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)

 

400-METER RELAY

 

Valley View.

 

 

 

400 RELAY

Scranton

43.25

1997

Riverside

43.32

Valley View

43.48

Honesdale

43.50

2011

Mid Valley

43.51

2012

Delaware Valley

43.81

2006

Lakeland

43.84

2001

Abington Heights

43.89

Western Wayne

44.00

2003

Wallenpaupack

44.01

2004

North Pocono

44.04

1995

Carbondale Area

44.06

2003

Scranton Prep

44.24

1982

Blue Ridge

44.28

2011

Holy Cross

44.69

2012

Lackawanna Trail

44.90

2009

Dunmore

44.94

1978

Montrose

45.34

2005

Mountain View

47.34

2017

Elk Lake

47.64

1991

 

 


 

 

1600-METER RELAY

 

Lakeland.

 

 

 

1600 RELAY

Lakeland

3:19.83

2003

Wallenpaupack

3:22.44

2003

Abington Heights

3:23.78

2008

North Pocono

3:24.34

1992

Honesdale

3:24.62

2011

Valley View

3:24.71

2010

Western Wayne

3:25.06

2015

Delaware Valley

3:25.21

2014

Scranton Prep

3:26.34

1982

Elk Lake

3:28.89

2011

Montrose

3:29.34

2017

Holy Cross

3:29.73

2012

Scranton

3:30.24

2016

Riverside

3:31.24

Dunmore

3:31.52

2017

Lackawanna Trail

3:31.60

2006

Carbondale Area

3:32.07

2008

Blue Ridge

3:32.99

2010

Mid Valley

3:33.24

2010

Mountain View

3:41.24

2012

 

 


 

 

3200-METER RELAY

 

Elk Lake.

 

 

3200 RELAY

Wallenpaupack

7:52.33

1996

Scranton Prep

7:53.04

1982

Elk Lake

7:54.54

2010

Honesdale

7:55.37

2006

Lakeland

7:57.49

2006

Abington Heights

8:01.24

1982

North Pocono

8:05.90

2003

Dunmore

8:10.67

2006

Scranton

8:10.75

2004

Valley View

8:12.94

Montrose

8:15.70

1998

Delaware Valley

8:16.24

2003

Western Wayne

8:16.84

2015

Carbondale Area

8:17.24

1995

Mid Valley

8:18.24

1994

Holy Cross

8:23.63

2007

Blue Ridge

8:27.07

2011

Riverside

8:44.91

Lackawanna Trail

8:47.24

2017

Mountain View

8:48.35

1992