Veronika Karpenko had to settle for a silver medal this year.
The defending state champion in the triple jump struggled through the day, scratching on two of her three first-round attempts and not meeting her personal standards. Her top leap of 39 feet, 2 inches came on her sixth and final jump to bypass a number of other jumpers at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
“I’m not feeling great about it because I haven’t (hit a personal record) all season,” Karpenko said. “I wasn’t feeling really good before the start of the meet because of my (sore) hamstrong.”
She injured her leg during the Mid Penn Championships two weeks ago, and she said it affected her second phase of the triple jump the most. She was visibly agitated after several of her attempts, frustrated she was well short of her personal-best of 40-3 in winning last year’s title. She was third as a sophomore.
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“I scratched quite a few jumps that were good,” Karpenko said. “I was kind of mad about that.”
She finished three inches behind Evelyn Berecz of Downingtown West.
“It’s really nice knowing I can place second with an injury and this heat,” Karpenko said, “and all the other elements against me.”