The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 27, 2013

High school track & field: Milton's Pascual leaves high jump competitors behind

Valley girls mine gold at Lock Haven


On the boys side, the Valley winners were Southern Columbia's Luke Rarig, 15.04 seconds in the 110 high hurdles; Shikellamy's Ryan Wary, 39.45 in the 300 intermediate hurdles; Mifflinburg's Brian Zimmerman, a Valley season-best 22.59 in the 200; and Milton's Norman Whaley, a Valley season-best 44-1 1/2 in the triple jump.

Some athletes also set new season-bests for the Valley without winning the event. For the girls, Selinsgrove's Alexis Auman improved on her season-best and school-record long jump, landing a 17-foot, 9 ¾-inch jump to take second; the Milton girls 400 relay team took third in a season-best 51.97; the Milton 400 relay team, third in 51.97; and Selinsgrove's Kayla Swartz, second in the 300 hurdles in 47.69.

For the boys, the Southern Columbia 3,200 relay team finished second but in a season-best 8:14.43, and the Milton 400 relay was second in a season-best 43.61.

Like most jumping events, the high jump was not the focus of attention until the public address announcer told the crowd to watch the girls jump where Pascual was about to attempt the meet record of 5-7.

Undaunted by the extra attention, Pascual easily cleared the bar on her first try. Although it wobbled slightly after she landed, Pascual did not notice. She jumps without her glasses and only sees the location of the bar by color.

"It was a real shock," she said. "I looked up and I said 'Is the bar still on?'

"I don't really let the pressure get to me," she added. "That's because I was at states (triple jump last year) and I was calm the whole time and took third, so I guess it works."

She did a 5-5 in the preliminaries, which gave her confidence that she could keep going higher.

Despite not getting the school record, she admitted. "It was a pretty good day."

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