Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hempfield's De'Lorian Day, Yough's Macy Mularski
Sport: Track and field
Claim to fame: Day, a Seton Hill recruit, finished first in the triple jump (46 feet) and finished third in the long jump (21-7.5) and 110-meter hurdles (15.18) at the WPIAL Class AAA Central Qualifiers at Norwin on May 6. Day also was part of 400-meter relay team for the Spartans that finished fifth with a time of 44.65.
“I think I have been doing fairly well. I have a lot of potential to do well,” Day said. “I'm looking to break my (personal records) this week (at WPIALs).”
What made you decide on doing track and field at Seton Hill?
Football made me an offer but it wasn't as good as track. I wanted to major in biology since I want to be an orthodontist. Track allows me to have a lot more space. My family and I are big on God, love, family and education. Seton Hill is a Catholic and private university. It's very easy to me as long as God is with me.
Why did you join the relay team?
I took myself out of the high jump since I knew I wasn't going to place that high in the event. I decided on the 4-by-100 relay team because I'm not selfish and I knew I needed to help the team out.
What do you think is harder, field or track events?
Field. I have to be more consistent with my run. I can make the adjustment on the track but if I make one false move in the field it will cost you.
Which do you like more?
Field would have to be my top choice. But I love the track too. I started to do hurdles my junior year so I'm progressing to like it more and more. But since I have been doing the field since the beginning I will always love it more.
Who or what has been your inspiration?
My three brothers since they have done well. I want to supersede what they have done. I have done well with my education, with a 3.3 GPA. I learned that if I do well in sports I could get my college education paid for. Why pay money when you don't have to? Also, it helps to keep church involved in my life. God is able to help me out once and a while.
Claim to fame: Mularski, who was 7-7 with a 2.66 ERA and 96 strikeouts, had a no-hitter through five innings for Yough (7-7, 6-6) but suffered a 4-3 loss to West Mifflin in Section 4-A action on May 2. Four days later, Mularski, who also was on the PA Renegades '98 fast-pitch team, had a no-hitter through three in a 2-1 loss to Greensburg Salem and finished with season-high 15 strikeouts.
“We had a great second half of the season after we struggled in the beginning. We have awesome coaches,” Mularski said. “Since we were a young team, we did an awesome job and everyone put in their best effort to help the team.”
How do you keep making sure you are always at your best on the field?
I try my hardest when I get into the game. I try to focus and that is what happened against Greensburg Salem. In the first inning, I struck out the side. It allowed me to gain a lot confidence. I try my hardest on the mound and I believe in my defense behind me.
What was the biggest lesson you learned this season?
I learned this season even though being a young team we can be a great team. We just need to get winning immediately in order to make it to playoffs next year.
What are you going to work on in the offseason?
I will work on my pitching a lot. I need to work in new pitches and work to get better with my hitting.
What has been your proudest moment of the past year?
I have been really proud of my travel team when we won nationals. That whole season we worked so hard. I'm also really proud of my high school team. Our coaches helped us get where we are today.
What cartoon character describes you?
Ariel from Little Mermaid. She's a mermaid. She's strong and sticks to her guts. She's who she wants to be.
— Andrew John