Neighbors | Submitted.Mia Musolino from Poland Middle School stood on the first place podium after winning the OHSAA State Track Championship.
Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Track and field student athletes Alex Glaros and Jackie Grisdale won the National Federation of State High School Assocation Archie Griffin Award at Poland Middle School on May 31.
Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Mia Musolino and Mason Matiste, Poland Middle School track and field student athletes, won National Federation of State High School Assocation Archie Griffin Awards.
Neighbors | Submitted.Mia Musolino from Poland Middle School received a medal for winning first place at State in Colmbus for track.
Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Track and field student athletes at Poland Middle School won the National Federation of State High School Association Archie Griffin Award. Pictured are, from left, Mia Musolino, Mason Matiste, Alex Glaros and Jackie Grisdale.
By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI
Poland Middle School student athlete Mia Musolino took first at the OSHAA State Track Championship in Columbus.
“It was always my dream to go to state as a middle schooler, just to get the experience,” said Musolino.
Musolino has been running since the fourth grade and joined the cross country team in seventh grade. While on the team she learned that she prefers sprinting over running long distances.
While many students are excited about the school year ending, Musolino, who also plays basketball, says she is going to miss her involvement in school athletics. She plans on participating in a Youngstown State University indoor track program over the summer to keep in shape.
Poland Middle School hosted its annual sports banquet for the eighth-grade students on May 31, where the students were honored with different awards and achievements. Musolino, along with some of her fellow teammates, received the National Federation of State High School Association Archie Griffin Award.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state championship took place in Columbus. The championship was for student athletes in the seventh and eighth grade.
“At state, standing on the podium was probably the best feeling ever. I definitely wouldn’t trade that for the world,” said Musolino.
Being very superstitious, for competition Musolino only ate certain foods, wore the same pair of socks and shorts every time she had to compete and she went to bed at a certain time. She went in with the same mind set every time to do the best she can.
Musolino has beat several school records, including some of her own, and has won several titles throughout her time on the PMS track and field team. She is thankful for her coaches, teammates, family, friends and everyone who has motivated her.
“Mia was a pleasure to coach the past two years. She has a great work-ethic and should be proud of her many accomplishments,” said Korisa Walton, head track and field coach.
Musolino plans on continuing participating in track in field once she gets to high school and hopes that she has the opportunity to run in college.