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Apr. 12—Tasha Mihalko’s record-breaking day helped the Lake-Lehman girls track & field team put together a big victory.

Mihalko, a senior, topped her own school record in the triple jump at 36 feet, 10 inches and also won the long jump and 100-meter dash, as well as contributing to a 400 relay win, as the Knights topped Holy Redeemer on Tuesday in WVC track & field.

For her big day, Mihalko was selected as The Citizens’ Voice Athlete of the Week.

You were competing in so many events, did you have time to really celebrate and appreciate your record? I started with the 100 and then, right after, I went to triple and everyone else was almost done. So, I took one jump and broke the record. Right after that, I had the 4×100 and then I long jumped. I was really happy, but then I just did good in all my events that day and I was in a great mood. The next day, I thought about it more and was happy.

How did you get started in the jumping events? We had a coach, and she had all the junior high kids do a drill and I didn’t get picked for it. My friend on the team kind of said, “I don’t really want to go to the jumping pit; why don’t you come with me?” Then my first meet, I jumped 28 feet, 6 inches.

After missing out on last season, were you really eager to be back out competing this year? I was worried because I thought they were going to cancel it again. Honestly, I thought that if they could make it happen for the other sports, they could do it for track. There’s no contact or anything. I think we really deserve a season, and people will go to college on scholarships. Junior year is when schools really start to look at you, so everyone who was a junior last year missed out on that.

What did you do over the last year to stay in shape? I went lifting a lot; I went lifting in the summer. I did speed work and running starting in about January.

Did you have any personal goals coming into this season? I wanted to break my record, and when I was in 10th grade I was eighth and won a medal at states. So this year, I want to do the same or better. Honestly, I think I just want to be consistent. If I can jump 36-10 at states, I think I’ll be in a good position.

Is there a personal philosophy that has helped you in terms of competing? I think you learn more when you lose than when you win. When I was a sophomore and was at states, that approach really helped me.

Get to Know Tasha

Age: 18

Hometown: Dallas

Family: Mother, Lori; father, Taras; sister, Samantha

Favorite school subject: Science

Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Favorite places to eat in the area: Longhorn Steakhouse and Red Rooster

Meet routine/superstition: “I have lucky socks that I wear, and my hair has to be nice.”

One word that best describes Tasha is … happy.

If Tasha were an animal, she would be … her dog.

One thing Tasha is afraid of is … spiders.

In terms of future plans, Tasha … will attend Misericordia and study nursing. She will continue to compete in track & field.

Contact the writer: [email protected]; 570-821-2089; @CVPiccotti on Twitter

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