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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.

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State High Invite #3 Recap

We closed out our regular season at the Horace Ashenfelter Track for State High Invite #3. We had limited entries since the meet serves as the Indoor Mid Penn Championships. We are able to enter those who had the state qualifying standard or were close to it.

The girls’ distance medley relay got us started with a bang! They smashed the school record by cutting nearly 20s off of our previous best by running 12:39.96. Julia, Myah, Addie, and Sera were on their ‘A’ Game as they lapped the field for the win as their time is now PA #5!

Izzy finished second in triple jump with a leap of 33-10.75. She had a consistent series on the runway.

Julia lowered the school in the mile with runner-up finish in 5:16.87! Her new personal best should be close to qualifying her to the PTFCA State Championship. Sera added a 6th place finish in 5:38.12.

Carter closed out our night with a 6th place finish in the 3000m. He crossed the line in 9:27.41. It was strong race as he battles with the leaders in the early stages.

Next up will be the PTFCA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 25!

Full Results

 

 

Susquehanna Indoor HS Classic

After a quick turnaround from Friday, we were ready for the Susquehanna Indoor HS Classic.

We were able to produce several top ten performances on the day and were lead by three record-setting efforts.

Top Ten Performances (School records in bold)

Triple Jump
3. Izzy Warren, 33-7.5

Long Jump
7. Izzy Warren, 15-1

400
5. Myah Chappell, 1:05.04

800
8. Addie Ebbs, 2:34.65

Mile
2. Julia Cusatis, 5:22.5
3. Sera Mazza, 5:25. 97

3000
3. Carter Kauffman, 9:20.65
7. Lindsey Carmack, 12:00.16

4x400m Relay
2. Julia, Addie, Sera, Myah, 4:21.90
7. Tyler, Carter, Cole, Max, 3:56.69

4x800m Relay
8. Kathleen, Myah, Lindsey, Emma, 11:14.13

Full Results

TSTCA #2 Recap

The TSTCA moved an earlier postponed meet to Friday, so we jumped at the opportunity for an extra chance to race the DMR and improve our marks in a few other events. With Susquehanna Indoor HS Classic on Sunday, we didn’t want to overdo it, so we brought a limited amount of athletes. We decided we would race the 4x800m relay, distance medley relay, and Emma in the 3k. The girls had a strong showing. The 4×8 (Julia, Myah, Sera, Addie) started off the day with a 3rd place showing and new indoor school record as they ran 10:12.10. Emma was up next in the 3k and set a season best mark of 12:55.45 to finish 19th. The DMR (Julia, Myah, Addie, Sera) closed our night with a win and current PA #10 time of 13:10.34! Now to get some rest before heading to Susquehanna tomorrow.

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Kevin Dare HS Invite Recap

We kicked off our season at the Kevin Dare HS Invitational. After a great training block we were ready to get underway. We were able to produce several top-20 performances on the day as we worked off the initial rust.

Top Twenty Performances
Mile
7. Julia Cusatis, 5:30.06

3000m
13. Sera Mazza, 11:36.05

14. Carter Kauffman, 9:34.14

4x400m Relay
18. Myah, Sera, Kathleen, Shannon, 4:38.88

4x800m Relay
18. Carter, Max, Leland, Kaelan, 9:58.81

High Jump
19. Izzy Warren, 4-8

Triple Jump
19. Max Wortman 35-5

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!

Fibonacci 4k Results

We had strong day at the Fibonacci 4k! Max and Isaac won the men’s relay with a time of 14:30. Myah and Lindsey were victorious for the women in 15:59. Julia and Camryn were the second women’s team in 16:56. Maggie and I teamed up and finished second in the mixed relay with a time of 20:26. Sera’s mom, Sue was the overall women’s winner in 18:51!

We also has a vision of the past with former Juggernaut, Matt Kisenwether, winning the 4k title in 14:45. And a glimpse into the future with Devon and Monika snagging 4th overall women, Seki Chappell finishing on the 6th place women’s team, and Gretel and Claire crossing the line as the 7th place women’s team.

It was a fun race and everyone had a blast.

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