Boyertown's Jill Bertino sprints to Shippensburg University

Submitted photo Boyertown senior Jillian Bertino signs her letter of intent to join the Shippensburg University track team next year. With her are her mother, Susan, and father, Michael Bertino. In the back is Joe McGlinchey (BASH girls' winter track coach) and Dave Hartman (BASH girls' spring track coach).

When Jill Bertino began competing in track at the high school level, anyone could see she had potential. She did well, but had a ways to go in order to be at the top of her game.

Over the next few years, she made steady improvement as a long sprinter on the team. Last spring during her junior season, Bertino the team MVP, a PAC-10, District 1 and PIAA state medalist.

She has one more season to go at Boyertown, but she already knows where she will be the following season. Last week Bertino signer her letter-of-intent to compete in track at Shippensburg University.

“I liked the campus,” said Bertino. It felt like a good fit, and it also had a good exercise science fitness program which is what I was looking for.”

She had also considered West Chester University and the University of Delaware, but the visit to Shippensburg made the decision for her.

“Jill is a very talented long spring with tremendous natural ability,” said Boyertown’s winter track coach Joe McGlinchey. “She should certainly be able to compete at the PSAC level. Her experience in winter and spring track at the state championship level should certainly pay dividends for her.”

In the last spring track, season Bertino qualified for the 200 and 400 meter races at the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg. She earned a sixth place medal in the 400 in a time of 57.72 seconds.

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