Trinity senior finds niche in track and field while battling injury

Delaney Maschino played four different sports during her freshman and sophomore years at Trinity Lutheran High School.

After playing volleyball and basketball her junior year, she was undecided what she was going to in the spring of 2018….until she talked to her brother, Dylan.

“My brother did track his senior year and said I would be a really good thrower, and my grandfather (Ross Maschino) ran track and cross-country at Seymour," Maschino said. "(Dylan) kind of helped me start track.”

Maschino attended White Creek Lutheran where she played volleyball and basketball, and played county softball in Bartholomew County.

"I knew I was going to play volleyball, and basketball," Maschino said. "I was kind of talked into softball my freshman year and soccer my junior year by my friends.”

She had surgery on her right knee her freshman year and was unable to play basketball that winter.

She planned to play soccer her senior year, but when she had surgery on her left knee last summer she was unable to play soccer or basketball this school year.

This past winter, Maschino was a basketball manager.

In track, Maschino focuses on throwing the shot put.

“I mostly just throw shot now because of my knee," Maschino said. "Surprisingly enough, your arms are really big in shot. It’s basically brute strength. If you get low enough to the ground, your legs really help with the distance so your arms don’t get as tired."

She said she will throw the discus as long as her knee holds up.

“I’m going to throw the discus a little bit," Maschino said. "We’re worried about the twisting aspect because of my knee. If I do I’m just powering, I’m not spinning. I just have to turn my upper body more than my lower body.”

Maschino has seen the benefits of strong practices.

“Throwers are not like the runners," Maschino said. "We don’t run the whole time. We’re not conditioned to do that, but we are in the weight room a lot. We do ab workouts a lot. We throw every single practice in both categories. Half of the practice is shot put and half of it is discus.”

Maschino feels that having confidence helps throwers.

“The mental part is just to stay calm and don’t panic and just believe in yourself that you’ve been in this situation before," Maschion said. "All I have to do is think about it and if I believe hard enough and work hard enough those combined I can help us win.”

In all of her sports, Maschino has enjoyed her teammates.

“I like the closeness of the teams," Maschino said. "I know it’s a really small school but knowing that my teammates are there and we have the same values and motives behind our team really brings us all together."

Maschino said she is glad she chose to attend TLHS.

“The faculty here has been amazing my past four years," she said."They’ve really taken an interest in what I’m involved in. They really help you with your assignments if you’re struggling. I’ve had a lot of good memories, all the bus rides, all the locker room talk. Just growing together has been great.”

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Name: Delaney Maschino

High school: Trinity Lutheran

Parents: Mary and Randy Maschino

Siblings: Dylan

Sports: volleyball 3 years, basketball 3 years, track 2 years, softball 1 years, soccer 1 year, basketball manager 1 year.

Athletic highlights: volleyball-sectional champions 3 years; basketball sectional champion 1 year; soccer- cademic all-state; track- most improved.

Organizations: National Honor Society, student ambassadors, events team, culture club, art club

Plans after high school: attend IUPUI, major in environmental health science

Favorite food: apples

Favorite TV show: Family Guy

Favorite musician: Eden

Favorite movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

Favorite team: Gonzaga University