Springdale junior Emily Lelis won Class AA WPIAL Championships in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. The wins were definite – Lelis won by 0.83 seconds in the 100 and by 1.23 seconds in the 300. But the gaps were still close enough that Lelis could not have allowed her competition any slack.
“I was not really nervous before any of her events,” said Springdale head coach Jake Lauer. “[Lelis] was clearly the favorite (by looking at times in all of her events throughout the season). If she ran her race, we knew that she would come out on top.”
Lelis apparently did “run her race;” she took a 14.84 second win in the 100-hurdles and a 44.57-second win in the 300.
Lauer noted that Lelis is looking forward to this weekend’s PIAA state championships. He described her races as beginning with an initial burst of speed, which is maintained by her grace and efficiency.
“From there, she is so fluid over the hurdles,” Lauer said.