The Coudersport Falcons have enjoyed a highly successful recent stretch in athletics. They’ve won various District 9 championships across several sports and have seen student-athletes continue their careers at the next level.
One athlete from Coudersport who is in her first collegiate season as a Division I track and field at Saint Francis is Adrian Page.
Page qualified for the PIAA state meet all four years during high school career. She competed in discus three out of four seasons and also qualified for states in javelin her sophomore season and in the shot put as a junior. Her outstanding performances were noticed by several Division I college track and field programs including Lafayette, Lehigh, Bucknell, Army, Navy, Central Florida, Iowa, and Saint Francis. The Red Flash stood out to her after her visit to the campus. “Saint Francis reminded me of Coudersport.” Page said. “The class sizes were relatable and I also liked that school was relatively close to home.”
Page has wasted little time getting involved. Aside from her commitment to the track and field program, she recently has joined the Phi Delta Kappa sorority and looks forward to spending time volunteering.
“The events we are involved in are such great opportunities,” she said. “We help raise money for causes like the American Cancer Society and Make a Wish. It is also a great way to meet a new group of friends, give back to the school, and also a great way to build leadership skills.”
Page is also enrolled in the pre-physical therapy program and is looking forward to the next few years of schooling in a field she is extremely passionate about.
Page has always been someone to keep herself busy. She was a three-sport athlete in high school, competing in basketball and volleyball along with track and field. She was a part of a D9 title team in both basketball and volleyball and reached the final four in the PIAA state playoffs in her junior season. Her play in high school hoops and in volleyball was noticed by some college teams including Penn State DuBois for basketball and Bloomsburg for volleyball, but Page knew her heart belonged to throwing.
Since coming to Saint Francis, Page has been excited with her progress in each of her throwing events. She competed in javelin, shot put, and discus in both indoor and outdoor season. It was a familiar transition as Page competed in all of the throwing events the PIAA offered in her high school career.
However, Page had to give up her running career entirely.
She did receive interest from schools including the Naval Academy to compete as a multi-event athlete, but knew it was in her best interest to compete at Saint Francis exclusively as a thrower.
One of the biggest differences Page has noticed since coming to Saint Francis is her strength improving, which has allowed her to throw farther.
“I was not a big lifter in high school. At the college level, weight lifting becomes increasingly important. That coupled with some changes in my form has me excited for this season and also more improvements throughout my college career.” At St Francis, Adrian has several teammates who have also competed in D9 that have made her feel welcomed to the Red Flash track and field program.
Page credits her parents and how they have helped show her the importance of hard work and doing her best in all of her activities. She mentioned that her parents live such healthy lifestyles and always find a way to comfort her and cheer her up when she needed it. Additionally, Page spoke about her throwing coach at Coudersport, Mr. Gagat, and how he helped her find a passion for throwing.
“Mr. Gagat is the biggest reason I am where I am today in this sport,” she said. “He saw my ability to be a good thrower and he worked with me to improve. His patience and belief in me helped me to get where I am today. We continue to stay in touch about my practices and my performances in meets. I will always share a great bond with him.”
Page spoke about Johnsonburg and Penn State grad Mike Shuey and what he has meant for throwers in the area.
“He is one person I would love to meet. He always represented this area well and has had an amazing career in the sport. He also showed great perseverance to battle through an injury and he continued to work and get back from it. I hope to meet him some day.”
After her career as a competitor concludes, she is interested in working as a sports physical therapist and coaching high school track and field. Her upbringing in Coudersport and the intramural program established by the Coudersport Area School District is what she credits for helping many former Falcons continue their playing careers in college.