Bringing home the bronze
GNAs Gesecki is a medalist again
Despite all her success, Gesecki admits that shes still a nervous wreck before a race.
I get very stressed out before my races. Like very stressed out, she said. Ever since I started with the 400 my freshman year. But once the gun goes off all that nervous energy is gone and you just have to focus on what you can get done.
It was that ability to focus that allowed Gesecki to win the third state medal of her high school career.
On Saturday afternoon, on the track at Shippensburg Universitys Seth Grove Stadium, Gesecki claimed a bronze medal in the Class 2A 800-meter run of the PIAA Track and Field Championships.
She came from way back in the last lap to finish with a time of 2 minutes, 17.07 seconds less than three seconds off the pace set by race-winner Benita Taylor.
Gesecki, who ran a 2:19 at districts, thought her time might have been even better if not for a slow start that left her near the back of the field of 12 runners after the first lap. But after another runner stumbled at the starting line, Gesecki hesitated.
After the girl fell I was leery about pushing out too fast, which was a bad idea on my part, Gesecki said. I should have just pushed out. So I was a little boxed in and got behind. It actually worked out better for me because I could see every place and try to work my way up gradually. It was tougher. I figure if I had a better start I could have had a better time, but who knows. You play the cards youre dealt.
Gesecki, who placed eighth in the 400 as a freshman and fifth in the 800 as a junior, was determined not to leave Shippensburg without a third medal.
Not only did she succeed in that quest, but she shaved more than a second off the 2:18.49 it took her to run the 800 a year ago at the state meet.
I saw around the beginning of the second lap that I was in eighth and I was right with the other girl, said Gesecki, who will run for Navy next year. I really wanted a medal. That was my goal. My second goal was to get in the top three, or at least above fifth place because thats where I finished last year. My time went down, so Im thrilled.|
Dallas senior Hillary Adams also competed in the 800. She finished in 12th with a time of 2:26.38.
Gesecki and Adams were the only Wyoming Valley Conference runners to escape Fridays qualifying heats.5/28/2006
Gesecki shows mettle in 800
By Jill Snowdon - Citizens' Voice
SHIPPENSBURG The start of the 800 meter final
wasnt exactly how Abby Gesecki had hoped it would be. But the
finish certainly made up for it.
Greater Nanticoke Area hasnt had a successful track and field team in the recent past. But that doesnt change the outlook for senior Thomas McGrady.
In 2005, McGrady finished second in the 100 at the Class 2A portion of the District 2 Track and Field Championships. He missed out on the gold medal by two hundredths of a second. On Tuesday, he turned the tables as he won the race by four hundredths of a second with a time of 11.75.
I worked so hard this year and my coaches pushed me really hard, a jubilant McGrady said. They kept telling me Second place, second place and now I won it and it feels great to finally win. Its been a great day. Its nice to have Nanticoke get some recognition. Its sad that Im the only boys winner, but we all work hard and have a great connection.
McGrady will advance to the PIAA Championships, which will be held at Shippensburg University on May 26-27.
Girls win Gold
Leigh Ann Rentko of Nanticoke Area advanced to the state meet by winning the 400. Nanticoke Areas Abby Gesecki (800), also advanced to the state meet via gold medals on Tuesday.