Drew Karpen profiles Burrell sprinter Nikki Scherer.
(Photo: Burrell's Nicole Scherer crosses the finish line to win the Class AA 100-meter dash at the PIAA track and field championships. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)
"The feeling exemplified by Burrell sophomore sprinter Nikki Scherer last Saturday after winning her first PIAA gold medal is the reason why she fought so hard to return from injury last year.
Scherer captured first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.32, beating her opponent by one-hundredth of a second at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium. By no means was it her fastest time, but the only thing that mattered was it was the fastest that day out of all the qualified sprinters in the state.
"It is amazing," Scherer said. "It is a really good feeling. It still hasn't settled in. It wasn't close to my best but what happens at states is you aren't going to run your personal record because you run so much. I didn't think it was going to happen this year because I didn't get to run last year."
Scherer also won the WPIAL championship this year and competed in every meet and invitational to prepare herself mentally and physically for running the mandatory three times at the state championships."