Category Archives: Outdoor Track and Field

Latest Results

We have a had big last few weeks highlighted by the following efforts. Zach qualified for the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Lawrence, KS in the 110 hurdles and 800m. He was able to use a devastating finish to secure the Region 2 title in the 800.

Garrett was on fire Thursday night as he continued his CPSL dominance in the pool and helped SPRA snap the 2+ year win streak of Park Forest. He will be a favorite for medals at Big Champs in a few weeks.

Julia used a strong second half on the streets of campus to earn the the Arts Fest 5k title in 20:27. She made a move on the downhill to break away and from there on she was by herself and then she said, “I just kind went for it.” The time was 50s improvement over last year’s effort. for winning the Arts Fest 5k in 20:27!


Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational Recap

Good afternoon. My apologies for this being the first recap of the season. I will get the other ones done over the next week and be better in the future. Yesterday we traveled to Latrobe Memorial Stadium of the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational. Once again we would be facing some of the state’s best in Hempfield Area, North Allegheny and more. One thing we have been working with the kids on is trusting their outer self and not overthinking things, being present in the moment, and executing what they do daily in practice.

“You can’t outwit fate by trying to stand on the sidelines and place little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything to play the game, or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play, you can’t win.” –Judith McNaught

Our day started with the prelims in the hurdles, dashes, and field events. We had fast start on the day when Theo launched the shot 33-5 and Nick leaped 32-10 for new personal bests. On the track, Shannon S ran 22.42 in the 100 hurdles, a few steps off of her best effort. Zach ran 16.12 for a new personal best and was the fastest qualifier in 110 hurdles. Mary Elliott ran 13.77 in the prelims to finish 8th and qualify for the finals. Myah Chappell and Jordan Dawson ran 30.00 and 33.39 in the 200 prelims to set new personal bests. As we headed back to the run way, Lance was a in tight battle in the triple jump as he traded marks with athletes from Hempfield Area and Frankling Regional. He would end up 3rd overall with a jump of 42-5.25, a few inches off his season’s best.
After a brief Hall of Fame ceremony, the meet was restarted with the finals. Zach continued his winning ways as he barreled down the track to run 15.98 to break the tape. The first of hopefully many sub-16 clockings of his career. Next up was Mary as she duplicated her 13.77 from the morning to tie for 7th place.
As we headed back to the field, Theo was having a banner day as he pushed his javelin personal best to 116-6. Not to be outdone, Lance was getting into a rhythm in the high jump. He had matched his best of 5-6 and followed it up with a clearance of 5-8 (district qualifying standard) on his third attempt, and he wasn’t done there. He would go on to clear 5-10 for a 4-inch personal best! He had a couple of good looks at 6, but wasn’t able to hit that height. Next up on the track were the milers. Sera, Lindsey, and Addie had strong races as they finished 3rd, 8th, and 9th. Sera’s time of 5:28 was a season’s best. In the boys’ race, Carter Kauffman joined the illustrious sub-5 club with his 4:59.50 clocking! He is just a second off the district standard and will be in the hunt to get it next time.
The boys 4×1 team of Zach, Nick, Theo, and Lance improved their handoffs, but were slightly off their school record time as they finished 9th in 48.34. Mary was next up in the jumps, finishing 13th in the long jump with a leap of 14-1.25. Theo continued his personal best filled day with a heave of 85-3 in the discus. Lance was back on the runway as he took a brief break in the high jump. He had 2 big jumps, but one was a scratch and the other one he fell back on his hands. His only legal jump was 18-9.5 which earned him 8th place.
Back on the track, Myah and Jordan were lining up for the one-lapper. Jordan continued her fast day by running 1:16.21. While Myah lowered her personal best to 1:06.53, a second off of the school record. Shannon S put together her best race of the season in the 300m hurdles as she improved to 1:00.21. She will breakthrough the minute barrier next time she races! Zach’s strong day continued as added another win and personal best in the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.80. A narrow victory of 8-thousandths of a second over 2nd place. It was also his first sub-42 clocking of his career. The 800s were the next on the track. Addie lead wire to wire in her heat and imposed her will up the home stretch for a new personal best and district qualifying time of 2:34.12, earning her 10th place. Sera battled with the leaders the whole race to finish in a new personal best/school record of 2:27 to finish 3rd. The boys matched the girls efforts as Kaelan had a great race where his racing instincts were on full display as he ran 2:22. Jacob and Carter battled through the pack to finish within hundredth of each other, 2:12.79 and 2:12.80, respectively. They are a second away from districts! Jacob’s time was a 2+ second personal best!
In the 3200 Kate and Grace were slightly off their early season marks but turned in solid performances to finish in 10th and 11th place respectively. They did a great job leading packs throughout the race and will be ready for the next time on the track. Max and Isaac had another strong outing in the 3200 as both chipped off time on the personal best. Max lowered his best to 11:03, while Isaac is down to 11:20.4. Max is a second away from the district standard. Our last event on the track was the girls 4×4 team of Addie, Mary, Lindsey, and Sera. The ran well to finish 7th in 4:29 right around their best this season.
For his efforts on the track, Zach was named MVP behind his two first place finishes!
Overall the boys team finished 10th while the girls landed in the 12th spot. It was a great day of competition and the team took another step forward in reaching our goals. We have a very driven group and that is on display each day. Thanks for those who were able to make the trip to the meet and for the continued support and encouragement from everyone.

Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them–a desire, a dream, a vision. — Muhammad Ali

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Mount Lebanon Meet Information

Good morning. Here are the details for Saturday’s meet. The final lineup isn’t ready just yet, because I need to talk to a few people at practice about their event . Please see the note about the food bank as well. Just to note, the meet director, Oscar Shutt, and I were HS teammates.

Directions from SJCA
Arrive at SJCA by 4:37am so we can load the bus
Depart SJCA by 4:57 am

Tentative Time Schedule:
9:00am Coaches Meeting
9:30am Field Events Begin
10:00am Track Events Begin
Teams Competing in 2017:
Bethel Park, Bishop Canevin, Brentwood, Chartiers Valley, Eden Christian, Greensburg Salem, Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Pleasant, Oakland Catholic (girls), South Fayette, St. Joseph’s (Boalsburg)

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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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District 6 AA Championships Recap

To quote Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, “Oh What a Night!”
The last few meets we have had slow starts, but have been able to regroup midway to finish strong. On Monday and yesterday, I challenged the group to start fast and set the tone for the day. I was especially calling on our first competitions of the day, boys and girls 4x8s, Asara in the discus, Mary in the triple, and Lance in the long jump. To simply put it, we wanted to impose our will throughout the day and our first competitors was the perfect group to do this.

The other things I made clear was that while the intensity would need to be cranked up today, no one needed to do anything other than just be themselves. We didn’t need any super-human performances. They just needed to be them. Everyone was capable of greatness, it was simply a matter of what they were willing to do.

As the jumps and throws were underway, the girls 4×8 lined up for the first final of the day. As the gun went off, it was obvious the intensity I was looking for was there. Lucia was sitting in second through 300m, then coming off the bend she moved into first and it was her and our old rivals, Central Cambria, running stride for stride. As they hit the backstretch, Lucia did perfect thing as she held the Central Cambria girl off down the backstretch forcing her to run wide on the bend. They would hand off together and Lindsey attached herself quickly to the leader. Around 450, Central Cambria began to pull away as they were chasing the meet record. Lindsey kept us comfortably in second by closing well with great last 150 as she passed the baton to Kate who kept the pressure on in the opening lap. Kate continued a strong push as she entered the second lap as she was urged on by Lindsey and Lucia and other members of the team. You could see as they were cheering that their season goal was close to coming true. Kate used a fast last 75m to open up more space on 3rd place as she handed off to Sera. The first 3 girls put us in a great position and it was time for Sera to finish off the deal. Luckily, we were starting to lap people, so it gave Sera more runners to chase. She was able to get into a group that was on their opening lap during her second lap that propelled her to the finish. The girls demolished their school record by 22s to run 9:44 for second placed. The time is currently the 5th fastest AA time in the state. It was exactly what we needed to open the meet. In the process, they became the first girls to qualify to states.
Lucia, Lindsey, Kate, and Sera became the first girls in school history to qualify for the PIAA TF Championships.
Lucia, Lindsey, Kate, and Sera became the first girls in school history to qualify for the PIAA TF Championships.

There were two heats of the  boys 4×8, which gave me chance to check on the field events. Lance started with 19-7 in the long jump and we were waiting to see if that made finals. Mary had opened up with a best jump in the 29s. While Asara broke the school record in the discuss again with a toss of 95 feet and was getting ready for the finals. She was sitting in 5th place.

