Liggitt first in shot, discus
Northampton head track and field coach Tim Caffrey admittedly has a bittersweet moment at the recent District 11 meet.
The veteran coach watched some of his performers advance to the state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend, while he watched others end their high school career.
Zach Liggitt (first place, shot put and discus), Alexis Barrall (second place in the pole vault), and Jared Jackson (third place, 400-meter dash) will be competing at Shippensburg.
Liggitt, who finished first in both events at leagues the previous week, hit 50-03.50 in the shot and 148.04 in the discus. Barrall, who also won the league title the previous week with a mark of 10-9, notched 11-0 in the pole vault, and Jackson recorded a time of 50.55.
“All three of them did very well,” said Caffrey. “They all hit their marks and their strides.
Overall, the Konkrete Kids took home six medals. Other medal winners were Nick Bodnar (fourth place, 300 hurdles, 50.55) and Doug Sacco (fourth place, high jump, 6-01). Mikayla Davidson took a fifth place in the pole vault (9-6).
“As a head coach, it is always difficult to see your seniors perform for the last time at districts,” said Caffrey. “Many have been on the team for four years, and you grow attached to their personalities.
“At districts, you wish for them to have a personal best performance in the last time on the team, and it is difficult to see them perhaps not attain a personal best in their last performance. The athletes work all season for their chance for a place at districts and when the weather does not cooperate for those two days, it is a real let down. All their chances for the next level depend on those two days. Mother nature played a big role in their chances. It is probably the worst part of the job of coaching when you see that look on their face.”
Caffrey is optimistic his team can cherish the moment as well as see what can be ahead.
“They don’t always see the big picture of sports at that moment,” added Caffrey. “They just feel that they let themselves down along with their coach. Time helps heal that wound. Our Northampton kids were well represented at the district meet and we did very well overall.”