Schlegel's teammates join him for trip to Ship
Last May, Scott Schlegel was the only male member of the Emmaus track and field team to qualify for the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
This year, he will have some comrades to join him, the four members of the boys' 4x800 meter relay team.
The squad, comprised of Kevin Waterman, Greg Jaindl, Jordan Frank and Ryan Paradise qualified for the trip to Ship with a time of 8:01.22 and a second place finish at last week's District 11 track and field meet at East Stroudsburg South High School.
"Last year we finished third, which hurt," Frank said. "It feels great to make a comeback and improve. This has just worked with our motto that we have used all year long, 'fight for every inch.'"
Schlegel fought for every inch throughout this season in the high jump as he set a new school record at leagues in the event. His jump of six feet, five inches on day one of last week's two-day meet punched his ticket to his second straight state meet.
Surprisingly, the junior believes the pressure to succeed at districts is even greater than it will be this weekend in Shippensburg.
"I wanted to try for a new personal record of 6-8, after I got 6-5, but I couldn't do it," he said. "I was little nervous. To be honest, it is more nerve-wracking qualifying for states than it is at states."
Senior Curtis Geiger also qualified for states. Geiger recorded a time of 50.88 in the 400-meter dash, but said that he will scratch himself out of the race due to Emmaus High School's Senior Prom being held on May 23, day two of the PIAA meet.
The final leg of the 4x800 relay, Paradise, tried to individually qualify for states, but fell short. The sophomore earned two third place finishes, one in the 1600-meter run and the other in the 800-meter run.
The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for states, while any competitor whose time or mark falls within the state qualifying standard also qualifies.
Despite not individually qualifying, Paradise, sees this spring as a huge success, as he clocked a 4:24.96 in the 1600 meter run at districts.
"This was a really big confidence booster," he said. "My goal this season was to get a 4:30 and to get a 4:24 is unbelievable. I can't believe I was able to do that and it will help me next year as I should progress and be working for states. It gives me high hopes."