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Solderitch competes at states

It may be a cliché often attributed to a sporting event, but in Lindsay Solderitch’s case, she absolutely saved her best for last.

The senior established a personal record while running in the 400 meters at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association 3A Track and Field and Field Championships held last weekend at Shippensburg University. She ran 59.33, setting the mark in her last event as a Zephyr.

She has now set back-to-back personal records in her final two races. The state mark follows her district time of 59.46.

Solderitch was seeded 27th prior to the race, but eclipsed that spot by finishing 19th. Solderitch and Nazareth’s Alexis Doherty both finished in the top 20, a strong showing for District XI at the PIAA Championships. Doherty was fourth with a 57.76 mark.

Solderitch said that the conditions were less than ideal during the race. She said it was 48 degrees and really windy. Still, she was able to turn in the best time of her career.

“I was really happy with my time, honestly,” she said.

She said the atmosphere surrounding the state meet was electric. She said it was a different feeling seeing the best scholastic runners in the state assembled in one place, and while it may have been a bit intimidating, she said she was excited to compete.

“It was a great experience for me, personally,” said Solderitch. “It’s something that I’ll take away for my college career.

Head coach Tyler Miller said that Solderitch has been working all season for this moment. It came to fruition at districts last week.

“She ran a fantastic race at districts, the exact run she has been training for,” said Miller. “She nailed every stage of her 400 perfectly. She ran her best time of the year, hoping Saturday she runs an even better time.”

He also noted how other track and field athletes also made an impact at the D-11 Championships.

“Brielle Schrey had another good day in the javelin; she threw another personal beat that day,” said Miller.

He said that Arizona Marakovits didn’t have quite the day she had hoped for in the pole vault, but they’re going to train and get back to districts next year and hopefully take her to Shippensburg next season.

He also said that the performance of their relay teams was another area where they competed well at districts.

“The girls and boys 4x800’s each ran well; they both ran what we expected,” said Miller. “Proud of them all for making it this far and to compete at that level.”

He said that everyone who competed gave their best, and he’s looking forward to next season.

“I am very proud of what these kids accomplished this season dealing with everything they have,” said Miller. “They pushed themselves and it showed at the end of the year.”