Salute To Seniors: Kacie Sienko (Neshaminy)

Throughout the summer, we will be honoring graduating seniors with our annual Salute to Seniors series! To submit your own questionnaires to be posted on the front page of PennTrackXC, check out this page and email your responses to Dan Beck (


Today, we salute Kacie Sienko! The Neshaminy graduate wrapped up a strong career and will be jumping at Kutztown University next year.

Sienko reflected on her career for PennTrackXC below:

Where did you face your biggest competition?

Definitely at Districts. That was a group of really talented athletes.

Out of all of your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?

Probably adding Triple Jump this year and then hitting 34' 8" in my first meet. It was especially rewarding after having lost last season. I had planned to add TJ last year but I didn't have access to a track/pit, so I really couldn't start until this season.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your athletic career in high school?

I wish I started TJ in 9th grade.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

Definitely the stress fracture in my back that I sustained half way through my freshman track season. It was pretty scary to think that I might not be able to run/jump again. Fortunately, I had some really good doctors and PT's, and I was cleared for sports by September.

What will you miss the most?

I am really going to miss my coaches and teammates. 

Do you have any advice for younger athletes? 

Just to enjoy every minute. I know it sounds cliché, but it really does go by quick!

How have your coaches influenced your performances and your life goals overall?

My coaches have been great. They have pushed me when I needed it, but more importantly, they have been really supportive when I needed it. I tend to be really hard on myself and overly critical; so having them be so supportive has really helped. 

What are your post-high school plans?

I am attending Kutztown University and will be a member of the Women's Track and Field Team. We have a really strong group of incoming freshman, so I am really excited for next year. 

Any shoutouts?

My parents, of course. They have always been my biggest supporters on and off the track. I would also like to thank all of my coaches over the years, especially my HS jumps coach, Mr. Dillon. From day one, he seemed to "get me" and knew what to do or say to motivate me. He is always so positive, so that works for me -- especially when I get into that negative head space.