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Track teams have good year

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

After a delayed start because of the weather, Northampton’s track teams managed respectable overall seasons with several notable individual performances.

The girls team finished with an overall 5-6 mark, while the boys ended the year with a 7-5 slate.

We had a tough beginning of the season concerning the weather,” said head coach Tim Caffrey. “Meets were canceled in the beginning of the season with school closings and snow.

“With our girls, wins were from the North Division and losses were from the South Division. Losses were very close to being wins in three of the contests. With the boys, they had tough shadows to live up to from last year’s record of 9-2. They won meets we were supposed to win with exception to the first meet with Emmaus.”

Overall, the girls’ squad had 29 qualifiers with nine placing in the top-10 of the East Penn Conference (EPC) league meet. In the District XI meet, 17 girls qualified.

The boys had 21 entrants into the EPC meet and 14 qualifiers in the District XI meet.

“The kids won a number of medals in both meets, which was also a team goal,” said Caffrey. “They worked hard to improve their times during the season.”

Three Konkrete Kids advanced to the state meet.

Alexis Barrall took top honors in the pole vault at the East Penn Conference meet and second at the District 11 meet. Barrall finished 24th at the state meet with a mark of 11 feet.

Zach Liggitt won the shot put in the district meet with a throw of 50-35. He threw 48-55 at the state meet and finished 14th overall.

Liggitt also won the javelin at districts with a toss of 148.4. He threw 134.10 at the state meet that netted him a 17th-place finish.

Jared Jackson set his personal best at the state meet cutting 11 seconds off his season time in the 400 with a time of 50.44 for a 17th place finish. Jackson finished third at districts with a time of 50.55.

On the regular season, the Kids were involved in several close meets that easily could have swung their way.

“With our girls team, losses were very close to being wins in three of the contests,” added Caffrey. “The Bethlehem Catholic meet tie was broken by a tie breaker with them having nine first places and us having only six first places. That meet could have been won with one 3rd place in one of 15 events.

“With a three-point swing against Nazareth, we win the meet. In the Whitehall meet, a relay team win (5 points) ties the meet. Another third-place win wins the meet. With those three wins, our season becomes 8 and 3.

“On the boys’ side, we won meets we were supposed to win with exception to the first meet with Emmaus. A two-point swing wins the meet for us, and we go 8 and 3.”

Overall, the Kids will lose a number of seniors, but they will have a returning core.

“The girls’ team has a strong junior contingent although we lose many good seniors this season,” said Caffrey. “Three state qualifiers was a good number for this season, even though their performances at states were not good enough to medal in the top eight.”