Reichenbach sets PR; Toman gears up for season
It's been quite some time since Lehigh University sophomore Dan Reichenbach, a 2013 graduate of Salisbury High School, set his personal best of 46-11.25 in the triple jump. That mark came at the District 11 Track and Field Championships of his senior season, which became a new Class AA record.
Since then, Reichenbach hasn't been able to eclipse that mark throughout his inaugural college season as a member of the Mountain Hawks.
But that all changed just a week-and-a-half ago.
As the Mountain Hawks downed Lafayette in their first dual meet of the 2014-15 indoor track and field season, 120-61, Reichenbach set a new personal record in the triple jump with a mark of 46-11.75 (14.32 meters).
"It's relieving because it's been a while since I set a PR," Reichenbach said. "It was like a year-and-a-half or something like that. It's relieving to know that there is a lot more to come."
In recent weeks, Reichenbach made a few tweaks to his jumping technique that has paid dividends so far this season, in particular against Lafayette.
"I moved my approach back," Reichenbach said. "I was about 80 feet, and I moved it back to about 103 feet. So I was getting way more speed to the board. I focused on making my second phase longer, and I shortened my first phase a little bit. That allowed me to have more energy for my third phase, too."
But despite posting his career-best mark in the triple jump, there is still room for improvement in Reichenbach's eyes.
In fact, after watching the tape from that jump, Reichenbach took note of a few particulars that he can polish up on for future events.
"There are so many things that we can work," Reichenbach said. "It's not like my form is anywhere near perfection. There are many things that I can still fix."
In addition to that dual meet, the Mountain Hawks competed in three other invitational meets in the indoor track and field season: the Fast Times Meet, Army 5-Way Invitational and Angry Birds Invitational.
Toman looks to
return to nationals
There isn't an official indoor track and field season at the high school level, but that hasn't stopped Salisbury senior Katie Toman from participating in hopes of producing a memorable final campaign.
A district champion and second-place finisher at states last year in the pole vault event, Toman advancing all the way to nationals of last year's indoor season. There, she jumped 12-3 in the event.
After resting over the summer months, Toman is in the midst of her second indoor track and field season with Vertical Assault, a pole vaulting club where many state champs and medalists have trained. She recently jumped an 11-6, the same mark that won her districts in 2014.
"After nationals, I spent the whole summer kind of relaxing," Toman said. "I just started getting back into everything in September.
"Now we're starting to get into the more serious part of indoor. States is coming up in about a month, and then nationals is after that."
Looking to put her stamp on one of the best track and field careers in recent Salisbury history, Toman also does a number of weight training and speed workouts in the offseason months.
"My Vertical Assault coach puts together a little weight training workout, and I do it at home with my dad," Toman said. "He has his experience with the football team, so he tries to bring home stuff and have me do a little bit of that."
There are always parts of anyone's technique that could be honed over time to produced better results, but Toman is focusing more on the mental approach to each individual attempt.
"Pole vault can be a very mental sport," Toman said. "I've seen it happen to many girls where they get so fixed and worked up about what height they're at. I think the key to it is to just focus on the process. Focus on taking a good run, doing what you do in practice, and all that kind of stuff."
The high school track and field season begins in late March.