Emily Marchitte has had quite a season for West Seneca West, breaking records she owned and those that stood for many years, most recently the school’s long jump mark. She is undefeated in sprint and distance events and will be a force to reckon with at the two big meets coming up, the ECICs and Section VI championships.
She is this week’s Prep Talk Female Athlete of the Week.
Name: Emily Marchitte
Team: West Seneca West Indians
Coach Emilio Mancino on Emily: "Emily’s ability to persevere, despite the physical adversity she has faced throughout her athletic career thus far, has become one of her greatest strengths. She is one of the most, if not the most, determined student-athletes I have even had the privilege to coach. Emily brings the very best of who she is to our program and her teammates every day. She is an exemplary model of the type of productive young women our school community has produced."
Tell us about your week: Just had our last invitational on Saturday, and now am focusing in on training hard for ECICs, sectionals and states.
How has your season gone so far? I am undefeated in the division in the long jump, triple jump, 100 meters and 200 meters. I rebroke my triple jump record and just broke the 10-year-old long jump record. I am second in the state for triple jump and seventh in the long jump.
Highlight of athletic career so far: Beating Sweet Home and taking home the division title. My team and I trained so hard to accomplish this and we all truly deserved it. It was a great feeling to take that home as a senior.
Favorite thing about my sport: Being on such a big team, because you get to come across such wonderful people.
Favorite teammate and why: They are all my favorite. With each person, there is something new to learn about. I spend most of my time with them and I can say that I've met some of my best friends through track. We are one big family.
Toughest opponent and why: Sweet Home. We knew the meet was going to be a tough one because we fell short to them last year. This year we knew what we could do and showed that we were not going to let that happen again.
WNY athlete I looked up to and why: Anna Rybczynski. She is a sophomore on my team and she can run till no end. She leads our team in the mid and distance races. She has also been my partner at states and nationals the last two years. She is going to accomplish great things in life.
Pro/college athlete I admire now: Sydney Mclaughlin. She is a 17-year-old Olympian and it's crazy to think someone can accomplish something like that. I watched her break a 400-meter record at nationals and it was very cool to experience that.
Favorite school subject: This year, it's anatomy and physiology. It is helping me to prep for college next year and I also get to dissect a lot of cool things.
What's ahead?: I will be running/jumping Division I track at Youngstown State University, and also furthering my education there by majoring in nursing.