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Press photo by Steve AndresThe girls 3200 relay team took fourth place on day one of the EPC meet at Whitehall Tuesday. Press photo by Steve AndresThe girls 3200 relay team took fourth place on day one of the EPC meet at Whitehall Tuesday.

Relay team takes fourth

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

The first day of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships produced some good results for the host team, with one of their relay teams making it the medal stand.

The Zephyr Sports Complex was the scene for the combined Colonial and EPC Track and Field Championships on Tuesday afternoon. Many of the events on day one were held under a scorching sun, and that may have impacted some of the performances, especially in the distance races.

The preliminaries for the girls 100 meters was one of the events where Whitehall had success, advancing two sprinters to the finals on Wednesday. Both Kate Bonshak and Aliyah Barkley earned spots in the EPC 100 meter finals, with East Stroudsburg South’s Gabriella Taylor claiming the top time in the preliminaries with a 12.70 mark.

Another event where the girls shined was the 4x800 relay. They captured fourth place, finishing in 9:54.35. That foursome included Juanita Flores, Devon Roberts, Alyssa Marsteller and Lindsay Solderitch.

Roberts, a distance runner, said that she wasn’t part of the original 4x800 lineup, but she said that once she was inserted into the relay, the coaches believed they had something positive and she became a fixture on the relay the rest of the season.

She said because of an injury to Emily Wells, the configuration of the team has gone under some changes. But because they had strong depth in the 800 among the girls, it wasn’t difficult to plug in people and keep their momentum going.

“It’s pretty easy because we all have similar times,” said Roberts.

Roberts said that it was rough out on the track as a competitor. She said that the heat really took a toll. While it wasn’t ideal conditions, Roberts said that Solderitch, who normally competes in the 800, ran her fastest time of the year.

“She did really well,” said Roberts.

Roberts said that when she took the baton, she knew she had to do some work to make sure they would medal. She persevered through her leg, making up some ground as she completed her 800. She said that it was tough going in the heat, but she was determined to keep pace.

“I just tried my best to stay mentally tough,” she said.

The 4x800 was one of the first events to crown its champions on Tuesday, leaving the 3,200 meters still on tap for her later in the day. She’s also set to compete in the mile on Wednesday.

As she prepared for Wednesday’s mile, Roberts said that she has a goal in mind. She wants to set the school record.

“I’m two seconds off, and I’m either last or second last in the fast heat, and I hope that pushes me to get a better time,” said Roberts. “I just hope I’m able to do that. I’m pretty excited.”

The girls strong showing on the opening day of the league championships has them in 10th place with 8 points after six events.

Day two comes after Press deadlines.