Even though Talvanisha Lawing has done some of her best work at a rival high school, shes happy to be capping her track and field career with the program where it all began three years ago.The A.L. Brown jumper/hurdler is back for her senior year after spending the spring semester and the 2012 outdoor season at South Rowan. As a Raider, Lawing placed in the top 10 in three events at last years 3A state outdoor meet. This winter, as a Wonder, she is one of the top-ranked indoor track and field athletes in the state.The 1A/2A/3A state meet will be held on Feb. 9 at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.In four regular season meets, she has placed no worse than third in all of her events. Lawing specializes in the 55-meter hurdles, triple jump and long jump.Lawing has established new personal-best marks in all three events. The first came on Dec. 12 when she long-jumped 16 feet, 10 inches at an A.L. Brown polar bear meet, which was held outdoors.At an East Rowan polar bear meet on Jan. 9, she ran the 55-meter hurdles in 8.64 seconds. On Jan. 13 at JDL, a true indoor track Lawing triple-jumped 36 feet, ½ inch.Comparatively, her new personal records bring good news.Her 55-meter hurdles time is better than the time she ran in the finals of last years state indoor meet (8.99), where she finished in fifth place. Lawings previous best triple jump of 35 feet, 3 1/4 inch was set at last years outdoor regional meet.Thats why Lawing is approaching this years state indoor meet with such anticipation.If everything goes well, if I have a good meet, Im capable of anything, said Lawing. Im a second off or a meter off (of where I want to be). I really look forward to that meet.When Lawing started at A.L. Brown as a freshman, she was purely a hurdling specialist. Triple jumping would come a couple years later.There were such strong hurdlers in Cabarrus County at the time that Lawing didnt know if she could compete. Jay M. Robinsons Erin Tucker and Concords Juanita Leto both became state champions by the time they graduated.They were a couple years older than Lawing but that didnt matter to her. She was devastated after she placed behind them in the 100-meter hurdles at her first high school outdoor meet.I came home crying to my mom, said Lawing. But I picked up a lot from those girls. Ive learned a lot. They talked to me and said it would come in time.As her abilities were starting to peak during her junior year, Lawings family moved to South Rowans district. She embraced her new outdoor track and field team and helped the Raiders win the North Piedmont 3A championship.Lawing also embraced a new event the triple jump. She placed seventh at the state outdoor meet last year in the event, complementing her fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles and ninth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles.Lawing moved back to Kannapolis during the summer and is taking track and field more seriously than ever. At the start of this indoor season, she quit her job at a fast food restaurant so she wouldnt have to miss any practice time. Lawing has been spending extra time training with A.L. Browns jumps coach, Daniel Wallace.Wallace has really helped her with her jumping and her steps, said head coach Brian Landis. Hes one of the big reasons why shes jumped so far.Lawing has spent her four years of high school taking the right steps to compete among the best. At the state meet, shes hoping to take things just a little bit farther.
Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2013
A.L. Brown senior hopes success carries over to state track meet
A.L. Brown senior Talvanisha Lawing has qualified for Feb. 9's 1A/2A/3A state indoor track and field meet in three events. JOE HABINA
Other area athletes to watch Boys • Jordan Warren, Hickory Ridge: Senior has top triple jump (45-11.5) going into the state meet. • Johnny Hodge, A.L. Brown: Wonder standout could be factors in 500-, 1000-meter runs. • Zoshua Heilig, Concord: Spider speedster among 1A/2A/3A’s best in 55-meter hurdles. Girls • Maddie Lowe, Northwest Cabarrus: Junior has third best state qualifying time in the mile (5:23.10). • Elizabeth Olesen, Hickory Ridge: Sophomore has best qualyfing high jump at 5-foot-6. • Lauren Hughes, Jay M. Robinson: Sophomore qualified in 3,200-meter run with 12:14.09 Jay Edwards