Girls 4x800 takes gold at ASD
The annual Allentown School District Track and Field Invitational is looked at as a prelude to the postseason. Athletes from school and leagues in all parts of District 11 attend the meet, and some from beyond.
The top competitors use it as a gauge of where they stand with just a few weeks left before league and district meets.
The Northwestern girls 4x800 meter relay teams surely looks at the event that way. Senior Molly Tarvin remember taking gold in the event as a freshman then going on to district gold weeks later.
Tarvin and her teammates hope history repeats itself. The Tigers ran to a first-place finish in last Friday’s ASD Meet, crossing the line in 9:53.25 to easily beat second-place Central Catholic (10:06.08).
“I am beyond excited,” said Tarvin. “This is the first time I’ve medaled since that 4x800 squad my freshman year with those really good girls. Now, taking their place, standing up here (on the medal stand) and making them proud, it’s nice. It’s rewarding.”
Junior Maddie Consuelos ran the opening leg of the race and put Northwestern in the lead. Allie Costa took the baton next and handed it to Tarvin, who gave it to Alyssa Zack for the final 800 meters.
“The gap started pretty close but after every lap it got further and further,” Costa said of her team’s lead during the race.
They came into the race as the top seed with a time of 10:15.7, but Northampton and Parkland both had times under 10:30 on the seed sheet. Northwestern’s foursome was excited to take on the teams from bigger schools, although there was a bit of pressure.
“We were very excited,” said Consuelos. “We were a little nervous, because being the first seed you never know what happened.”
The feeling is the same going into districts, however the win last week at J.Birney Crum Stadium could help instill some extra confidence in the Tigers.
“It gives us an idea of what districts is going to look like and how we can place at districts,” said Zack. “In the Colonial League we know all the teams and we race them a lot. This gives us an idea of how we rank against some of the bigger schools.”
Zack was the only other Northwestern medal winner last Friday, taking third place in the 800 meters in a time of 2:29.69.
Other top 10 Tiger finishers at ASD include Tarvin (fourth place in 3200 in 11:53.01), Caroline Fogal (fourth place in triple jump at 32-11), the boys 4x800 relay (sixth place in 9:03.25), Lauren Schellhamer (eighth place in 400 in 1:04.27), the girls 4x100 (eighth place in 54.72), Robert Leiser (eighth place in 400 53.25), Costa (ninth place in 1600 in 5:40.85), Sarah Supplee (ninth place in 300 hurdles in 52.01), Sydney Derr (ninth place in pole vault 7-6), Jordan Lowthert (ninth place in triple jump at 31-8), Kayla Leibensperger (10th place in discus 83-9), Zachary Rosamalia (10th place in triple jump at 39-0), Hunter Miller (10th place in javelin at 141-4).