Ben Henry didn’t need to think much about the question.
The Northampton Area High School senior has a clear preference when it comes to comparing relay wins with individual triumphs.
“I prefer to share it with the team,” Henry said. “It’s a great experience to see everyone win. It’s good for me to win, but seeing myself and others succeed makes me so much happier.
Luckily for Henry, he had equal parts of both Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Eastern Conference Men’s Track and Field Championships.
The Konkrete Kids star won four gold medals in Whitehall – two in the individual events (the 100 and 200 meter dashes) and two in the relay (the 400 and 1600).
Henry started his day by winning the 100m in 11.14 seconds. Liberty’s Josh Farrell was second in 11.29.
Then the K-Kid came from behind on the anchor leg to take over the 400 yards in 43.26, taking gold with twin brother Logan, senior Victor Hunt and second Andrew Whitman.
“I just wanted it,” he said of the deficit offset. “Once I meet a guy, I’m still not satisfied; I want to surpass it even more.
Henry took the victory in the 200m, winning by more than half a second. Her time of 22.02 was 0.19 behind the meet record.
“It was planned,” the eldest said of his day. “I could have done better on my block start in the 100. On (200), I would have liked to have this record, but I came out with the gold. I’m a little satisfied – but not so satisfied at the same time.
Despite the nitpicking, Henry, his brother, Hunt and Shaun Apsley were all smiles as they stood atop the medals stand after the final race of the evening. The group won the 1600m relay in 3:28.77.
Nazareth eldest Jake Hilarczyk would have been happier with his 110m hurdles win had it happened under different circumstances.
His teammate Parker Hoff, a junior, was in the lead during the race but tripped over an obstacle and was disqualified.
“Winning that rate is great, but for (Hoff) I feel bad. It sucks for him,” Hilarczyk said. “He was ready for this race. He also had the head; he was pumped. But he is not worried. He has districts coming up; he will kill him there. We’re both going to kill him.
Hilarczyk ensured a runner from Nazareth still took first place with a time of 15.45 seconds.
“I’ve seen it happen but leagues are a team event. I know if he goes down I have to score points for my team,” the elder said.
Blue Eagle’s instincts were correct and his contributions helped Nazareth win the tag team title with 85 points. Stroudsburg finished second with 78.
Kevin Givone was another Nazareth senior who won gold. His 181-foot-11 throw won the javelin, beating Parkland elder Andrew Nguyen (176-6).
“Honestly, I was very nervous going into this competition,” Givone said. “But when I was on the track I felt relaxed. I got all the nerves and threw it away.
The elder credited Dawn Emmons and John Burkhart for honing his technique.
“They both helped me all year with my form. I just listened to their advice,” Givone said. “Everything came (together) at the last second. I am truly grateful and grateful to them.
Heidemann adds to account
Freedom eldest Alex Heidemann bagged two more gold medals on Wednesday after winning the 3,200 meter race on Tuesday.
The Lehigh University rookie placed first in the 1,600 (9:51.81) and 800 (1:54.77). Her 800m time was almost 6 seconds faster than her best performance this spring.
“I surprised myself a bit there,” Heidemann said. “I didn’t think I would have enough juice left. I was able to take him home. »
It took a bit of persuasion for Heidemann to add the 3,200 to his agenda during the EPCs. However, the competitive nature of seniors always takes over, no matter the event.
“When I’m in a race, I want to win,” he said. “You put me in danger, I will run as hard as I can.”
Heidemann will drop the 3,200 in the districts, where he looks forward to meeting Southern Lehigh’s Chase Hensinger, the Colonial League champion, in the 800.
Liberty senior Josh Farrell dipped below 50 seconds for the first time in his career while winning the 400. The Hurricane won the race with a time of 49.46 seconds.
He credited his closing dash with the win.
“I think that kick at the end is like my specialty,” Farrell said. “That’s where I have more in my legs than anyone else.”
Now that he has a new standard, Farrell is looking forward to seeing the level of competition increase.
“My goal is to win districts and state medals… That’s really what I’m working toward,” he said. “That’s the big picture for me.”
