Relay sets another record
It was another record-breaking performance for the Whitehall girls 4x100 relay team during Friday’s preliminaries at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association 3A Track and Field Championships two weeks ago.
For the third week in a row, the girls established a new school record, this time setting the mark at 48.80. The foursome who accomplished the feat varied slightly from the prior two teams as Monica Manu, Helen Davis, Kate Bonshak and Amanda Crooks blazed that new time in their Friday heat.
The Zephyrs were competing in a thirty-team field on Friday, and even with the best time they’ve run all year, and other school record, it still wasn’t fast enough to get them into Saturday’s finals. Among the eight teams that did advance, Cheltenham High School emerged as the winners, taking the 3A gold with a 46.80 mark.
Head coach Adam Konsavage said that the 4x100 was highly competitive.
“The state meet always has exceptional talent, and the girls AAA 4x100 trials were awesome and just super fast,” said Konsavage. “For girls teams to run 46 and change is moving.”
He said that the whole experience at Shippensburg was exciting. They got to run against the best the state had to offer.
While they didn’t make it out of the preliminaries, he said that they couldn’t be disappointed in their effort since it involved setting another school record. They ran the best race they could, it just didn’t get them into Saturday’s finals.
“You can’t be unhappy with that,” said Konsavage.
And in setting a new mark again, it just demonstrates the competitive spirt of the 4x100 team.
“The girls ran their best time, and it’s the best time the school’s ever seen,” said Konsavage. “That’s a win in my book.”
Also making the trip to Shippensburg was Emily Wells who served as the alternate.
The PIAA Championships marks the end of the track and field season for the Zephyrs. It also wraps up Konsavage’s first season at the helm for the Zephyrs. He said that their win-loss record wasn’t indicative of how hard they competed throughout the year. The girls finished the year 5-6, while the boys ended the year 3-8.
Konsavage said that he was proud of everyone on the boys and girls teams, and looks forward to next season with a strong group of returning athletes.
“We’ll try to keep working on things for next year,” said Konsavage.