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Name: Abby Wagner

School: Altoona

Age: 16

Grade: Junior

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Wagner won the Class AAA triple jump and finished second to defending state champion Marshay Ryan of Chambersburg in the long jump at the Shippensburg High School Invitational. She also won two events in a dual meet victory over Hollidaysburg.

Season update: Wagner leads the area with a long jump of 17 feet, 51/2 inches and a triple jump of 37-4, which is fourth best statewide. She also won the triple jump at the Hempfield Invitational and the Altoona Igloo Invitational. She also runs on the Altoona 400-meter relay.

Coach Steve Rhodes’ quote: “Abby’s had a great start to the season considering poor weather has been a factor in each of our meets. She works hard on her technique and knows exactly what she has to do to succeed. We’re looking for big things from her as the season progresses.”

Favorite teacher: Miss Bradley

Favorite subject: Physics

Favorite movie: “Stick It”

Favorite food: Buffalo chicken dip

Favorite song: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line

Outside interests: Gymnastics, four-wheeling

Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Florida State

Pro athlete most admired: Shawn Johnson

Best athlete I ever played with: Hannah Mulhern

Best athlete I ever competed against: Chambersburg’s Marshay Ryan

Most influential person on my athletic career: “My parents (Jack and Debbie).”

Proudest athletic achievement: “Making it to states both my sophomore and freshman years.”

How I got my start in track and field: “I went out in seventh grade and ever since it’s been a big part of my life.”

Future goal: “I hope to compete at the collegiate level in track.”