The 2018 Lackawanna Track Conference season is ready to get going and I decided a good way to start would be to look at the rich history of every program in the conference.

Thanks to remarkable — and fast — responses from the coaches, I was able to compile as thorough a data base as was possible. I set out to publish the school records for each event for every school. Now, before everyone gets bent out of shape, this is NOT A RANKING. What I did was simply list the records with the fastest time, the best distances and heights, to get the No. 1 performance of all-time. That is all. After that, I just wanted to recognize some of the great athletes from EVERY school. Obviously, there were years when yes, some athletes, while not school-record holders would be on this list. But nobody can track that data. It’s too difficult.

Through this process, it’s really fun to see some of the names. The history and the achievements of these athletes is remarkable.

OK, here are some ground rules: 

  • SUBMITTED: These performances were submitted to me by coaches. West Scranton was unable to submit its marks, and Susquehanna is in the process of compiling its boys record book.
  • ADDING TIME: Some school records were listed as hand-held records. To be fair, if I saw a time that stood out, or didn’t have an odd number in tenths, I added .24 to account for fully automatic timing (FAT) and here is why. First, it is almost mathematically impossible to run a time to the tenth of a second. For example, a 10.9 in the 100, has to be a hand-held time, otherwise it would have a time measured out to the hundredth of a second — 10.91. When an athlete runs a school record with a hand-held clock, .24 should always be added to that mark. FAT times were not used most likely prior to the mid-1990s even at the district level. So, when I saw a time like that, I researched the athlete, and if the time was not run at districts or states, I added .24. Therefore, some records may look different than the ones coaches have on the books.
  • JAVELIN: OK, the javelin changed in 2002. So, school marks set before 2002 I separated and because of the tight time window for the project didn’t request coaches to look back at possible marks set after 2002. I listed those set before 2002 off as retired school records. Coaches should look back at their convenience so the event can move forward.
  • CONVERTED: You will find two converted times from Montrose. That’s because those athletes ran the dashes in yards not meters. There is a conversion chart that is used, then of course you have to add .24 to the converted time for the official school record.

 

SCHEDULE

Here are the dates when the events will be published: 

  • MARCH 28: SPRINTS (100, 200, 400) / HURDLES (110-boys, 100-girls, 300)
  • MARCH 29: DISTANCE (800, 1600, 3200)
  • MARCH 30: THROWS (Shot, Discus, Javelin)
  • MARCH 31: JUMPS (Long, Triple, High, Vault) 
  • APRIL 1: RELAYS (400, 1600, 3200)

 

LONG JUMP

 

 

Honesdale’s Lionel Wilson.

 

 

 

 

LONG JUMP

Lionel Wilson

Honesdale

23–7.5

2011

Ky’Ron Harbin

Scranton

23-4

2017

Skip Brinkley

Abington Heights

23–3

1966

Cody DeBoer

Montrose

23–1

2009

Alex Long

Western Wayne

22–7

2015

Rich Sparks

Valley View

22-6.5

1986

Brett Bachtle

Wallenpaupack

22—4

1988

Devon Strubert

North Pocono

21–10.25

2013

Robert Dombloski

Mountain View

21-10

1965

Jim McHale

Scranton Prep

21-9

1980

John Rinaldi

Dunmore

21–7

2013

Jason Jablonowski

Carbondale Area

21–7

2017

Matt Nelson

Holy Cross

21—6.5

2017

Garth Estadt

Lakeland

21–6.25

2014

Jason Vermeulen

Elk Lake

21-5

2012

Jimmy Crenshaw

Delaware Valley

21–2.5

2002

Tom Lewis

Blue Ridge

21-2

1978

Alex Prislupsky

Mid Valley

21–1.5

2014

Mark Cherewka

Riverside

20-9

Justin Bellanco

Lackawanna Trail

19–2.5

2007

 

Western Wayne’s Alex Long.

Montrose’s Cody DeBoer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

TRIPLE JUMP

 

Montrose’s Jacob Merrill.

