NBC’s Pressel jumps to gold

Name: Zach Pressel

School: Northern Bedford

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Pressel won the gold medal in the Class AA high jump at the PIAA Track and Field Championships in Shippensburg with a height of 6 feet, 8 inches.

Season update: Pressel earned his third state medal in the high jump, placing fourth as a junior and fifth as a sophomore.

Coach Jeff Batzel’s quote: “I knew he was capable of winning the gold medal, but it was a loaded field in AA. Zach made a clutch jump on his first attempt at 6-8, and that won it for him. I am very excited for him and was pretty emotional when he won. It was such a great moment and a great culmination to his high school career.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Little

Favorite subject: Automotive Technology

Favorite movie: “Band of Brothers”

Favorite food: Hot wings

Favorite music: Country

Outside interests: Playing basketball and football, working on cars

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: No preference

Best athlete I ever played with: My brother, Tayler

Best athlete I ever competed against: Tyrone’s Charles Wilson-Adams

Most influential person on my athletic career: “My parents [Brad and Stacy].”

Proudest athletic achievement: “Winning the gold medal at states.”

How I got my start in track and field: “I came out in junior high, and they threw me in the high jump, and I got better and better.”

Future goal: “I plan on going to college at Penn Tech, study Land Surveying and have a successful career in that.”