Callie Cunningham, Connellsville; Kendall Shaporka, Frazier.
200: Jamilah Copeland, Brownsville.
Honorable mention: Rachael Grimm, Connellsville; Skye Eicher, Frazier; Kyela Dungee, Ringgold.
3,200: Gionna Quarzo, Brownsville.
Honorable mention: Grace Henderson, Belle Vernon.
1,600 relay: Belle Vernon.
Honorable mention: Connellsville.
Discus: Ezra Johnson, Belle Vernon.
Honorable mention: Madison Brooks, Waynesburg Central.
Shot put: Madison Brooks, Waynesburg Central/Hannah Hughes, Elizabeth Forward.
Honorable mention: Ezra Johnson, Belle Vernon; Emily Buwawa, Laurel Highlands; Alexis Jacobs, Southmoreland; Chloe Jaworski, Mount Pleasant.
Javelin: Brianna Spirnak, Elizabeth Forward.
Honorable mention: Mya Klejka, Mount Pleasant; Casey Weightman, Belle Vernon; Kierra Rose, Uniontown; Elli Cook, Connellsville; Odessa Hillard, Albert Gallatin; Allison Humbertson, Laurel Highlands.
High jump: Dejuanna Gile, Elizabeth Forward/Bree Echegaray, Waynesburg Central.
Honorable mention: Grace Henderson, Belle Vernon; Sydney Baciak, Belle Vernon; Mercedes Smartnick, Southmoreland; Emma Seto, Brownsville.
Triple jump: Aniya Tarpley, Brownsville.
Honorable mention: Kaylynn Frum, Albert Gallatin.
Long jump: Juliana Fowler, Waynesburg Central.
Pole vault: Taylor Shriver, Waynesburg Central.
Most Outstanding Overall Performer: Gionna Quarzo, Brownsville.
Class AAA Most Outstanding Field Performer: Brianna Spirnak, Elizabeth Forward.
Class AAA Most Outstanding Track Performer: Hannah Seitzinger, Belle Vernon.
Class AA Most Outstanding Field Performer: Taylor Shriver, Waynesburg Central.
Class AA Most Outstanding Track Performer: Skye Eicher, Frazier.
Most Outstanding Coaching Staff: Class AAA, Belle Vernon (Chris Stasicha); Class AA, Brownsville (Jim Barak).
NOTES: Gionna Quarzo had a record-breaking season, culminating in the successful defense of her PIAA Class AA gold medal in the 3,200 in a state-record time of 10:25.91. The mark lowered the time that stood for 11 years, earned her a spot on the NFHS Honor Roll and bettered her previous personal-best time (and meet record) of 10:29.29 recorded at the South Hills Classic early in the season. ... The Brownsville junior also repeated as the WPIAL gold medalist, resetting the district time when she crossed the finish line in 10:34.35. ... Quarzo won the WPIAL silver medal in the 1,600 in 4:59.56, but opted out of the distance for the state final. ... Quarzo’s best time in the 1,600 was 4:55.52, set when the Lady Falcons clinched the Section 6-AA title at California. ... Quarzo repeated as the Track MVP at the FCCA Championships after winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, and placing second with the Lady Falcons’ 3,200 relay. ... Quarzo again competed in the Penn Relays, finishing 13th in the field of 24 girls and lowering her time by nearly 14 seconds to 9:54.14. ... Local girls won 25 WPIAL medals and five more at the PIAA meet. ... Quarzo (3,200), Taylor Shriver (pole vault), and Bri Spirnak (javelin) won WPIAL gold medals, while Skye Eicher (100), Quarzo (1,600), Aniya Tarpley (triple jump), Hannah Seitzinger (400), and Casey Weightman (javelin) secured silver medals at the district meet. Mya Klejka won bronze in the javelin in her first season of track, while Ezra Johnson finished third in the discus. ... Shriver (bronze), Spirnak (fifth), Eicher (eighth), and Johnson (seventh) joined Quarzo on the PIAA medal stand. ... Shriver broke for the WPIAL mark in the pole vault of 12-6 set by former Waynesburg great Marissa Kalsey in 2012, clearing 12-7 for the top spot on the awards stand. The sophomore hit a vault of 12 feet to share third place in the PIAA meet. ... Spirnak and Weightman finished 1-2 in the Class AAA javelin ... Spirnak made the medal stand in both season-ending meets despite dealing with an knee injury. ... Eicher and Makayla Boda joined Quarzo as two-time WPIAL medalists. ... Eicher suffered a leg injury in the finals of the 100 at the state meet, crumpling to the track about 30 meters into the sprint. But, the sophomore showed a great deal of grit and perseverance to regain her balance and limp across the finish line to the cheers and exhortations of the crowd to place eighth. ... Grace Henderson was a formidable force of one for the Lady Leopards, often scoring first-place points in the 1,600, 3,200, 300 intermediate hurdles and high jump. She also holds school records in both distance races. ... Tarpley missed winning a WPIAL gold medal in the triple jump by ¼-inch and advancing to the finals of the PIAA triple jump by the same, very short distance. ... Tarpley earned solo Field MVP honors at the county meet after an error was corrected after the close of the meet. The original computation of points had her sharing the award with defending MVP Elli Cook. ... Rachael Grimm finished eighth in the Class AAA 400 final in 1:00.75, but fell just shy of her goal of a sub-minute finish. The senior came close to the noteworthy time with her finish of 1:00.02 at the Norwin Last Chance Meet. ... Belle Vernon won the Section 2-AAA title with a victory at Connellsville in the section finale. ... Brownsville and Waynesburg Central shared team medal honors with four WPIAL and one PIAA medal apiece. Belle Vernon and Elizabeth Forward both had a total of four medals. California and Frazier had combined totals of three medals, Southmoreland girls won a pair, and West Greene, Beth-Center, Mount Pleasant and Connellsville all had one.