Jumping to the top
2nd-place effort in final event earns crown for Butler boys


By John Enrietto
Eagle Sports Editor


WEST MIFFLIN As Baldwin's Larry Bigante landed on the cushion, his eyes were fixed on the bar.
So were everyone else's.
Bigante had just completed his final attempt of clearing 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump. If he had succeeded,
Baldwin would have finished one-two in the event and won the WPIAL Class AAA Boys Track and Field Team Championship Thursday at West Mifflin High School.
If he failed,
Butler would be the champion.
As Bigante landed, the bar wavered. It wriggled loose and fell to the ground as did the Highlanders.
Butler freshman Logan Renwick held on to second in the high jump with a personal best of 6-0 and the Golden Tornado claimed their first boys team track title since 2001.
"Watching that bar ... I think I saw my life flash before my eyes," Renwick said. "That was unbelievable."
Butler edged Baldwin 77-73. The Tornado also defeated Canon-McMillan 92-58 and Seneca Valley 96-54.
"I'm so happy for our seniors, for everybody,"
Butler coach Rick Schontz said. "We knew it would come down to second and third and scored invaluable points."
Renwick's second-place finish occurred during the final event of the meet.
"Meets like this never come down to the high jump," Renwick said. "That was weird. I knew where I had to finish, but it didn't affect me any. All you can do is your best.
"I'm glad I was a position to do this, but I didn't win this meet. Our whole team won this meet."
Renwick has been
Butler's top scorer all season.

Logan's had an incredible year," Schontz said. "He knew what he had to do and he did it. But this was a monumental team effort."
Renwick was the overall winner in the 110-meter hurdles earlier in the day. Doug Moran won the 100 meters for
Butler and Andy Strutt won the pole vault.
The Tornado's 400 relay team of Mason McLaughlin, Moran, Casey Piper and Fred Pinto won as well. That same quartet finished second to
Baldwin in the 1,600 relay, setting up Renwick's heroics.
Butler's girls finished third in their meet, defeating Mt. Lebanon but losing decisively to North Allegheny and team champion Norwin.
"We did what I thought we'd do,"
Butler girls coach Rod Harris said. "Norwin and North Allegheny are powerhouses. They have a lot of depth and they have all areas covered.
"We were missing our top point scorer in Ashley Lotz today, too. She's fighting a bad ankle and didn't place in the long jump. We didn't even enter her in the triple jump."
Lea Renwick was
Butler's only overall winner in the girls meet, winning the 100 meters. Norwin and North Allegheny combined to win 15 of the 18 events.
Seneca Valley's boys finished fourth in the meet, the Raiders' closest decision being an 82-68 loss to Canon-McMillan.
"
We were a decided underdog coming into this meet," Raiders coach Wayne Roccia said. "We tried shuffling some people around, but it didn't work out for us.
"When you consider how many teams there are in Class AAA track, finishing fourth is a pretty good accomplishment."
SV's Tim Miles won the overall shot put and discus Thursday while Chris Cipro won the 3,200 meters

 

Boys
Butler 92, Canon-McMillan 58
Butler 96, Seneca Valley 54
Butler 77, Baldwin 73
Canon-McMillan 82, Seneca Valley 68
Baldwin 85, Seneca Valley 55
Baldwin 80, Canon-
McMillan 70
3,200-meter relay:
Baldwin 8:41.18; 110-meter hurdles: Logan Renwick (Butler) 16.04; 100-meter dash: Doug Moran (B) 11.30; 1,600-meter run: T.J. Hobart (Baldwin) 4:21.19; 400-meter dash: Chris Wolfe (Baldwin) 39.54; 400-meter relay: Butler (Mason McLaughlin, Doug Moran, Casey Piper, Fred Pinto) 44.02; 300-meter hurdles: Chris Wolfe (Baldwin) 39.54; 800-meter run: T.J. Hobart (Baldwin) 1:58.34; 200-meter dash: Jeravin Matthews (Canon-McMillan) 22.95; 3,200-meter run: Chris Cipro (Seneca Valley) 9:46.43; 1,600-meter relay: Baldwin 3:24.40
High jump: Ian Wild (Baldwin) 6-2; Long jump: Sonny Billingsley (Canon-McMillan) 20-8.25; Triple jump: Ross Gallardy (Canon-McMillan) 44-5.25; Shot put: Tim Miles (Seneca Valley) 50-7; Discus: Tim Miles (Seneca Valley) 151-10; Javelin: Ryan Schleicher (Baldwin) 190-2; Pole vault: Andy Strutt (Butler) 13-0

Girls
Norwin 97, Butler 53
Norwin 101, Mt. Lebanon 49
Norwin 81, North Allegheny 69
North Allegheny 101, Butler 49
North Allegheny 91, Mt. Lebanon 59
Butler 90, Mt. Lebanon 60
3,200-meter relay:
Mt. Lebanon 9:57.59; 100-meter hurdles: Megan Duncan (Norwin) 15.30; 100-meter dash: Lea Renwick (Butler) 13.16; 1,600-meter run: Samantha Carl (Mt. Lebanon) 5:11,74; 400-meter dash: Kelly Langhans (North Allegheny) 56.93; 400-meter relay: Norwin 50.85; 300-meter hurdles: Megan Duncan (Norwin) 44.28; 800-meter run: Kelly Langhans (North Allegheny) 2:16.86; 200-meter dash: Megan Duncan (Norwin) 26.17; 3,200-meter run: Anna Yoney (Norwin) 11:50.74; 1,600-meter relay: Norwin 3:58.24
High jump: Maria Nolan (North Allegheny) 5-2; Long jump: Rachel Kalberer (Norwin) 17-4; Triple jump: Maura Higgins (North Allegheny) 35.0.5; Shot put: Jade Hambrick (North Allegheny) 39-6; Discus: Jade Hambrick (North Allegheny) 131-[8; Javelin: Sydney Schwab (North