 The boys 4×8 was ready to hit the track. Following the girls lead, the boys went out hard as Eli launched himself in first place in the opening 200m. As they hit 400m, there were two teams in tow, while the field was already stretched and their panic had begun. On the backstretch, a challenger pulled up on Eli’s shoulder and he found another gear and began to create a gap that would grow with every step. On the homestretch he turned it up another notch and passed the baton to Kaelan with a lead we would never relinquish. Kaelan started a theme the next three runners would follow, he got out hard forcing the teams to chase him down, then closed with a strong last 100m. Kaelan added to our lead as hammered home a 31s last 200 to get the stick to Charles who started with with 27s 200 to put his stamp on the race. As the opposition tried to chase Charles down, they ran out of steam and he gave Michael more than enough lead to work with on the final leg. Michael was completely in the zone as he cruised around the track. I commented to David Carmack how great a feeling that is, being out front and just rolling along in a great rhythm. When Michael broke the tape, the boys had established a new school record of 8:20. While we have had different pieces on the 4×8 over the last four years, this was really four years in the making. They went from finishing 4th in the first heat with Eli and JP running great legs during their freshman year to being 4th overall the next year and missing states, which was crushing considering we were the top seeds. Then last year they were second. Eli has been a part of all four teams, while Michael has run on the last 3 and Charles the last 2. We were off an running on our day.
Michael, Charles, Kaelan, and Eli after their Distrct 6 win in school record time.
Michael, Charles, Kaelan, and Eli after their Distrct 6 win in school record time.
After the 4x8s, we learned that Lance just missed the finals by an inch and half. Asara did not improve on her opening throws. With her fifth place finish, she became the first field event scorer in school history for boys for girls! Hats off to Asara and Brenna for this historic accomplishment. Lance, Mary, and Asara answered the call and got us going in the field.
After the break, the finals were ready to get underway. Sera, Jordan, and Kaelan were up first in the 1600. Jordan was in the first heat and got herself in good position as she set the pace through the 400m. After being passed on the second lap, she stuck with the leaders in a tight pack of five until the bell lap. As they prepared for the final charge she got gapped with 300 to go. But she was able to battle back in the last 150 for a strong finish to close out her career. Next up was Sera in the fast heat. The plan was to go out hard and make it a race and not a sit and kick affair. From the gun, Sera set the pace as only two runners went with her. The three of them ran stride for stride for 1350m as they had 40m+ gap on the field. As Sera started her kick, the other two girls found another gear and were able to pull away. Sera finished 3rd in a new personal best of 5:18 and earn an individual trip to states.

Kaelan had a crowded heat of 20+ runners that made positioning difficult. He was able to get out well and stick with the lead pack through the first lap. As they passed 600m, the eventual winner started his charge, unfortunately Kaelan was boxed and couldn’t get free until the homestretch. After getting free, he was able to get himself back in the top 10. He continued to battle over the next two laps and was able to climb into the top 8. He had his customary lightning quick last 200m to finish 7th overall in 4:44, a personal best.

