Name: James Mardula
School: Penn Cambria
Sport: Track and field
Athlete of the week achievement: Mardula won the long jump and triple jump and finished second in the high jump at the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships.
Season update: Mardula's top distances are 20 feet, 10.75 inches in the long jump, 43-1.5 in the triple jump and 6-4 in the high jump.
Coach Tim Whited's quote: "He's just been working on his technique all year to get ready for districts. I'm happy for him because he had a rough football season [with an injury] and is finishing off his senior year strong.''
Favorite teacher: Mr. B. Watt
Favorite subject: Physics
Favorite movie: "Transformers''
Favorite food: Pasta
Favorite song: No preference
Outside interests: Fishing, playing basketball
Favorite professional team: Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite college team: Pitt
Pro athlete most admired: No preference
Best athlete I ever played with: A.J. Leahey
Best athlete I ever competed against: Forest Hills' Luke Gallaher
Most influential person on my athletic career: "My dad and mom [Tom and Deb].''
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6-AA basketball championship
How I got my start in track and field: "My freshman year I started because I wanted to do something new.''
Future goal: "To do my best.''