Dave Lauer was one of the most versatile track and field athletes in the history of Steinert High School. And, that is really saying something, considering the wealth of talent in the archives of Spartan track and field.

In addition to being a record-setting performer in track and field, Lauer also played football at Steinert for three years. His leadership qualities and strong work ethic helped him be chosen as "Spartan of the Year."

"Dave was one of the most popular and likeable young men to walk the halls of Steinert," said former SHS coach and Hall-of-Famer Andre Modica. "He was a pleasure to have in your classroom as well as on and off the field. He was a true team player."

He was a major contributor to the 1979 track and field team that won the Mercer County Championship and placed second in an NJSIAA Central Jersey competition.

He joined the cross country team as a senior and had an immediate impact as he helped the Spartans qualify for the Group 4 state meet. As a first-time cross-country runner, Dave was recognized with second-team all-county honors.

"He was quiet, humble, and very competitive through hard work and incentive to win," said former SHS coach and Hall-of-Famer Jerry Bleistein.

On the way to multiple all-county honors, Lauer excelled in numerous events including the 800-meter run and the javelin. You can find his name at the top of the record books at SHS for his efforts in the 55-meter dash and as a member of the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams. He is also among the top performers in the javelin.

"Dave was probably the best all-around/versatile athlete I've ever coached," Modica said. "He excelled in the field and on the track. He, when called on, would run all track events from the 100 meter to the 800 meter. More importantly, Dave was one of the nicest, most personable individuals Iíve ever come to know."

Lauer has been able to give back to his community.

"I had the privilege of coaching youth baseball for 20 years and served on the boards of Nottingham Little League, Hamilton Babe Ruth League, and the Babe Ruth World Series Board that brought the event to Hamilton," he said.

"I am also grateful that I have been able to have a business in my hometown serving businesses and families for almost 30 years, and this past year my firm (Boscarelli, Lauer, Lazzaro & Millen, Inc.) established a Charitable Foundation that each year selects a local charity to benefit from a yearly fundraising event."