Staib earns three medals at ASD
There were plenty of busy athletes at last Friday’s Allentown School District Invitational Track and Field Meet.
But there might have been none busier than Parkland junior Shelby Staib.
While many track and field competitors participate in several events, few of them take their talents from one discipline to another. Staib, however, excels in both throwing and jumping events. She competed in two events in each discipline last Friday and earned top five finishes in each one.
She took first place in triple jump and javelin, earned second place in discus and finished fifth in long jump at the meet.
“Last year was my first year and I started with jumping and discus,” said Staib. “I thought I might as well try javelin.”
She is one of four Parkland individuals that earned gold medals at the meet, along with one relay team. Julian Colon (100), Nick Bower (3200), Franco Perinotti (pole vault) and the boys 3200-meter relay team all earned gold medals at the meet, held annually at J. Birney Crum Stadium.
Staib won triple jump with a lead of 36 feet, 1 inch, coming close to her personal best mark of 36-2. She won the javelin with a 120 foot, 4 inch throw. Her career best in that event is 123. She heaved the discus 96-5 for the silver medal, and placed fifth in long jump at 16-3.
For Staib and many of the athletes at JBC last week, the event served as a prelude to the postseason, which begins with the league championship meet on May 8-9 and continues with the district meet the following week. Teams from all over District 11 and some from outside the districts were at the meet.
“There’s so many new schools that we usually don’t compete against in the regular season,” she said. “Seeing new competition and wanted to push myself further against good girls is an excellent thing for me.”
Colon earned two medals at the meet, placing first in the 100-meter dash in 11.53 and taking third place in the 200 at 23.48.
“The guy next to me, I knew I had a better start than him” Colon said of the 100. “A big thing going into the race was staying in tunnel vision and focusing on my lane because I really wanted to make sure I was doing my race and not comparing myself to everyone else. I think if I focus on my race I’ll do the best I can compared to just trying to win. I wanted to push myself to my limits.”
While Colon’s top competition is Nazareth’s Jahan Dotson, who was not at the ASD Meet, he was happy to take the track against some unfamiliar competition last week.
“The diversity and all the different schools,” he said. “I really get to see how I stack up against schools I don’t get to see in the regular season and dual meets.”
Parkland’s Nick Bower also earned an individual gold at the meet. He came into the 3200-meter runs seeded first at 10:14.2 and ran a 9:58.55 to beat Bangor’s Morgan O’Brien (10:06.06) across the line.
The Trojans’ Franco Perinotti earned a gold medal in pole vault, clearing 13 feet for first place. Perinotti cleared that hight on his first attempt, while second place Henry Pavis (Bethlehem Catholic) needed two attempts to get over 12-6 and 13-0.
The Trojan boys 4x800 relay team was also victorious at the meet, running the race in 8:22.78 to beat second-place Bangor (8:34.05) for the gold medal.
Other Parkland medal winners at the ASD Meet include second place finishers Michael Gombos (triple jump, 41-5), Madison Zaun (3200, 11:33.74), Sam Morgan (800, 1:59.19), the boys 4x100 relay (44.51) and the boys 4x400 relay (3:34.92). Trojan third-place medal winners were Hali Perry who was third in both the 100 (13.33) and 200 (27.65), along with Jared Ringer (800, 2:00.23) and the girls 4x800 meter relay team (10:18.09).