 

 

 

TRIPLE JUMP

Jacob Merrill

Montrose

47–7

2000

Ky’Ron Harbin

Scranton

47-1

2015

Alex Long

Western Wayne

46–2

2015

Rich Sparks

Valley View

44—10.5

1986

Jimmy Crenshaw

Delaware Valley

44–7.5

2003

Maleik Torres

Honesdale

44–6.75

2012

Gavin O’Donnell

Lakeland

44–6

2014

Patrick Fricke

Scranton Prep

44–4.25

2012

Paolucci

Abington Heights

44–4

1976

Brett Bachtle

Wallenpaupack

43-11

1987

Matt Galli

Dunmore

43–9

2011

Devon Strubert

North Pocono

43–8.5

2012

Pat Maloney

Riverside

43–3

Rich Pease

Blue Ridge

42–7.5

1975

John Vividly

Carbondale Area

42–6

1977

Alex Prislupsky

Mid Valley

42–4.5

2014

Travis Graziano

Holy Cross

42—1

2010

Emerson Griffiths

Mountain View

41-6

1993

Joe Woolcock

Elk Lake

40—5.25

2011

Justin Bellanco

Lackawanna Trail

39–7.5

2007

 

 

Scranton’s Ky’Ron Harbin

 

 

HIGH JUMP

 

 

North Pocono’s Devon Strubert.

 

 

HIGH JUMP

Dave Warnetsky

Valley View

6–8 (State Champion)

1995

Ky’Ron Harbin

Scranton

6–8

2017

Kyle Erickson

Abington Heights

6–7

2002

Devon Strubert

North Pocono

6–6.25

2012

Kyle McLaughlin

Wallenpaupack

6—6.25

2016

Cole Acoveno

Delaware Valley

6–6

2015

Shawn Cruz

Lackawanna Trail

6–6

1998

Joe Lawler

Lakeland

6–6

1991

Hakim Bey

Elk Lake

6–6

1990

Josh Klein

Honesdale

6–5

1993

Steven Pachuta

Honesdale

6–5

2009

Brad Jenkins

Mountain View

6—5

1995

Frank Mazur

Mid Valley

6–4

2001

Jacob Merrill

Montrose

6–4

2000

Kyle Adriance

Montrose

6–4

2003

Kevin Rude

Carbondale Area

6—4

1996

Jake Padula

Dunmore

6–4.25

2010

Tom O’Neill

Scranton Prep

6–3

1982

Tim Robinson

Blue Ridge

6—2.5

2005

Mike Buck

Western Wayne

6–2

2001

Don McDonough

Western Wayne

6–2

2003

Matt Nelson

Holy Cross

6—0

2017

 

 

Scranton’s Ky’Ron Harbin.

 

POLE VAULT

 

 

Valley View’s Ryan Wilkes.

 

POLE VAULT

Ryan Wilkes

Valley View

16-6 (State Champion)

2015

Ryan Atcavage

Western Wayne

15-2 (State Champion)

2017

Sean Burns

Delaware Valley

15-1 

2011

Jim Corse

Susquehanna

14-8 (State Champion)

1989

Frank Krantz

Lakeland

14-6

1989

Joe LaBarbera

Montrose

14-6

2004

Ed Druffner

Scranton Prep

14-5

1995

Pat Callahan

Abington Heights

14-4

2009

Joe Nally

Mountain View

13-6

2016

Thomas Ware

Holy Cross

13-6

2015

Andrew Barbolish

Lackawanna Trail

13-0

2010

Lane Schaffer

Blue Ridge

13-0

1998

Wesley Myers

Scranton

13-0

2015

Dan Geickel

Wallenpaupack

12–11

1993

Andrew Dudyzinski

North Pocono

12–10

1998

David Galinski

Honesdale

12–7

2014

Phil Davitt

Mid Valley

12–6

1992

Jeremy Schwartztrauber

Elk Lake

12–6

2012

Mark Capooci

Dunmore

12–3

1990

Carm Carachilo

Carbondale Area

12–0

2011

John Plisko

Riverside

12–0

2015

 

 

Western Wayne’s Ryan Atcavage.

 

Delaware Valley’s Sean Burns.

 

 


 

UP NEXT

  • APRIL 1: RELAYS (400, 1600, 3200)