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TSTCA #1 Recap

We had a packed last week where we named our captains and competed in our first meet.

Leland, Carter, Jonah, Sera, Julia, Izzy, and Lindsey were named captains for the 2019 Indoor Season. Congrats to all of them. Their teammates listed work ethic, positive attitude, the fun they bring to team as a few of the reasons why they are worthy to be our captains for the season.

Our first meet saw several newcomers to our team compete. Ava Starks (60m, 4x200m relay), Julia Nagle (400m), Mallory McCauley (Long jump, Triple jump, 4x200m Relay), Madi Mazza (200m, DMR), and Taylor Wright (60m Hurdles, 4x200m relay) donned the SJCA TF shield in Edinboro as they kicked off their careers. Congrats!

We had several strong performances throughout Saturday as we shrugged off some of the Christmas Break rust. Izzy Warren set two school records on the day with a winning leap of 35-1.5 in the triple jump and a 4th place finish in the 60m hurdles (10.16). Carter Kauffman was victorious in the mile as he obliterated the field with 60s final 400! The girls’ distance medley relay team of Lindsey Carmack, Madi Mazza, Myah Chappelle, and Sera Mazza put on a show as they nearly lapped the field with their winning effort. Other place winners included Sera Mazza and Lindsey Carmack in the mile, third and sixth, respectively.

No matter how far you get, you always want to go a step further. – Brad Stevens

New this year is meet awards voted by the coaches after each competition. It was  a great idea by our devoted assistants! Our awardwinners for TSTCA #1 are as follows:

Athlete of the Meet
Boys-Carter Kauffman
Girls-Izzy Warren

Most Improved
Jonah Clark

Sportsmanship
Ava Starks

Alpha Wolf
Asa Reynolds
Madi Mazza

Athletes setting new personal bests receive PR Bars for their achievement. My apologies ahead of time if dental bills rise because of the cavities!
New bests from Saturday:
Leland Calistri :Mile- 6:14

Izzy Warren: Triple Jump-35-1.5; 60m Hurdles-10.16

Full Results

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” ― Charles Bukowski

Thanks for the continued support and encouragement.

Be Brave!

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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)

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.

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

PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival Recap

We traveled to Lehigh University yesterday for the PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival. The meet has an entry cap, so we were only able to get a few athletes into the meet. We kicked off our day with the girls 4x800m relay. The team of Julia, Myah, Addie, and Sera ran a school record time of 10:08.61 to finish ninth overall. Izzy was up next in the long jump. She leaped 15-3.25 for 22nd place. After a break in action for us, Carter took to the track for the 3k. He ran a strong race to finish 13th in 9:22.01, a few ticks off of his school record and good enough for #2 All-Time in school history. The girls distance medley relay team of Julia, Izzy, Addie, and Sera closed out our day with a new school record (our first time under 13 mins!) of 12:58.13 to finish 5th overall! The time ranks as PA #10. It was a strong meet and necessary day as we push towards of goals of the season.

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State College HS Invite #2 Recap

The indoor action has heated up since the calendar has turned to February. The record book took another hit which was fueled by several top 10 performances on the night. We will take a few athletes to Lehigh on Saturday for PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival.

Top Ten Performances (School records in bold)
60m Hurdles
4. Izzy Warren, 10.57

400
5. Myah Chappell, 1:04.12

Mile
2. Carter Kauffman, 4:39.23 (PB)

1. Julia Cusatis, 5:21.31
2. Sera Mazza, 5:30.81
3. Addie Ebbs, 5:50.13

3000m
10. Leland Calistri, 11:34.52 (PB)

2. Lindsey Carmack, 12:13.11
3. Lexi Kranich, 12:17.11
5. Maggie Urban, 12:23.78 (PB)
6. Emma Youngmark, 13:23.82

4x400m Relay
2. Cole, Tyler, Carter, Max, 4:00.23

Triple Jump
8. Max Wortman, 35-6

2. Izzy Waren, 34-8

High Jump
8. Izzy Warren, 4-5
9. Sarah Watkins, 4-5

Long Jump
5. Izzy Warren, 15-1.25
8. Sarah Watkins, 14-0.5 (PB)

Full Results

State College HS Invite #1

After a solid training block with no competitions we were back in action last night at the Horace Ashenfelter Indoor Track. The team did a great job of taking another step forward.

Top Ten Performances (School records in bold)
4x800m Relay
2. Julia, Myah, Addie, Sera, 10:24.70

400m
9. Myah Chappell, 1:05.88

800m
3. Addie Ebbs, 2:36.27 (PB)
4. Kathleen Simander 2:36.62 (PB)

7. Carter Kauffman 2:11.48

Mile
2. Julia Cusatis, 5:20.40
5. Sera Mazza, 5:36.00

9. Carter Kauffman, 4:49.26

3000m
2. Lindsey Carmack, 12:11.51 (PB)
4. Lexi Kranich, 12:16.47 (PB)
10. Emma Youngmark, 13:17.58

4x400m Relay
1. Myah, Julia, Sera, Kathleen 4:25.30
5. Addie, Maggie, Shannon, Sarah, 4:58.10

6. Cole, Tyler, Carter, Max 4:07.60

Shot Put
9. Elizabeth Peters, 24-7

Long Jump
8. Izzy Warren, 14-7.75

Triple Jump
4. Izzy Warren, 32-9.75

7. Max Wortman, 36-0 (PB)

High Jump
8. Izzy Warren, 4-4
10. Sarah Watkins, 4-2

Full Results