2 Pine-Richland athletes place in top 10 at PIAA track and field championships
The Pine-Richland track and field team sent athletes to Shippensburg to compete in five events at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships this past weekend.
All of the Rams involved represented their school well, coach Bill Crummy said, with two collecting top-10 finishes.
The highest finisher belonged to senior Amanda Kalin, who took fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 10.09 seconds. Her finish was tops among any WPIAL athlete in the event.
Kalin, a Duquesne basketball commit, had never ran track before this season and said she didn't expect to have this much success. Before this season, she said she wasn't even aware the 800 was an event.
“When I found out that running two laps was a thing, I thought I'd be pretty good at that event because I'm not that fast in a sprint but I do have some endurance,” Kalin said.
“It's humbling. I'm lucky to have the ability that I do have. I give credit to my coaches. I might have hated the running that they put me through, but it helped me get to where I am.”
Another senior for the Rams, Zach Randolph, earned 10th in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 5 inches. Though he missed qualifying for the final heat by a half-inch, Randolph accrued the second-highest finish at PIAAs for Pine-Richland.
Neither of the girls relay teams, the 400 or 1,600, qualified for the finals. The 400, however, recorded its best time (49.14 seconds) of the season.
“That group — Jodie Berezo, Izzy Greco, Amanda Kalin and Meghan Briski — their time wasn't good enough to make it to finals, but it was their best time of the year so that's a good thing,” Crummy said.
“Kalin will graduate, but the other three will be back next year, too, so that's encouraging.”
The 1,600 group was comprised of Berezo, Briski, Madi Argiro and Livy Miller, and finished with a time of 4:13.15.
Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.