Tackett, Fermin win gold
Liberty’s boys’ track and field team is the 2019 Dual Meet and League Meet Champions, scoring a meet record 148 points at the East Penn Conference Championships last week at Whitehall High School
Gold medal winners from Liberty were Darlyn Fermin in the 3200 with a time of 9:42.94 and Christian Tackett in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.82.
Silver medalists from Liberty were Trevor Harris in the shot put with a 48-06.75 and in the discus with a 146-04.00.
“The discus was a P.R. That was my second throw,” said Harris. “Honestly I didn’t know [how I would do] because I got my wisdom teeth out a week ago so I really wasn’t practicing. I got to practice the Monday before leagues so that was the only one I had, but I didn’t skip a beat in practice.
“The shot put was a P.R. by four inches. It feels good. Last year I got third and fourth so it’s definitely better to take two seconds.”
Liberty’s Javonte Haynes was second in the 100 in 11.20, and Tackett placed second in the 400 in 50.39.
Fermin captured a silver in the 1600 in 4:26.93, as did teammate Ryan Wycherley in the 800 in 1:59.11.
Liberty’s 4x4 relay took silver medals with a time of 3:29.43.
Bronze medalists were Liberty’s Messiah Johnson in the discus with a 131-08.00 and teammate Daniel Damon in the long jump with a 21-08.75.
The Hurricanes’ 4x8 relay team of Graham Phillips, Fermin, Cole Frank, and Wycherley placed third with a time of 8:09.28, and their 4x1 relay placed third in 43.95.
Bronze medalists were also awarded to Bethlehem Catholic’s Josiah Kelly in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.35, and Freedom’s Alex Heidemann in the 1600 with a time of 4:30.43.
“That was one heck of a finish,” said Patriot distance coach Bob Thear regarding the 1600.
That’s because Heidemann, a freshman, was in eighth place with 150 meters to go.
“I went into another gear and passed five kids and passed [Easton’s] Joey [Ozgar] with five meters left,” said Heidemann. “Once I started my kick, I realized Joey was right there. It felt great. It was a big accomplishment, knowing these guys are upperclassmen.”
Ozgar took fourth place, .59 behind Heidemann. Runners from Emmaus, Nazareth, and Easton finished right on Ozgar’s heels.
“It was a pretty cool experience,” Heidemann said. “[Coach Bob] gave me a few pointers how to run it better next time. I’ll try to stay closer up front the first three laps.”
Taking home fourth place medals were Liberty’s Jaden Freeman in the shot put with a 44-10.00, Nolan Beagell in the javelin with a 173-06.00, Haynes in the long jump with a 21-06.00, Alex Roan in the pole vault with a 12-09.00, and Fermin in the 400 in 2:00.79.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Matt Stianche won a fourth place medal in the high jump with a 5-11.00, and Freedom’s 4x1 relay placed fourth in 44.00.