STATE COLLEGE--Germantown Academy had a stellar showing at the 2017 Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Indoor State Championship held at Penn State University this past weekend.
Kyle Garland '18 and Abbe Goldstein '17 each won a pair of state titles to lead their teams to top 10 finishes.
Garland won the 60-meter hurdles title in a time of 7.91 (he clocked in at 7.89 in the semifinals) and earned a gold in the high jump with a leap of 6-10.75, which set a new Pennsylvania Indoor State meet record (SEE VIDEO). His mark of 22-10.25 earned him second place in the long jump. (Watch Garland be interviewed by PennTrackXC).
"It was a huge honor for me to take home two state titles," said Garland. "I have come a long way from where I was last year. I finished fifth in the high jump and ninth in the 60-meter hurdles, so to come out this year and win them both was beyond incredible. All of my hard work had payed off. I was the state leader in both events going into the meet, But I could not underestimate any of the competition. I was very surprised at my hurdle time; I was not at all expecting to run that fast, but I am very grateful and happy that I did and was able to secure my championship. My strategy for these events was to stay focused on the event that was happening at that moment at to not have my mind veer to another event."
Goldstein, who recently won the Millrose Mile, added to her collection of hardware by winning the one mile (4:53.97) and the 3,000-meter state titles (9:46.74). (Watch Goldstein win the mile; Watch Goldstein be interviewed by PennTrackXC).
"I am so thrilled with how the weekend went," said Goldstein. "I suppose you can never say you are 'expecting' to win, however, with the way my season and workouts have been going I was not completely surprised. I was more surprised by the 3K win after the mile, as that was tough both mentally and physically to go back out and race the double.
For the mile, Goldstein was focused on going faster with each lap.
"Another girl took it out pretty fast so I just stuck on her for a bit and then took the lead about two laps in and kept going faster for the next six laps," said Goldstein. "For the 3K, I just hung on to the leader and kicked with 200 meters (one lap) to go to get the win. It's definitely really cool to go up against all of the competition in the state, not just independent schools!"
GA Head Coach Dion Lehman knows how talented both Garland and Goldstein are, but still left States feeling impressed with their performances.
"The Indoor Track State Championship meet contains all athletes from public and private schools, so having one state champion in one event is always a very special thing," said GA Head Coach Dion Lehman. "So to have two athletes each be state championships in two separate individual events is unfathomable. Though they did not award Performers of the Meet, Germantown Academy would have been a strong candidate to win both the boys and girls performers of the meet.
"Abbe’s mile and 3,000-meter double is one of the toughest doubles," added Lehman. "After winning the mile in 4:53, she had just two hours to recover and prepare for the grueling 15-lap 3,000-meter race. When she kicked with 200 meters to go, she left no doubt that she was going to take home her second state championship watch. You would have never known that she had already raced 4,400 meters that day. During both races, she matched incredible talent and will power with exceptional tactical race strategy. It’s only when you pair those characteristics of work ethic, talent, determination, and a great feeling for racing strategy that you get a runner like Abbe Goldstein.
"Concurrently, Kyle was dominant on the men’s side of the daily events," continued Lehman. "He was everyone on the track, running between his three separate events throughout the morning and afternoon. His day began with a personal best long jump of 22-11 earned him second place in the state. He did that in the midst of the 60-meter hurdles preliminary races. With each prelim, Kyle kept running faster. His time of 7.89 in the semifinals was a United States No. 6 time this year. Kyle dominated in finals to win his first state championship title. He then went straight over and began high jumping. After missing twice at 6-6, he cleared the height on this third attempt and went on to easily clear 6-8 and win the event with 6-10. He set the bar at 6-10.75 and took the best jump I’ve ever seen him take. I believe that if the bar was at 7-2 he still would have cleared it."
Out in the field, freshman Meaghan Toscano '20 took 13th place in the shot put with a throw of 37-07.75.
"In a field of 15 girls, there were 10 seniors, four juniors and Meaghan as the lone underclassman," said Lehman."To be in that company as a freshman is an outstanding achievement. She just missed qualifying for finals, but her season is not one to be overlooked. Her season best of 39-5 is a best throw in the nation for freshman girls by over a foot!"
Overall, GA's boys' indoor track and field team finished third overall with 28 points earned by Garland. The Patriots finished behind Bishop Shanahan (52 points) and Carlisle (41 points).
"I knew that Kyle would score a ton of individual points, but I never imagined it’d be enough to be a top three team in the state," said Lehman.
GA's girls' team took seventh place with 20 points.
"I am so proud of our athletes," said Lehman. "They represented GA so well not only through their unbelievable performances, but also throughout the maturity and sportsmanship."
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