While Farrell credited his speed training for the way he finished races, Emmaus sophomore Kyle Moore mentioned a different type of training technique after winning the long jump.
Moore, who jumped 21-10.5, said trainer Melece White tied a dog toy to a stick and placed it overhead to make sure jumpers hit the right height.
The preparation seems to be working for the second, who then aims for the Green Hornets school record.
Senior Aiden Tacker was the only Zephyr to win gold at the Whitehall facility. He went 138-8 on his first discus throw and held on for a win.
“I love the energy… There’s a good group of people behind Whitehall and they’re all very supportive,” Tacker said. “… It’s very humiliating. The coaches are great; the athletes are great. You must maintain the tradition of Whitehall.
Easton’s second student, Jayden Ekoko, won the high jump with a 6-1 success.
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The girls from the parks prevail
No one could question the dedication of Parkland’s Naeema Salau after her final race of the day.
The junior won the women’s 200 meters in 25.83 seconds before crashing to the track.
“I erased, but I did PR, so it was worth it,” Salau said.
The Trojans star also won the 100m in 12.53 and anchored Parkland’s winning 400m relay (49.69). She was joined by junior Ivy Dias, junior Hailey Sammarco and senior Melanie Lowe on the relay.
Those wins helped the Trojans girls claim the tag team title with 143 points. Easton finished second with 98.
Salau doesn’t expect Parkland to let up on his feet as he prepares for the districts.
“Coach (Paul) Stewart has some pretty extreme workouts for us,” she said. “These next two days, I’m sure, will be quite difficult. But it definitely makes us better athletes for the future.
Madeleine Battista also placed first for Parkland. The Trojans senior won the high jump clearing 5-foot-3.
Battista liked to win but would have liked to get at least 5-5 again, which she counted in a double encounter against Emmaus to record the best jump in the lehighvalleylive.com zone this spring.
“I take everything as a learning experience. I am very hard on myself,” she said. “…I should probably take a moment, figure it all out, and just be happy.”
Ultimately, Battista enjoyed seeing new opponents at CPE and is ready to regroup for Districts.
“I try to be nice and encourage everyone as much as I can, instead of thinking, ‘Oh, I have to outdo them; they are my competition,” she said. “We tried to create a good atmosphere.
Parkland sophomore Lana Hurwitz won the 1600 in 5:14.90. Trojans rookie Lucy Tobia triumphed in the 400m (59.71).
Leszcynski takes 2
The javelin is Nazareth’s Kelly Leszcynski’s No. 1 priority, and rightly so, as the eldest head and shoulders above local competition this spring in the event.
That didn’t stop her from winning two gold medals on Wednesday, however.
Leszcynski started his afternoon winning the discus with a 105-7 shot.
“I didn’t know what to expect because I mostly focused on the javelin,” she said. “I practiced a bit yesterday; I didn’t quite know how it was going to turn out. But, it seemed to go pretty well today and it felt pretty good.
The eldest then improved on her own best zone mark by throwing the javelin 145-3. She indicated that there was an added pressure of being the favourite.
“You feel a little more nervous trying to be the top dog,” Leszcynski said. “I just try to get in, have fun and do what I can control. You can’t really control what other people will do.
Emin represents Easton
Red Rovers senior Sophie Emin was disappointed to see Emmaus star Hailey Reinhard scratched from the 800. That left the Rutgers University rookie setting the pace, which she did en route to a victory in 2:22.14.
2022 has been a challenge for Emin, who has gone through some struggles with his form and is starting to see things moving in the right direction.
“It’s been a really tough season for me,” she said. “It was nice to finally see times fall, material; it’s really exciting.”
Emin hopes the land in the districts will bring more improvements.
“I know there’s going to be a good group of girls pushing me there,” the senior said. “I see those moments on MileSplit. I see them in the leaderboard. I check them a lot. It’s good. I’m excited for it, because it’s really going to push me next week.
Emin, who was part of the winning 3,200-meter relay on Tuesday, joined junior Erin Vincent, senior Jayla Reinert and second Raegan Day to win the 1,600 relay in 4:00.5 on Wednesday.
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