Honesdale's Summer Hill led a contingent of local athletes who challenged for medals this weekend at the PIAA State Track & Field Championships. Just a freshman, Hill sliced 17 seconds off her District Two time in the mile and qualified for the finals.
Summer Hill’s incredible track & field campaign is continuing this weekend at the PIAA State Championships.
On Friday afternoon in Shippensburg, Honesdale’s freshman phenom shocked everyone...including her coach...with an unforgettable performance in her 1600M qualifier.
Hill entered the competition seeded dead last in her heat, but responded to this challenge in typical “Summer” fashion.
She sliced an almost unbelievable 17 seconds off her District Two best time, stopping the clock at 5:04 .06. That performance not only won her heat, but it also catapulted Hill into the PIAA finals.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic,” Coach Mike Jurkowski told TWI Sports. “Summer looked great out there. She really went after it and now she’s in the state finals. I’m incredibly happy for her.”
Hill came into Friday’s action with a specific goal in mind: posting a faster time than Renee Robbins did in her freshman year.
Robbins is a legendary distance runner at Honesdale. She graduated back in 1985 and still holds a host of school records in cross country and track.
Robbins posted a 5:10 as a wide-eyed freshman at states. But, Hill erased that mark with her performance on Friday.
“Summer ran an amazing race,” Coach Jurkowski said. “If you had told me yesterday that she’d take 17 seconds off her District Two time, I’d have laughed in your face.”
Hill will run in today’s finals and look to take her time down another notch. She’s hoping to go below 5:00...perhaps even challenge Robbins’ school record time of 4:56, which was set in ‘85.
Erin Craig, Janna Wilson, Lionel Wilson and the boys 4x400M relay team are also in the hunt for a PIAA state medal.
Craig is competing in the 800M. Janna is seeking a podium place in the 400M. Both girls finished second at districts, but each posted qualifying times.
On the boys’ side of the ledger, several Hornets are in the medals mix.
Steve Pachuta is competing in the high jump. Lionel Wilson will battle it out in the long jump and 400M
Wilson is also set to run a leg for the D-2 champion 4x400M relay team.
Lady ‘Cat Attack
Courtney Kromko will lead the way for Western Wayne’s PIAA contingent.
The Lady ‘Cat junior is seeking a state medal in the triple jump. Kromko claimed silver at the D-2 meet, leaping a distance of just over 36’4”.
Courtney is being joined by two Western Wayne relay teams.
Katie Quinn, Sarah Wildenstein, Rachel Bateman and Kacie Urian comprise the 4x400M squad.
Leah Krompasky, Wildenstein, Quinn and Urian make up the Lady ‘Cats 4x800M team.
“We’re looking at this as a learning experience,” said Coach Justin Collins. “All I’m asking from the girls is a positive attitude and 100% effort. If they give us that, then I’ll be happy no matter where we end up placing.”