Lock Haven Bald Eagle Invite Recap

What a night at the races! The team had a big night in Lock Haven with another solid day of good weather. The challenge that was issued to the team was to start fast and keep the foot on the gas all night. In recent meets it takes us a few events to get rolling. The fast starts help set the tone for the rest of the meet. It reminds me in youth swim lessons when the kids have to go off the diving board. One of my best friends who used to do swim instruction said you always have to organize the line for the first time on the diving board, because if the first few kids jump then the majority will as well, but if you have someone who has some trepidation, then it will be a rough day on the board.

A big thing we are trying to do is have each athlete take ownership of the leadership and pride in all we do. Would you rather play a team with one leader or 20? The more we can get the kids to have that accountability and responsibility for themselves and each other, the more we will continue to improve. We saw signs of it yesterday and we still need more of it to get where we want to go. Through improved communication, the focus on doing things well, and being at peace, we will better be able to take advantage of our full strength as opposed to compromising our efforts with things outside of our control. We are making progress, but still have some steps to climb.

It will be a long season if the coaching staff has to lead every minute of every day. The team needs voices from within. -Will Brown

For us to have a fast start, we need to be willing to fail so we can achieve those personal best efforts, record setting performances or even grab a win. And what we were asking for, we got in a big way! At this meet (and next week’s too), the field events start an hour before the track events so some of the tone setting was on their shoulders. Maggie Mangene was first on deck in the shot put and opened with personal best mark of 25-8 and from there, we were off and running, jumping, and throwing!

The boys team finished 20th overall on the day as they were lead by Max Wortman’s school record run in the 2k Steeple which earned him 6th place and Carter Kauffman’s personal best in the 3200 where he finished 5th, within second of the school record. The boys 4x400m relay of Tommy DeNezza, Malachi DuVall, Max Wortman, and Tyler Emigh ran a season best of 3:56.68 and pulled within a second of the district standard. Leland Calistri had an 18-second personal best in the 3200 to run 12:26. Before Tyler’s 56s split in the 4×4, he ran a strong 57.21 for a new personal best. Also before the 4×4 relay, Tommy had strong days in the 100 and 200. Jameson Reigh and Theo Spychalski had solid series in the throws. It can be hard to gauge the the throwing/jumping events because they don’t measure marks that fall below the minimum marks.

From Maggie’s first heave to the 4×4 relay, the girls were locked into a tight battle for a trophy (top 3). It was great preparation for future invites, districts, and states to see what it is like to be in a team battle for the title. It shows you how every point matters and you need to fight for every tenth of a second and every inch that is available. On the track, Lexi delivered a 2k steeple win as she set a new best for our school and was quickly followed by another win in the 4×8 relay (Julia, Myah, Addie, Sera) as they ran their fastest time of the season. Clare and Sera turned in 3rd place performances in the 300m hurdles and 1600, respectively. Clare’s mark lowered her school record by a second. Izzy, Julia and Addie helped fuel our team’s points by finishing 4th in the 100m hurdles, 800, and 3200, respectively. Izzy also added 6th and 7th place leaps in the triple and long jump. While Sera chipped in a 5th place finish in the 800m. Myah, Sera, Lindsey, Clare joined forces to grab 4th place in the 4×4 relay for our final points of the night. We had some other big performances on the night too. Michaela remains on the cusp of making districts as she had great series in all three throws, highlighted by her 15th place finish in the shot put. Camryn and Emma did the heavy lifting for the chase pack in the 3200 as they ran big time personal bests on the night. Shannon Saclyn achieved a season goal of break 60s in the 300m hurdles! Sloan lowered her 200m best with a strong run of 35.61, while Hannah Langeelan found a new event, 300m hurdles! Sarah Watkins continued her strong season in the jumps with 12th place finish in the jump. While Lindsey and Maggie punched tickets to districts in the 1600m. When it was all said and done, the girls finished 4th, their highest finish ever at an invitational!

I didn’t say we are going to win a lot, but we are going to play like winners. -Steve Spurrier

The foundational work that we’ve been doing is starting to come into bloom. We need to continue to stay disciplined and on the task at hand. We are hitting a critical phase as we are approaching districts (24 days away!) and states. Recovery, the 22 hours outside of practice, will cause the biggest gains as we hit the homestretch of our season. We will take another crack at a trophy next Saturday when we return to Lock Haven for the HS classic.

Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference. – Lou Holtz

A big boost to the team was that many of their classmates made the trip to watch them compete. It was great for them to be at a close venue to get that support from their friends and which helped them to stay loose and relaxed.

Full results

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

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Top 30 Performances (school records in bold, *new district qualifiers)
100m Hurdles
4. Izzy Warren, 17.10
22. Clare Marsh, 18.49

300m Hurdles
3. Clare Marsh, 48.36

400m Dash
15. Myah Chappell, 1:06.70

27. Tyler Emigh, 57.21

800m
4. Julia Cusatis, 2:26.91
5. Sera Mazza, 2:28.43
20. Lexi Kranich, 2:38.98

1600m
3. Sera Mazza, 5:33.70
10. Lindsey Carmack, 5:52.02*
15. Maggie Urban, 5:57.06*

2k Steeple
1. Lexi Kranich, 8:11.54

6. Max Wortman, 7:10.97

3200m
4. Addie Ebbs, 11:58.80
24. Camryn Eby, 13:21.28*
30. Emma Youngmark, 13:27.30

5. Carter Kauffman, 9:49.13

High Jump
12. Sarah Watkins, 4-5

Long Jump
7. Izzy Warren, 15-11.5

Shot Put
15. Michaela Maynard, 29-0
28. Maggie Mangene, 25-8

Triple Jump
6. Izzy Warren, 33-3

25. Max Wortman, 35-6

4x400m Relay
4. Myah Chappell, Sera Mazza, Lindsey Carmack, Clare Marsh, 4:23.03
18. Tommy DeNezza, Malachi DuVall, Max Wortman, Tyler Emigh, 3:56.68

4x800m Relay
1. Julia Cusatis, Myah Chappell, Addie Ebbs, Sera Mazza, 9:52.90

District Qualifiers (District Standards)
4x800m relay
Girls
Boys

100m hurdles
Izzy Warren
Clare Marsh

1600
Addie Ebbs
Sera Mazza
Kathleen Simander
Lindsey Carmack
Maggie Urban
Carter Kauffman

400
Myah Chappell

300m Hurdles
Clare Marsh

800
Carter Kauffman
Kathleen Simander
Sera Mazza
Addie Ebbs

3200
Carter Kauffman
Addie Ebbs
Sera Mazza
Lexi Kranich
Lindsey Carmack
Camryn Eby

4x400m relay
Girls

Triple Jump
Izzy Warren

Long Jump
Izzy Warren

High Jump
Sarah Watkins

People on the Bubble
Boys’ 4x400m relay team
Myah Chappell (200)
Camryn Eby (1600)
Clare Marsh (triple jump)
Michaela Maynard (shot put, discus, javelin)
Max Wortman (3200)
Tommy DeNezza (100)
Cole Bernier (100, 200)
Izzy Warren (200)
Tyler Emigh (400)
Emma Youngmark (1600,3200)

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Central Mountain/Shamokin Recap

The fact we were able to move this meet to Wednesday made a huge difference in weather conditions which I am sure was a blessing the spectators and athletes. Mr. Walsh’s relationship with Central Mountain has enabled us to begin a competitive dual series with them in recent years and this year would be more of the same.

The little details add up until they represent significant differences. Let nothing slip through the cracks. – Bill Belichick

The girls team set two school records on the day with Clare Marsh in the 300m hurdles (49.44) and the girls’ 4x400m relay (Myah Chappell, Sera Mazza, and Clare Marsh), but it wasn’t enough as they suffered a narrow defeat, 69-73, to the Wildcats. Other event winners on the day were the girls 4x800m relay (Julia Cusatis, Addie Ebbs, Kathleen Simander, Sera Mazza), Izzy Warren (100m hurdles, Long jump, triple jump), Myah Chappell (400), Sera Mazza (800), Lindsey Carmack (3200), and Michaela Maynard (discus).

