By Ian Carson
The annual Track and Field League Championship was held at Whitehall High School on Tuesday May 10th, and Wednesday May 11th. The championship consisted of many individuals all over the Lehigh Valley including Colonial League and EPC teams. Each event was divided among boys and girls, as well as Colonial League and EPC schools. Many talented Salisbury track and field athletes were qualified for regionals.
Although it was a very competitive meet, some Salisbury athletes were able to achieve a medal in their events. Freshman Rylee Donaldson took second place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:00.53. Senior Tevon Weber took first place in Javelin with a throw of 179-07. Senior Lindsay Bauer took first in the triple jump with 37-10.75, and broke the Colonial League record set back in 1978 by Catasauqua’s Lori James. Bauer also took first in the long jump with a distance of 18-05.75, and broke her own colonial league record for the third year in a row. Sophomore Jack Reichenbach took second in the long jump with a distance of 21-04.50 (.25 inches away from the first place jumper), and third in high jump with a height of 6’2”.
However, despite Salisbury’s impressive performance, there were other individuals who had a successful afternoon. In particular, Notre Dame’s Greg Lauray, a junior, was a first-time high jumper this spring season. His first meet ever, which took place at Wilson on March 31st, Lauray broke the previous colonial league record of 6’9” by jumping 6’10”. This was unbelievable to witnesses since it was his first year ever high jumping. Salisbury’s jumping coach, Daniel Reichenbach, was one of the people in awe. “He is a natural athlete with natural arch in his back.” Many high jumpers take years to develop the correct form by getting the crucial arch when jumping over the bar. For Lauray, it came naturally. He was the only jumper left in Wednesday afternoon’s championship meet. He got over 6’8” easily and continued increasing the height. His goal was to jump at least 7’. He cleared 7’ on the first attempt causing the crowed much excitement. The bar was at 7’1” which was the state record for high school high jumpers. He cleared it on his first attempt. The crowd was in shock.
Lauray was unable to clear 7’2”, but undoubtedly won first place. Greg Lauray is now ranked sixth in the nation, first in the state of Pennsylvania, tied the state record for high jump, and is the number one junior high jumper in the nation. A couple months ago, he was hesitant to participate in high jump. And now, Lauray will be a closely monitored competitor in states.