Biggest threat for Clairton's Coles is his cousin Vinny

'I might wish him luck. But I might throw in, "You're going to need it."'

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Cousins Trenton Coles and Vinny Moody live in the same Clairton house. The last person Coles sees before he goes to sleep every night is his younger cousin because the two share a bedroom.

When the WPIAL Class AA 100-meter championship is staged Thursday night, it is highly likely the two-time defending champion Coles might look in the lane next to him and again see his roommate.

Coles and Moody provide an interesting story line at the WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin High School. Theirs is a fast tale of cousins and roommates, friends who suddenly have to become opponents. And don't be surprised if they are a lot closer on the track than their beds are in that second-floor room at the home of Edony Moody, Vinny's mom.

WPIAL track
  • Event: WPIAL boys and girls individual track & field championships
  • Where: Baldwin High School
  • When: Preliminaries begin 1 p.m. Thursday

Coles, a senior at Clairton High School, has recovered from a knee injury in football season and last week tied for the fastest 100 time at the WPIAL Class AA southern qualifier. Coles' time of 10.97 seconds was equaled by ... his cousin.

"It's real crazy, isn't it?" Moody said of how the cousin-roommate story has unfolded. "But it's fun. I actually like it. [Tonight] before we go to sleep, I might wish him good luck. But I might throw in, 'You're going to need it.' "

Moody is confident he can beat his cousin, and the confidence is well-founded. Moody and Coles have gone against each other in four meets this spring, and Moody won every time. They didn't race in the same heats at the qualifiers.

"A lot depends on how my knee is," said Coles, a Pitt football recruit.

Due to the knee injury (torn MCL and PCL), Coles said he is about 85 percent of what he was a year ago in track. He didn't have surgery on the knee, but rehabilitated it all winter. He then played baseball for Clairton.

"If it's a good day with my knee, who knows what might happen," Coles said. "Vinny doesn't take a lot of pride in beating me because he knows I'm not 100 percent. But I'll tell you right now that he doesn't want to lose. So, it will be a nice little showdown."

Coles won the 100 and 200 the past two years at the WPIAL level and won both races last year at the PIAA championships. But he elected not to run the 200 this spring because of his knee injury.

Coles is the son of former WPIAL sprinting great Marla Puryear, who died of an illness a few years ago.

Coles had been living with his grandfather, Norman Jones, also a former PIAA sprinting champ at Clairton. But Coles moved in with Moody last fall.

"It's cool," Moody said. "He's a little messy. I'm more of the neat kid, but I don't have any problems."

As for the possibility of beating the two-time defending champ, Moody said, "I want to win. I've worked hard all year and I don't want to take second."

When asked if an 85 percent Trenton Coles is good enough to win a WPIAL title, Coles said, "I guess we'll find out. Vinny is definitely my competition. He runs differently when he runs against me. It should definitely be a good race."


For more on high school sports, go to "Varsity Blog" at Mike White: or 412-263-1975. Twitter @mwhiteburgh.


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