Track teams sit at 2-2
At the midway point of their season, the Zephyr track and field team is finding its stride as it concludes its dual meet schedule the following week against Northampton.
Both the Zephyrs boys and girls teams are currently 2-2, with wins over William Allen and Dieruff, and losses to Emmaus and Southern Lehigh.
Head coach Tyler Miller is pleased with what he’s witnessed from his athletes. They’ve been working hard as a team to get the best results each time they step onto the track.
“I am very happy with how things are going,” said Miller. “We have a small squad but a determined squad that’s willing to give it their all.
“I’m very impressed with how many athletes have stepped up and offered to compete in events to give others rests. It says a lot about the kids we have. I’m excited to see how things go this week with Central and Parkland.”
In the first of those three meets, the girls defeated Dieruff 85-53, while the boys won 78-68.
In the win over the Huskies, Lindsay Solderitch was a multiple winner, claiming first-place finishes in the 400 (1:02.30), and the 800 (2:44.90).
Long distance runner Mikayla Warren was also a multiple winner for the Zephs, winning the 1,600 (6:21), and the 3,200 (14:30).
Additionally, Toni Jones was a multiple winner in the throwing events, taking first in the shot put (26-06.75), and the discus (83-10). She was also second in the javelin with a 68-06 mark.
The girls also secured a number of additional first-places finishes that allowed them to defeat a talented Husky squad. That list includes Mariele Patungan who won the 110 hurdles in 18.6; Arizona Marakovits who won the pole vault with a 8-06 mark, and Delany Sullivan who won the javelin with a 70-11 toss.
They also won two of the three relay races, placing first in the 4x400 and 4x800 races.
On the boys side, Andy Magarin was a multiple winner, taking first in the high jump at 6-00, and the long jump with a 18-11.50 mark.
Aiden Tacker was another multiple winner for the boys, leading the field in the shot put with a 40-10.25 toss, while also taking top honors in the discus with a 101-10.50 throw.
The boys also had numerous first-place finishes, especially in the long distance races where they were particularly strong. It began with the 800 as Sean Connolly was tops, crossing the line in 2:13.7.
Christian Foehrkolb won the 1,600 with a 5:18.7 mark, while Austin Hedrick paced the field in the 3,200, hitting the tape in 13:07.8.
In the pole vault, Gregory Sommer cleared the bar at 8-06, winning the event, while Ian Thomas was tops in the triple jump with a leap of 37-10.
They also prevailed in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays, helping the boys cement their victory.
They followed that victory with a loss to Emmaus. The Green Hornets proved a tough adversary, defeating the girls 128-22, and the boys 117-29.
In that meet, Solderitch was again a multiple winner, taking first in the 200 (28.6), and the 400 (1:02.3).
In the pole vault, Marakovits was the top pole vaulter with a 8-00 mark, while Brielle Schrey was the winner of the javelin with a 87-11 toss.
Additionally, the girls had third-place finishes by Warren in the 3,200 (14:00) and Patungan in the 300 hurdles (53.4),
On the boys side, Magarin won the high jump, clearing 5-01 to win the event. He also won the triple jump, finishing with a 35-11 leap.
Tacker was another multiple winner, taking first place in the shot put (40-09.50) and the discus (103-06).
Zachary Beblavy was second in the javelin with a 126-03 throw, while Niko Nomura was third in the 100 at 12.3.
The boys had a number of third-place finishes as well, including Tyler Lies in the pole vault (9-00), Angelo Dadonna in the shot (29-09.50), Peter Busch in the 110 hurdles (19.7), Zachary Onsinyo in the 200 (25.1), and Sean Connolly in the 800 (2:17.1).