SHIPPENSBURG — Coming into her profession at Mifflin County Excessive College, Taylor Ciccolini was primarily a pole vaulter who additionally threw javelin in her free time earlier than specializing within the javelin following her freshman season.
The javelin has led Ciccolini throughout, her success got here fast, and her enchancment has been regular. Ciccolini entered the season as the most effective javelin throwers within the nation and whereas Ciccolini’s closing meet as a member of the Huskies didn’t give her the collection of throws that she hoped for, her prime throw of 133 toes, 4 inches, gave her the silver medal within the occasion.
Ciccolini’s silver is her finest end on the state event after ending third in 2019 with a throw of 139-08. Ciccolini was unable to compete in 2020 with the season getting canceled by the pandemic, robbing her of what undoubtably would have been a 3rd state medal within the occasion. Ciccolini plans to compete in nationals later this yr.
“It wasn’t the collection that I used to be searching for or what I do know I can do, however general, my course of — I wouldn’t have gone about it any in a different way,” Ciccolini mentioned. “I feel at this time I simply wasn’t going to hit one. I don’t know. I feel that I took what the day might give me fairly properly. My coach and I all the time say to win the day for your self, and I feel that I maxed out what I used to be going to throw at this time. There’s all the time issues that I can change technically, however I’ve yet another meet left (this yr) so I’m going to give attention to that.”
Ciccolini mentioned she wasn’t feeling at her finest on Saturday and the climate situations performed into that. A crosswind, chilly temperatures and morning rain made reeling off massive throws notably difficult.
Ciccolini set the tempo all through the afternoon, however Hazleton’s Abbey Hengst unleashed a throw of 135-06 on her final throw to edge the Mifflin County senior.
“It’s partly the situations, it wasn’t tremendous good to throw with it being a little bit bit breezy, chilly and it raining within the morning,” Ciccolini mentioned. “The general feeling of it, I might inform I wasn’t going to hit a PR throw at this time. With my coaching, I do know that the massive throws will come. They don’t all the time come on the massive meets, which is irritating, however I do know that I’ll begin hitting these.”
Coming into 2021, Ciccolini was excited to only get the chance to compete as soon as once more after lacking the 2020 season. Ciccolini competed in a digital meet final summer season and unleashed an enormous private finest throw of 149-11, which put her High 3 within the nation coming into the varsity yr.
For a thrower that arrived and excelled on the massive stage as a sophomore, her success got here shortly, as she started to dominate the competitors. Ciccolini determined to proceed her throwing profession on the College of Missouri earlier than her senior season, and he or she is worked up to as soon as once more be re-united along with her sister Skylar.
Ciccolini received her first District 6 championship the week earlier than in Altoona and to enhance on the rostrum was an achievement Taylor was pleased with.
“I can’t be too upset, I had a not so good day and was nonetheless capable of get second,” Ciccolini mentioned. “Plus, it’s one spot higher than (2019), so not unhealthy. I’m going to soak within the second for the remainder of the day with my household. I’m actually excited to begin faculty and get into that new program. I’m not too upset with the ending, I’m excited for what’s forward.
“I in all probability received’t change a lot, and I’ll return to coaching the way in which I’ve been,” she added. “I’m undoubtedly excited to begin the coaching at Missouri with my sister.”
General, Ciccolini is happy with what she was capable of accomplish in a Huskies’ uniform.
“I began out highschool considering that I’d principally be a pole vaulter and I used to be throwing javelin on the facet,” Ciccolini mentioned. “I’m pleased with the way in which it progressed. I undoubtedly wouldn’t have seen any of it coming, however I’m pleased with it.”