By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- As an athlete, working through an injury while trying to reach the top level of your sport can have the coaches and the athlete walking a tightrope.
Selinsgrove senior jumper/sprinter Travis Lockcuff has experienced that frustration since he broke an ankle during his junior football season. He battled through the injury during last track season, after skipping his sophomore year, and entered the 2013 season with a sense of urgency.
Lockcuff, son of Robert and Deann Lockcuff, of Shamokin Dam, is participating in an organized sport for the last time. The son of the retired Shamokin Dam police chief, and nephew of the late Shikellamy wrestling coach, Phil Lockcuff, Travis plans to study computer engineering and security at ITT Tech in Harrisburg.
So this is the last ride as a Seals' athlete.
"It definitely motivates me because I only have a couple of weeks left. It definitely pushes you to work harder to meet your goals," he said this week.
Working hard, and getting the necessary rest have gone hand in hand for Lockcuff since the football injury. The latter reared its ugly head again last Saturday at the Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference championship meet in Selinsgrove.
Lockcuff qualified in the morning, when the weather was miserable, for the 100 and 200 finals, but during a run-through in the long jump he twisted the ankle again.
"Coming into the season I was fine, but the last three weeks it started bothering me," Lockcuff said.
He finished the long jump, getting sixth place with a jump of 20 feet, ½ inch, but his day was over.
Lockcuff planned to run the 100, 200 and the 4x100 relay along with the long jump.
"We sent him home to rest it," coach Ryan McGuire said Saturday afternoon.
The Seals did not enter the relay.