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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Madison Bruder clears the bar during the pole vault competition at Monday’s meet at Liberty. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Madison Bruder clears the bar during the pole vault competition at Monday’s meet at Liberty. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBTaylor Rau competes in long jump during Monday’s meet at Liberty High School. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBTaylor Rau competes in long jump during Monday’s meet at Liberty High School. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Girls track starts 3-0

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

You can pick nearly any adjective, but three meets into the 2019 season, the Parkland girls track squad has been awesome.

The Lady Trojans have excelled in virtually all aspects in registering victories over Central Catholic 103-47, Freedom 128-22 and Bethlehem Catholic 129-21 for a 3-0 start.

“We’re doing well and we’re off to a good start,” said coach Scott Levan. “We have a lot of depth.”

Parkland’s Aubrey Semler has excelled in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while Emily Beers has run well in the 400. While those three girls have led the way, the coach noted the team’s overall talent has been the reason for their success. Oludemilade Olatilo, Aleigha Rodenbaugh, Paige Yatcilla, Mariana Aubele-Gonzalez and Mya Chorney are also contributing to the cause.

The 4x800 relay team of Ava Bendetti, Olivia Vaccari, Madison Zaun and Beers registered a time of 10:38.1 in defeating Central Catholic during their March 25 meet. The 4x100 relay squad of Emma Tobia, Aleigha Rodenbaugh Aubrey Semler and Olatilo has also performed well in their first three meets.

The coach noted “we were experimenting during the first few meets,” but that has largely been settled as the Trojans embark on the rest of the 2019 campaign.

Pole vaulters Jada Mangahas, Coral Shivok, Megan Kearns, Madison Bruder, Avery Druckenmiller and Abigail Cohen have all done well at various instances during the first three meets.

Javelin thrower Shelby Staib has been “outstanding,” according to her coach. The senior has dominated all three of the Trojans first three meets, throwing 115-10, 117-02 and 120-07 in her first three meets, respectively. She has also excelled in the discus throw, long jump and triple jump, and according to her coach “has performed very well.”

The Trojans have also received nice efforts from the high jump contingent of Celine Boychuck, Megan Kearns and Ellile Baldo. Meanwhile Ashlyn Fritzinger and Shivok have provided the most consistent support to Staib in the javelin throw. Marissa Olenwine, Mona Younes and Kendra Yeboah have also done nice work in the discus throw, behind the phenomenal Staib.

In the hurdles, Parkland has been superb, thanks to Christine Hutchinson, Morgyn Zehner and Melanie Lowe.

The fourth meet of the season with Liberty will “show us where we are at,” Levan said.