Wyomissing's Addie Cohen wins silver in Class 2A 1600 on first day of PIAA Track and Field Championships
May 26—SHIPPENSBURG — Competing at the PIAA Track and Field Championships for the third time in her career, Wyomissing junior Addie Cohen experienced a whirlwind of emotions prior to her first event of the weekend on Friday.
"I woke up this morning feeling pretty nervous," Cohen said. "I got here and I just let it all go and I enjoyed the atmosphere."
With a clear mind, Cohen made the most of her opportunity, finishing second in the Class 2A 1600.
"It feels very, very incredible," Cohen said. "I'm so excited."
The lone female medal winner from Berks on Friday, Cohen finished with a career-best time of 5:00.51. She entered the event as the No. 11 seed.
"We felt really good coming in," Spartans distance coach Erik Uliasz said. "For her to get second was awesome."
The state medal is the second of Cohen's career, as she finished seventh in the Class 2A 3200 last year. Cohen also competed in the 1600 at the state championships a year ago, but did not medal.
"It feels really incredible," Cohen said. "To have that redemption here is really nice."
Cohen will compete in two more events Saturday. She is seeded third in the 800 and 16th in the 3200.
She broke her own school record in the 1600 Friday, improving upon a time of 5:04.79, which she set on April 22 at the Leonard Stephan Invitational at Wilson.
"I'm really proud of that," Cohen said about breaking the school record again. "It's something I was going for all season."
According to Uliasz, it was her performance at Wilson that set the tone for the remainder of Cohen's year.
"I knew at that point, if she had the right opportunity, she could get close to 5:00.00," Uliasz said. "She's very resilient."
As she celebrated her silver medal with a big smile, Cohen credited her optimistic attitude for her record-breaking result.
"My mental preparation was key," Cohen said. "Getting too serious about it is when I typically tend to nosedive. I just stay really positive."