SHIPPENSBURG – Several months ago, Kelsey Amy felt a twinge in her back.
Flash forward to Friday’s PIAA Track and Field championships and you’d barely be able to notice the months of rehabilitation therapy Amy put in to get herself back in shape to run and jump again – and you definitely wouldn’t notice the pain she’s still in.
Amy finished sixth in the Class 2A girls long jump, clearing a distance of 16 feet, 10 1/2 inches.
“It just feels really good to medal (at the state meet) because up until about a week or two ago, I wasn’t doing much running or jumping at all,” said Amy.
Amy was one of only two sophomores to place in the girls jumping events on Friday. The other was Delone Catholic’s Arielle Placke, who won the tiebreaker to edge Amy in the long jump. Asha Jaramogi won the event with a distance of 17 feet, 11 3/4 inches.
The Lehman jumper was shaky heading into her opening jumps in both the preliminaries and the finals, breaking the jump line on both opening attempts.
“The pain interfered a lot, especially on my takeoff,” Amy said. “I run hunched over, so when I hit the ground, the pain was shooting through my entire back.”
The entire day wasn’t bound to be a torture rack for the Black Knight, though. As the day got warmer and Amy was able to loosen up, so did her jumps.
“My stride opened up,” said Amy. “In the finals, I broke on my farthest jump. It was over a 17-foot jump. It didn’t count, but at least I know I can do it still.”
After months of physical therapy for her injured back and a state championship track and field medal in the long jump, finally Amy will have some free time to dedicate to resting her back, right?
“Well … field hockey starts in a few weeks,” Amy said. “I’ll just be sticking with the physical therapy for awhile and hoping it gets better.”
NOTES: Hazleton’s Jillian Seamon finished off her junior season with a 14th-place finish in the Class 3A girls javelin. Seamon finished with a mark of 118-feet, 5-inches.
•Lake-Lehman’s 3,200 relay team of Jaime Lipski, Marina Orrson, Victoria Posatko and Amanda Cooper advanced to today’s Class 2A final round by posting the 12th and final qualifying time in the first heat (9:50.66).
•Dallas’ Paige Selenski will be running in the Class 2A 100- and 200-meter dashes today after qualifying for both races. The Dallas sprinter posted season-best times with a 12.84 in the 100 and a 26.81 in the 200, but only came in third in her heat in the shorter race and fourth in the latter.
Here’s a look at how the Wyoming Valley Conference athletes fared on Friday at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
100 -- Dezaray Distasio, Tunkhannock, 7th in heat (DNQ) 12.73
1,600 -- Jillian Casey, Crestwood, DNS
JAVELIN -- Jillian Seamon, Hazleton, 14th 118-05, final.
3,200 RELAY – Lake-Lehman, 6th in heat (SQS) 9:50.66
100 HURDLES -- Tina Watkins, Lake-Lehman, 7th in heat (DNQ) 16.96
100 -- Paige Selenski, Dallas, 3rd in heat (SQS) 12.84; Mercedes Yanora, Bishop Hoban, 4th in heat (DNQ) 13.06
400 -- Leigh Ann Rentko, Nanticoke, 6th in heat (DNQ) 1:01.75
400 RELAY -- Dallas, 3rd in heat (DNQ) 51.58
300 HURDLES – Tina Watkins 7th in heat (DNQ) 16.96; Candice Bittner, Dallas, 7th in heat (DNQ) 48.85
LONG JUMP -- Kelsey Amy, Lake-L.ehman, 6th, 16-10 1/2, final.
200 -- Paige Selenski, Dallas, 4th in heat (SQS) 26.81; Mercedes Yanora, Bishop Hoban, 4th in heat (DNQ) 26.99
HIGH JUMP -- 18. Ashlee Ward, Meyers, 8th, 5-1, final.
DNQ – did not qualify for today’s final rounds.
SQS – met the state qualifying standard for the final round.