BY JEFF FALK
LEBANON – Ahhh performance.
We are not engines or machines. We are flawed humans subject to failure.
So how do we reach our peak performances on any given day?
Diet and energy are factors. So are practice and technique.
Focus and concentration play their parts. As do rest and preparation.
It would seem that the answer lies somewhere within a concocted combination of all those, unique to each individual.
On a breezy Saturday at Lebanon High School, Shayla Bonzelet and her Cedar Crest girls’ squad put their best feet forward at the annual Lebanon County Track and Field Championships. Bonzelet’s perfect day produced the county meet’s Outstanding Female Athlete award, while helping the Falcons to a tight and dramatic team title over a spirited group of Cougars from Palmyra.
In edging Palmyra by nine team points, Cedar Crest notched its fourth straight triumph at the County meet. Elco was third, followed by Lebanon, Annville-Cleona and Northern Lebanon.
Bonzelet, a speedy junior, took home gold from all four events in which she competed – the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the 400-meters and the 1600-meter relay, which clinched the championship for the Falcons.
“The one thing this team has really embraced is Tiff’s energy, her fight and her courage,” said Cedar Crest head coach Rob Bare, of his wife, who recently passed away from cancer. “The Cedar Crest Falcons really brought the energy and enthusiasm today. We really try to get that across to our track and field kids and our cross country kids.”
“It’s the little things that count,” said Bonzelet. “It’s preparation and making sure you’re doing everything correctly in practice. You have to have good mental thoughts, and go out there and do your thing.”