Athletes from track team advance onto district championships

Lily Eckroth

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Mechanicsburg’s track and field team found much success this year throughout their regular season. The boys team ended with 5 wins and 2 loses while the girls had 2 wins and 5 loses. Years prior to this, the girls team was not able to win any meets during their season. Much improvement was made to the team this year according to Molly Gulden who says, “The team had an incredibly positive attitude this year which made practice and competing very supportive and encouraging.” The girls team is well represented as they advance into competing at district championships May 17th and 18th.


Among the many people on the track team, Brandan Knepper(1600,3200), Joseph Bruno(100,200,400), Michaela Frey(pole vault), Hope Mckenney(3200), Annika Hummel(pole vault), and Molly Gulden(300 hurdles) were the only members to make it to districts. Their hard work and perseverance over the season has led to their successes. Gulden says, “Trying not to psych myself out, mainly focusing on the mechanics of hurdling, and also watching myself on video to see what I need to improve on will help.” During the week before districts is the athletes will focus on their skill so they are ready to compete to the best of their abilities.


The students attending the competition have been training all season and have particular goals in place for themselves. Specifically, Annika Hummel states, “Going against some of the best jumpers in the state will hopefully help me reach my goal of jumping over 11 feet.” High skilled athletes are at districts which will encourage the team from Mechanicsburg to work even harder. Gulden says, “My goal for the completion is to finish placed higher than what I was seeded at. I also want to break the school record and lower my time.” Both athletes have strong goals that they will work to achieve at the district championships.


The approaching postseason is exciting and important for the athletes representing MASH track and field. They have opportunities to compete at a higher level and win in their events. The coaching staff has worked all year to plan the best workouts in order to strengthen the competitors skills. The hard work displayed all year will fuel their capabilities during their specific events. Districts will give these students the opportunities to work hard and compete in a more competitive environment.