Baldwin tracksters advance to state indoor finals
Three Baldwin athletes — senior Kadin Hinish and juniors Casey Conboy and Dave Johnston — have qualified for the state indoor track and field finals.
The Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association indoor championships will take place Sunday at Penn State University.
Hinish has qualified in the 60-meter hurdles event, Conboy in the 3,000-meter run and Johnston in the pole vault.
“My (indoor) season was going great until about four-and-a-half weeks ago,” Hinish said. “I pulled my hamstring and was unable to compete. I have done a lot of physical therapy in preparation for the state meet, and have high expectations for the meet this weekend.”
Hinish was able to qualify for the state finals prior to suffering the injury.
“Kadin qualified early in the season and hasn’t run since, so we’ll warm her up and see if she is able to go,” Ed Helbig, Baldwin’s head coach, said. “If not, we’ll get ready for outdoors.”
Conboy and Johnston secured a spot in the state meet at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championships held Saturday at Edinboro University.
Conboy is seeded No. 11 for the state meet; Johnston is seeded ninth.
“David has jumped higher (in the pole vault event) in practice, but he has to do it at the meet,” Helbig said.
Johnston was one of four pole vault finalists for the Baldwin boys’ team at the Tri-State championships, along with seniors Kevin Khuu and Logan Cordell and sophomore Nick Lachut.
Other Baldwin finalists included freshman Brandon O’Malley (400, long jump), junior Zack Zovko (800), sophomore Jack Mezeivtch (mile), Conboy (3,000) and Lachut (long jump) in the boys’ competition.
For the Lady Highlanders, juniors Amanda Shiflet (high jump, triple jump), Amber Yauch (long jump, triple jump), Isabel Bierwirth (200) and Jasmine Wicks (shot put), senior Gabby Loeffler (pole vault) and sophomore Laurel Bristow (shot put) were finalists.
Ray Fisher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or [email protected].