Three Tigers earn silver at CL Meet
Trevor Cunningham had no shortage of individual accomplishments at last week’s Colonial League championships.
The Northwestern senior continued to excel in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, earning second place finishes in both events, in addition to placing fifth in the 100-meter dash finals.
But it was perhaps the 1600 relay that gave Cunningham the most satisfaction. Cunningham ran a strong anchor leg of the relay to help the team of Andrew Goodolf, Robert Leiser and Andrew Cornell to a fourth-place finish in 3:32.57.
“I thought the last two days went really well,” said Cunningham. “I wish I could have done a little bit better in the hurdles. But I’m proud of the whole team, the four of us, and how we did in the 4x400 relay. We really did well there, and I was proud of us for pulling that together.
“We take pride in that and we just want to do the best that we can to represent that event, and prove why we should be running that relay. I thought we did that really well.”
Cunningham was second in the 110 hurdle finals with a time of 15.34. Wilson’s Job Goodman won with a time of 14.75. Cunningham (40.35) was also edged by Goodman (39.68) in the 300 hurdles.
“Job is such a great athlete,” Cunningham said after the 110 hurdles. “I would have liked to catch him. I thought I was going to there at the end. But I ended up getting second.”
Cunningham is hoping his work in the relay will help him in the hurdle events.
“I think the 4x400, that being a little bit of a longer race, and how I have to run that, I think that will help me, actually in the 300 hurdles, and push me to go a little bit faster,” Cunningham said. “I think that will help me dig a little bit deeper and see if I can find something else in me in the 300 hurdles to PR in that and definitely do better there.”
In addition to Cunningham, Tyler Derr also had a runner-up finish. Derr cleared 11 feet, 6 inches and was second to Northern Lehigh’s Nick Miller (12-0) in the pole vault.
Derr, a senior, was thrilled with his second place finish.
“It feels amazing,” said Derr, who was seeded sixth in the event with a mark of 11-3. “I didn’t expect to get this at all. Height-wise, I was expecting to get that. But place-wise, I didn’t think so, really.
“I’ve just been doing a lot of extra practicing. Really trying to pinpoint what my weaknesses are and fix those little things, bit-by-bit.”
Madeline Consuelos was second for the Lady Tigers in the 3200 with a time of 11:28.87. Southern Lehigh freshman Jenna Groeber (11:18.89) won the 3200.
Consuelos was sixth in the 1600 (5:26.13) and seventh in the 800 (2:27.88).
The team of Consuelos, Alyssa Zack, Molly Tarvin and Hannah Herzon was fourth in the 3200 relay (9:52.71).
Northwestern also had success in the 1600 relay. The team of Cayden Rex, Alyssa Zack, Sarah Supplee and Emily Renner placed third (4:18.11).
In the field events, Kayla Leipensperger was fourth in the discus (94-11) for the Lady Tigers, while Sage Christopher had the same result in the shot put (30-02.75).
With the league meet in the rearview mirror, Northwestern athletes turned their attention to this week’s District 11 Track and Field Championships, which began Tuesday at Blue Mountain High School.
The Northwestern boys and girls will both be competing in Class 3A events.
“I definitely have some more work I can do, and get a little bit better for next week at districts,” said Cunningham. “Hopefully, I can get the time for states.”