Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Hempfield's Hayden Fox, Derry's Chelsea Bisi
Sport: Track and field
Claim to fame: Fox set the Westmoreland County Coaches Association javelin record Saturday with a throw of 193 feet, 3 inches. Fox also finished first in the pole vault (14-0).
“I felt like I did what I had to do. I PR'ed in the javelin. ... I wasn't happy with the pole vault since I was short on the run,” Fox said.
What do you need to work on for the remainder of the year?
I need to keep up with my conditioning and continue to work hard. I need to work on the technical aspects of my vault. If I take care of things, I will get the results that I want.
What was it like to set a meet record in the javelin?
It was pretty awesome to PR. I didn't throw so well on the first couple of throws. On the last throw, I felt like it was a good throw, but I didn't think it was going to be a record. It was a good day for the javelin.
What did you learn from your state appearance last year?
Last year, it was my first year at states. I had to deal with the crowd and energy from the event. This year, I hope to be more calm and level-headed. I hope to bring the jump together and not let the atmosphere get in my head. Hopefully, I come out with a championship.
What do you have to deal with when competing in indoor and outdoor track?
Weather and wind are a big aspect. The way I look at is, everyone has to jump in the same environment. No one has the advantage. If it's 30 degrees outside, it's going to be 30 degrees for everyone. You have to go back to basics and the fundamentals you have been taught. The other stuff will take care of itself.
Who's your favorite athlete?
Michael Shuey, who is a thrower at Penn State. He's a good person and knows a lot about javelin. I think he's going to do big things in the next couple of years.
Claim to fame: Bisi, a Robert Morris recruit, went 5 for 6 in two games to lead Derry (4-6, 3-5) to consecutive wins over West Shamokin (8-4) and Laurel Highlands (8-3). Bisi, who is batting .517, has three doubles, two home runs, two walks and eight RBIs.
“This week was a turning point this year. We won two important games, and we are continuing to improve,” Bisi said.
What does the team need to do to make the playoffs?
It's going to be tough week. We need to continue to win in order to make the playoffs. We need to play together and try to win those section games.
What was the key to the two wins last week?
We were playing together, and we strung some hits together at a key time. Our defense made the plays when needed.
Who is your role model?
My dad. He played college baseball and pushes me. I want to be as good as he was.
How did you get started in softball?
I actually started in baseball. At 8, I moved to recreation softball and got into the travel programs. I have been going from there.
What is your favorite television show?
“House M.D.” It is about the medical field. That is what I want to do after high school.
— Andrew John