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Marinak has Classic showing

Name: Nick Marinak

School: Penn Cambria

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Marinak was named the Boys 2A Coach Bill Reimer Outstanding Performer at the Altoona Mountain Lion Track & Field Classic for winning the 100-meter dash and the long jump and finishing second in the 200-meter dash and the javelin. Marinak also won the 100-meter dash, the long jump and the javelin in wins over Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic and Cambria Heights last week.

Season update: Marinak’s time at the Classic of 11.01 in the 100-meter dash has him on top of the Altoona Mirror Honor Roll in the event. He’s also tops in the javelin (170-11). He’s second in the 200-meter dash (22.97)

Coach Todd Niebauer’s quote: “He’s had a great week. He seems to be getting stronger as the season goes. We didn’t get a chance to see him last year (due to the season being canceled), but we were expecting big things from him. But he’s really hit another gear that maybe we didn’t even expect.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Speicher

Favorite subject: Biology

Favorite show: “The 100”

Favorite food: Crab legs

Favorite song: “Levitating” by Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby

Outside interests: Football and fishing

Favorite professional team: Steelers

Favorite college team: Pittsburgh

Pro athlete most admired: San Francisco’s George Kittle

Best athlete I ever competed against: Central Cambria graduate Harrison Brumbaugh

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, Glenn Marinak

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the 100-meter dash and the long jump at the Altoona Mountain Lion Classic and being named the 2A Boys Coach Bill Reimer Outstanding Performer.

How I got my start in track and field: “In eighth grade, my classmate Connor Karabinos told me to try it. I gave it a try, and it went from there.”

Future goal: “I’d like to make it to states. I never did that before, and I’d like to have academic success at Pittsburgh.”

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