LEVITTOWN >> The Truman Tigers Girls 4x100 relay team headed for the PIAA state track and field championships at Shippensburg University on May 25. The team of Rebecca Sloboh (grade 12), Sandra Jackson (grade 9), Kayla Walker (grade 12) and Jaleezia Gibson (grade 11) came home state champions.
Although the team showed strong potential to be a top state team last year, unfortunately, the girls 4x100 relay was disqualified at the PIAA District 1 Championships and did not advance to the state championship meet.
In early April, the girls posted a time that landed them at the top of the state rankings. Prior to April’s Penn Relays, the team lost to North Penn High School at the CB West Relays Meet, an event that prompted a change to the relay order.
According to Coach Micah Wright, “I knew that we were not running to our full potential. Although we were running faster than most teams, I anticipated trouble down the road if we didn't address our relay situation and execution.”
At the Penn Relays the team worked in the practice field with a new order and the girls rose to the occasion and ran fast enough to qualify for finals. The team earned a second-place finish in the Penn Relay’s Northeast final to Warwick High School (District 3), a team that occupied the state’s top rankings until the state finals on May 25.
Although the Tigers lost, Coach Wright explained that he took solace in knowing that the girls lost to a quality team, the first time running with a new order of girls.
The team went on to win the Suburban One League championship. One week later, the team secured the PIAA District 1 championship in a dramatic come from behind victory.
Seniors Sloboh and Walker will graduate this year. Both are interested in continuing their track & field careers. As for the future of the team, Coach Wright said, “The talent on this team ranged from good, to great, to world class, however they all shared one vision: to win the state championship! I applaud their efforts and talents. Our seniors will be missed but I am optimistic about the future of the Lady Tigers Track & Field Program.”
On June 15, the Lady Tigers will run at the New Balance Nationals at North Carolina A&T State University, in a quest to become high school All-Americans.