Lawler vaults to gold at ASD Invitational
With league and district track meets coming up over the next two weeks, top teams from around the area met last Friday in one of the area's best invitational meets.
Parkland had several league and district contenders at 11th Annual Allentown School District Invitational at J. Birney Crum Stadium
Two Trojans earned gold medals at the meet, while many others made trips to the medal stand for second- and third-place finishes.
The Trojans Alicia Lawler and Nolan Hay earned the gold medals. Lalwer won girls javelin. Hay won boys long jump.
Lawler threw a personal best 111 feet, 4 inches for first place.
"I've been focusing on my technique," said Lawler. "I have an amazing coach, Denise O'Connell. She's really taught me a lot about how form is important. I could tell on the last one that my form was perfect and my distance showed that."
Over her first three and a half years, Lawler's top throw was 102-4, which she made at a meet earlier this year.
"The first meet of the season I hit triple digits for the first time," she said. "The mark to get to states is at 122 right now. I'm going to try to strive and work for that."
Hay, a district runner up in long jump last yaer, won the ASD Meet with a jump of 11-7 1/2. He also took fifth place in the triple jump.
Two boys athletes earned silver medals in field events. Ryan Szoldatits took second place in javelin at 161-0. Jack Walton was second in pole vault at 13-6.
In girls events, freshman Mikayla Stoudt earned a silver medal by running the 1600 meters in 5:10.96.
Earning bronze medals for third place were Trojans Legend Boyesen (discus, 139-3) and Jeremy Motsko (800, 2:00.15).
Other Parkland athletes earning top 10 finishes at the ASD Meet were Kelly Robertson (tied for fifth in high jump, 4-10), Will Nemeth (fifth in 1600, 4:31.27), Trevor Bergen (fifth in 3200, 9:58.86), Kevin Siroka - (tied for sixth in pole vault, 12-0), Stephen Laird (seventh in javelin, 152-10), Austin Wildes (eighth in high jump, 5-10), Joey Hawkins (eighth in 110H, 16.22), Jake Kappes (ninth in high jump, 5-10), Grant Newman (ninth in 1600, 4:39.38), Travis Witty 10th in 400, 51.89), Cassandra Eder (10th in 800, 2:28.07), Cara Moyer (eighth in 3200, 11:44.03).
Parkland relay teams also excelled in the relays at the ASD Meet. The boys 3200-meter relay won the ASD title in 8:03.15. Other relay results for Parkland are boys 400 relay (third in 43.95), boys 1600 relay (ninth in 3:37.08), girls 400 relay (eighth in 52.07), girls 1600 Relay (10th in 4:21.22), and the girls 3200 relay (third in 9:46.96).
Parkland will finish the regular season this week before entering the LVC Championship Meet next Tuesday and Wednesday (May 7-8).