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Simon, Beers lead PHS boys at league meet

Dylan Simon has been waiting his entire high school career for this week.

A talented sprinter since his freshman season, Simon had some bad luck the past two track and field postseasons that kept him from running at the district championships.

Last year, as a sophomore, he injured a hamstring in practice before the league championships and missed the postseason. In his freshman season an ankle injury after the league meet kept him out of districts.

Simon picked up two gold medals last week at the East Penn Conference Championships, held Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School, and is excited to finally compete at districts this week

“I can’t lie I was really nervous,” Simon said last week. “It’s my first time doing it in two years.”

Simon won the 100-meter dash in 10.95 last week and broke the tape in the 200-meter dash in 21.95 for another gold medal. In the 100 he finished just ahead of teammate Trey Tremba, who took second place at 11.02. Tremba finished third in the 200 at 22.37.

“It’s amazing,” said Simon of the Trojans finishing 1-2 in the 100. “I train with [Tremba] every day for practice. I push him. He pushes me. It’s a blast. I’m blessed for him to be next to me in pretty much every single race.”

The Trojans went undefeated in the regular season and won the meet title last week. The team’s biggest individual point scorer was Andrew Beers, who walked away with two gold medals and one silver in three individual events. He won the 300-meter hurdles in 38.69. Finished first in 110-meter hurdles in 14.92 and took second place in the 400-meter run in 50.65.

“The goal this week was to win the meet and score as many points as possible to get that trophy at the end,” Beers said.

Beers won the 300 hurdles by a wide margin over second-place Christopher Reed (40.35) of Pocono Mountain West.

“I was seeded to win by around two seconds,” he said. “Anything can happen, especially in hurdles. I was still nervous going into it and still had to do as much as I could to have the best chance to win.

“I love being the person to beat. I like being in that situation.”

In the 110-meter event, he beat Dieruff’s Jack Sanchez Cuesta (15.06) to the tape.

While Beers and Simon were among the top seeds in their events, sophomore Leo Dauberman was seeded seventh in javelin before unleashing the best throws of his career on a day it mattered most. After a warm up throw went 10 feet further than his personal best, he knew it was going to be a good day.

“I had a lot of adrenaline rushing,” he said. “ I felt one coming.”

He heaved the stick 179 feet, 11 inches at districts, 23 feet further than he ever had in a meet to take first place.

“I was hoping to get 160, which wouldn’t have even placed,” he said. “So once I hit 170 I was super-excited. I wasn’t expecting to place at all.”

In his first year of track Dauberman enters the district meet as the top seed in javelin. he also placed 10th in discus last week at 118-0.

The Trojans also had a pair of relay teams take first place at leagues. The foursome of Tyler Rothrock, Brady Hoffman, Praveen Sureshkumar and Samuel Tomko ran the 4x800 in 8:00.42 for first place.

The Parkland 4x100 relay team of Simon, Xander McWhite, Nakhi Bullock and Tremba also place first, breaking the tap at 42.47. Emmaus was leading the race and it seemed to be headed for a close finish before the Hornets dropped the baton in their final handoff.

A few other Trojan boys earned medals last week, which went to the top four finishers in each event.

Ethan Willard finished second in the 3200-meter run at 9:47.39, while the 4x400 relay team of Beers, Hoffman, Rothrock and Nathaniel Janukowicz grabbed a silver medal with a time of 3:26.46.

Julius Reyes finished third in discus at 143-3. Liam McGuigam finished third in the 1600 in 4:29.47, and Jacob Madeira was fourth in the 110 hurdles in 15.63.

Other Parkland boys athletes who competed at leagues include Jacob Barnes (5th place 1600, 4:30.37), Paul Abeln (6th place 1600, 4:31.82), Rothrock (6th place 800, 1:57.80), Connor Johns (7th place high jump, 6-1; 8th place long jump, 21-2 1/2), Russell Clark (7th place shot put, 44-7 1/2; 17th place discus, 111-9), Josiah Nunez 7th place 400, 51.87), Sureshkumar (7th place 800, 1:57.85), Nakhi Bullock (9th place 100, 11.37; 23rd place 200, 23.79), Jack Harrison (9th place triple jump, 42-9 1/4; 23rd place long jump, 18-7), Nathan Kemmerer (9th place shot put, 43-10 1/2), Jacob Madeira (9th place 300H, 42.8), Jorge Rinker (10th place 3200, 10:26.06; 13th place 1600, 4:44.20), Hoffman (10th place 800, 2:01.05), Michael Toth (11th place high jump, 5-9), Brian Hard (11th place 400, 52.79), Janukowicz (12th place 200, 23.01), Tomko (12th place 800, 2:01.99), Joshua Daniels (15th place high jump, 5-7), Patel Param (15th place high jump, 5-7), Samuel Gold (16th place 110H, 17.07), Josiah Nunez (17th place 200, 23.30), Xander McWhite (18th place 100, 11.43), Macel Catilla Castano (19th place 1600, 4:47.22), Christian Fragassi (20th place 1600, 4:48.70), Andrew Curch (20th place 200, 23.58), Carl Andreas (21st place 400, 54.96), Logan McEvoy (21st place 3200, 11:09.28) and Brady Roy (23rd place 3200, 11:45.04).

The Trojans finished with 144 points, easily outdistancing second-place Stroudsburg with 87.5.

Next up for Parkland is the District 11 3A championship on May 16 and 17.

“We believe our athletes are posed for success in the districts,” Parkland coach Stephen Ott said.

PRESS PHOTO BY MIKE HAINES Andrew Beers clears the final hurdle on his way to his second gold medal of last week's East Penn Conference Championships.
PRESS PHOTO BY MIKE HAINES Connor Johns competes in long jump at last week's EPC Track and Field Championships.