Success doesn’t come from pie-in-the-sky thinking. It’s the result of consciously doing something each day that will add to your overall excellence. – Nick Saban

The boys had four event wins on the day lead by Carter Kauffman’s double wins in the 1600 and 800. Carter also teamed with Leland Calistri, Tyler Emigh and Max Wortman to win the 4x800m relay and lower their season best. Theo Spychalski produced a season best throw in the javelin (126-1) to earn the victory. The boys were defeated by Central Mountain 111-31.

There is no substitute for hard work. If you’re looking for the easy way, if you’re looking for the trick, you might get by for a while, but you will not be developing the talents that lie within you. There is simply no substitute for work. – John Wooden

We were able to add a few more district qualifiers on the day which was a plus!

District Qualifiers (District Standards)
4x800m relay
Girls
Boys

100m hurdles
Izzy Warren
Clare Marsh

1600
Addie Ebbs
Sera Mazza
Kathleen Simander
Carter Kauffman

400
Myah Chappell

300m Hurdles
Clare Marsh

800
Carter Kauffman
Kathleen Simander
Sera Mazza
Addie Ebbs

3200
Carter Kauffman
Addie Ebbs
Sera Mazza
Lexi Kranich
Lindsey Carmack

4x400m relay
Girls

Triple Jump
Izzy Warren

Long Jump
Izzy Warren

High Jump
Sarah Watkins

People on the Bubble
Boys’ 4x400m relay team
Myah Chappell (200)
Camryn Eby (3200)
Clare Marsh (triple jump)
Michaela Maynard (shot put, discus, javelin)
Maggie Urban (1600)
Max Wortman (3200)
Tommy DeNezza (100)
Cole Bernier (100, 200)
Izzy Warren (200)
Tyler Emigh (400)

Thanks for the continued support and encouragement. It was fun to see someone fans at the meet!

Central Mountain/Shamokin Dual Meet Information

Because of the weather and the flooded infield where they host some of their field events, the meet is being moved to Wednesday, April 18. The girls will look to keep their win streak going while the boys will look for win #1 on the season.

The meet is held at Central Mountain’s MIDDLE SCHOOL, not high school.

Students dismissed at 2:03 p.m.
Bus departs at 2:17 p.m.

The first quote below is the same one I used last year for the Central Mountain meet. I felt it still applied, so I am using it again.

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Doubts kill more dreams that failure ever will. When we are kids, we were able to create, imagine, dream with no limits. We don’t doubt ourselves or our purpose. But when we get older, we are taught about responsibility and that maybe becoming an artist isn’t exactly a “safe and secure” profession. We move away from our passions and tell ourselves that it’s just a part of growing up. It is reality, we tell ourselves. But in reality, multiple studies showed that people who followed their hearts and led with purpose were way more likely to become independently wealthy vs. those who followed money and security. – Ekaterina Walter

Success has less to do with hoping and praying and strategizing than with diligently doing the right things, the right way, over and over and over.” – from The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden.

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Directions from SJCA to Central Mountain Middle School. The track is located at the middle school, not the high school (:42)

Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invite Recap

On Friday we traveled to the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invite hosted at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. We were able to turn in several medal winning and district qualifying performances.

The Lady Spartan portion of the meet was started by my HS during my junior year. The Wildcat Invitational began a few years later. Eventually they combined it into one meet to create a showcase of great competition. We’re very fortunate we were able to see and be a part of it. As an example, one of the top athletes in the country, North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens, dominated on the track and in the field in the hurdles, long jump, and pole vault.

I think you’ve got to pay the price for anything that’s worthwhile, and success is paying the price. You’ve got to pay the price to win, you’ve got to pay the price to stay on top, and you’ve got to pay the price to get there. – Vince Lombardi

We faced a lot of AAA competition and the team was able to make their mark, by producing several top-25 performances on the day. It was a great test for as we prepare for the rest of the season. The key thing we are continuing to focus on is doing things well and executing. When we get too caught up in splits, times, distances, we are not able to reach a FLOW state, and be in the zone.

Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do ordinary things better than anyone else. – Chuck Noll

Since it is a six-lane track, medals went to the top 6 in each event. Izzy Warren and Kathleen Simander lead the way for the girls as they turned in third place efforts with new school records in the 100m hurdles and 800, respectively. Sera Mazza chipped in a 5th place in the 1600. Earlier in the day, Sera and Kathleen teamed up with Lindsey Carmack and Addie Ebbs to finish 5th in the 4×8. Myah Chappell added a 6th place in the 400. Carter Kauffman earned two medals for the boys finishing 6th in the 1600 and 5th in the 3200. The girls finished 9th overall, while the boys placed 16th as a team.

