Knoch senior Logan is leading way for track team
Senior Samantha Logan is one of Knoch's more successful student-athletes, so she has all of her books in order.
Text books, notebooks — and record books.
Logan has set the standard for the girls track program.
Logan owns four individual school records and has anchored three record-breaking relay teams.
Most of her records are in events she doesn't compete in regularly. She holds top marks in the 100-meter dash (12.46), the 200 (25.9), the 800 (2:14.53) and the 400 (57.96).
And she is No. 2 in the high jump (5-2).
Logan is the defending WPIAL Class AAA champion in the 800.
“She only ran (the 800) eight times last season,” Knoch girls track coach Judy Geist said. “The seventh race she became the WPIAL champ and the eighth one she placed seventh at the PIAA meet.”
The multi-talented Logan has decided to take her running skills to the Division I college level, signing with Robert Morris last month.
Her college commitment now behind her, the record books are on high alert.
Logan also considered Slippery Rock and California (Pa.), but felt Robert Morris offered a better level of competition.
“I stayed overnight with their track freshmen last year on a recruiting visit,” Logan said. “I went to their practice. Everybody was so nice and welcoming.”
Geist could see at a young age that Logan was advanced.
“We knew Sam was special when she ran in middle school,” Geist said. “She had the running abilities you don't normally see in a runner that age. Since then, she has dominated many of her races.
“I believe Sam would be successful at any Division I, II or III school. Robert Morris was just the lucky one.”
Logan's senior season has been slow-starting. A stress fracture in her ankle earlier this month has limited her running. She did, however, play in the Cager Classic all-star basketball game at Highlands.
Logan averaged a team-best 10.1 points per game on the court.
College victories could lie ahead for Logan, and so could more records. But that's a long time from now.
“I have sort of started thinking about that already,” she said. “I haven't looked to see what the records are. My coaches are pushing me to do that.”
People often joke with Logan that she should compete in the heptathlon some day.
Logan isn't exactly opposed to trying the grueling, seven-event competition.
“I mean, who knows?” Logan said. “It's not something that's entirely impossible. They tease me that I should start throwing the javelin.”
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.