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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!

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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)

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.

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

Northern Cambria, Blacklick Valley Meet Information

Good afternoon. We have a quick turnaround for our meet tomorrow. It should be a very competitive meet. The great thing about dual meets is that you throw times/distance out the window and you focus on learning how to compete as your battle your opponent. We’ve mixed up our lineup some tomorrow to get people in new events and get some training in as well. We will have a busy week with another meet on Friday. My Mom just informed me that they are calling for snow showers on Friday, so hopefully that changes over the next few days. But even if it doesn’t we will be ready, as we are built for any and all challenges!!
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Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. — Vince Lombardi

When people exercise caution, they’re trying to reduce risk, but when risk is removed from life, a lot of other good things vanish as well. Life without risk is like a meal without seasoning, bland and unforgettable.
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Central Mountain/Selinsgrove Meet Information

Good morning. Our first meet is upon us. Here are the details for the day. We will be facing Central Mountain and Selinsgrove at Central Mountain Middle School. It is the first meet and will prove one way or the other what we’ve been seeing in practice. Help your athletes to have courage and be brave, it will enable them to have the performance they have been training for. They’ve been training hard and are ready to go. Keep the focus on effort and process, not the end results. The results will come. It is March 27. We’re training for May 27.

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Central Mountain Recap

Good afternoon. We had our first competition with Central Mountain and Jersey Shore, but we only scored against Jersey Shore. Both teams were strong and helped push our athletes in their events. We have strong teams on the boys and girls side and this was on display Tuesday. Both teams are capable of being two of the best teams we’ve ever had. But as you know, it is not about what you’re capable of, but what you’re willing to do.

The 4x800m relay teams kicked off our day. The boys team of Kaelan, Charles, Max, and Michael finished with a time of 9:14.56, right in line with our past season debuts in the event. All four legs ran strong as Kaelan (2:13) and Max (2:31) turned in personal bests. The girls ran three freshman and a senior with the team of Lindsey, Lucia, Lea, and Sera. The girls ran 10:55, which is several seconds ahead of previous season debuts. Both teams helped set the tone for our day. Both times are district qualifiers.

After the relays were done it was time for the hurdles. Xabine (19.4) and Sarah (21.2) turned in two standout performances as they became the number 2 and 3 performers in school history, respectively. Xabine finished first on the day. Not to be outdone were Lance and JP in the boys race. JP was right around his personal best with a time of 21.8. While Lance’s winning performance of 18.7 was good for the school record.
The sprinters kept up their strong day when the 100m dash rolled around. Anna (14.0) and Mary (14.1) finished first and second in a photo finish. Austin broke the tape as he crossed the line in 12.2, and was closely followed by Brendan (12.9) and Theo (13.7).

Next up was the 1600. Julia set a personal best of 5:41 knocking nearly 20s off of her outdoor personal best. Kate tied her outdoor personal best as she finished in 5:48. Jordan Wiser (5:58) next to cross the line for us. All three girls qualified to districts with their marks. The boys race turned into a tactical race as they went through 800 in 2:32 before Eli dropped the hammer. Eli’s punished second half helped him run 4:48, a district qualifying time. Kaelan (5:06) and Andy (5:14) were next to finish as they were both right around their outdoor bests.

As we hit the field, the throwers were off to a strong start. The boys began with the discus. All four throwers recorded marks over 50 feet! Theo lead the way with 75-7. He was followed by Nathan (69-4), Jason (56-2), Ivan (53-6), and Mahana (51-8). Best start we have had.

Bella Bassett was also making her mark as she used a strong series in the javelin to finish with a personal best. After throws of 75-9 and 76-1, she launched her third throw 80-9.

Austin and Xabine dusted off their poles and had strong days in the vault. Xabine made it over 7-0, while Austin cleared 8-6. Great starts to the season given our limited time to practice the vault.

In the triple jump, the freshman stole the show as Lance leaped 39-1.5 and Sarah jumped 27-10. Lance’s mark was a few inches off of the school record and surpassed the district qualifying standard.

We now headed back to the track for the 400. Sera and Lindsey dropped down in distance to run 1:08.3 and 1:10.5 for the one lapper. Jordan Dawson turned in a strong performance as she won her heat with a time of 74.4. Charles and Jacob matched their efforts as they turned in strong times of 57 flat and 60.2, respectively.

In the 300m hurdles, Greta ran 57.3 for her debut in the event. It was a great effort to open up in sub 60. JP picked up where he left off last season as he crossed the line in 52.5 holding off a runner from Jersey Shore in the process.

In the 800, Julia continued her strong day with an outdoor best of 2:37.9. She was followed by Sera (2:42.2), Jordan Wiser (2:45.6), and Lindsey (2:55.71). On the boys side, Michael nearly went wire-to-wire as he ran 2:11.2. Kaelan (2:22.6) and Max (2:40.6) were our next two runners to cross the line.

The duo of Mary and Anna flip-flopped their 100m finishes to go 1-2 in the 200, with great opening season times of 29.2 and 29.4, respectively. Lance and Jacob were in a tight battle as they ran 25.7 and 27.1 in super close race.

Back to the field with boys shot put. Theo set another personal best with a heave of 30-4. Mahana was right on his heels as hit 30-foot barrier on his first throw. Ivan (28-9), Nathan (28-8), and Jason (22-4) had great starts to the outdoor season with their big throws.

Bella was back in action in the discus. After fouling her first throw, she improved on each of her next two throws and finished with a best of 63-8.

Austin continued his great start to the season with a jump of 16-1. In her first attempt at the long jump, Mary jumped 14-7 which is a few inches shy of the school record and district qualifying.

The final boys throwing event was the javelin. Theo went 3 for 3 on personal bests as he hurled the javelin 111-6. Brendan had our best ever debut with a toss of 98-4. Noah had a great series and finished with a best of 88-8. Jason continued his strong day as he improved on every throw and finished with top mark of 59-8.

The 3200 was up next on the track. Eli followed the same plan as in the mile and surged the second half of the race to negative split to a time of 10:24, a district qualifier. Andy turned in his best debut with a time of 11:25. On the girls side, Lucia set the school record with a time of 11:51. Kate also dipped under the old school record as she had nearly 2 min personal best of 12:12. Both marks bettered the district standard. Lea cut over a minute off of her personal best to run 13:47.

In the 4×4, the team of Sera, Julia, Jordan Dawson, and Jordan Wiser, just missed the district mark as they turned in our best season debut with a fine time of 4:50.1. We had two boys team running. The team of Kaelan, Charles, Jacob, and Michael were also close to the district standard as they dipped under 4 mins with a time of 3:58.3. Eli, Max, Andy, and Jason finished in 4:45.6.

The boys team defeated Central Mountain, 72-64. While the girls suffered a setback of 97-50.

A big reason why I think our test can be the best we’ve had is because everybody is willing to do what it takes to help us be our best. That hasn’t always been the case. This year is different. We have a great group that is team first and really encourages and thrives off each other. We had two great examples of this on Tuesday. Fittingly , they opened and closed the meet.

Our original lineup for the 4×8 needed to be altered since Maggie was sick. Without hesitation Lea stepped up and filled in admirably as she matched her personal best in the event. In the boys 4×4, we needed one more runner to have a second team, so Jason rallied and ran anchor, so his teammates could do the race. While both of these acts might seem small from the outside, these efforts are what helps teams go from good to great. They put the all of the great team sayings everyone banters about into tangible action.

It was a great first meet. We are ahead of where we have been in years past, but we have much more to work for and chase.

Thanks for the continued support and encouragement. It was great seeing so many fans at the meet.

The culture proceeds positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on the way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners. -Bill Walsh