Norwin Track Teams Celebrate 4th Consecutive Section Titles


Saturday April 30, 2022 | 10:01 a.m.

Undefeated in five Section 1-3A meets, Norwin’s boys’ and girls’ track teams have achieved a quadruple: four Section titles in as many years – the run includes co-titles in 2017.

But coach Tim Van Horn thinks the Knights could aim for bigger goals.

“I would really like to see our teams make the WPIAL Championship,” Van Horn said. “There are a lot of great teams in the WPIAL, and both teams realize that we have a lot of work to do. Our athletes compete hard in training and work to bring out the best in each other. Ready for the challenge. “

Norwin’s daughters won the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational and the Knights had several strong individual performances.

The momentum continued into a big sectional encounter against Hempfield, which Norwin swept away.

Junior Trey Huha had a 20-point effort against the Spartans, winning the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the long and triple jumps.

Junior Nataiah Robertson won three events (100, 200, long jump) for the Knights. She also anchored the winning 400-meter relay.

Senior Bernadette Zukina won the 400m, anchored the winning 1600m relay and placed second in two other events, while senior Layla Robertson won the 300m hurdles, was second in the 100m hurdles and was a member of the winning 400 and 1600 m relays.

Senior Aaron Schmook won the javelin and broke his own school record with a throw of 189-foot-3.

Schmook was pushed all season by senior Cody Scherle, who finished second in the competition and also finished second to Schmook in the Wildcat competition.

It sure looks like Norwin has a potential WPIAL Javelin Champion on his hands.

“Aaron is an absolute competitor who puts his all into every rep, and it trickles down to every throw,” Van Horn said. “He is dedicated in the weight room and dedicated to learning more about his craft. He entered this season with a chip on his shoulder, and we believe he still hasn’t reached his full potential.

Knights shine at Butler

Schmook shone as the Butler Invitational, winning the javelin title with a throw of 198-foot-3.

The brand was the No. 1 draw in the state.

Scherle nipped at Schmook’s heels again, going 175-7 for second place.

Freshman Ryan Schiller took fifth place in the 110-metre hurdles, despite an ankle injury, with a time of 16.17 seconds.

Norwin’s daughters finished second overall at Butler, with an individual victory in the 1,600-meter relay of Bella Brozeski, Alexandra Walton, Robertson and Zukina, whose time of 4:02.16 was 10 seconds ahead of Mt. Lebanon .

Robertson also won the 300 hurdles in 45.10 seconds.

Van Horn said Schiller was done for the season. He said the freshman cut an obstacle and, while trying to correct himself mid-air, fell awkwardly and fractured his ankle.

“Ryan is an awesome kid who works his tail every practice,” Van Horn said. “He participates in every rehearsal and loves competing against the top dogs. He’s like a silent assassin: he doesn’t say much, but when he’s in line you know he’s going after everyone else in that line. He will be a huge loss for us, but I know he will fight back and be a force for the rest of his career. We all hope for a speedy and full recovery.

Norwin’s senior girls are 15-0 in the program, while the boys are 14-1.

Bill Beckner Jr. is an editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .