Cayle Spencer set a school record in the javelin Tuesday and added a win with a career-best in the shot put.
When the impressive performance was over, coach John Sobocinski was not certain that either would ultimately be the best event for the talented Lake-Lehman sophomore.
“She has a lot of talent in the discus,” Sobocinski said of Spencer. “She can be really good once she perfects her spin. She has a chance to do some really nice things in the discus.”
With the chance to compete in pleasant weather conditions for the first time, Spencer had the best day of her high school career, contributing 13 points with two first-place finishes and a second in the discus to help Lake-Lehman tie Northwest, 75-75, and remain unbeaten through three meets.
Spencer had never thrown the javelin more than 120 feet in competition. After unleashing consecutive throws of 124 and another of 127 at Monday’s practice, she carried that momentum into Tuesday’s meet.
A throw of 122-8 broke the 12-year-old school record of 120-1 that had been held by Kari Maskalis.
“I’ve been working toward that school record since last season,” said Spencer, who finished third in the District 2 Class AA Championships as a freshman.
While her coach sees the potential for her to become even more of a three-way threat as a thrower, Spencer enjoys javelin the most.
“It’s my favorite,” said Spencer, who took up track and field in seventh grade and immediately settled into the throwing events. “Every year I get better at it.
“I just try to keep working on my technique and footwork.”
That attention to detail has combined well with the athleticism that has already made Spencer a two-year starter in soccer and basketball where she was among the Wyoming Valley Conference’s top scorers while producing 20 points per game.
“She’s a strong kid,” Sobocinski said. “She’s explosive; she’s very coordinated, a really nice athlete. It’s just a matter of perfecting her form.”
Tuesday’s efforts showed she’s well on her way.
“We all thought shot put would be her weakest event and she goes out and throws over 33 feet,” Sobocinski said. “That’s a fantastic throw.”
Spencer was sixth in the district in the shot put last season.
The javelin distance produced Tuesday, if repeated in May at Scranton Memorial Stadium, would make her a district title contender. That throw of 122-8 would have finished second a year ago.
“That throw, if she packages it up and takes it on the road has a very good chance to win districts,” Sobocinski said. “That can win districts. If you get into the mid- to upper-120s, traditionally that win will districts in Double-A.
“Even in Shippensburg, at the state meet, you have a chance to medal with that.”
With Tuesday’s performances, Spencer showed she is in position to contend for more honors as the season progresses.