Parkland boys win EPC T&F championship meet
Parkland crowned three individual gold medalists and two more for relay teams at last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships.
Trojan senior Sam Morgan hauled in a pair of individual golds, while also helping a two relay teams to first-place finishes. Freshman Mustapha Salau won one individual event and was part of both relay teams, while junior Shelby Staib grabbed one gold and one third-place medal.
Morgan won the 800-meter run in 1:56.07, finishing ahead of teammate Jacob Ringer (1:58.36) in second place. He also cruised to a win in the 1,600 in 4:26.68 to beat Easton’s Joseph Ozgar (4:29.12).
“I wanted to sit for the first two three laps and see the pace,” said Morgan. “It was pretty good. I was happy with it. I knew once I got to the [final] 200, nine out of 10 guys I can beat with my final sprint. Joey was in first and I decided to go into the turn and finish up on the final 100.”
Morgan also helped the 3200-meter relay team to a win by over four seconds. Along with teammates Ringer, Salau and Nate Reimer, they posted a time of 8:07.24 to beat second-place Nazareth (8:11.35).
“We all ran really well,” said Morgan. “Every one of our guys won their leg, which was very impressive and I was really happy about it.”
Morgan, a senior who also plays lacrosse for the Trojans and picked up a gold medal in that sport Monday, joined Salau, Ringer and Julian Colon to win the 1600-meter relay in 3:24.17.
Salau picked up his gold medal in the 400-meter dash, where he ran his career best time (50.18) to beat Northampton senior Jared Jackson (50.90) and set a meet record.
“I think my PR was like a 50.2,” he said. “I wasn’t really thinking of anything before the race. My plan was just to keep reciting 50.2 as I was going.
“It feels really cool to know that the work that my coaches put in with me, and my teammates put in with me to push me in practice, the work that I put in, it feels great for that to pay off.”
Salau said he was unsure whether he would run in this week’s District 11 meet because he was beginning his annual fast for Ramadan.
Staib earned her gold medal in javelin, throwing 134 feet, 5 inches for the win. Eleni Prodes (121-6) of Liberty finished second. Staib also took third place in triple jump at 36-11 and fifth place in long jump at 16-8.
The Trojans had three individual second-place finishers. Ringer, a senior, took second in 800. Senior Jeremy Sell placed second in discus at 142-3 and picked up a second-place medal in shot put at 45-8 ¼. And senior Michael Gombos grabbed second place in triple jump at 44-2.
Third-place finishers for Parkland include senior Brian Hanton (discus); junior Christine Hutchinson (300 hurdles); senior Kiaeem Comygys (high jump) and senior Michael Ruisch (javelin). Fourth-place medalists for Parkland were Colon (200);
junior Madison Zaun (3200 at 11:27.43; junior Nicholas Bauer (3,200); junior Kendra Yeboah (shot put) and junior Grace Steurer (high jump).
The Parkland boys team cruised to the team title with 130 points. Nazareth was second at 80. Parkland’s girls team finished tied for fourth at 48 points. Stroudsburg won the girls team title with 89 points.