Penn Hills athletics appear to benefit from a larger roster

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Sunday March 27, 2022 | 11:01 a.m.


The Penn Hills indoor track team had a strong winter. With some reinforcements in tow, Indians coach Lee Zelkowitz thinks the spring team could be even more successful.

Penn Hills will have about 30 more athletes on the team compared to last spring, with the numbers almost evenly split between boys and girls coming out.

“We have good numbers this year,” Zelkowitz said. “We bring out football and basketball players, as well as girls who play other sports in the winter. This gives us the opportunity to do more things with the relays. We can have different runners on the 4 by 100 and 4 by 400 relays and we should be competitive in both.

Angelo Allen will give Penn Hills a legitimate contender for the WPIAL and PIAA crowns in the shot put. Allen won the state championship during the indoor season and earned all-state honors.

Last spring, Allen placed eighth in the shot put at the PIAA competition, with a best throw of 52-foot-7.

“I think he could definitely challenge for a state title,” Zelkowitz said. “His goal is to throw over 60 feet.”

The Penn Hills women’s 1,600-meter relay team won a medal at the WPIALs last season and is expected to fight for a bid for the PIAA Class 3A competition.

Sophomores Caroline McDevitt and Maliah Powell, along with juniors Larissa Lockridge and Mylah Falk ran 4:08.45 at the WPIALs last season to finish eighth. This team stuck together and was successful for the Indians.

“I’m really looking for them to go to the states,” Zelkowitz said.

Penn Hills freshman sprinter MacKenzie McIntyre turned heads during the indoor season and will be counted on to contribute to the sprints in the outdoor seasons. Austin Stuchul excelled in the indoor distance events, while Cameron Thomas was another athlete who qualified for the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championships.

Supreme Sanders and Roland Glenn are also looking forward to competing at the start of the season.

Zelkowitz is thrilled with what the biggest roster of Indians can accomplish.

“I think some of the guys who raced last year helped bring more people out for the team,” Zelkowitz said. “I think word of mouth helps. These guys heard what racing for us would do for them and what shape they would be in after.

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