WESTFIELD, NJ —  Just a sophomore, Westfield High School’s Erica Lawrence is already making her mark in Westfield High School sports history. The 10th grade shot putter recently threw 35' 10.5" at the State Group IV Track meet in Toms River, breaking the school record by 5.5".

The WHS track and field team has an extensive history of success, and this week's Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week has set an incredible example for her peers.

“She commits herself each practice to becoming a better athlete,” coach Samuel Haimann said. “Her work ethic is outstanding. She accepted the training methods established by the coaching staff and set high standards for herself she expected to attain … She applies maximum effort regardless of what she is doing.”

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Lawrence said she’s fueled by competition.

“My number-one motivating factor when it comes to athletics is everyone else,” Lawrence said. “I strive to be better than the people I am competing against and I work to reach that point.”

In addition to her success throwing shot put, Lawrence is the starting catcher for the varsity softball team and is getting prepped for the spring season.

“I am able to designate time for each of them,” Lawrence said of the two sports. “We do not have high school practices on Sundays, so during the winter I am able to practice softball in the morning. The hardest part is finding time for schoolwork.”

Competing with girls as old as 18, the 10th grader sees a bright future for herself.  

“I set marks for myself. Beating the school record was one of them,” Lawrence said. “I am going to work to beat out other people and set even higher goals.”

Max Budashewitz is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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