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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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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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PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival Recap

To conclude our busy week of traveling, we took a small group of athletes to Lehigh for the PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival. This meet has been on the schedule before, but bad weather kept us from making the trip. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case in 2017. Rausch Fieldhouse is always jam packed with athletes, coaches, and spectators making it a very energetic atmosphere, because the athletes are constantly surrounded as the crowds are inches away at all times. On our schedule was Michael in the 800 and the girls’ distance medley relay. As we were waiting for our turn to compete we were treated with some great competition, including a new US #1 time in the girls’ 60m Hurdles by Cheltenham’s Chanel Brissett, a back and forth battle in the HJ that featured PA #1 Kyle Garland (Garland won with a clearance of 6-9), and the state record holder in the pole vault, Katie Jones, set the meet record and attempt to break her own state record. We also got to see Olympian and USA Track and Field Hall of Famer, Joetta Clark, as she was there supporting her daughter who was also competing.

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

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Kevin Dare HS Invite Recap

We got right underway after the Christmas break with the Kevin Dare HS at the Horace Ashenfelter track. Kevin Dare was a PA Champ in the pole vault representing State College HS. He attended Penn State to continue vaulting. He was Junior National Champion after his freshman year. During his sophomore year he died tragically while vaulting at the Big Ten Championships. The meet was created to honor him and his passion for the sport. He was a great person with a very fiery spirit.

We got one step closer to having out full lineup as the team was able to display their fitness from their hard work over break. We had a lot of action happing simultaneously making for a very exciting day of track and field.

An organization that has all members focused first & foremost on doing what benefits the group is a force to be reckoned with. –John Wooden

Our day in the field got started with the girls triple jump, boys long jump shot put. The boys long jump would see the debut of Lance Hamilton as he was doing double duty with a basketball game later in the day. Lance got us started off on the right foot as he put together a great series in his first meet to leap 19-1.5, a foot and half beyond what he jumped all of indoors last year. This bodes well for Lance as he was the lone freshman qualifier for the Triple Jump at outdoor states.

Mary was able to extend her indoor personal best to 31-1 as she put together a solid series of jumps on the day. Sarah was a little off her normal self and had a best of 26-0. Both girls are making big time progress in practice and it will come together for them soon.

In the shot put, Theo had a consistent series that saw him fall a shot off his personal best with a throw of 31-3. In practice, he has consistently thrown upwards of 34 and 35 feet, the key is to increase the repetition so he is able to repeat it in a meet situation. He is close to popping a big time throw.

As the field events were in full swing our sprinters were hitting the track in full force, as Hannah and Sophia were making their season debuts in the hurdles. Sophia broke the tape in 13.01. In a later heat, Hannah notched 13.56 next to her name in her first time ever doing the event. It was a solid effort by both girls.

Next up was the 60m dash featuring, Mary, Monica, and Cole. Mary was a little off of her personal best as she sped down the track in 8.82 seconds. Monica ran chopped nearly a half-second off of her lifetime best to run 9.06. Cole was a step off his best with an 8.04 clocking, which would be a warmup for his big day.

After our sprinters/hurdlers got us off to a strong start on the track it was now onto the mile with Lindsey, Sera, Kaelan, and Max representing us. Lindsey was up first and showed that she added some speed to her strong XC season to run a personal best of 5:53. She was able to stay in great position throughout the race and use her speed over the last 300m. Sera used a fast start to dip under 5:30 with a 5:29.67 and finish 8th overall. It was a good start for Sera and faster than she began a year ago. Max continued on his personal best streak as he crossed the line in 5:22, more than 2 seconds faster than he ran the 1600m (shorter race) all of outdoors in 2016. This bodes well for the rest of Max’s season and beyond. Kaelan experienced some breathing issues and was forced to drop of out of his mile, but he was on 4:50 pace when he did, which is ahead of where he was last year at this point.

After the 60m got him warmed up, Cole used his strength and speed to break 60s in the 400m for the first time as he clocked 59.34, nearly four seconds faster than he ran in December which is a big breakthrough for him.

