GCC boys track receives Shining Stars recognition

The Centurions captured the programs first ever WPIAL title last spring

Wed Aug 30, 2023 - 1:56PM

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Pictured From L-R: Coach Mike Brewer, James Brewer, Grant Brewer, Jeff Mikell (Smail Kia)Pictured From L-R: Coach Mike Brewer, James Brewer, Grant Brewer, Jeff Mikell (Smail Kia)

Last Updated: Wed Aug 30, 2023 - 1:57PM

The Greensburg Central Catholic boys track and field team enjoyed a golden spring, as the Centurions captured the WPIAL Class 2A team title, the first district crown in program history. Competing at Peters Township High School on May 9, GCC edged Quaker Valley 80-70, and also defeated Shenango 91-59 and South Park 92-58.

Greensburg Central Catholic prevailed in the 4x100-meter relay (44.90) and 4x400-meter relay (3:29.67). James Brewer was one of the heroes in the triumph, as he won the 110-meter high hurdles (15.57), 300-meter hurdles (41.23), and tied in the pole vault (11-04.00) with Grant Brewer. Da’sjon Craggette was victorious in the 100-meter dash (11.14) and 200-meter (23.33), and Jake Havrilesko’s time of 51.31 seconds was the fastest in the 400-meter. Amari Mack took gold in the triple jump (43-04.50), and Samir Crosby topped the competition in the high jump (5-11.50).

Longtime coach Mike Brewer guided GCC to the title. The Centurions became just the second boys team from Westmoreland County to win gold in Class 2A, joining Burrell, which prevailed in 2005.

In recognition of their accomplishments, the Greensburg Central Catholic boys track and field program receives the Shining Stars recognition and a $500 donation to their booster program courtesy of Smail Kia in Greensburg and the Westmoreland Sports Network.

ABOUT SHINING STARS: Shining Stars is a program formed by Westmoreland Sports Network and Smail Kia in Greensburg to recognize and support Westmoreland County student-athletes whose academics, community and athletic excellence shines the brightest. Two teams will be chosen as Shining Stars each season throughout the year with both receiving funding to assist their booster programs.