Next on the track was the girls 4×1 team of Xabine, Monica, Sarah, and Mary. Last week when the girls hit the standard at Hollidaysburg, they were super excited and looking forward to the championships. Monica has been out all season and last Thursday was her first race. When I told her Mom, Janine, about it she was shocked Monica raced and asked how Monica’s leg was doing. I simply said it was still attached, which made her laugh. Monica and the girls were flying high after their school record run last week and ready to race. The girls worked on their handoffs when we got there and felt comfortable with everything. That was their first time practicing on the track in the zones. We have exchange zones painted on the street by the school, but it is not the same being on an actual track in spikes. In the finals yesterday, they nearly matched their record-setting effort as they ran 56 for a strong day.
Next up were Lindsey and Michael in the 800m. Lindsey’s 800m heat has 24 runners which was a very crowded field. Lindsey was able to work her way through the masses on the first lap to get just outside the top half. She maintained her positioning through the 600. As she hit the scoreboard she was able to hit another gear to work her way up to 12th for a strong race.
Michael had a smaller heat of 15 which gave him more space to move. He got boxed and knocked around the first 200 and wasn’t able to find his usual rhythm. He stuck in the top 5 through 400, but lost a few places on the backstretch. He was able to wake up the last 75m for a strong finish.
Lance and Mary were now up for their next jumps, Mary in the long and Lance in the triple. The lights were on in the stadium as the competition was heating up on the runways. Mary had a best jump of 14-9, which was a little short to make the finals. But concluded a great first season for her. Lance got off to a great start as opened up with personal best of 42-7 to make everyone take notice. He had a great opening series of two more jumps in the 42s as he sat in 4th place heading into the finals. In the finals he was able reach down and get a little more as he leaped 43-3.25 for big time jump that moved him into 3rd place and put the pressure on his competitors. He continued his strong series as all of his jumps were over 42 feet. After the dust settled, Lance’s leap held up for third place which established a new school record and made Lance our first field event state qualifier. The jumpers are in similar boat as the sprinters with a lack of facilities. To be able to perform as they did with very limited pit time is a prime example of overcoming adversity. But it also illustrates the importance of drills and repetition. When you focus on the little things, great things happen. Great day for the jumpers and Tim.
Next up on the track were our five-person 3200 contingent of Lucia, Kate, Lea, Eli, and Andy. The girls were up first and headed to the front of the race to set the tone with Lucia in the lead and Kate and Lea right behind her. By 500m Lucia had opened up a lead on the field while Kate and Lea were in the chase pack. Lucia continued to open up a lead as Kate was with a pack of 6 and Lea just off their pace. As they hit 600m to go, a runner from United had closed down to Lucia while Kate was in 7th and Lea in 15th. Over the last 600m Lucia and the runner from United were stride for stride. With 80 to go, Lucia gapped her, but the opposing runner had one more final burst with 30 to go to nip Lucia before the line. Kate used a strong last 600m to move into 6th place and break 12 mins for the first time. Lea was a little off her best in 12:45. Great races considering all that goes into the day.
In the boys 3200, Eli set the pace as Andy stuck in the lead pack. Eli keep everyone on task through the halfway point, while Andy was in the chase pack. On the backstretch of the 5th lap Eli and the eventual winner from Central Cambria opened a gap. The Central Cambria runner was able to continue to force the pace and created separation to Eli. Andy was mid-pack with a strong group of runners. With 1000m to go, Eli now had company as two runners had caught up to him. He did a great job of holding them off over the next 550m. With 450 to go, Eli and the runner from Southern Huntingdon took off and got some breathing room. Andy was beginning his final charge as well. The Southern Huntingdon runner overtook Eli in the last 150, but Eli hung on for third to make a return trip back to states. Andy was just off his best with a 10:51. Strong days for both runners.
The 4x400m relays were our last events. We had a some shuffled lineups. For the girls, it was Lindsey, Sera, Sarah, and Lucia and the for the boys, Charles, Kaelan, Jacob, and Michael. Both teams were in the second heat. The girls were up first. Lindsey got out well and stuck us in the pack. Sera was able to charge on the second leg to move us into second. Sarah ran strong, but lost a little ground on leg 3 as we fell back in the pack. Lucia maintained our positioning to close out the day for the girls.
The girls combined to score 29 points and finished 10th overall our highest finish to date.
In the boys 4×4, Charles used a strong lead off leg to get Kaelan in a good position. Kaelan had an unmatched surge over the last 120m that propelled us into the thick of things. Unfortunately Jacob collided with another runner to start his leg, but was able to rebound and run well and get the baton to Michael who closed it out for us. The boys ran 3:46, four seconds off their season’s best.
The boys were the top finishers in the county as they ended up 16th with 24 points.
It was a historic day for the school and our program.

Girls CDT Recap

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” –E.E. Cummings
Thanks for the continued support and encouragement. Thanks for everyone who made it to the meet and sent encouraging messages throughout the day, it was appreciated more than I can put into words.

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

The team after the District 6 Track and Field Championships.

Districts 6 Championships Recap

First off, I want to apologize that this is the first recap I have done this season. I will try to be better in the future. The efforts of the last two days warranted a little more detail than we had in the CDT. The biggest takeaway from the meet for me was the way we battled to the end and overcame adversity to have historic performances.

CDT Day 1-

CDT Day 2-

“Victory is addictive”-Nick Willis

“There is s superhero inside all of us. We just need the courage to put on the cape.” – A Mighty Girl

On Tuesday, we kicked off the meet with the boys 4x800m relay. Going in we knew it would be tight race, but were confident that we could score high given that fact we had beaten all the other teams before. Mikey lead us off and got caught in a box over the first lap. He was able to make a strong move over the last 100m to put us into 7th place. Eli took off and launched us into 3rd place. He maintained his positioning over the two laps and handed off to Michael with a 15m lead on 4th. Michael got out well, but the other teams were charging. With 250 to go, Purchase Line caught him and he wasn’t able to respond. They opened up a 15m gap on him over the last 200m. Brian went after them, but it was too much ground to make up and we finished 4th, the toughest spot to be in since the top 3 made states. After event 1, we were not off to the start we hoped but regrouped and got ready for the rest of the day.
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