The thing with shooting for the stars is, if you miss, you’ll get the moon.
Kayla Long went for it all. She ended up with gold.
On Saturday, during the second day of the annual District Three Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University, Long, a senior out of Annville-Cleona, attempted a leap of 11-9 in the pole vault, which would’ve been a new meet record, a new A-C school standard and a personal best. But she just missed clearing the bar.
Earlier in the Class AA competition, Long surpassed 11-0, which earned her top honors and the gold medal. It was one of only two gold medals taken by local competitors from District Three events at Shippensburg.
For Long, it was her second straight Class AA District Three championship in the pole vault. It was also her third gold of the current postseason, matching the ones she claimed at the Lancaster-Lebanon League and Lebanon County meets.
Long will do her thing one final time scholastically, at next weekend’s PIAA Track and Field Championships, back at Seth Grove Stadium.
– Jeff Falk