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ATHLETE UPDATES: The Power of Goal Setting, Hard Work, and Perseverance!

Updated: Mar 14

In the journey toward success, few traits are as crucial as hard work and perseverance. These qualities are the driving forces behind every great achievement of each of our athletes.  They are the backbone of their resilience, the foundation of character, and keys to unlocking their full potential. 

It’s been an exciting start to 2024 with athlete performances that deserve some huge APPLAUSE not only for their accomplishments but for their commitment to hard work and dedication to achieving their GOALS! 

Let’s Give A Shout Out To Our Women and Girls in Sport! 

PIAA State Championships: 

Olivia Cieslak, Jr of Haverford Township HS, earns a Silver in the Girls Mile (4:52) and GOLD in the Girls 4x4…splitting a BLAZING 55 second 400m. 


The team of Ríona O’Neill (63), Alyssa Bloxton (57), Ava Cavanaugh (57)  & Olivia Cieslak (55) earned Haverford its first 4x400 State Championship — the crown jewel event for Track & Field with a 3:53.60 which ranks as Pennsylvania #15 All-Time for the indoor season!

Micheala Schlemo, Senior at Egg Harbor Township HS, NJ, has had a solid Indoor track season with PRs in the 1600m (5:09) and 800m (2:21) showing her dedication, effort, and a willingness to push through challenges.

Micheala is looking to the Outdoor season to close her High School track career on a strong note! 

New Balance High School Indoor Track Nationals:

Olivia Cieslak closed out her Indoor track season with a second place finish at Indoor Nationals earning the Silver medal in the Girls 800m run- 2:06.22. Olivia’s time is a new Polish U-18 & U-20 National record, PA All-time #2 only to the great NCAA and World Champion @ 800m Chanelle Price, an 800m QUEEN, who I also had the honor of working with. Love seeing Olivia chase down greatness! 

Abby Faith Cheeseman, Junior - Webb School Of Bell Buckle, TN, 

Is your NATIONAL CHAMPION in the GIRLS 5000M running a stellar time of 16:19 and besting the field by 33 seconds!  It's been an honor working with this sweet, humble, and super tough young lady on her corrective exercise therapy getting her body pain free and running mechanics tuned up.  It’s been great seeing Abby Faith dedicated to overcoming obstacles and persevering through adversity to WIN the National title this season! 

On The Men’s Side: 

In a world filled with distractions, this young man stayed focused on his goals.  Realizing his first major GOAL AFTER MORE THAN 10 YEARS!!! Brandon Hontz earned his USA Triathlon PRO card by placing 3rd in the USAT Elite Men’s National Development race. Brandon played it smart on a wet, slick bike course and then dropped the HAMMER on the run with a 15:15 - 5k split- 33 seconds faster than the rest of the Elite men’s field. I started coaching Brandon when he was in 8th grade- over 10 years ago!  We set his long-term triathlon development plan through high school and then the plan was to take a 4 year break to race D1 cross country and track.  Covid added another year of eligibility to his college track career so our next phase of his triathlon career was delayed…but SO PROUD of him to realize the first major step in his long-term triathlon development plan- PRO CARD

Brandon has always stayed positive, maintained a positive attitude, and continues to stay committed to his goals. Currently, Brandon is UNSPONSORED and is seeking SPONSORS to support his triathlon endeavors with hopes of making the US Olympic team in 2028! 

Next on the Men’s side we have Aidan Carroll who, after some stagnation in his High School running progress began working with Coach Selina.  Aidan has been committed to his development as a runner consistently putting in the effort, and made great progress all Fall during his cross country season with PRs over 5k and 8k as part of the University of Central Florida club team and most recently running an 800m and 400m PR! 2:00-800m/52 split on 4x4. 

Grant Kaminer, embracing hard work and perseverance, also working with Coach Selina running for the Florida Atlantic University track club is seeing steady progress with a nice PR in the 5k this past week. 

I hope that our athlete’s success stories can serve as inspiration to all but also as a reminder that hard work, perseverance, dedication and determination are essential qualities for achieving success in any area of life. They require dedication, effort, and a willingness to push through challenges. By embracing these qualities, you can overcome obstacles, achieve your goals, and realize your full potential.

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