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May 23, 2013

H.S. boys track: Despite hamstring injury, Shamokin sprinter claims gold at districts

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Recalling last year's meet, he said, "Running the 400, the 800, the 4x4 and the 4x8 is really taxing on your body, but I think if I wouldn't have had the injuries, I would have taken a shot at it," he said.

Gass, who did not like track at first -- only doing it to stay n shape for soccer -- found it to be his passion so much that he will run track at Susquehanna University next year and has put away the soccer spikes for good.

That's what made this season so frustrating.

"It slowed me down. I was on such a hard schedule, I was practicing seven days a week. It throws off my practice a little bit.

He said that not being able to do what he expected to do was more of a shock to his psyche, but, in the end, "I couldn't have asked for anything better."

He said Swaldi and Rogers made the difference.

"It was really rough, but, with the help of my coach and my trainer, they pulled me through. There is no way I could have done this without them. It was so difficult for me."

He said he heads into the state meet, where he will be a small fish in a big Class AAA pool, with only positive thoughts.

"My goal all through the year was to make it to the state finals in one of the events and it's still my goal. I'm not going to give up on my goal, I am going to try my hardest and remember it's my last year and try to pull through and hopefully succeed," he said.

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