Impressive Performances and Championship Titles Highlight Achievements
June 1, 2023
Laurel Highlands High School's track and field team showcased their exceptional talent and determination throughout the 2023 season, leaving a mark of success on both the boys' and girls' divisions. With remarkable individual achievements and collective triumphs, the team has once again established themselves as formidable contenders in the county and beyond.
The boys' team demonstrated their prowess in various events, led by standout athletes Hunter Kooser and Matt Schwertfeger. Kooser earned the Field MVP title at the Wildcat Invitational and secured the County Champion title in the Triple Jump. Additionally, he attained an impressive fifth place in the highly competitive WPIAL Triple Jump category. Kooser emerged as the top point scorer for the boys' team during the season. Schwertfeger showcased his exceptional skills in the 1600 Meter event, earning the champion title at the Wildcat Invitational and securing the County Champion title as well. His remarkable performance also earned him a spot as a WPIAL Qualifier in the 1600.
In the field events, Ben Wilson proved his mettle by qualifying for the WPIAL in the Javelin, displaying a commendable 15th place finish.
The girls' team demonstrated their strength and resilience throughout the season, solidifying their position as one of the top teams in the region. As section runner-ups, they earned the opportunity to compete in the WPIAL Team Playoffs, showcasing their depth and talent.
Mia Pierce shone brightly in the discus and javelin events, earning a remarkable 7th place in the PIAA State Championships for the Discus and a respectable 15th place in the Javelin. Pierce's outstanding performances granted her the Field MVP title at the Baldwin Invitational and the Fayette County Championships for the second consecutive year. She also clinched the individual County Champion titles in the Discus, Javelin, and Shot Put, cementing her status as one of the top performers in the state. Pierce was the leading point scorer for the girls' team throughout the season.
Jaden Brambley showcased her skill in the pole vault, securing an impressive 11th place in the PIAA State Championships and retaining her County Champion title for the second consecutive year. Her remarkable performances also earned her second place in the highly competitive WPIAL Pole Vault category.
The Pulice sisters, Lexie and Bella, along with Ella Ciez, displayed their talent in the pole vault event, qualifying for the WPIAL. Additionally, Ciez also claimed the County Champion title in the High Jump. Neela Hill showcased her abilities in the High Jump, earning a spot as a WPIAL Qualifier.
The remarkable accomplishments of the Laurel Highlands High School track and field team in the 2023 season are a testament to their dedication, hard work, and exceptional coaching. Their achievements not only bring pride to the school but also inspire future generations of athletes to strive for greatness.