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Olivia Jendrzejewski

May 27. 2013 11:57PM

By - psokoloski@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6392

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School: Hanover Area

Grade: Senior

Sport: Track and Field

Events: High jump, triple jump

All in the family: Olivia is the daughter of John and Linda Jendrzejewski of Hanover Twp. She has two brothers named John, who is currently in the military, and Nate, a star pitcher for Hanover Area who is currently on the Shippensburg team playing in this week’s NCAA Division II baseball World Series.

Stats: Jendrzejewski placed second in high jump in the PIAA Class 2A championships with a personal-best leap of 5 feet, 6 inches and took an eighth-place state medal in the triple jump - where she already holds the school record - with a distance of 35-10.

Above and beyond: After overcoming a fracture suffered while competing in gymnastics and wearing a back brace for three months over the summer, Jendrzejewski came up with one of the best performances of her track and field career under some of the worst conditions. She overcame the cold, windy, soggy weather at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium to clear the bar at 5-6 - a height two inches above her previ0us best of 5-4. Only a miss on her first of two attempts at the 5-5 height kept Jendrzejewski from snagging a gold medal. She settled for silver in that event Friday, then picked up another state medal by finishing in eighth place in the triple jump Saturday, despite being limited to four attempts when her back pain flared up again.

Coach’s corner: “She’s probably the best jumper we’ve ever had at Hanover, and we’ve had a couple good ones,” Hawkeyes coach Al Weston said. “She’s a gamer. She’s a competitor. We felt she had a chance to win it (the high jump) there. I’ve been going down there for 30 years, I’ve never seen conditions that bad down there - they were absolutely terrible. But she jumped 5-4 three or four times in meets during the season. When you’re jumping 5-4, you have a chance to clear 5-6 in a state meet.”

Did you know? Jendrzejewski takes dancing lessons at Joan Harris Conservatory - “Ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop,” she said - and before her back injury, often danced, did gymnastics and competed in track, all on the same day.

From her angle: “I felt they were amazing,” Jendrzejewski said of her jumps through the PIAA weekend. “I can’t believe I got 5-6! I was completely in shock. At districts, it was even worse conditions (than at states) and I did well at districts. So I was kind of prepared for that bad weather.”

Week in review: Talk about stepping up. Holy Redeemer’s Brendon Leahigh made 12 kills and five blocks while leading the Royals to the District 2 Class 2A title with a victory over North Pocono, a couple days after he made 12 kills and had eight digs in a semifinal victory over Western Wayne. His teammate Jeremy Myslowski had a combined 19 kills and 33 assists over those two matches, while fellow Redeemer front-liner Mike Morrison put up 12 blocks over those two games … With a title on the line, Wyoming Seminary’s Kristen Mericle wasn’t messing around, either. She scored five goals in both the girls lacrosse championship game against Delaware Valley and in the semifinal round against Lake-Lehman, and added two assists to help the Blue Knights win the title game. Sem’s Amanda Schwartz wasn’t far behind, putting up nine goals over those two games and adding three assists in the semifinal round. And goalie Kelley Gavin made nine saves in the championship game. … The Dallas Mountaineers may have fallen just short of a District 2 boys lacrosse title for the third straight season, but not because of George Pfeiffer. He made eight saves in a victory over Crestwood in the semifinals, then stopped 17 shots during a title game loss to high-powered Delaware Valley. … Wyoming Area didn’t make it out of the District 2 baseball quarterfinals, but Warriors leadoff man Nick O’Brien went down swinging. He was 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored in a season-ending defeat to Abington Heights. Hanover Area’s Nick Deno knocked in five runs, including a bases-clearing double, a game before the Hawkeyes were eliminated in the district semifinals. And Mike Leonard’s big day helped Wyoming Valley West reach Monday’s Class 3A District 2 championship game by driving in three runs and scoring one during a 2-for-3 performance in a semifinal victory over Wallenpaupack. … Margaret Bridge made sure Berwick’s softball team got a shot at a District 2 Class 3A title, pitching a couple of two-hitters including a shutout in the district quarterfinal round and allowing just one unearned run to North Pocono in the semifinals. Hazleton Area reached the Class 4A district finals with a couple of key clutch hits, when Mackenzie Yori singled home the tying run and Maria Trivelpiece singled home the gamewinner in the sixth inning of a 2-1 semifinal victory over Wallenpaupack. Holy Redeemer’s Kaya Swanek got Holy Redeemer’s run to the Class 2A district finals rolling by ripping a double and three RBI and striking out four batters in three innings against Meyers, then earning the wins from the circle in two more playoff games last week. Hanover Area pitcher Mary Kate Penczkowski struck out 16 batters in two playoff games and her teammate Brittany McNair had two doubles and scored two runs against Nanticoke Area in the Class 2A quarterfinal round before the season ended for the Hawkeyes in the district semifinals. And Tunkhannock’s Kirsten Gilpin pitched a five-hit shutout against West Scranton, then came back with six innings of one-run ball as the Tigers advanced to the Class 3A district semifinals with an extra-inning comeback win over Wyoming Area. … The Holy Redeemer’s girls 3200 relay team of Olivia Gregorio, Cassandra Gill, Rachel Sowinski and Melissa Cruz captured a silver medal in the PIAA Class 2A girls track and field championships Saturday, while Pittston Area’s Ronnie D’Eliseo earned fourth-place state medals in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. Wyoming Area’s Trent Grove pulled off his catcher’s mask when the school’s baseball season was done, and threw the javelin to a fourth-place state finish Saturday. Dallas’ Regan Rome ran to a fifth-place finish in the girls Class 3A 3200 meter run, Tunkhannock’s Gabby Alguire captured fifth place in the javelin throw, and Holy Redeemer’s Fallyn Boich also earned fifth place in the girls Class 2A javelin - and, finally, her first state medal - after just missing the medal stand with three straight ninth-place finishes in various field events over the last two years.

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