Summer Hill, Erin Craig & Janna Wilson will be representing Honesdale at 2010 PIAA State Track & Field Championships. All three girls are underclassmen and each hopes to make a mark at Shippensburg University this weekend.
Summer Hill was utterly exhausted as she staggered away from the finish line at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
Honesdale’s resident freshman phenom had just won a gold medal in the 1600M at the District Two Track & Field Championships, qualifying her for a berth at the upcoming PIAA meet.
“I’m going to States!” she exclaimed, big blue eyes open wide and a smile dancing across her face. “I’m going to States!”
Hill punched her ticket to Shippensburg with a winning time of 5:21.99... which gave her a comfortable cushion of nearly two seconds.
“I really didn’t have a gameplan coming into this race,” Summer admitted with a shy smile. “I just wanted to stay with the fastest girls for as long as I could and then maybe make a move.”
That move came with just over 100 meters remaining in the race. Hill spent the majority of the race shadowing Crestwood’s Hannah Coffin...waiting for just the right moment to pounce.
Coffin was the defending champ in the event, but came into this particular race with a qualifying time nearly two seconds slower than Hill.
Summer spent the early laps boxed in by a trio of competitors.
“The thing I love most about Summer is what a fierce competitor she is,” said Coach Mike Jurkowski. “We all knew she was a good runner, but Summer has far exceeded all my expectations.”
Hill also turned in a memorable performance in the 3200M. She finished second in that race, stopping the clock in 11:41.55. That time proved good enough for a silver medal behind yet another Crestwood distance star, Kirstin Schafer (11:29).
Summer will be joined at this year’s PIAA meet by teammates Erin Craig and Janna Wilson.
Craig finished as runner-up in the 800M, but still posted a state qualifying time of 2:18.23.
Erin is now Honesdale’s all-time record holder in this event. The old mark, which was set by current Lady Hornet Coach Lind-sey (Mang) Pender, stood at 2:19.44 since 1997.
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure if Erin would get the record this year,” Coach Jurkowski said. “But, she worked very hard and I’m extremely proud of her.”
Wilson also finished up second in her event, but will be going to Shippensburg as well thanks to a state qualifying time for the 400M.
Janna crossed the line in a time of :58.73, good for a silver medal at districts and another all-time Honesdale record. The previous mark of 1:00.7 was set back in ‘88 by Ellen Gelatt.
“Janna definitely took me a little bit by surprise,” Coach Jurkowski said. “I didn’t know for sure if she had that time in her. Now, I honestly believe she can go even lower at states.”
This year’s PIAA Championships is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, May 28-29.
“The girls are pumped,” said Coach Jurkowski. “They don’t have the best seeds in the world, but it’s still going to be a great experience for them...something they can build on for the next few years.”
Hill is a freshman, while Craig is a junior and Wilson a sophomore.