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Trojan girls win all three EPC relays

The Parkland girls track and field program was golden in winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference postseason championship last week at Whitehall’s Zephyr Sports Complex.

The Trojans edged second-place Easton 116 to 107.5 for the crown. Parkland utilized strong performances from several athletes to secure the title, but a few girls led the way.

Naeema Salau has been a force all season and last week was no different. She won the 100-meter dash in 12.46 seconds and was second in the 200 at 25.73.

“It was a good race,” she said of the 100-meter final. “I didn’t have a time in mind, but I think it was a pretty good time. I just come out and run, try my best and see how it goes.”

Salau was also part of the Trojans’ winning 4x100 relay team, which finished in 48.5 with the team of Salau, Kaley Seide, Cierra Valley and Hailey Sammarco. Salau said she enjoys the relay wins a bit more than her individual successes.

“It’s less of an individual thing, knowing each person is playing their role and having a collective achievement,” she said.

Parkland’s collective effort at leagues led to another achievement for a team that went unbeaten during the regular season before taking last week’s meet title. The Trojans won all three girls relays last week. The 4x800 team of Addison Shelvin, Gracie Trexler, Lana Hurwitz and Madison Seed finished in 9:42.14 for first place. The 4x400 team of Seide, Lucy Tobia, Valley, and Trexler broke the tape in 4:02.28.

Tobia and Hurwitz were also crowned individual champs at leagues. Tobia won the 400-meter race in 57.95, while Hurwitz took first place in the 800 in 2:17.73, while also finishing second in the 1,600 at 5:06.18.

Senior Catherine Crampton picked up a pair of medals last week by taking fourth place in long jump (17-1) and finished fourth in triple jump (36-0 1/2).

Many other Trojans helped secure some points for last week’s title with top eight finishes and many others tried their best but didn’t quite reach the top eight. Other Parkland athletes competing at leagues were Valley (5th place in 400, 1:00.05), Gracie Trexler (5th place in 800, 2:24.02), Emily Hoysan (6th place in 300 hurdles, 50.38), Helena Mercatili (6th place in discus, 94-5), Madison Bowman (6th place in 100 hurdles, 16.87), Shelvin (6th place in 800, 2:24.97), Bella Dauberman (7th place in javelin, 104-9), Emily Hoysan (8th place in 100 hurdles, 17.55), Seed (8th place in 800, 2:26.21), Bella Dauberman (10th place in discus, 87-2), Caitlyn Burke (10th place in javelin, 98-3), Rechele Grigoli (10th place in 400, 1:02.62), Alexia Pritchard (11th place in shot put, 28-11 3/4), Aneri McGalla (11th place in javelin, 98-2), Ana Gbur (12th place in 300 hurdles, 51.27), Victoria Ball (12th place in javelin, 98-2), Claire Eberhardt (13th place in shot put, 28-10 3/4), Ella Amadio (13th place in pole vault, 8-6), Aurora Gery (13th place in 400, 1:03.64), Camryn Johns (14th place in triple jump, 33-1), Ava Bornstein (15th place in shot put, 28-7 3/4), Jessica Price (15th place in 1600, 5:42.52), Vanessa Ball (17th place in javelin, 93-0), Meghan Haines (18th place in triple jump, 32-1 3/4), Ivy Dias (18th place in 100, 13.33; 19th place in 200, 27.76), Voilet Forte (18th place in 800, 2:34.25), Natalie Pelizzoni (20th place in 200, 27.68), Elena Wenger (22nd place in 1600, 5:56.46), Emily Davis (22nd place in shot put, 26-11 1/2), Azlynn Watkins (23rd place in shot put, 23-11 1/4), Marley Boyle (22nd place in 3200, 13:11.57), Abbey Bender (23rd place in 3200, 13:11.88), Ava Lundy (24th place in 3200, 13:49.44), Cinthia Grullen (24th place in 100, 13.69).

The Trojans will return to Whitehall this week for the District 11 Class 3A Championships where athletes will be trying to qualify for next week’s PIAA Championships, held annually on the Friday and Saturday or Memorial Day Weekend at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Naeema Salau earned two gold medals and one silver at last week's East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships.