Not many freshmen make an impact at the very start of their high school track careers.
Chartiers Valley's Elias Zajicek hopes to become one of the exceptions.
Zajicek earned the gold medal in the 800 at last Saturday's Mt. Lebanon Invitational. Zajicek finished in 2:04.66, which narrowly edged out Greensburg Salem's Frankie King, who had a time of 2:04.86.
Zajicek was one of two ninth-grade boys to take home individual gold medals at the event. The other was Greensburg Salem's Victor Kemp, who claimed the title in the 200.