Dahlia Hosey capped a phenomenal high school career with a 13th place finish in the PIAA track and field State Championships in Shippensburg Saturday.
Hosey entered states after a first place finish the weekend before in the District IV Championships in Williamsport. Hosey posted a mark of 36 feet and one inch to qualify for states.
Despite taking first in districts, Hosey faced early season injuries that jeopardized her chances of even competing in districts let alone states.
An untimely accident in the first week of practice left Hosey unable to complete her early season workouts. “She had to miss two weeks of training, then came back slowly, but on her own,” Coach Elizabeth Hoover said. “She kept her legs in shape by working out with the stationary bike and other non-impact exercise.”
Hosey worked her way back into competition, first in the long jump, next the 4x100 relay and then just two weeks before districts in the triple jump.
At Saturday’s competition, Hosey was unable to match her jump from the week prior, as she posted a mark of 35-7.25 in the state meet.
Hosey placed just behind Wyalusing’s Blessing Laudermilch, who Hosey had said was her biggest competition last weekend.
The top five athletes in the state meet all posted marks of more than 37 feet. Maddie Murphy a senior from Bishop Carroll took the top honors in the AA competition with a mark of 37-10.75.
Hosey’s ability to stay focused and determined in the face of her early season trials, highlights the character that made her such a great athlete throughout high school.