Brendan O’Malley breaks school record at South Hills Classic track invite

Allison Schroeder, Guerin Balkovec, and Joey Shields

 

Senior Brendan O’Malley led Baldwin’s track team at Saturday’s South Hills Classic, breaking his own school record in the long jump, and also winning three other events.

O’Malley had held the previous record, and beat his personal best by over half a foot, landing with a distance of 23 feet, 2.5 inches. He broke the former record on both of his attempts.

“It’s something that my coaches and I have been focusing on since freshman year. It was a pretty good feeling,” he said.

He was especially glad that he broke the school record at a home meet, as Baldwin hosted the invitational this year. The event featured 32 schools and hundreds of athletes, from as far away as Erie.

“The fact that my family, coaches, and other fellow athletes were all there, it was great. We were all super excited and having fun with it,” O’Malley said.

Continuing his hot streak, O’Malley also took first place in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter sprints at the invitational.

Several other Baldwin athletes had a big day at the event as well. The girls’ 4×800 relay team, which includes Lena Barakat, Kaylee Garofalo, Gina Bolla, and Devon Schroeder, placed first at the event by a comfortable margin over the other teams.

Bailey O’Malley, Brendan’s brother and also a senior, finished in second in the shot put event. Naseer Penn, a junior, took second in the boys’ triple jump and third in the long jump. Mia Fischetti placed third in the girls pole vault.

Ten different Baldwin athletes also placed within the top ten of their respective events, highlighting the depth of the team’s success for the day.