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Weaver plays key role for Southmoreland track team

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:03 p.m.
Kelly Vernon | The independent-Observer
Junio Paige Weaver runs a relay event earlier this season against Mt. Pleasant. Weaver is on the 3,200 relay team that qualified for this weekend's PIAA chmapionship meet.

Those who don't know Paige Weaver may not be followers of Southmoreland athletics.

Weaver, a junior, competes in three varsity sports for the Scotties: soccer, basketball, and track. She is a huge key to her track team's success thus far this season.

“Paige is a quiet leader, one who leads by example and has a strong work ethic,” said Chuck Brittain, Southmoreland girls track coach. “She means a lot to the team, but I really don't know where we would be without her.”

Weaver competes in the 400 and 800 meters and runs a leg on two relay teams, the 1,600 and 3,200. Her personal best in the 400 is a 1:03, a mark that is just two seconds off Southmoreland's school record, a mark Weaver hopes to break by the end of this season. Her personal best for the 800 is 2:32.

“Soccer is my favorite sport as of now and I plan to compete in it at the collegiate level, but track is a close second,” Weaver said.

Weaver has participated in track since she was in the seventh grade. She has always lived a competitive life being involved in sports at such a young age. Weaver, who also is an honor roll student, hopes that her grades and athletics will get her into a good school.

“I'd like to move away, I really like the Washington, D.C., area and Richmond, Va.,” she said.

The season is still young, but Weaver knows the team has a lot of work to do if they want to reach their ultimate goals they have set this season.

“Things the team can improve on would be continuing to work hard and push each other to our fool capabilities at practice,” Weaver said.

John Poole is a freelance writer.