Athlete of the Week – Kailyn Clancy
Name: Kailyn Clancy
School: California High School
Sport: Track & Field
Clancy’s week: Clancy made the six-hour trip to Philadelphia last week and made history at California High School. Clancy won the high school shot put division at the prestigious Penn Relays with a put of 45-3 1/2, bettering the second-place throw of Claudia Ababio of Clarksburg, Md., by one-half inch.
Courtney McCartney of Selinsgrove was third at 44-4. Ashley Muschiatti of Padua Academy in Wilmington, Del., took fourth at 43-7 1/2 and Jessica Molina of Westwood High School in Washington Township, N.J. was fifth at 43-0 1/4.
Interestingly, Clancy had her best throw in the preliminary round, where she hit 45-3 1/2 on her third and final attempt with the 4-kilo shot. Her first two went 44-0 1/2 and 43-6 1/4. In the finals, her best put was the middle of the three, 44-3 3/4.
Former Trinity great Elaine Sobansky set the record in this event in 1980 with a put of 50-0 3/4.
Earning her way: Clancy qualified for the Penn Relays by surpassing the mark of 39-8 1/2 on a number of occasions, the final time coming in the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University, where she won the gold medal in Class AA with a throw of 40-11 1/4.
Clancy won the WPIAL title for a second-straight season with a put of 43-0.
“I just applied online for it,” said Clancy. “I left on Wednesday with my dad, stayed overnight and threw on Thursday. A lot of people were watching as I got closer to the finals. The shot put area was outside the area, so there weren’t as many people.”
Clancy entered the event seeded last in the field. But as she found out, it’s where you finish that matters.
“This was one of my best accomplishments,” she said. “It’s pretty cool to win it.”
Getting noticed: Clancy has been contacted by colleges and that is sure to pick up after her recent victory. Pitt, Robert Morris and St. Francis are the local schools showing the most interest. She also made a recruiting trip to Iowa and the University of Indiana at Bloomington.
“I haven’t made a decision yet,” said Clancy, who will be majoring in petroleum engineering.
Now, Clancy is preparing for the scholastic postseason, refining her technique with coach Darrin Dillow.
“I’m eager for the WPIALs and states,” she said. “I’m excited because I like the bigger meets. I’m going to just practice hard and continue to do my best.”
Compiled by Joe Tuscano