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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)

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Northern Cambria/Penns Manor Dual Recap

We had a great opening meet against Northern Cambria and Manor. The team was able to get off a little rust and compete against someone else other than ourselves. Plus we got to see all of the elements we’ve been training through except the snow. Mother Nature had us prepared in that regard, too. Illustrating how rough the spring has been, before the meet the Penns Manor coach mentioned how the weather has only allowed them outside 5 times for practice.  We’ve been fortunate we haven’t had to deviate much from our intended plans. There have been tough days, but we’ve persevered physically, but more so mentally and emotionally. We need all three to be great.
Sport is about adapting to the unexpected and being able to modify plans at the last minute. Sport, like all life, is about taking your chances. – Sir Roger Bannister
We had several highlights yesterday. The big ones for me was how the team encouraged one another. The team did a great job of getting to all of the events to offer support. We ran multiple relays and it created a fun, team-bonding atmosphere, as it made everyone contribute for their team to succeed. This gave everyone the chance to be the hero. It is a good feeling to have to come through when your team is urging you around the track. Another highlight was when I was with the throwers during the shot put. They were coaching each other helping with corrections, which illustrated how much they knew what they needed to do to be successful. That kind of intimate knowledge of their event will accelerate their learning curve. There was just a lot of pure joy and excitement, which was special.
The girls team opened the season with two wins. Izzy Warren (100m Hurdles-school record, long jump, triple jump) Addie Ebbs (1600, 3200), Clare Marsh (300m hurdles), Myah Chappell (400), Sarah Watkins (HJ), Kathleen Simander (800), 4x800m relay (Sera Mazza, Kathleen, Maggie Urban, Sarah Watkins), 4x400m relay (Clare ,Kathleen, Sarah Watkins, Emma Youngmark) all earned wins on the day. Michaela Maynard, Sera Mazza,  and Veronica Emigh chipped in valuable points in the throws, distance and sprints, respectively.
NC  – 50  | SJCA -94
PM -62  | SJCA  -87
The boys didn’t have the depth to keep pace with Penns Manor and Northern Cambria dropping two hard fought decisions. Carter Kauffman (800, 3200), Max Wortman (1600), Malachi Duvall (HJ), 4×800 (Carter, Tyler Emigh, Leland Calistri, Max) were event winners on the day.  Tommy DeNezza,Theo Spychalski and Jameson Reigh added additional points in the sprints and throws, respectively.
NC -103 | SJCA  -42
PM -78 |  SJCA  -45
Confidence is the successful repetition of any endeavor. – Debbie Millman
We were able to produce several qualifiers for the District 6 Championship (State Qualifying Meet) on the day which was an impressive feat given the conditions. The goal is to take a full bus to districts AND states!
District Standards

District Qualifiers
Boys and Girls 4x800m relay teams
100m hurdles
Izzy Warren
Clare Marsh
1600
Addie Ebbs
Sera Mazza
300m Hurdles
Clare Marsh
800
Carter Kauffman
Kathleen Simander
3200
Carter Kauffman
Addie Ebbs
Sera Mazza
Triple Jump
Izzy Warren
People on the Bubble
Boys’ and Girls’ 4x400m relay teams
Myah Chappell (200, 400)
Camryn Eby (3200)
Clare Marsh (triple jump)
Michaela Maynard (shot put, javelin)
Izzy Warren (long jump)
Sarah Watkins (high jump)
We have a few more debuts tomorrow and we will look to add to our district roster!
Thanks for the continued support. For us to get where we want to be we have to achieve great communication, and more importantly develop high level of trust and love in what we do. With those ingredients we will be able  to be successful on many levels.
“I as the conductor, have to come to the rehearsal with a cast-iron sense of the outer architecture of that music, within which there is then immense personal freedom for the members of the orchestra to shine. There has to be, between me and orchestra, an unshakeable bond of trust, born out of mutual respect, through which we can spin a musical narrative that we all believe in.” – Charles Hazlewood.
You have to learn to trust  if you want to make “music”.
The team is excited and prepared for the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invite tomorrow! Make sure they hydrate and get extra rest since they don’t have school.

PTFCA Championships Recap

We had a historic Day at the PTFCA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Julia got our day started with a runner-up finish in heat #1 of the mile that earned her 10th place overall in a new school record of 5:14.58!

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After a few hours recovery, Julia was ready for her 1200m leg to lead off the distance medley relay team as she partnered with Myah Chappell (400m leg), Addie Ebbs (800m), and Sera Mazza (1600m). The girls ran a phenomenal race as they made the race from the gun and were in it with a chance to win the whole race. They would end up 4th overall in a new school record of 12:33.98!

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It was a great end to our epic indoor season that saw our record book rewritten many times over! The team will enjoy a few days off before we begin our prep for outdoors. Thanks for the continued support!

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

 

 

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

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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