Mardula going far, high

Name: James Mardula

School: Penn Cambria

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Mardula won the long jump and triple jump and finished second in the high jump at the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships.

Season update: Mardula’s top distances are 20 feet, 10.75 inches in the long jump, 43-1.5 in the triple jump and 6-4 in the high jump.

Coach Tim Whited’s quote: “He’s just been working on his technique all year to get ready for districts. I’m happy for him because he had a rough football season [with an injury] and is finishing off his senior year strong.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. B. Watt

Favorite subject: Physics

Favorite movie: “Transformers”

Favorite food: Pasta

Favorite song: No preference

Outside interests: Fishing, playing basketball

Favorite professional team: Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite college team: Pitt

Pro athlete most admired: No preference

Best athlete I ever played with: A.J. Leahey

Best athlete I ever competed against: Forest Hills’ Luke Gallaher

Most influential person on my athletic career: “My dad and mom [Tom and Deb].”

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6-AA basketball championship

How I got my start in track and field: “My freshman year I started because I wanted to do something new.”

Future goal: “To do my best.”