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Track notes: Hockey's loss was track's gain
Andrew Parent, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 3:01 AM
Before Joe Logue traded in his skates for track spikes, his primary craft involved a sheet of ice and a hockey puck.
While getting cut from the ice hockey team at Pennridge in his freshman year was a major emotional setback, Logue said it opened the door to reach his potential on the track.
When I first joined track, I was only out there to stay in shape for ice hockey, Logue said. Then I got cut from the hockey team, I focused on track, and things really took off.
I guess it was a blessing that I got cut from the hockey team, because if I hadnt, I wouldnt be where I am today.
Focusing on cross-country and track starting his sophomore year, Logue made his first PIAA championship appearance that spring with Pennridges 4x800-meter relay team.
The senior has since been part of two state-winning relay teams, and he also has made a name for himself in the 800, in which his best time is 1 minute, 48 seconds.
A lot of the seniors on our team were impact runners right away, and Joe is one of them, Pennridge coach Bob Hosier said. It is rare, because a lot of times, immaturity holds a freshman back, and that was never a problem with Joe.
As with many sports, Logues success through his high school track years came at a price, as he had to adapt his lifestyle to the training and resulting toll on his body.
My mileage has really changed, Logue said. Just this year, I started running 50 miles per week. I have to get nine to 10 hours of sleep every night - thats something you really need to do.
In addition to numerous medals and honors, Logues talents garnered several offers from NCAA Division I schools, and he signed with Penn State after decommitting from Pittsburgh.
I eventually dropped Pitt and signed with Penn State because I really wanted to go there, Logue said.
Calling the Pitt coach and letting him know I was dropping him was the hardest phone call Ive ever had to make.
While Logues career is filled with highlights, he still wants the one that has eluded him.
I want to win states in the open 800, Logue said. Thats my favorite race, and Ive never won the 800 state championship.
Thats the goal for the season.
Road to championship season. Downingtown Easts 4x800-meter relay team of Anja Weiler, Maggie Ferry, Lexi VanBlunk, and Amanda Koser recorded a winning mark of 9:53.37 at a rainy Pennsylvania Track Classic on Saturday at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
While still about three seconds off the District 1 qualifying mark and 13 ticks off the mark for Penn Relays qualification, the time could be a significant step toward a successful season for the Cougars quartet.
It certainly hasnt qualified us for anything yet, but its our fastest time of the year so far, and, hopefully, its a start, coach George Read said.
Big leaps. Fresh off a fourth-place finish at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association indoor state championships, Methacton junior Aghina Marshall won the girls long jump at the season-opening Oxenreider Relays on March 22 at Muhlenberg with a leap of 17 feet, 10 inches, and qualified for the PIAA District 1 meet.
Junior teammate Jenny Martin finished second in the event at 17-8, and also qualified for districts.
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