Meghan Hemmingway, Hannah Marth take firsts at ASD Invitational
While junior Meghan Hemmingway set a personal best of 95 feet in the discus event last season, she has yet to crack that mark in 2015.
But that didn't stop Hemmingway for setting high goals heading into last week's William Allen Invitational at J. Birney Crum Stadium. Not only did she want to set a new personal best in the discus last Friday, Hemmingway wanted to eclipse 100 feet for the first time in competition.
Not only did Hemmingway break her previous mark and eclipse 100 feet, but her first-place finish (103-10) highlighted a group of five Northampton athletes, along with a relay team, that earned top-10 finishes.
"I definitely wanted to break 100 because my PR from last year was 95, and I haven't hit it yet," Hemmingway said. "For the school record, I'm only six feet away from it, so I'm excited to break it hopefully."
Senior Hannah Marth entered Friday's invitational as the top seed in the girls' javelin event. When all of the participants had finished, Marth's throw stood above and beyond the rest of the field.
Marth, who finished with a mark of 121-11 on her last throw, won the event when opened the competition with a 119.
"My first one was around 119," Marth said. "And I won with that, so I knew my last one was really to go hard and see what I could do."
"I just wanted to throw consistently pretty much and work on my form," Marth said.
The rest of the field in the javelin wasn't even close. Second-place finisher Mallory Sanders of Blue Mountain and third-place finisher Lexi Meisse of Stroudsburg both threw a 106-10.
"This year, I think it [121-11] would be my second-highest," Marth said. "My personal best is 129."
Hemmingway also placed ninth in the javelin.
Sophomore distance runner Lyndsey Gallagher placed fourth in the 1600 meter run and seventh in the 3200 meter run. Senior John Pereira took 10th in the 300 meter hurdles, and sophomore Tyleen Lopez came in 10th in the 200 meter dash.
The EPC Track and Field Meet is scheduled for May 5 – 6 at Whitehall High School.