Much of the gap between us and the top is in our heads. This is why the execution and focus on the details is so critical. At some point in life you have to be willing to bet on yourself, and this isn’t just for sport, but in anything that means something to you. We have to constantly try to create a new normal which lies outside of our comfort zone. A lot of times early in the season, we go to what feels comfortable, when we need to do the opposite and test our limits to find the edge. Willpower and courage are just like muscles, we have to use them daily to strengthen them. This is why Virgil said, fortune favors the bold.

There is only a half step difference between the champions and those who finish on the bottom. And much of that half step is mental. – Tom Landry

Top 25 Performances (Bold-school record; *-new district qualifier)
100m
25. Cole Bernier, 12.44

200m
21. Cole Bernier, 25.09

400m
6. Myah Chappell, 1:04.64*

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800m
3. Kathleen Simander, 2:26.11*
12.Addie Ebbs, 2:34.94*

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1600m
5. Sera Mazza, 5:39.48
16. Maggie Urban, 6:13.89
24. Camryn Eby, 6:26.18

6. Carter Kauffman, 4:44.50

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3200m
10. Lexi Kranich, 12:46.65*
13. Lindsey Carmack, 13:15.14*
23. Emma Youngmark, 14:16.09

5. Carter Kauffman, 10:12.75
22. Max Wortman, 11:21.92

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100m Hurdles
3. Izzy Warren, 16.68
16. Clare Marsh, 18.44

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300m
8. Clare Marsh, 50.38

4x400m Relay
8. Myah Chappell, Addie Ebbs, Kathleen Simander, Clare Marsh, 4:28.66*

4x800m relay
5. Kathleen Simander, Lindsey Carmack, Sera Mazza, Addie Ebbs, 10:17.71

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Javelin
20. Theo Spychalski, 121-3

21. Michaela Maynard, 76-11

Discus
24. Michaela Maynard, 81-4

Long Jump
9. Izzy Warren, 15-4.5*

Triple Jump
8. Izzy Warren, 34-1.25

High Jump
16. Sarah Watkins, 4-7

District Standards 

District Qualifiers | PIAA Schedule/Standards
4x800m relay
Girls
Boys

100m hurdles
Izzy Warren
Clare Marsh

1600
Addie Ebbs
Sera Mazza
Carter Kauffman

400
Myah Chappell

300m Hurdles
Clare Marsh

800
Carter Kauffman
Kathleen Simander
Addie Ebbs

3200
Carter Kauffman
Addie Ebbs
Sera Mazza
Lexi Kranich
Lindsey Carmack

4x400m relay
Girls

Triple Jump
Izzy Warren

Long Jump
Izzy Warren

People on the Bubble
Boys’ 4x400m relay team
Myah Chappell (200)
Camryn Eby (3200)
Clare Marsh (triple jump)
Michaela Maynard (shot put, discus, javelin)
Sarah Watkins (high jump)
Maggie Urban (1600)
Max Wortman (3200)
Tommy DeNezza (100)
Cole Bernier (100, 200)
Izzy Warren (200)

The Wolves return to action on Tuesday against Central Mountain. Thanks for the continued support and encouragement.

