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Baldwin’s field athletes warm up to task at Tri-State meet |

Baldwin’s field athletes warm up to task at Tri-State meet

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:00 p.m
Randy Jarosz | For The South Hills Record
Luke Aaron was one of three Baldwin athletes who won individual titles at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association outdoor championships on Saturday, April 20, at West Mifflin High School Stadium. Aaron finished first in the boys pole vault event.

Baldwin displayed its strength in the field events at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association outdoor championships held Saturday at a cold and windy West Mifflin High School Stadium.

Three Baldwin boys were titlists in the field events — Gary Jackson, in the long jump; Luke Aaron, in the pole vault; and Luke Smorey, in the javelin.

Jackson, a sophomore standout, hit a mark of 21 feet, 2.5 inches in the long jump. He also placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 42-9.5.

Aaron, a senior, cleared 13-6 in the pole vault.

Smorey, a junior, threw for a season-best 184-5 in the javelin. He also took first place in the event at the South Hills Classic and Butler Invitational earlier this season.

Baldwin junior Matt Goettman complemented Aaron with a seventh-place finish in the boys’ pole vault, clearing 12-6. He also placed 15th in the long jump event.

Three Baldwin girls were medalists in the field events — Tara Edwards, in the shot put; Maura Costa, in the pole vault; and Juliana Foy, in the discus.

Edwards, a junior, captured fifth place in the shot put with a mark of 34-1. She also placed 16th in the discus.

Costa, a senior, tied for fifth in the pole vault by clearing 8-6.

Foy, a senior, ended up seventh in the discus with a mark of 106-5.

Baldwin senior Sarah Dindak also reeled in 10th place in the girls’ javelin event, while freshman Gabby Loeffler tied for the 12th spot in the girls’ pole vault event.

The final medalist for Baldwin was sophomore Dennis Doyle, who corralled seventh place in the boys’ 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:17.16.

Other top performances for Baldwin’s boys’ team were turned in by Bill Howley (javelin), Brandon Wyse (discus), Matt Dunn (discus), Christian Labash (800), Jared Schneider (300 hurdles), Belmedin Nurkic (400), George Kelly (3,200), Nick Altavilla (800) and Kevin Taylor (1,600).

For the Lady Highlanders, Becky Terleski (100), Alicia Mastroianni (3,200), Stephanie Bott (3,200), Tori Johnson (shot put, javelin), Carly Molner (triple jump) and Alexandra Barr (1,600, 300 hurdles) turned in other top performances.

Minous, Hinkle sparkle for TJ

Junior Byron Minous has been the leading individual performer for the Thomas Jefferson track and field program in the early part of the season.

And he didn’t let up at the Tri-State meet, taking second place in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles with a 15.2 effort.

Minous, a running back/linebacker on the Jaguars’ football team, also placed 12th in the 300 hurdles.

Thomas Jefferson senior Jesse Hinkle also stepped into the local spotlight at the Tri-State meet with a fourth-place finish in the girls’ javelin event.

Hinkle, a three-sport whiz, hit a mark of 115-4 in the javelin.

TJ freshman Kylie Gedman also was a medalist in the girls’ triple jump, thanks to a mark of 32-11. Renee Miller, a junior, placed eighth in the girls’ long jump with a mark of 14-11.5.

Freshman Chasey Wain also finished ninth and 10th in the girls’ pole vault and high jump, respectively, while sophomore Jennifer Johnson captured ninth place in the girls’ triple jump.

Other leading performers for the Lady Jaguars included Marie Miller (1,600, 3,200, 300 hurdles), Kayla Smith (300 hurdles, javelin), Reis Zandier (300 hurdles), Melissa Wagner (200, 400), Angelina Manning (3,200), Lia Meden (800, 300 hurdles), Alyssa Arnold (1,600), Gedman (long jump) and Michaela McKay (200).

On the boys’ side, TJ senior Darren Sandstrom placed 10th in the javelin event.

Other leading performers for the Jaguars included Anthony Rash (shot put), Corey Payne (javelin), Cam Delasandro (200) and Alex Neumeyer (3,200).

Rutherford, Wright pace Seton-La Salle

Seton-La Salle freshman Raja Rutherford and junior Josh Wright locked in on medal-worthy efforts at the Tri-State meet.

Rutherford earned seventh place in the girls’ long jump event by hitting 15 feet. She also competed in the 200 and 400.

Wright ended up eighth in the boys’ discus event with a toss of 122-6.

One other leading performer for Seton was Henry Glitz, in both the boys’ 800- and 1,600-meter events.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or

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