As the track action was rolling along, it was time to for us to get back underway with the jumps. Sophia was in the high jump, while Mary and Sarah were flying down the runway in the long jump, and Nick and max were taking flight in the triple jump. Sophia opened up well and was over 4-7 clean. She just nicked the bar on 4-10 on all three attempts to bow out. She is ready to go higher. Mary and Sarah both had consistent series that saw them set indoor bests. Mary leaped to 13-10 with Sarah right behind her at 13-9. Max was just shy of his personal best with a jump of 32-6, while Nick added four feet to his best as hit the sand 30-2.75 inches from the board concluding our big day in the jumps!

As we headed back to the track our half-milers were ready to go. Grace D was up first and raced to a huge personal best of 3:07.69. She looked strong and did a great job of battling over the last 300. Myah was in the next heat and lead the race through 400m before fading over the last 300 to 2:42.10. Michael was up next and used an even-paced race to run his indoor personal best of 2:08.72.
Theo and Cole were ready for the 200m and it showed as both notched big time personal bests. Theo cracked 28s for the first time as he completed the one-lap race in 27.96. Cole continued his big day as he sliced 1.5 seconds off his previous best to run 26.42!
It was now on to the longest race of the day as Kate and Isaac raced the 3k. Kate had one of the best races of her career as she ran 11:29 and finished 2nd in her heat. She used a strong last 100 meters to secure the spot. She did a great job of reacting throughout the race as she looked in complete control. Isaac set a 1600m (5:39) personal en route to his 3k time of 10:54. He was out strong, but faded over the last 1000. As he gets used to the quick opening paces, the finish will come.
Next up was our 4x800m relay team of Sera, Lindsey, Myah, and Grace D. Maggie was sick, so she had to scratch and Grace D filled in for her. The team finished 13th overall in 11:29, a little ways off of our indoor best. Plenty of room for improvement that we will make.
Out last race of the day was the 4x400m relay of Michael, Cole, Max, and Zach who was making his season debut. The boys ran 4:03, right in line with where he have been in years past. They ran well after a long day.
It was a solid second meet for us that showed some areas of improvement and other areas where more work is needed. We will get back in the lab and be better the next time out.
Thanks for the continued support and encouragement.

State College Invite #1 Recap

On Thursday, Dec. 15 we opened our indoor season at the State College Invite #1 on the Horace Ashenfelter Track. Horace Ashenfelter was a Penn State star, American heron and the 1952 Olympic Steeple Champion.

Learn more about him here and watch race highlights from the Helsinki Olympics.
We had our best opening meet since we’ve been doing indoor. One thing I reminded the team is that they need to build upon this and make sure they do the necessary work over Christmas break. Because they will be thrust into the fire at the Kevin Dare meet when we return. So I will need your help in making sure they stay on task. I told them that even if they can’t do what i assigned, they need to do something. We can’t have zero, empty days where we take a step back.

“Enthusiasm finds the opportunities, and energy makes the most of them.” – Henry Hoskins

Our meet kicked off with the boys 4×8.  The boys were looking to get the kinks out and see where they are at this point of the season. Michael led off the relay and got us in good position as he handed off in third place as he split 2:09. Max was up next and kept the train rolling. He split a personal best 2:27 as he showed he is well ahead of where he was last year outdoors. Isaac made his indoor debut in fine fashion. In 8th grade he was a 3200m machine, so the 800 gave him a great chance to hone his speed. He also split a personal best of 2:36. Kaelan was tasked with bringing the team home. He was in a tight battle and used his racing skills to secure 4th place for the team. He split 2:15 which is where he was last January, so he is ahead of schedule as well. The team ran 9:29 which is close to where they have been at the end of January in year’s past which was a great start to the meet!

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2016 Forest Hills Invitational Recap

Our meet last weekend was the Forest Hills Invitational. Normally when we attend this meet, it is cool and/or rainy. My guess is since this was the last one they are hosting, we had something completely different, which is sunshine. Forest Hills is relocating their middle school to be closer to their HS. The middle school students will move into the new school in January and they will sell the current building and land, which means the invite will be gone and districts will find a new home in 2017. The meet was held for 22 years. It had a great run.
For her efforts at the Lock Haven Bear Mountain Invitational, Sera Mazza was named PennTrackXC.Com Girls Performer of the Week:
In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. -Abraham Maslow