Flanigan, Jones win EPC gold medals
Liberty pole vaulter Annika Flanigan and Bethlehem Catholic javelin thrower Davianna Jones were crowned Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champions in their respect events at the EPC Track and Field Championships on May 10 at Whitehall High School.
Flanigan jumped 12 feet for the winning height in pole vault.
“Especially due to the wind conditions being a really strong crosswind, getting 12 feet, and getting a solid jump was really the goal, and win the meet, get the medal, and continue to use it as training to jump in these wind conditions,” Flanigan said. “On my final jump, I tried for the school record, but due to the winds, I wasn’t able to get up there. My goal for districts is to continue to raise the bar. I think I’m going to need to jump 12-7 up, so I want to go for that.”
Jones threw 110-05 for the winning distance in javelin.
“Basically, at the last throw, I was the last girl to throw, and the girl right before me didn’t hit it, so I was like, thank you. I’m pretty excited,” Jones said. “To be honest, I was pretty nervous coming in, and then I was like, gotta stick it, and I did. I’ve always wanted a medal, and seeing all these girls who I knew had such good potential, I was nervous, but I know I kept up my speed which really is beneficial, and I learned to keep my hand straight instead of letting it cross my body.”
Freedom’s Erin Krauss won a fourth-place medal, also in javelin, with a throw of 108-01.
Liberty hurdler Payton Davis clinched a silver medal with a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.70.
“Before the race even started, I kind of knew about (Easton’s) Maggie (Scalzo). She’s insane. She runs about three seconds faster than I do,” said Davis, “but while I was in blocks, I was in lane three, and my first instinct was to catch the girl in lane six or five, and I ended up passing them right at the curve, and then all I thought was try to pace yourself a couple hurdles in between Maggie, and by the last 100, I tried to give my all.”
Liberty’s girls team medaled in each of the three relays with Maddie Mumma, Mikailyn Matacavage, Emma Haas, and Ella Scott placing fourth in the 4x8 with a time of 10:08.31.
Desiree Freeman, Haas, Maryam Kariym, and Davis took the bronze medal in the 4x4 with a time of 4:16.90, and Megan Goodman, Sara Gonzalez, Flanigan, and Davis also won bronze in the 4x1 with a time of 50.52.
“All I was thinking was getting out of the blocks fast and getting to Sara because our handoff’s always been strong, but I was nervous about people catching me and passing me,” said Davis, the leadoff in the 4x1. “Once I handed off, I ran across to wait to see Annika finish. I was so excited because we were (seeded) fourth, and we all pushed hard for third, and we did deserve that, so I’m proud.”
Distance runner Owen Reilly placed third for Liberty in the 3200 run with a time of 9:59.18, and Freedom’s Dylan Boyle placed fourth in the same event with a time of 10:00.81.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Aidan Rompilla took fourth place in long jump with a distance of 21-11.00.
Liberty, Freedom, and Bethlehem Catholic’s teams will compete in the District XI Track and Field Championships on May 16 and 17 at Whitehall High School.