If members of the Hempfield boys track and field team needed any extra motivation to win WPIAL Class AAA team championship, maybe it came in their seeding by the WPIAL committee.

Hempfield coach Ron Colland’s team was seeded fourth behind North Allegheny, Seneca Valley and Mt. Lebanon.

But Colland knew his team had a chance to win if the athletes performed to their abilities.

His squad did that and more.

Hempfield won its seventh WPIAL team championship late Monday night at Peters Township despite the odds being stacked against it. The Spartans’ last title came in 2012 and the first was in 1975.

“The entire team stepped up,” Colland said. “We have a small group of athletes this year who worked so hard. The field event people were outstanding. They PR’d all over, and the runners did their jobs knowing we’d have a tough time scoring against the top three cross country teams.”

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