Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ambridge Junior Healthy, Showing What He Can Do

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ambridge Junior Healthy, Showing What He Can Do

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Isaac Elliott was blazing past his competition last spring, establishing himself as one of the elite sprinters in Pennsylvania.

Then came the pulled hamstring that prevented him from taking part in the WPIAL championships.

"It was heartbreaking," said Elliott, a junior at Ambridge. "It just tore me apart."

Elliott has since returned to tearing apart the opposition.

It has been a tremendous start to the season for Elliott, who has sprinted to some of the fastest times in the state in three events. His marks in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes April 16 at the Beaver County championships won him titles and were personal records. Elliott ran the 100 in 10.6, 200 in 21.6 and 400 in 49.2. The 200 and 400 times set meet records.

To put Elliott's times into perspective, they would have won him gold medals in all three events at last year's WPIAL Class AAA championships and would have placed him in the top three at the PIAA championships. Elliott initially injured his hamstring at last year's Beaver County championships, a year after a tweaked hip flexor led him to being less than 100 percent at the WPIAL championships.

What kind of potential does Elliott have? Well, Ambridge coach Tyrone Fisher wasn't shy when giving his opinion.

"His ceiling is very high," Fisher said. "He's just starting to understand how to sprint efficiently. He was pretty much doing it on raw talent. He's learning different training techniques. He could end up being one of the fastest sprinters in the WPIAL ever."

Greensburg Salem

Julia Howard's career-best leap in the triple jump won her the Butler Invitational title last Friday. The jump was also one of the best in WPIAL history.

Greensburg Salem's senior standout jumped 39 feet, 2 inches, which is the ninth-best jump in WPIAL history. No WPIAL athlete had jumped that far since 2012. …

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