Taylor making mark in javelin at Slippery Rock
By Michael Love
Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Samantha Taylor enjoyed a stellar track and field career while a student-athlete at Gateway, and the 2012 high school graduate is producing a strong freshman campaign this spring for the Slippery Rock University women's track and field squad.
The javelin specialist was named a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Female Field Athlete of the Week in April for her performance at the Dave Labor Invitational at Slippery Rock University.
At the April 13th event, she won the javelin with a top throw of 43.89 meters (144 feet).
That attempt improved on her personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark from earlier this spring.
At the time, the throw ranked second in the PSAC behind teammate and Chambersburg High School graduate Lexi Arnold and was the 10th best in Division II this spring.
Her mark also was more than four feet better than the third-best throw in the league to that point.
Taylor began her outdoor career with a third-place finish in the javelin (139-6) at the season-opening Shamrock Invitational on March 14 to 16 at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Arnold and Taylor are the top two seeds for the PSAC Championships, which are set to begin Thursday and run through Saturday at Millersville University.
A third SRU female javelin thrower will compete at the PSAC championships.
Kim Goth from Redbank Valley High School in New Bethlehem, Pa. has a best throw of 131-3, giving The Rock three of the top-five javelin marks in the PSAC this spring.
Taylor got her collegiate career started during the indoor season over the winter.
She scored five top-10 finishes at the Edinboro University Mike Kowal Combined Events. She was 10th in the high jump, eighth in the shot put, 10th in the 60-meter hurdles, sixth in the long jump and eighth in the pentathlon.
Taylor placed fourth in the long jump at the Youngstown State Invitational with a personal-best mark of 5.29 meters (17 feet, 4 inches). She then took 12th in the long jump at the PSAC Championships.
Taylor finished as the Gateway school record holder in the girls javelin with a best throw of 143-2.
She capped her high school career at the WPIAL and PIAA championships.
At WPIALs last spring, she placed fourth with a top attempt of 135-8, and she took 10th at states with a best throw of 120-10.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at email@example.com.
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