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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