The Southmoreland boys track team put up a valiant effort but was eliminated from the WPIAL track and field championships. The boys defeated South Side Beaver 116-34 but lost to Chartiers Houston 77-72 and Waynesburg Central 86-64. Waynesburg moves on to the WPIAL championship meet next week.
The Scottie track team made a strong effort this season despite the recent budget cuts. Last season the team had four coaches but this year one was eliminated in an effort to save money. Many students were worried about this season with the cuts in the budget.
“Although our coaches do an amazing job compensating for the loss of one of the coaches.” said sophomore Jake VanArsdale, “we don’t receive the one-on-one training like last year’s season. There are not enough coaches to fulfill everyone’s needs.”
Despite these setbacks, the boys team has managed to make their way into playoffs, and the girls missed qualifying by just four points.
“Every year I go into the season wanting to go into the playoff and win section championships, and to accomplish both of those these this year made me very proud,” said coach Dave Keefer. “With the loss of one of our coaches, we have had to spread ourselves thin trying to accommodate all of our student’s needs.”
“We faced hard competition and we didn’t have our whole lineup,” commented sophomore pole vaulter Tyler Rollinson. “But as a team we persevered and made our way into playoffs and won the section.”
On the girls team, sophomore Mikayla Slack tied the school record in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.85.
“I’ve wanted to beat the record since the beginning of the season, but I’ve always been nervous,” said Slack “ When we went against Geibel, I knew it was one of my last chances to try and tie the record. I was so proud of myself, and I’m going to try and continue to beat my last time.”
Members of both teams will compete in the WPIAL individual championships May 16. at Slippery Rock University.