SHIPPENSBURG - Despite competing at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships the past two seasons, Vanessa Rimbey had nothing to show for it.
On Friday, the versatile Lehighton senior doubled her pleasure, earning State medals in two events and putting herself in position for a third.
Rimbey began her morning at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium by placing fifth in the Class AA long jump, then completed her performance with a bronze medal in the AA high jump.
In between, Rimbey managed to win her trial heat of the AA 100 meter hurdles, with her time of 15.42 the second fastest overall.
The only event in which Rimbey did not medal or advance was the AA 4x100 relay, but a bad exchange on an earlier leg ended the Indians' chances before the baton could be passed to Rimbey.
Rimbey's double medal day highlighted the performances of TIMES NEWS Area girls during the first day of State competition.
Tamaqua sophomore Amber Carroll joined Rimbey in moving to the next round by advancing to the finals of the AA 1,600 meter run, but that was it as far as advancement on the track.
Rimbey, who will continue her career at Bloomsburg University in track as a multi-event athlete (and maybe as a field hockey walk-on), captured District 11 titles in her three individual events but wanted to break through and collect a PIAA medal, which is awarde