Frederick, Voyzey bring home state gold medals

Name: Kobren Frederick

School: Huntingdon

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Frederick became the first Huntingdon male to win a PIAA gold medal when he captured the Class AA triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 21/4 inches.

Season update: Before Friday, Frederick’s longest jump was the 44 feet, 1/4-inch performance in the District 6 championship, which placed him as the runner-up to Richland’s Michael Somiari.

Coach Tricia Keller’s quote: “He was about 2 feet farther than he’s ever been. He’s been practicing, going over it in his mind, he’s been doing hills, sprints, bike work and all in all he was really fast on the runway. I think that had something to do with it. He’s worked pretty hard this year. We don’t have a specific jumping coach, and I’m just so excited for him. He was still smiling ear to ear on Saturday.”

Favorite teacher: Vice Principle Payne

Favorite subject: Chemistry

Favorite movie: “Kung Fu Panda II”

Favorite food: Lobster

Favorite song: “Power Trip” by J. Cole

Outside interests: Basketball, going for walks

Favorite professional team: Miami Heat

Favorite college team: Ohio State

Pro athlete most admired: Shaquille O’Neal

Best athlete I ever had as a teammate: Logan Fultz

Best athlete I ever competed against: Richland’s Mike Somiari

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mom, Athena Frederick, and my girlfriend, Haley England

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the triple jump at states

How I got my start in track and field: “I’ve always done it because I was really fast, and along the way, I became a jumper.”

Future goal: To become a successful dentist

Name: Erika Voyzey

School: Tyrone

Age: 16

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Voyzey won the PIAA Class AA high jump by clearing 5 feet, 7 inches.

Season update: Voyzey was the top seed entering the event, jumping as high as 5-8 during the regular season.

Coach Chris Shedd’s quote: “I think this weekend we went into it hoping she would have the results she had, but nothing is ever guaranteed with this. She was very poised. She had a little hiccup at one point, but she persevered. She had an excellent performance and a well-deserved reward. Her work ethic is incredible. She works very hard. She is a smart girl and very coachable. She takes critiques of her jumps and turns them into improvements.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Shedd

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “God’s Not Dead”

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Favorite song: “The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes

Outside interests: Any sport in general

Favorite professional team: USA Olympic team

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Chaunte Lowe

Best athlete I ever had as a teammate: Jordyn Swogger

Most influential person on my athletic career: All of my coaches

Proudest athletic achievement: Shippensburg Invitational when I hit 5-8.

How I got my start in track and field: “In third grade, we had track and field days, and it was mandatory, and it influenced me to join in seventh grade.”

Future goal: Go to college, get a good education and compete on a track team.