For high school seniors participating in spring sports, the coronavirus pandemic denied them a final payoff for their years of hard work and dedication and one final chance to represent their school. The News-Chronicle has begun recognizing Shippensburg spring sports seniors to give them the Senior Night they were unable to have on the field.
This week’s Senior Night Spotlight is on Greyhound track and field athlete Madalynn Collett.
Madalynn competes for the Greyhounds in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. She is one of just two seniors on the girls track and field roster, and was prepared to take on a leadership role for a team that had a chance to compete for a Mid Penn Colonial Division title.
“Going into this year I was really looking forward to being a role model and helping the underclassmen hurdlers. I wanted to help lead a lot of the stretches and get people ready for the season,” Madalynn said Monday.
She began running track her freshman year. As a junior, she helped the Greyhounds to a 5-1 dual meet record and a second place finish in the league.
“The reason I started running track is I just enjoy running and I wanted to try something new that I had never tried before,” Madalynn recalled. “When I found out I wasn’t going to be able to run this year I was honestly upset, because I was looking forward to my senior year. I was looking forward to breaking all my personal records and trying to break the school record.”
Madalynn also answered the following questions regarding his experiences with the Greyhounds:
What do you love about being a Greyhound?
I love all of the supporters we get and how everybody supports you, even if they are not your parents. Everybody is there to support you.
Favorite moment as a Greyhound?
My favorite moment is as I am crossing the finish line and everyone is cheering for me, or hanging out and chatting with everybody on the long bus rides to our invitationals.
What advice do you have for underclassmen?
Go to every practice and be sure to try your hardest because it is really worth it when it comes to the day of the meet.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are to go to Pennsylvania College of Technology to pursue dental hygiene. I got braces when I was in the eighth grade, and I just thought it would be nice to help people achieve a nice smile.