Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Piccirillo Named Pennsylvania Track Athlete of the Year



Pennsylvania Girls Track AOY: Angel Piccirillo

By Ben Rohrbach | ESPN.com

THE WINNER: Angel Piccirillo

THE BASICS

School: Homer-Center (Homer City, Pa.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Piccirillo won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.16 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:39.32 at the Class AA state championships, leading the Wildcats to a fifth-place finish as a team. Also the state’s 2011-12 Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she was second at this month’s adidas Dream Mile. Her state title-winning clocking in the 1,600 ranked as the nation’s No. 1 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Piccirillo has maintained a 3.35 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The vice president of the senior class, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and blood-donation drives.

THE PRAISE

“Angel doesn’t run as if she is running from something, but rather toward something,” said Homer-Center coach Michael Gentile. “Her dedication and commitment to excellence as an athlete is only surpassed by her dedication and commitment in the classroom.”

THE FUTURE

Piccirillo has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in cross country and track and field on scholarship at Villanova University this fall.

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