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Jana Sipes

Track and Field ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jana Sipes was an outstanding track and field performer at Beaver High School, setting school records in five different field events and the Beaver County javelin record. After graduating from high school in 1980, Jana took time to care for her newborn daughter before going to Slippery Rock University, where she quickly established herself as a track and field sensation. While at the Rock, Jana set three school records and set the state record for the heptathlon. Jana was twice named MVP at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference meet in field events. Nationally, Jana placed third in the Penn Relays in the heptathlon and gained All American status in Division II in both the javelin and heptathlon in 1986. Upon graduating from Slippery Rock, where she is a member of its Hall of Fame, she remained active as a competitor and in 1993 won the USATF National Masters Championship in the heptathlon and duplicated that accomplishment at the Keystone State games. Jana also found time to serve as an assistant track coach at the University of Pittsburgh and Blackhawk High School.