Good Thursday to you all.

Ignatowski

Yes, it’s true, I am the whiniest sick person you will find. My daughter, Grace, said to me this morning, “Boy, you look awful.” I replied with, “Well, I feel awful.” Which led to me looking in the mirror and seeing Jim Ignatowski from Taxi staring back at me. I had to agree with Grace, I look awful.

So, clearly, I have to pull myself together here at some point. I have spent the better part of two days wrapped in blankets, drinking Green Tea and Orange Juice by the gallons. My reconstructed knee is killing me, my chest and muffin top are aching from the coughing and I can’t eat. Quite honestly, I am miserable.

But, I did squeeze in getting my assignments done. And instead of binge watching Columbo on Netflix, I chose to do some preseason work. Yesterday, I took a look at some of the returning standouts who are projected to be names I will follow this track season in the girls LTC. Today, I present the boys who are returning. It’s going to be tough to top the way the boys season ended last season at the PIAA Championship meet at Shippensburg University. North Pocono’s Matt Kravitz won a Class 3A gold in the 3,200-meter run — the first medal event of the Saturday — and Lakeland won a Class 2A gold in the 1,600 relay — the last medal event of the Saturday. It made for an early start and a late night for me, but having state champions certainly made it worth it.

Here are the final standings for the boys LTC in 2016:

Here is what the final Top 5 looked like:

1. Lakeland (7-0). Really balanced on the track in 400, 800, hurdles and jumps.

2. Wallenpaupack (7-0). Came on strong and has a very young and talented team.

3. North Pocono (6-1). Ran into a juggernaut in Wallenpaupack, but will still be heard from.

4. Scranton (5-2). At full strength, has some very good talent across the 18 events.

5. Carbondale Area (6-1). Only loss was to Lakeland and had a win over Montrose.

Others: Montrose (6-1), Elk Lale (6-1), Valley View (4-3).

Here is a look at some of the top talent expected to be back this spring:

Disclaimer: Remember, these are based on last year’s results at the Robert Spagna Championship meet. There are several factors which can change who is returning and who is not. But, these are the top underclassmen from each event at that meet.

 

 

 

 

 

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Matt Craig

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tyler Wirth

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lakeland junior Cy Babcanec has won two PIAA gold medals in the 1,600-meter relay.

 

 

 

 

 

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Akash Darjee

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kyle Burke

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scranton senior Carlos Acevedo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jacob Pasake

 

 

 

 

 

 

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North Pocono’s Matt Slagus throws the discus during District 2 track championships a Scranton Memorial Stadium on Monday, May 16, 2016. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gavin Darcy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jason Jablonowski

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shane Acoveno

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ryan Atcavage

 

 

 

 

 

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That’s all for today.

Hopefully, the winter weather we are going to get won’t stay long and we can have a seasonable spring. Good luck to all of the athletes.

ENJOY!