Evelyn Lerch Finishes Her First Season With She-Wolves Track And Field Team; Coach Jackson Pleased With Team’s Bonding And Success This Season
(Photos courtesy of the Lerch’s) Above: Evelyn at States with North Clarion Head Coach Doug Jackson and Distance Coach Roxanne McFarland
Evelyn Lerch finished her junior season for the North Clarion She-Wolves, at the 2021 PIAA State Class-AA Track and Field Championships, at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium, on Friday, May 28th.
Competing in the 400 meters, Evelyn turned in a time 1:01 flat, which placed her third in her heat and seventeenth over-all. For Evelyn, who is a student at Clarion Area, this was her first season with the She-Wolves, as Clarion Area joined with North Clarion and Forest Area (East and West Forest Schools) in their track and field co-op.
Evelyn also reached states, running for the Lady Cats as a freshman, in 2019. Their was no state meet in 2019 due to covid.
North Clarion Head Coach Doug Jackson had this to say Evelyn’s season, “Besides Evelyn’s athleticism, I have been impressed by her versatility, dedication, and competitive focus. Evelyn had a great season, and I look forward to seeing what she accomplishes next year as a senior.”
And as for the benefits and camaraderie achieved by Clarion joining with North Clarion and Forest Area, Coach Jackson said, “The co-op of Clarion student athletes joining North Clarion and Forest Area for track was a tremendous success. The season produced a lot of highlights on the track and in the field, however the best part was witnessing the bonds that have formed between athletes, coaches, and families.”
Coach Jackson is hoping that this season was a catalyst for the future of the program, “We hope to see more student athletes from all four schools be a part of our track family next year.”
Evelyn was the top scorer on the the very successful 8-2, She-Wolves Team with 103.5 points. She broke the North Clarion school record in the 100meters, with a time of 12.84.
She had a number of other accomplishments in 2021. She qualified for the District Nine Class-AA meet in four events, the 100, 200 and 400 and as a member of the She-Wolves 1600 relay, along with Bella Scott, Trinity Thompson and Rachel Bauer.
Evelyn won three medals at the Redbank Valley Invitational – 1st in the 400, 3rd in the 100, 3rd in the 1600 relay w/ Bella Scott, Rachel Bauer, and Trinity Thompson.
She was named to the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference (KSAC) All-Conference Team, being named to the First Team in the 400, Second Team in the100, and a member of the First Team 1600 Relay (with Bella, Rachel, and Trinity).
Right after competing in the State Meet, it was off to Baltimore for Evelyn and her parents Matt and Tammy, where she would compete in a travel team soccer tournament.
Congratulations To Evelyn and all the North Clarion She-Wolves on a great season!!!!
(Thanks to Coach Jackson for the quotes and stats and to the Lerch’s for the photos!!)