Northern Cambria/Penns Manor Dual Recap

We had a great opening meet against Northern Cambria and Manor. The team was able to get off a little rust and compete against someone else other than ourselves. Plus we got to see all of the elements we’ve been training through except the snow. Mother Nature had us prepared in that regard, too. Illustrating how rough the spring has been, before the meet the Penns Manor coach mentioned how the weather has only allowed them outside 5 times for practice.  We’ve been fortunate we haven’t had to deviate much from our intended plans. There have been tough days, but we’ve persevered physically, but more so mentally and emotionally. We need all three to be great.
Sport is about adapting to the unexpected and being able to modify plans at the last minute. Sport, like all life, is about taking your chances. – Sir Roger Bannister
We had several highlights yesterday. The big ones for me was how the team encouraged one another. The team did a great job of getting to all of the events to offer support. We ran multiple relays and it created a fun, team-bonding atmosphere, as it made everyone contribute for their team to succeed. This gave everyone the chance to be the hero. It is a good feeling to have to come through when your team is urging you around the track. Another highlight was when I was with the throwers during the shot put. They were coaching each other helping with corrections, which illustrated how much they knew what they needed to do to be successful. That kind of intimate knowledge of their event will accelerate their learning curve. There was just a lot of pure joy and excitement, which was special.
The girls team opened the season with two wins. Izzy Warren (100m Hurdles-school record, long jump, triple jump) Addie Ebbs (1600, 3200), Clare Marsh (300m hurdles), Myah Chappell (400), Sarah Watkins (HJ), Kathleen Simander (800), 4x800m relay (Sera Mazza, Kathleen, Maggie Urban, Sarah Watkins), 4x400m relay (Clare ,Kathleen, Sarah Watkins, Emma Youngmark) all earned wins on the day. Michaela Maynard, Sera Mazza,  and Veronica Emigh chipped in valuable points in the throws, distance and sprints, respectively.
NC  – 50  | SJCA -94
PM -62  | SJCA  -87
The boys didn’t have the depth to keep pace with Penns Manor and Northern Cambria dropping two hard fought decisions. Carter Kauffman (800, 3200), Max Wortman (1600), Malachi Duvall (HJ), 4×800 (Carter, Tyler Emigh, Leland Calistri, Max) were event winners on the day.  Tommy DeNezza,Theo Spychalski and Jameson Reigh added additional points in the sprints and throws, respectively.
NC -103 | SJCA  -42
PM -78 |  SJCA  -45
Confidence is the successful repetition of any endeavor. – Debbie Millman
We were able to produce several qualifiers for the District 6 Championship (State Qualifying Meet) on the day which was an impressive feat given the conditions. The goal is to take a full bus to districts AND states!
District Standards

District Qualifiers
Boys and Girls 4x800m relay teams
100m hurdles
Izzy Warren
Clare Marsh
1600
Addie Ebbs
Sera Mazza
300m Hurdles
Clare Marsh
800
Carter Kauffman
Kathleen Simander
3200
Carter Kauffman
Addie Ebbs
Sera Mazza
Triple Jump
Izzy Warren
People on the Bubble
Boys’ and Girls’ 4x400m relay teams
Myah Chappell (200, 400)
Camryn Eby (3200)
Clare Marsh (triple jump)
Michaela Maynard (shot put, javelin)
Izzy Warren (long jump)
Sarah Watkins (high jump)
We have a few more debuts tomorrow and we will look to add to our district roster!
Thanks for the continued support. For us to get where we want to be we have to achieve great communication, and more importantly develop high level of trust and love in what we do. With those ingredients we will be able  to be successful on many levels.
“I as the conductor, have to come to the rehearsal with a cast-iron sense of the outer architecture of that music, within which there is then immense personal freedom for the members of the orchestra to shine. There has to be, between me and orchestra, an unshakeable bond of trust, born out of mutual respect, through which we can spin a musical narrative that we all believe in.” – Charles Hazlewood.
You have to learn to trust  if you want to make “music”.
The team is excited and prepared for the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invite tomorrow! Make sure they hydrate and get extra rest since they don’t have school.

Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invite Meet Information

Here are the details for Friday’s meet, the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invite.

Directions from SJCAhttps://goo.gl/maps/F9LKbN6dcQ32

Arrive at SJCA by 9:43 a.m. so we can load the bus
Depart SJCA by 9:57 a.m.


Tentative Meet Schedule

We will know the full lineup after today’s meet.

Success isn’t something that just happens – success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared. – Sparky Anderson

Northern Cambria Meet Information

Here are the details for Wednesday’s meet. The weather is on the upswing, but please be prepared for anything. The athletes should have fluids and food for the meet. There will probably be a concession, but it is nothing you would want to eat while competing.
 
Directions from SJCA to Northern Cambria HS.  (1:24): https://goo.gl/maps/jYVemw4Z8Aq
 
Students dismissed from classes (1:15). Please check in with your 7th period and after teachers for assignments before leaving. 
 
Depart SJCA by 1:33 p.m.
 
The lineup is subject to change, based on our needs/availability.
The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team. – Lewis B. Ergen