By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
LOCK HAVEN -- Arriving late to her high school Saturday morning, Milton's Joselyn Pascual understandably thought Saturday was not going to be a great day.
"My bus almost left without me," the senior said on the turf at Hubert Jack Stadium at Lock Haven University.
Instead, it was Pascual's competition in the high jump that was collectively left behind. Pascual won the event with a Lock Haven University High School Classic meet record and new Valley season-best jump of 5 feet, 7 inches.
"It's pretty amazing because that's the last thing I really expected to happen," Pascual said after demolishing her own Valley best of the season by three inches. "I didn't think it was going to be a good day at all but -- surprise, surprise -- it was."
"I was just coming in here looking for a first-place win, and having the meet record and going up for a chance at the school record is just amazing."
Pascual finished by missing three tries at 5-8, the Milton school record, and later took fifth in the triple jump with a 34-7 1/2.
Pascual was joined by six other girls and one relay team from the Valley to win gold. In addition, Selinsgrove tied with Williamsport for the team points lead with 83.
Among the other local winners was Danville freshman Mackenzie Jones, who sprinted past fellow freshman standout Treicy Cedeno of Shikellamy down the final stretch to take the 3,200 meters in a meet-record 11:06.38. Cedeno was second in her season-best, 11:13.19. Cedeno earlier won the 1,600 in 5:11.90.
The others: Selinsgrove's Courtney McCartney, 120-2 in the discus (topping her own Valley season best); the Lewisburg girls 3,200 relay team with a new season-best 9:51.90; Selinsgrove's Brianna Carnathan, breaking her own season-best in winning the 800 in 2:22.40; Danville's Shelby Freedman, 134-7 in the javelin; and Selinsgrove's Jessica Gill, 10-6 in the pole vault to top her own Valley season-best.