On Saturday, February 16th, 9 Titan Indoor Track and Field athletes made one last journey to make an impact on the season finale. Out of the 9 athletes, 8 came home with medals placing them in the top 8 of the TSTCA.
The day started with sophomore Mayah Charity in the 60m dash. Mayah qualified in the preliminary round to advance her to the finals. In the 60m finals, Mayah ran a time of 8.17 seconds placing her 6th in the TSTCA.
Next on the track was Danielle Eshelman to go out in the mile with a very competitive group of familiar opponents. Danielle ran a very smart race, which allowed her to finish strong with a new personal best time of 5:19.88 placing 8th. With about an hour following the mile, Danielle was back on the starting line for the 800m run to give it her best and that she did. Danielle set a new personal best time of 2:25.55 and both of those times puts her in the all-time top 2 Shaler Area Indoor Track and Field history in both events.
In the 3000m run, Dalton Kalbaugh went out with a competitive pack of runners from the WPIAL. In the 12.6 lap race, Dalton gave it all he had and placing 4th. Dalton earned a spot in the PTFCA Indoor Championship at Penn State this Sunday. He will have redemption to run against the top 2 finishers in the TSTCA Championships.
One last event on the track put 4 athletes in a position to have a chance to come away with some more hardware. In the 4 x 200m relay Josh Maida, Evan Walsh, Jack Keenan, and Andrew Dadowski ran a new best time of 1:38.29 and securing the 8th place medal.
The last event in the field was worth the wait. In the triple jump, junior Cam Mbalo was determined to set a new mark. Coming into this meet it was almost a must in order for him to secure a spot in the indoor state championship. He was sitting in the 16th spot in the state which was the last spot to guarantee him to state. On Cam’s second attempt, he knew what needed to be done. He put out a new personal best jump and school record of 44′ 5.5″. This jump landed Cam with a PA #13 and a spot in the PTFCA Indoor Championship .
Congratulations to Dalton and Cam and good luck this weekend at Penn State!